I'm willing to build a new gaming rigs but my budget allows me to spend only less than 1.2k.
This is my specs:
CPU - C2D E8500
MB - DFI LanParty LT/UT X48-T2R 671/709 or other brands which best suited for OC (Rampage Formula?)
GPU - 4870/4870 1gb/4870x2
RAM - Kingston DDR2 HyperX kit 1066 1x4gb/2x4gb
My purpose for building this is, indeed 100% gaming and I know my budget is too low, but sad I couldn't afford it more.
The main thing I'm confusing about is, which GPU should I use for gaming? Unless you all recommend seriously 4870x2, I don't want to choose it because it's pricey and also, in future, when its price drops, I'm still able to grab and add on as CrossFire though the existing one is not the same exact model...right ? So, now what I want is simple, atm I buy one GPU and later when games are demanding higher specs, I'll just grab another one...What do you think ?
One more thing, which motherboard should I use for gaming + OC ? I don't want DDR3 yet because it's still too early and I think another 2/3 years using DDR2 MB and RAM is still enough for games.
Thanks so much Proximon...your advice so much mean to me but now my mind changed again after I heard from my friends
They suggest me Motherboard is not too important when I consider about my budget, it just need stability for situations like OC, running with SLI/CF, two or more different RAM vendors/speed and so on. The only thing I should bear in mind is, stability. So, they suggested me not to choose latest greatest ones, instead, just choose the one that has good reputation + stability with different brands. These are the words they mind me for MB. But still confusing hehe
Is it correct ? I know each component plays different role but isn't GPU the above all factor for gaming rigs ?
So, how about I choose 4870x2 and decent P45 MB like P5Q-E ?
hmm nice specs evongugg but isn't a bit focused on CPU(I mean i7) instead of GPU ? which I think not good choice for gaming though it seems decent for OC ? I worry this because I have such experience with my laptop.
This is what I'm facing I bought Acer Aspire Gem 4920g laptop 1year ago and it came with C2D 2.0gHz, 2gb and 8600m GT DDR2. I was not very satisfied with that because even games like CnC3, Warhammer Online, cannot run at stable fps(25-40) at max settings with native resolution. So, I thought higher specs would solve and so, bought Dell XPS 1530 again. This time with C2D 2.5hz, 4gb, but still 256mb 8600m gt DDR3. Because of that, the results are not so different. I can set a little bit higher and get 2/3 fps but, haven't met what I wanted yet
If in case you may wonder why I didn't choose 17" gaming laptops, because it'd be too heavy for my height 5'7"
I'm still considering it but some say x38 MBs are a bit outdated and disappearing soon ?
Hi guys, thank you all for your helpful suggestions. Now I've reached my final decision
I'll stick with X38/X48 MB with single GPU(not 4870x2 ) because I think most games don't require higher than 1x4870. And also, because X48 supports much better for CF, I can still able to add another one in future, right?
Can you please suggest me once more which one is best at performance + price ?
MB bundled with CPU E8500
1 - DFI LanParty DK X38-T2R = 366
2 - Asus Rampage Formula = 534
3 - Giga GA-X48T-DQ6 = 530
What do you think ? Should I use 2x4850 or single normal 4870 and wait for its price drop ?
1 - Sapphire 4870 512mb = 263
2 - 2xSapphire 4850 512mb = 328
Suggest me if you think that something is better so that it'll fit into my budget range or so your preference please. I'll go grab them tomorrow - Tee Hee Can't wait for days if I order through online really
Actually the I7 isn't bad for gaming, its just designed for an enterprise envoriment. Its only a little bit better than a q9550 processor in terms of a single gpu for gaming. If you plan on sli/cf, then really think hard about the i7. Its a great processor when dealing with sli/cf setups. Really get a good preformance boost vs the q9550 and E8500. This also will allow you to not be stuck with just ati cards for cf. You can also use nvidia cards such as the GTX 260 (216 core).
Also can save a few bucks going with G. skill 2X2gbs. Probally don't need all 8gbs.
Your current monitor is rated for 1600x900 screen resolution. So you deffinatly will not need a cf/sli setup. Probally can get away with just a single 4850. Might want to look into even just one gtx260 to be sure. Might want to take another look at your monitor choice and see if you can find a 1900x1200.
Don't forget you'll need a 64bit OS unless you already have this coverd?