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January 5, 2009 9:45:05 PM

Trying not to overkill my GPU. Will be doing some gaming but not a serious gamer. Any advice on a GPU?

CPU: Intel E8500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory (Not sure about memory speed, went with 1066 vs 800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: 64 bit Vista

Monitor: Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2500:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive x2: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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a b U Graphics card
January 5, 2009 10:48:38 PM

firstly when you want serious gaming then grab a quadcore of go with core i7

for 22" resolution gtx 260/ 4870 will be more than enough


a c 143 U Graphics card
January 5, 2009 11:07:15 PM

+1 for the HD 4870 1GB. The GTX 260 is just as good but less future-proof when used with a Crossfire motherboard.

DDR2-800 would do all right. DDR2-1066 is overkill unless you're into major overclocking.

If you play FSX or GTA4 get a quad core. If not, E8500 will do.

Have you picked a case and PSU? Check out the RC-690 and the PC Power & Cooling S75CF 750W.
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January 5, 2009 11:10:38 PM

I'd say nothing fancier than a HD4850, don't mind the firts post, he didn't read thorughly.

Also, what will you use your rig for, maybe you should get a quad... (I'll just shut up).

Editing:
Hey guys, he is into light gaming, don't go around tossing expensive-ish gpu's like that, help him save a buck or two (to invest in CPU, I'd say)
January 5, 2009 11:39:02 PM

Thanks for the help guys. Went with 1066 ram because it’s on sale for $37.00. I figured I would splurge a little. Still have not bought the CPU or GPU (obviously). Thought about the Q9550 but don’t know if I want to spend the $300.00 on it. Thinking about ocing the E8500. It's only $187.00 Looking at some 4850 graphics cards, but I'm new at this so I figured I would ask for help.
a c 143 U Graphics card
January 5, 2009 11:39:30 PM

OK, let's start over and do it properly :) 

Name your three favorite games. If Flight Simulator X or Grand Theft Auto 4 are among them, consider a Q9550 or at least a Q6600.

Do you spend a lot of time using audio or video encoding tools, databases, Visual Studio, Photoshop, CAD tools? If yes, again Q9550 or at least Q6600.

The new i7 920 CPU is faster than the Q9550, but you pay around $300 for an X58 motherboard and get features you don't really need like SLI and Crossfire. In your case I think it's overkill. Also, DDR3 is still expensive.

If none of the above applies, the E8500 is a great choice.

Do you think you will ever want 3 or even 4 monitors? The GA-EP45-UD3P is perfect for this. A GA-EP45-UD3R would cost a bit less but you can only have two monitors with it.

GPU: it depends on the games you like and how much eye-candy you want. There are games where even a GTX 260 Core 216 or HD 4870 1GB are in trouble at 1680x1050 with the eye candy maxed, like Crysis or Frontlines. Most games, however, would be OK with a HD 4850, especially if you aren't that picky about settings.

a c 143 U Graphics card
January 5, 2009 11:42:13 PM

ianmc74 said:
Thanks for the help guys. Went with 1066 ram because it’s on sale for $37.00. I figured I would splurge a little. Still have not bought the CPU or GPU (obviously). Thought about the Q9550 but don’t know if I want to spend the $300.00 on it. Thinking about ocing the E8500. It's only $187.00 Looking at some 4850 graphics cards, but I'm new at this so I figured I would ask for help.



If you OC get a good cooler. For example the Xigmatek HDT-S1283 is very good.
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