I want to buy a PC that will be primarily for gaming/video editing+converting but want to make sure with you guys that it is:
- crossfire ready (essential)
- cool enough like won't overheat
- able to play todays latest games (Crysis, COD 4 etc) and future games eg Far Cry 2. I want to play on a 22inch HD LCD TV/Monitor at mostly hgih settings. Would it be able to run that? I understand in a year or so another 4870 would need to be placed in to play next years games.
Here is the PC specs -
(Sound, Gigabit-LAN) Mainboard
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 2.66GHz
Radeon HD 4870 (any brand)
4GB RAM DDR2 800MHz KINGSTON
SAMSUNG 750GB SATA-2 HDD
LG GH20LS 20x DVD-RW SecurDisc
7.1 Channel Superior Quality Audio
DSL Ready Gigabit Ethernet LAN
23in1 Cardreader Ankermann Case
Cooler Master CPU cooler
You have to change your mobo. This model has 2 pci.e slots, but one of them is x8. For good CF, you need both of them x16.
Get a X38 or X48 instead.
I would also suggest changing your RAM to OCZ or Corsair, instead of Kingston.
I don't think a change in RAM is needed but I was really worried about that Motherboard! So the best motherboard with least effect on price? Asus? What model? Bear in mind I need one to support the other components, whilst also being crossfire ready and decent overall.
Well, I don't know anything about £ pricing, but that P45 MoBo is $100 USD on newegg. The cheapest x38/x48 on newegg is a DFI Lanparty DK X38-T2RB for $180 USD. The Asus P5E Deluxe is $220 USD and the Gigabyte GA-X48-DS4 is $225.
So if you're looking for an x38/x48 at the same price point as the P45, you not going to find one. They're about twice as expensive.
The only thing that is really any concern for compatibility is ram. Even ram, though, is getting to be something that is more standardized. If I were looking to buy, I would not be discoraged from this parts list on the basis of compatability. you won't have any issues with this set up. Honestly, the AsRock board would probably be more likely to deal you a fit on the compatability issue.
Well, you're not carrying any parts from a previous computer. Everything is new. Don't get a sound card to start off with. Try the on-board sound. I would be willing to bet that you will be satisfied with the on-board sound.
Q9300 isn't that much slower for the CPU. I bet you could OC either to ~ 3.2. Of course, overclocking is completely luck of the draw. Some chips do better then others... even out of the same batch.
I've got a pc for sale on the forum. It would cost you £709 for the computer with a monitor, G15, G5, webcam, logitech headset, and vista ultimate preloaded on it....or you can get just the tower for £582. Only things it doesnt have that you want is it has the E7200 (awesome cpu for overclocking) and it has the overclocked 8800GT (reviews showed it getting better FPS then the 9800)