First of all, I am not looking for any sort of "badass" gaming power, just something to play what I already have at very high settings (WoW, HL2, etc.) I have computer building experience, but my last one was built in '05...so I am a bit behind on the times.
This is what I have available: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Black Edition
I am planning to accompany it with these: -GIGABYTE GA-MA770-UD3 AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard -EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 or PNY VCG88512GXEB GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP -mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) -Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb
A few questions, now:
1) Which video card do you all recommend out of the two? Or perhaps another? I don't want to spend more than $150 really. I have no desire for SLI at the moment, but a few months down the road I would like to be able to if I needed/wanted. 2) What about the ram choice? Any recommended brands/timings for this particular processor/mobo? 3) What sort of power supply would I need to comfortably keep things running for extended periods of time?
Thanks in advance!
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4770 instead of those two, just a bit behind the GTX+, uses less energy and runs cooler. It's due to be released in May though.
ram is a good choice.
maybe a 450-500w high end PSU, 750w low-end.
Thank you for the reply. That card looks nice, exactly what I am looking for. There won't be any issues with it and the motherboard, do you think? I am just worried of adding new technology to some rather old.
no, the motherboard has PCIe 2.0 and there isn't really any incompatibilities that could happen, you could use that card in a pc with a 590 chipset and it wouldn't make a difference.
You should be planning to OC that CPU, it will be a bottleneck in your system at stock, and even overclocked may hinder your gaming. Do you already own that CPU or something? I think you should be looking at least at a 7750BE or the Intel 5200.
Yes, I purchased the CPU a few months ago when it went on sale @ newegg. I want to build around it, so if this new radeon card would bottleneck my setup, should i consider going with the 8800 GT or something like that?
The 4770 will be better than the old 8800GT, the bottleneck I was referring to was the CPU you chose, its slow so you need to overclock it to get good performance.