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Cheap gaming computer, graphics cards?

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December 29, 2008 10:06:36 AM

im seeking peoples advise for graphics cards im stuck, ive decided dual core over quad, and im now confused about these graphics cards.

Intel® Core® 2 Duo. (E8400 (3.0GHz, 6MB, 1333FSB)
, Case 31 Apevia Xplorer Blue
, , 1 X Nvidia GForce 9800GT 512MB Graphics
, Asus P5QL-E Motherboard
, 80GB Hard Drive ,
1 X 2GB DDR 2 800 MHz 2GB - KHX8500D2K2/2G - Memory

theyre all going to have to be stock nvidea ones.

9800gtx+ or 9800gtx (the + is 20 quid more)

ati 4870, is it worth it? over the nvidea. this card is not really an option for me, it is too expensive, but can be included at the cost of a slower cpu

keeping in mind my cpu will be 3ghz dual, will the cpu bottleneck my graphics cards? this is a worry for a powerfull card like the 4870.

im open to suggestions for other parts of it aswell. also is overclocking worth it? this computer has to last 4+ years
December 29, 2008 12:50:07 PM

This computer will not last you for 4+ years.

You probably want to go for an hd4850 and bump the harddrive to something like 500-640gig. It's barely 50-65$ and well worth it. The 80gig hdds are actually going to cost more since they are becoming vintage technology :p 
December 29, 2008 1:12:02 PM

newegg has some pretty good prices on the hd4850 check em out
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December 29, 2008 1:29:38 PM

heh that computer has some older parts with a newer graphics card...i suggest you upgrade some of your other stuff. Also the CPU im guessing your on a budget but a dual core is older technology now. Quad core would help a lot. Also the HDD seems to be a no brainer to me to get a 640GB at least...i got one for 70 bucks at tigerdirect. Also if your rlly want some memory u can even get a 1.5TB for like a 159.99 but only online because when they get more in stock (since the price was such a blowout they were outastock the same day it was stocked =P) so buy it online before they get more in stock because they told me they were raising the price because they were underpriced.

just my 2 cents

December 29, 2008 2:10:20 PM

ty, i already have a hard drive though, so its coolz.
so will the ati card provide more?

and about quad core, is it really worth it? i get the feeling that neerly no games support it and it will take a while for them to catch on?
December 29, 2008 2:16:01 PM

ati will provide more...
December 29, 2008 2:45:21 PM


I dont know about you guys, but I've never spent a quid in the USA. Hes in the UK.

The GTX+ is slightly more powerful, youll have to look at some benchmarks to determine if the extra power is worth the extra money to you.

On the CPU side, as your on a budget, I suggest either going from your E8400 to a Q6600 (assuming there the same price in UK as they are here) or perhaps going with an E7200 and OCing, then dump that saved money into larger hard drive or perhaps a 4850/4870.

As a follow up question, what resolution does your monitor run at?
December 29, 2008 3:11:42 PM

my moniter is old, so quite low. yeah and my pound key dont work, i thought it was a UK board :S

yeah i looked it up if i waqs gonna gget a gtx+ it would be 30 quid more and give me 5-10 fps more. not worth it to me. and considering my computer has to last a long time, is overclocking a e7200 worth it? i have never built a computer/overclocked anything before

and how is taht mobo?
December 29, 2008 3:17:48 PM

Oh yes, sorry. i do 60% of my time im playing games, so that might sway it between dual/quad :S