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November 22, 2008 1:43:49 AM

I'm building a new computer and I'm wondering if a 512Mb 4850 is necessary. I'm not planning on any heavy gaming (nothing like crysis) and i run a single 20" Samsung monitor.

The system:

E8400

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro for Intel Socket 775

Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L Socket 775 Intel P45 + ICH10

Seagate Barracuda (ST3500320AS) 7200.11 SATA 3.0Gb/s 500GB 32MB Cache (OEM)

Cooler Master Elite 330 Mid Tower Case + 500W Power Supply

OCZ (OCZ2P8004GK) DDR2 PC2-6400 4GB (2x2048) Kit Dual Channel

I'm kind of tight on money so that's the only problem. I'm open to any suggestions or opinions.

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November 22, 2008 1:53:20 AM

it isnt "necessary" get a 4670 for 65 bucks after rebate at newegg.
November 22, 2008 2:07:31 AM

what i meant was is it worth the 180$ (I'm in Canada)
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November 22, 2008 2:14:44 AM

If you are on a budget I dont think you should bother with the e8400 either . You might as well use an e7300.
If you find you want extra performance it will overclock to perform better than an e8400 anyway , but I kinda doubt you need that much power anyway
November 22, 2008 2:31:57 AM

I'm just looking for the best bang for the buck in terms of GPU.
Because I'm planning to keep this system for 3 years.
November 22, 2008 3:11:36 AM

Look if you want a video card that will work well for you for 3 years and you do not game, then get one with at lest a 3 year warranty.
I like to buy video cards with lifetime warranties.
A good video card in the $70 to $100 price range would do you fine.
I would stay with the E8400 with the difference in price of only about $50 go for the larger cache of the E8400. If the E7300 were $100 less I would say go with it.
November 22, 2008 4:14:34 AM

Outlander_04 said:
If you are on a budget I dont think you should bother with the e8400 either . You might as well use an e7300.
If you find you want extra performance it will overclock to perform better than an e8400 anyway , but I kinda doubt you need that much power anyway

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Since you are buying DS3L, you can save some money if you go with e7300 or even e7200. according to TH's recent article. e7200 could perform on par with 8400 on overclocking. because u will buy DS3L, so you have an option to do so.

Another thought, q6600 is a very good overclock CPU on DS3L and that should give you "future prove" for much longer than those two processors. It only cost a few more dollars than 8400 :D 
November 22, 2008 4:24:20 AM

Only 1 Pcie slot meaning no crossfire i'd save money and just go with E7200 with after market cooler oc to atlest 3.6 and just get a 9800gt or 8800gt for like 100 bucks US

save yourself a good 100 200 from it imo
November 22, 2008 6:18:09 AM

If you not a heavy gamer its best to choose a graphics card for your money. A 9800gt or a 4830 depending on your budget for future proof as the future games are getting crysis like eye candy . Like the rest said that processor is an overkill.
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November 22, 2008 10:40:01 AM

You need to define not heavy in terms of what games you do or may play. I would expect a 4670 to play all games at some level even if its without AA or AF. If you feel you may want to play some of the bigger titles at some point with some effects turned up then get a 4830.
You would probably thank yourself in the long run by sticking with the E8400 but as the others say its easy to OC a cheaper chip to do the same job.
Mactronix
November 22, 2008 1:56:51 PM

Thanks guys I'll probably buy the 4830 since as I said before I'm not a heavy gamer
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