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~$2000 comp needs a last second opinion

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September 1, 2008 8:16:06 PM

Hi, I'm currently on the brink of buying a new gaming pc, the components Im currently planning to buy are the following:
Motherboard: Asus P5Q Pro
Graphics Card: Club-3D Radeon HD4870 X2 Dual-DVI 2GB
Net Agg: Corsair CMPSU-650TXEU 650W
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 2,66GHz Box
RAM: Kingston ValueRAM DDR2 PC6400/800MHz CL5 2x2GB
DVD Player/Burner: Samsung SH-S223F
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 32MB 500GB
Chassi: Cooler Master Dominator 690

The thing Im the most uncertain about is whether to go for the quad-core or dual, I can't seem to get a clear answer about quad-core being superior in future games (like far cry 2/ FO3 and onwards) or not (Obviously I know quad-core is going to be the way to go in the future, but not in how near future)...

Thanks in advance :pt1cable: 

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September 1, 2008 8:28:44 PM

In terms of quad/dual core I would say that on a $2000 budget a quad core is the way to go. Although the game might not use all 4 cores, the OS and background stuff can and that will benefit you in game. Far Cry 2 may support quads, but will I upgrade from my E8400 for it now? No, I'd get the quad on a new computer, but not as an upgrade just yet. Just go for the quad and 12mb L2 cache :) 
September 1, 2008 8:30:28 PM

As long as you are spending the cash, a faster quad is the way to go. If it was a Q6600, then it's a tough choice.

Are you buying from newegg? because the Q9550 is a better deal:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you need to save a few bucks somewhere, there is a great deal on an OCZ 600W that would be enough power for you... today only:

(Naw i take it back, been looking at 4870s too much.)

Why the Corsair 650TX when the 750TX is the exact same price? get the 750:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 1, 2008 8:31:53 PM

that's fine keep the quad core,
overclock it to 3.0 at least,
and make sure you have good cooling for it though,
and i would say games that utilize four cores are right around the corner,
since GRID does use all four cores
September 1, 2008 8:59:40 PM

+1 for the 750TX. The rest is perfect :) 
September 2, 2008 6:24:59 AM

Im actually living in sweden so buying from newegg won't be an option :p 

About the 750TX, in sweden it costs about $40 more, so Im not sure whether its worth the money or not, any opinions on that?

I'm probably going for the Q9550 as suggested and will hopefully be ordering it later today :) 

thanks for the assistance!
September 2, 2008 6:49:18 AM

Nothing wrong with the 650TX. The prices are the same on newegg is all ;) 

For such a hungry card, I would have preferred more power, but 650 works just fine. I like lots of PSU, too much according to most people.
September 2, 2008 7:10:08 AM

Hehe, ok, so there will be enough power (with 650TX) to run the comp with a Q9550 then?
If so Im just about to order my new rig :D 



EDIT: Should I go for Q9550 Box or Tray? Thanks!
September 2, 2008 7:14:41 AM

You are set.
September 2, 2008 7:23:03 AM

Proximon said:
You are set.

Thanks a bunch :) 
September 2, 2008 2:10:10 PM

pinzor said:

EDIT: Should I go for Q9550 Box or Tray? Thanks!


I suspect Box means a cooler is included, and Tray means no cooler. If that's right, then you need the Box version. Or get the Tray but also buy a separate CPU cooler (Arctic Freezer 7 Pro for example).


September 3, 2008 3:43:32 AM

fore this price i would buy a aftermarket cooler

also a faster duel core will at the moment be faster than quad and will some games will be coded fore q it most likely happen that often.
so if you want to save money then e8500 will kick ass but on a 2000 budget quad will be just fine

you could also go with a second 4870 x2 if it is within price range
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