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January 29, 2009 5:34:32 PM

how well would a 4850 gpu work with a phenom 9550 2.2 ghz? at 1650 native resolution?

and how big would the diffrence be with a phenom II 940?

last question! : how long would i last with 4 gb with 32x bit vista? should it last long until 4gb isn't enough?

Vochtige

comments plz and your thankfully thinking!

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January 29, 2009 7:52:15 PM

vochtige said:
how well would a 4850 gpu work with a phenom 9550 2.2 ghz? at 1650 native resolution?

and how big would the diffrence be with a phenom II 940?

last question! : how long would i last with 4 gb with 32x bit vista? should it last long until 4gb isn't enough?

Vochtige

comments plz and your thankfully thinking!


The phenom II 940X4 is going to make a radical difference (I am telling you from experience).

I think Vista 32-bit is OK, I guess you could just upgrade when you really start need 3.5+ GB of ram. I am using 64 and I technically don't really NEED it (regardless of the games played)
January 29, 2009 8:13:58 PM

Thank you Antman!

Can you tell me how many ram you are using of your 4gb?

vista uses 700 +- mb i asume? how many ram do you need for gaming these days? 2gb? so 3.5gb is needed at minimum?

thank you!

vochtige

Ps: can you tell if 940 is worth 34euro's more than 920?
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January 30, 2009 4:58:14 PM

vochtige said:
Thank you Antman!

Can you tell me how many ram you are using of your 4gb?

vista uses 700 +- mb i asume? how many ram do you need for gaming these days? 2gb? so 3.5gb is needed at minimum?

thank you!

vochtige

Ps: can you tell if 940 is worth 34euro's more than 920?



I would say I use around 2.8GB in the most extreme case.

About the Phenom 920... it is a great deal, but if you overclock it... you need to have some serious overclocking skills and a nasty motherboard. I would recommend getting the 940 for most people with novice/decent overclocking skills and an OK motherboard.
January 31, 2009 12:37:35 PM

Go with Vista 64 so you can utilize all 4 gigs plus your video card memory. With a 32-bit system the memory limitation is 3.3 gigs due to addresssing reasons and this includes your video card memory. I run 2 4850's, a Phenom 940 (upgraded from X2 6000) and 8 gigs of ram. Vista utilizes ram differently then most operating systems, the more ram you throw at it the more it will use but it puts it to good use. With 4 gigs my ram usage would hover around 50% usually, going up to 60% when multi-tasking alot. I doubled my ram to 8 gigs and i still hover around 40% and go to 50% doing the same tasks but overall I did notice the system is a bit more snappier. Right now 4 gigs seems to be the sweet spot, the only reason I upgraded was when I got my phenom 940 I wanted to go from 800mhz to 1066 ram and I got 8 gigs for under $99.

If you are thinking about overclocking at all go with the 940 over the 920. Definitely worth the price difference. Right now I wouldnt even consider getting one of the first generation of phenoms especially for gaming. In gaming the difference will definitely be noticeable with one of the new phenoms just because of the extra on board cache but clock for clock they are much better then the first phenoms and so far seem to run cooler.
January 31, 2009 9:07:04 PM

Hey man thanks!! i'm not an overclocker, so would 920 suit for me?
or would the 3.0 ghz be wiser if not being an overclocker?

thanks!!

at the moment i'm looking at the phenom 920 with a sapphire 4870 with vista basic x64. is there a big diffrence between home premium and basic? i'm not talking about the aero and such...
February 1, 2009 2:25:03 AM

vochtige said:
Hey man thanks!! i'm not an overclocker, so would 920 suit for me?
or would the 3.0 ghz be wiser if not being an overclocker?

thanks!!

at the moment i'm looking at the phenom 920 with a sapphire 4870 with vista basic x64. is there a big diffrence between home premium and basic? i'm not talking about the aero and such...


The 3.0 GHz is naturally faster... is it worth the extra money if you are not oveclocking? I don't think so. Get the 920 if you are only gong to run factory speeds, but if you are going to overclock at all (if you're not an overclocking pro) get the 940.

Basic is just an extremely simple version of Vista. It still runs all of the programs however. I think that Aero is worth the extra 10 dollars however (It makes it feel like its running on double cream). Especially with the setup you are going to be running.
February 1, 2009 2:37:32 AM

Go Here for a listing of the differences in the versions of vista:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/sectors/campaigns/include/mi...

then click on a version and scroll all the way down for a checklist that shows the differences in features. Personally I would say go with home premium, I run home ultimate but I am more of a power user then most home users so needed a feature that was only includedin ultimate. For most users home premium will be there best bet.

As far as 920 vs. 940. The speed difference between the two would probably be less then 5% at stock speeds but personally I would get the 940. Even if you dont plan on overclocking two years from now when its almost time to upgrade and you're wanting something faster having the option to overclock then might extend the life of the system slightly longer before you're wanting to upgrade.
February 1, 2009 2:58:45 AM

Home premium is worth it - aero isn't just pretty, it actually runs faster. Home premium is only like $100, so I would say it's worth it.
February 1, 2009 7:53:18 AM

oke guys!! thanks

here homepremium is 26euro's expencier!

but oke, i'll get the 920, and then the homepremium. let me add the content for my build. is the brand for ram oke?

1 x Sapphire HD4870 (Light-Retail, TV-Out, 2x DVI)
1 x GigaByte MA790FX-DS4 (Retail, FireWire, RAID, Gb-LAN, Sound, ATX
1 x Samsung SH-S223F
1 x Western Digital Caviar SE16 (Bulk, WD2500AAKS)
1 x Kingston HyperX DIMM 4 GB DDR2-1066 Kit (Retail, KHX8500AD2K2/4G)
1 x Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (System Builder, Engels, SP
1 x AMD Phenom II X4 920
784,50EUR

buf if i go for 940, i'll change to basic :p , i really want to try to stay in my budget.
February 1, 2009 11:46:49 AM

vochtige said:
oke guys!! thanks

here homepremium is 26euro's expencier!

but oke, i'll get the 920, and then the homepremium. let me add the content for my build. is the brand for ram oke?

1 x Sapphire HD4870 (Light-Retail, TV-Out, 2x DVI)
1 x GigaByte MA790FX-DS4 (Retail, FireWire, RAID, Gb-LAN, Sound, ATX
1 x Samsung SH-S223F
1 x Western Digital Caviar SE16 (Bulk, WD2500AAKS)
1 x Kingston HyperX DIMM 4 GB DDR2-1066 Kit (Retail, KHX8500AD2K2/4G)
1 x Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (System Builder, Engels, SP
1 x AMD Phenom II X4 920
784,50EUR

buf if i go for 940, i'll change to basic :p , i really want to try to stay in my budget.


Sounds good man... sounds good
February 1, 2009 2:15:38 PM

1 x AMD Phenom II X4 920
1 x Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (System Builder, Engels, SP
1 x GigaByte MA790FX-DS4 (Retail, FireWire, RAID, Gb-LAN, Sound, ATX
1 x Samsung SH-S223F
1 x Western Digital Caviar SE16 (Bulk, WD2500AAKS)
1 x Kingston HyperX DIMM 4 GB DDR2-1066 Kit (Retail, KHX8500AD2K2/4G)
1 x Sapphire HD4870 (Retail, TV-Out, 2x DVI)
799,81EUR

1gb 4870, i think this is it!!
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