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December 18, 2009 5:42:35 AM

Budget is around 800$

Parts that i currently have

Hannas-g 28'run 1920 1200 res.

4850x2 Gpu would like to go back to nvidia would 2 of these be better in sli than the 4850x2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
if not to save the cash i can stick with the video i have.

i want to go i7 920 6+gb ram

would like to overclock so a cpu cooler would be needed

Games i play are counterstrike source,COD,EQ2 watch alot of videos.

parts i need

CPU
MB
Ram
VC if needed.
Gaming HD i have a 500gb storage drive already.
PSU


Would like to thank you for you input:) 

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a b B Homebuilt system
December 18, 2009 2:31:40 PM

There's no better or worse gpu. It depends on the games, resolution & image quality. Your games are rather old. You don't need the latest to play those games at that resolution. I suggest you keep the 4850X2. Is it 1 card or 2?

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-card...


Minimum for 4850x2 is 550W. This will suffice. If you plan to run Crossfire or SLI (yes, the mobo supports both), you will need a bigger psu. Then again, you need to decide on the gpu before the psu.

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ... - Retail
$74.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
$239.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920
$288.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler - Retail
$77.89

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GeIL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model GV36GB1066C7TC
$135.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You'll need a 64bit OS to make use of more than 4GB memory.

If the total is too much, swap the mobo out for this:

Foxconn FlamingBlade LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
* Your Price:$189.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b B Homebuilt system
December 18, 2009 2:38:59 PM

I will just second the fact that you will not gain much by replacing the video cards.

In fact, unless you're going to a 5870, I'd say there are almost no circumstances under which it's worth upgrading from crossfired 4850s. I'd personally hang onto them, wait a few months for the price of the 5870 to come down, and then put one of those in. And if needed, crossfire the 5870 in a couple years.

If you go that route, you will eventually need a bigger power supply, so that's something to think about now.
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December 18, 2009 4:46:00 PM

Just a small note. If you end up going with the CPU cooler p55ibexpeak recommended, I would stop by your local Frys (hopefully you have one!). The h50 is on sale for $50. A $28 savings.
December 18, 2009 6:39:04 PM

th4850x2 is 1 card 2gb/1gb i can keep the card will save me alot of money i can use my same psu i have a forton 800w guess ill just need cpu/mb/ram but id like to have all the overclocking features

currently im on a 680i evaga mb with 2gb of gskill and a e6600 core 2 duo witch i plan on giving to my wife she has my old 8800 gts ultra like 800gb 448bit along the lines .



id like to be able to play all the new games just not the old ones i play currently:)  an ty for all the info.
December 18, 2009 6:39:30 PM

no local frys prefer to do all on newegg.
a b B Homebuilt system
December 18, 2009 6:59:26 PM

hondo420 said:
th4850x2 is 1 card 2gb/1gb i can keep the card will save me alot of money i can use my same psu i have a forton 800w guess ill just need cpu/mb/ram but id like to have all the overclocking features

currently im on a 680i evaga mb with 2gb of gskill and a e6600 core 2 duo witch i plan on giving to my wife she has my old 8800 gts ultra like 800gb 448bit along the lines .



id like to be able to play all the new games just not the old ones i play currently:)  an ty for all the info.


Yeah ... even with a single 4850 x2, I still think your best option is to wait for the price of the 5870 to come down a little and then go for that.

You'll still be able to play any game that exists today with the 4850 x2, and play it pretty well. So it's fine for a while. But to take full advantage of the power of an i7 chip, you'll eventually want a 58xx series card. It sounds like you've got a pretty good plan and are well on the way to having not just one amazing system, but a second useable one as well.
December 18, 2009 9:04:48 PM

id like to overclock an have the ram to do it if i keep my card i can spend a lil extra on ram the more expensive ones i listed at top the lower cost ones at bottom what ones would u suggest?



CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or the Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998691
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or somthin a lil cheaper like G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBN
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b B Homebuilt system
December 18, 2009 9:30:04 PM

The Mushkin one is what I'd pick. Is it worth another $100 to get the latency down a point or two, though? I don't know.

If that's what makes the difference between getting a 58xx card (eventually) or sticking with the 4850 permanently, I'd put the money toward the video card.
a b B Homebuilt system
December 19, 2009 11:56:24 AM

They're correct, hondo420, your new cpu will be bottlenecked by the old gpu. The other way to say it is you won't be taking full advantage of i7 unless you go 5800. The i7 will increase your overall fps in all games.

At stock, the i7 will run the ram at 1066 or 800mhz. If you overclock, you want faster ram with lower latency.

http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=37147

The Mushkin, ergo, is the best overclocking ram out of your list. It has 6-7-6-18 latency.

And I agree with capt_taco, that you should put an emphasis on gpu if you're building a gaming pc. The Mushkin while is C6 is not worth twice the money cuz it will not up your fps in games a lot. Maybe a few fps. However, a faster gpu will most def. up the fps by more than a few.

You don't have to blow 800 bucks right now. Save some for a gpu upgrade. GT 300 may be out in Q1/10.
December 19, 2009 7:34:20 PM

ty for all the input im gonna go with the mushkin ram an just use my 4850x2 untill i can save for a 58xx or a gt300:)  ty all agian.
December 20, 2009 8:39:51 AM

ok i might be able to get wify to let me spend a lil extra for a upgrade video since she gets to upgrade from my old 8800ultra to my 4850x2

will this card for the money be worth it? or will i be damned that i didnt wait?
SAPPHIRE 100281SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

an thats still getting the mushkin ram id like to not have to upgrade for 3-4yrs lol ths is a promise id have to make in order to let the wife let me spend the money on a new VC also.

goal would be to try to get 4gz outta the chip an surley OC the Videocard another question if i were to get that card is there a better cooler for it like the one that was linked above the corsair closed loop water cooling or even a play heatsink fan cooler for the vga card in mention?
a b B Homebuilt system
December 20, 2009 9:40:18 AM

The 5870 is going to be a great card. The perfect card for your machine. But save your money for about 6 months.

Basically, your current 4850 x2 is going to be pretty good with the machine you're building. It won't be the best card you can get, but it'll still be well above average. So keep it and continue to play any game you want. You will not be disappointed with your card in an i7 machine; it won't use the full power of the CPU yet, but you don't need to do that yet anyway.

The 5870 is going to be better, but it is not $400 better than the 4850 x2. You will have a fine gaming experience with the 4850 x2 for several months, and if you can wait that long, the 5870 will probably drop into the $200 range.

Basically, you are at a unique point in time with your computer, where upgrading the graphics card now is too expensive to be worth it, but making the same upgrade in a few months is going to be a very smart move.
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