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Athlon X4 620 + 1GB Radeon 4850 for gaming?

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December 28, 2009 2:49:30 PM

These are the specs I'm thinking of:

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

4GB DDR3-1066MHz SDRAM [2 DIMMs]

AMD Athlon(TM) X4 620 quad-core processor [2.6GHz, 2MB L2, up to 4000MT/s bus]

640GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive

1GB ATI Radeon HD 4850 [2 DVI, HDMI and VGA adapters]

Integrated 7.1 channel sound with front audio ports

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What games could I expect to play well on this system? What resolution could/should I use? Could I play Crysis on Low/Medium/High? (Since it's an often used benchmark.)

Any suggestions?

Note: I don't plan on overclocking.

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December 28, 2009 3:20:44 PM

Suggestions??
  • You don't list a motherboard in your specs (I was just wondering for suggestions)
  • You don't list a PSU in your specs (I was just wondering for suggestions). A nice 450w or 550w psu from Antec or Corsair would be recommended for this build.
  • Is your hard drive the WD 640GB Black?? (Good to go if so!!) I would look at the Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB hard drive, as well.


    1) I would look to run the 4850 on a resolution of 1680x1050 for best results. The card will run med to high settings on most games at that resolution.
    2) You should be able to play Crysis on at least Med setting with good frame rates at 1680x1050
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    December 28, 2009 4:00:58 PM

    I was looking an Aloe-GL8E motherboard. Also, while looking at different things online, I noticed HP has a computer using the same CPU/GPU as I listed, but they use a 350w PSU. I'm guessing their's is too weak to run the the computer at its fullest speed (w/o OCing that is)?
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    December 28, 2009 5:28:30 PM

    Its too weak to run the graphics card. The manufacturer specs on a 4850 are 450W and two pcie power cables.
    450 Watt or greater power supply with two 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors said:
    450 Watt or greater power supply with two 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors

    http://www.xfxforce.com/en-us/products/graphiccards/HD%...


    I would be surprised if that system ran without flakey lockups and such when stressed during intensive gaming.

    Overclocking takes more power so if you want to overclock you need to buy an even larger power supply.
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    December 28, 2009 5:41:24 PM

    dndhatcher said:
    Its too weak to run the graphics card. The manufacturer specs on a 4850 are 450W and two pcie power cables.

    http://www.xfxforce.com/en-us/products/graphiccards/HD%...


    I would be surprised if that system ran without flakey lockups and such when stressed during intensive gaming.

    Overclocking takes more power so if you want to overclock you need to buy an even larger power supply.

    +^1... Also, their system is using a intergrated graphic, not an ATI 4850.
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    December 28, 2009 8:58:44 PM

    Okay, I'm thinking the ATI 4870 would provide a worthwhile improvement. A 550w PSU should be right for that I assume?

    Mother board suggestions?

    Also, any RAM suggestions? I'm planning on at LEAST 4G of DDR3.

    If it helps, I'm going for about $700-800 budget not including monitor.

    One last question, I have a few really old cases sitting around from dead desktops. Would it be possible to use one of these or is it not possible/not worth it?
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    December 28, 2009 9:32:55 PM

    Are you getting an ancient athlon x4 or a newer Athlon II x4. I guess you meanthe Athlon II x4 620. What AM3 motherboard?

    Why are you not looking at the new ATI 5770 or 5750 graphics cards?

    It would really help if you followed the instructions on the "how to ask for advice" sticky. There are so many unknowns I have no idea what to recommend.
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    December 28, 2009 9:57:04 PM

    athlon 620 and 4850/70 is a great combo. you should definitely overclock it, especially if you get the 4870. its easy to get over 3ghz on stock voltage with those and lots of people are getting 3.5ghz+ with modest aftermarket cpu and extra voltage
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    December 29, 2009 12:42:05 AM

    Makes two 4850 or a 4890, and there you are ready to go.

    Still, the 4850 have gone high in prices, you should invest in at least a 5770. The prices are a little more affordable now, so there is not a big difference cost between two 4850 1GB and two 5770. In term of performances, it's about the same...

    2X5770>2X4850>4890>5770>4850
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    December 29, 2009 1:03:10 AM

    Athlon II X4 620
    ASUS M4A77TD
    4 GB of generic DDR3 1333 (I would go with OCZ Platinum DDR3 1600, but it's your call)
    OCZ Z 650W 80 plus silver
    500GB Samsung F3 Spinpoint
    Radeon 5850 (or a minimum of a 4890)
    Sony DVD burner
    Cooler Master Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW

    After thinking little, I have scrapped the crossfire motherboard and thrown the money into the graphic card. It's a little overkill with an Athlon II X4 620, but you will be able to upgrade your cpu later to a Phenom II.

    I think this will suit you more. Not to forget that your PC will easily run game in 1080p... even Crysis at High settings.
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    December 29, 2009 1:56:32 AM

    Sorry for not giving more information. This will be my first homebuilt and I don't know too much about these things.

    @ Redgarl, that looks like a great machine for under $1000 right there. I wasn't planning on upgrading the CPU later, so if I were to buy the Phenom II right now instead of the Athlon II, which Phenom II would suit this build best?
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    December 29, 2009 5:52:20 PM

    If you are at your price limit then the Phenom II x3 720 BE. If you can go up the Phenom II x4 955 BE.
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