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June 7, 2009 4:45:29 AM

Hi.
Please gimme suggestions on this config. I am extremely new on this and this is my first post! :D 

AMD Phenom II X4 920,
Asus M3A78-EM with dedicated 1 GB 9400MGT Graphics Card,
(2 or 4 GB - Suggest) DDR2 800 Mhz RAM,
500 GB SATA HDD at 7200 RPM,
A Gaming cabinet and other accessories.


Is the configuration alright? My use will be gaming only, but more of strategy and RPG types.
Not Crysis type. So, please give ur opinion. :) 

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June 7, 2009 5:04:44 AM

You'd need a dedicated GPU as the 9400GT is a bad card, and its integated even. You might want to get DDR3? And what did you pick out for PSU?
June 7, 2009 7:07:40 AM

The specifics make all the difference. For example, is it a Hitachi HD or Western Digital? What RAM are you looking at? The manufacturer and the timings are important.
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June 7, 2009 4:00:31 PM

@ AKM880 > Should i get another card? And by PSU, you mean Power Supply?? :p 
Please suggest a suitable graphics card in similar price range, if any.

@ aford10 > The HDD is Seagate. RAM is of Transcend.
June 7, 2009 5:10:48 PM

What is your budget?
June 7, 2009 5:18:53 PM

My budget is currently going up to 38000 Rs. (INR) i.e. about 800 USD.
Should i repost these details in the format supplied by yoyojam55?
I was planning to take the config tomorrow but will put it on hold till the weekend.
Need to get the config verified as i am myself a noob at it.

BTW, is the mobo fine? and shd i go for 2 GB or 4 GB of RAM?
June 7, 2009 5:26:03 PM

The motherboard is fine, you might want to go with 4GB of RAM. Most systems have that or more. Good RAM companies are Corsair, OCZ, G.SKILL and others.
June 7, 2009 5:36:26 PM

get 4 gb of ram. it will get more expensive later on. Get kingston valueram, it is excelent price/quality for this.

I would go with a HD4770 as GPU. Different mobo maybE?
June 7, 2009 5:41:20 PM

I had planned on Transcend. Is it fine? Else i will go for the ones u said...
As for GPU, please suggest me guys.

@AKM880 > How will the PSU really make a difference?
Do i need a special one for phenom? :o 
June 7, 2009 5:51:04 PM

If you still have a surplus, get HD 4770. Its the most bang for your buck card there is.

PSU is pretty important. Don't get those no-name brands. My suggestion is for you to get a cooler master, they are really good quality.

Just get any generic RAM, it won't really make a difference.
June 7, 2009 6:19:37 PM

Corsair, Antec, SeaSonic, OCZ are some good brands, don't skimp on a PSU. And CoolerMaster isn't a very high quality brand. Had a couple of brand's that actually sparked!
June 7, 2009 11:07:40 PM

armi said:
If you still have a surplus, get HD 4770. Its the most bang for your buck card there is.

PSU is pretty important. Don't get those no-name brands. My suggestion is for you to get a cooler master, they are really good quality.

Just get any generic RAM, it won't really make a difference.


^ not very good advice.

cooler master isn't known for high quality psu's.

The RAM does make a big difference. The quality manufacturers make chips with lower timings AND lower voltages. You'll also see less DOA RAM when dealing with higher quality manufacturers.
June 7, 2009 11:19:02 PM

aford10 said:
^ not very good advice.

cooler master isn't known for high quality psu's.

The RAM does make a big difference. The quality manufacturers make chips with lower timings AND lower voltages. You'll also see less DOA RAM when dealing with higher quality manufacturers.


I'm giving him advice from my experience.

Since he never said if he's buying online, I assumed he is going to buy it offline. If anything has a problem, he can just refund it.

I don't know why people say cooler master is bad. :pfff:  I bought 3 and they don't break. :) 

Maybe I should try another brand next time :)  and see the difference.
June 8, 2009 3:14:49 AM

Hey please tell me what PSU is needed, 450W, 620W, 650W ......
Dunno much about how much power will be required :( 

And yeah, am getting it offline :) 
June 8, 2009 3:27:44 AM

You could probably go with the 550W Corsair?.......
June 8, 2009 3:32:55 AM

You can use a PSU calculator. http://www.antec.outervision.com/

and find out how much power you need. Then all you have to do is research on how much efficiency the power supply you are buying runs at and see if it has enough to meet your needs. Its the most important part of your computer!
June 8, 2009 3:45:55 AM

Gotta know your budget. Here is my recommendation for the best valued high end gaming system on the market. Don't mind the weird writing...I just copied and pasted from another post I made.

First off for the case I'd do an Antec 1200. It's larger, has better cooling, cable management, PSU on the bottom, etc... It also has fan controllers to kick into silent mode.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] %20hundred


For the power supply, using the Antec 1200 allows use of the Antec CP series power supply. Why not the Antec CP-850

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] c%20cp-850


As for the hard drive I prefer Seagates. I always have for home and enterprise use. I prefer their warranty, and I require it less than any other brand out there. 1TB for the price and I put 2 of them in there for a RAID.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148433


Next you have the video card. I went with a Crossfire Radeon 4870 2gb setup. Easily beats the Nvidia 285 at the same price.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814161269


Memory I kept the same. Good timings for the price.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820227381


For the CPU I choose the AMD route. The Phenom II 945 @ 3GHZ with 6MB. It's a good fast gaming CPU that is cheaper than the Intel, and has less bugs with Windows 7.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103675


For a matching motherboard. I went for the best Asus AM3 DDR3 board based on teh 790FX chipset. It seems to be the best AM3 board on the market. Cheaper than the I7 board as well.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131363


Heatsink is all that is missing. I choose the Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer. It works good, and works good even with the fan speed reduced while watching a movie for example. I own one and recommend it. It is better rated than the Xigmatech you choose which is also good. The sunbeam is also cheaper.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835207004


Total $1145.37

This system is cheaper than yours and I think better. It comes with the Antec 1200 and Sunbeam heatsink so you can crank down all the fans while watching a movie and it is silent. you get a better video card. I also priced 1TB hard drives which are almost double the capacity of your 640GB.

Overall it's a cheaper system that has a way nicer high end case, and components that will beat your system in gaming. A great value price/performance winner.

June 8, 2009 6:37:30 AM

If this is strictly for gaming, the e8400 or e8500 intel cpu's are currently the better performers. 90% of games out there are still using single or dual cores at the most.

For a single graphics card setup, a quality 400w-500w psu would be plenty. This corsair is plenty for your setup.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would also recommend western digital HD's over seagates. The cavair black line are great drives.
June 9, 2009 2:29:26 AM

Well, the 9400 GPU doesnt really feel worth while :non:  . I liked Galaxy GeForce 9800gt 1GB or ATI HD 4770 512MB as options. And how about Galaxy GeForce 9800gtx 512 MB....
Which one should be preferred?

+2 for HD 4770 already in this thread.


Though i am sure you people dont need to see details about these cards, here are the review links, just in case needed. :) 

ATI HD 4770
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...

Galaxy GeForce 9800gtx 512MB
http://www.guru3d.com/article/galaxy-geforce-9800-gtx-5...

Galaxy GeForce 9800gt 1GB
http://www.guru3d.com/article/galaxy-geforce-9800-gt-10...
June 9, 2009 7:01:59 AM

The 4770 is better price/performance out of the cards you've listed, but it can be hard finding them in stock. The 4850 or 4870 are also great cards at reasonable prices. Both are better than the 9800gtx and 9800gt IMO.
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