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April 20, 2009 10:42:48 PM

Hello all,

Kinda stuck in a rut here, it sucks when you don't keep yourself updated on whats the best gear you can get for gaming. I currently have a AM2 Based system with a AMD Athlon 64 X2 Duo-Core +6000. Now here is what i want to know, should i upgrade to a AM3 based system or hop over to Intel's i7? I know the downside of intel's based hardware is far more expensive then the amd's but is it really worth it?

Please keep in mind, that this system will be built for MMO's, so this is where i want your opinion. Stick with AMD or go for Intel's new i7.

Thanks all =)

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April 20, 2009 11:11:26 PM

siegedelux said:
Hello all,

Kinda stuck in a rut here, it sucks when you don't keep yourself updated on whats the best gear you can get for gaming. I currently have a AM2 Based system with a AMD Athlon 64 X2 Duo-Core +6000. Now here is what i want to know, should i upgrade to a AM3 based system or hop over to Intel's i7? I know the downside of intel's based hardware is far more expensive then the amd's but is it really worth it?

Please keep in mind, that this system will be built for MMO's, so this is where i want your opinion. Stick with AMD or go for Intel's new i7.

Thanks all =)



first make a price range

then pick out parts - the cpu should be in the middle

first the gpu

then a case that will work - if you want 3x 280's you need a big case and good cooling

then the cpu and mobo that works for all

then the right size psu

check you price list

then up the parts or down grade as needed

chosening amd or intel is not that critical until towards the end
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April 20, 2009 11:14:18 PM

is an intel cpu worth it for gaming? no.

go with amd and invest in a decent gpu.
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April 20, 2009 11:36:02 PM

So a AMD Phenom™ II X4 810 Quad Core, (My current gpu) ->HIS ATI Radeon HD 4800 512MB Memory, DDR5, Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1333MHz 6GB CL9?

Or ditch my older gpu for a: Sapphire Radeon HD 4870X2 2GB GDDR5
April 20, 2009 11:38:51 PM

Phenom II X4 940 or X3 720 (or perhaps the new X4 955) and a Radeon 4870 or two would be great.

i7 and PII are literally tied in most games so dont spend the extra for the i7 if you're just gaming.
April 20, 2009 11:46:39 PM

Hehe, i will be back tomorrow.. time to hit the sack here. Thanks for all the response, think i might go for a 940. Well see, if you have any more input and personal experience with this then let me know.

Warhammer mostly seems to suck my CPU dry which bottlenecks it all, i have a good GPU as noted above so maby this is the issue im having? (Studdering etc).
April 20, 2009 11:52:57 PM

you need a good video card and a cpu that will not lag it

intel is better amd is good, quad is better dual is good

dual core cpu will run your video card fine
April 21, 2009 1:13:11 AM

I'd get another 4870 (That's what you have, right?), and either a Ph2 720 or Ph2 955, whichever you can afford. But an e8x00 series would be good too, but I'd say AMD has better value right now.
April 21, 2009 3:01:45 AM

AM3 brings value but i7 brings performance out the ass and will outlast the AM3 greatly.
April 21, 2009 12:12:50 PM

smithereen said:
I'd get another 4870 (That's what you have, right?), and either a Ph2 720 or Ph2 955, whichever you can afford. But an e8x00 series would be good too, but I'd say AMD has better value right now.


My current card is a HIS Radeon HD 4870 512MB GDDR5,
http://www.komplett.no/k/ki.aspx?sku=355023

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April 21, 2009 1:09:51 PM

Anand: Phenom II X3 720BE & CrossFire X Performance - Does it Compete?
http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=3533&p=9

Quote:
The question we wanted to answer in this article, “Is the Phenom II X3 720BE an alternative to the Phenom II X4 940 for a mid-range gaming system featuring CrossFireX?” We have to enthusiastically answer with “Yes!” to that question based on our experiences with the games we tested today and several others offline.

In fact, we think it even compared well to the Q9550 in our gaming tests. The Phenom II X3 720BE does not match the performance of the X4 940 or Q9550 in application testing, but it is no slouch either, especially considering the $136 price tag and overclocking capabilities. Compared directly to the $215 X4 940, we think the X3 720BE is a better value if gaming is your priority.
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April 21, 2009 1:34:11 PM

Give us the detail on your mobo so we can see whether it supports a Phenom II cpu.

I'd tend to look at a 920 quad and see how much RAM is in it ... perhaps make sure you have 4Gb at least.

Then look at whether your happy with how it is performing with the 4870 you have.

You might be quite pleased at just jumping up to a faster quad and upping the ram a bit as it shouldn't bottleneck the cpu at reasonable resolutions.

Getting a second 4870 is a serious decision as you need to check that the mobo will support crossfire, and that the games you intend to play are those that benefit well from a seconf card.

If you get a quad and a second card take a close look at your PSU ... it will need to be pretty decent to cope with the extra load.

Sticking two HDD's in RAID0 (stripped array) will also give you a big boost on disk access speed (read and write).

Hope this helps.

First thing is will the mobo support the upgrade ... check it and let us know.

April 21, 2009 3:19:08 PM

Reynod said:
Give us the detail on your mobo so we can see whether it supports a Phenom II cpu.

I'd tend to look at a 920 quad and see how much RAM is in it ... perhaps make sure you have 4Gb at least.

Then look at whether your happy with how it is performing with the 4870 you have.

You might be quite pleased at just jumping up to a faster quad and upping the ram a bit as it shouldn't bottleneck the cpu at reasonable resolutions.

Getting a second 4870 is a serious decision as you need to check that the mobo will support crossfire, and that the games you intend to play are those that benefit well from a seconf card.

If you get a quad and a second card take a close look at your PSU ... it will need to be pretty decent to cope with the extra load.

Sticking two HDD's in RAID0 (stripped array) will also give you a big boost on disk access speed (read and write).

Hope this helps.

First thing is will the mobo support the upgrade ... check it and let us know.


My current rig is:

-Windows Vista 64Bit Ultimate

-Asus M3A32-MVP DLX/WIFI, AMD 790FX,DDR2 AM2+ : http://www.komplett.no/k/ki.aspx?sku=342646 (It's in norwegian, you can look it up at newegg or whatever)

Supports: Athlon 64, Sempron, Athlon 64 FX, Athlon 64 X2, Athlon X2, Phenom X4, Phenom FX, Phenom X3

-Corsair Dominator TWIN2X8500C5DF 4GB: http://www.komplett.no/k/ki.aspx?sku=347131

-Western Digital Raptor X 150GB SATA 10k RPM, 16MB: http://www.komplett.no/k/ki.aspx?sku=316738

-And my above mentioned HIS Radeon HD 4870 512MB : http://www.komplett.no/k/ki.aspx?sku=355023
April 21, 2009 3:27:32 PM

Haha how silly of me, i actually bought this mobo so i could upgrade it later. So what I am looking at here right now, is a very cheap solution.

Get another Raptor with a raid0 setup as you mentioned and upgrade to the AMD Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition.
April 21, 2009 10:53:28 PM

DO NOT UPGRADE TO A PHENOM I. Upgrade to a Phenom II X3 like Wisecracker said.
April 22, 2009 6:36:53 AM

key is balance

raid is key so is:

the right size psu

and a case that cools your psu and gpu

!!!!
April 29, 2009 10:57:25 PM

Thanks all, i upgraded to a Phenom II X4 Black Edition, all i had to do was to flash my BIOS to 1604. My previous gaming rig is now purring like a cat!

Loving it.

=)
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