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September 1, 2010 3:41:04 PM

Hey guys, ok.. I don't know much about this so excuse me if I say/do some nooby things. So im looking to buy a new pc.. i wanna play games like Battlefield: Bad Company 2; Medal of Honor, and T.E.R.A and upcoming releases on High settings (or atleast Medium settings..) on my 23" (16:9) SyncMaster 2343NW @ 2048 x 1152 (Question about the screen.. It's an unusual size so, does that effect my performance in games somehow?).

So what I had in mind are.. (For the people that understand Dutch, I picked this hardware at http://www.tones.be/shop_onderdelen.php .)

CPU - AMD Phenom II X6 1055T (2.8 GHz, Socket AM3, 6MB Cache, 125W, Boxed with cooler)

Motherboard - ASUS M4A89GTD PRO (Socket AM3, DUAL Express x16, AMD 890GX/SB850 Chipset Integrated ATI Radeon HD 4290 GPU, 4 Dual Channel DDR3 1866, 6 SATA 600 raid (0,1, 5 en 10) + 1 E-SATA 300, 8 Channel Sound)

RAM - CORSAIR Tripple Channel 6GB Kit (1600Mhz DDR3 9-9-9-24 XMS3 Classic CMX6GX3M3A1600C9)

GPU - ASUS EAH5870 1GB (1024MB GDDR5, Clock Rate 850Mhz, Memory Clock 4.800 GHz, DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, Crossfire ready) I might consider buying 2 of those.

Power Supply - CORSAIR TX850W (850 Watt) Maybe I need a bit more if I will buy 2 ATI5870?

(But maybe I should wait a bit since ATI might skip Southern Islands GPU's and release their new Northern Islands GPU's soon as there are lines for it in Catalyst 10.8 driver already? If anyone can give me more information on this that would be helpful.)

I'm not looking to upgrade my hard drives, I got a question about my case tho.. I got an "ANTEC Nine Hundred Two Ultimate Gamer Case" will this all fit into my case, or do i need to get a bigger one?

I am trying to go for the lowest price without losing any or much performance without overclocking anything (as I don't know how to overclock properly) since I live in a *** country where everything is ridicously expensive..

If anyone could help me/give me advice, or knows a good build I'd appreciate that very very much.

Thank you very much in advance guys!

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September 1, 2010 8:09:55 PM

Save yourself €20 and get this: CMX4GX3M2A1600C7 as AMD motherboards run memory in dual channel or single channel, not triple channel.

An 850W PSU will easily be able to handle two 5870s. Infact a 750W PSU (such as this: Antec Truepower New Blue TP750) can power a system with two 5870s. However an 850W PSU might be a good investment if you want to prepare yourself for the 6000 series.

Yes it will all fit in your Antec 902 - it is quite a large case.
September 1, 2010 11:49:59 PM

^+1

You can get the Phenom II X4 955 or 965 - for gaming they're even faster than the X6 and cheaper.
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September 2, 2010 2:25:53 PM

Silvune said:
Save yourself €20 and get this: CMX4GX3M2A1600C7 as AMD motherboards run memory in dual channel or single channel, not triple channel.

An 850W PSU will easily be able to handle two 5870s. Infact a 750W PSU (such as this: Antec Truepower New Blue TP750) can power a system with two 5870s. However an 850W PSU might be a good investment if you want to prepare yourself for the 6000 series.

Yes it will all fit in your Antec 902 - it is quite a large case.


Ok, didnt know that. Tyvm!
September 2, 2010 2:30:57 PM

mosox said:
^+1

You can get the Phenom II X4 955 or 965 - for gaming they're even faster than the X6 and cheaper.


Is that because games run on less threads?

Thanks for the reply.
September 2, 2010 3:53:08 PM

Yes, and they're clocked higher 3.2 and 3.4 GHz on all the cores. Since you won't overclock the X6, one of those is better.
September 2, 2010 4:05:24 PM

mosox said:
Yes, and they're clocked higher 3.2 and 3.4 GHz on all the cores. Since you won't overclock the X6, one of those is better.


Yeh, i'm gonna go for the 955 then since they don't sell the 965..

Thanks.
September 2, 2010 4:07:14 PM

Silvune said:
Save yourself €20 and get this: CMX4GX3M2A1600C7 as AMD motherboards run memory in dual channel or single channel, not triple channel.

An 850W PSU will easily be able to handle two 5870s. Infact a 750W PSU (such as this: Antec Truepower New Blue TP750) can power a system with two 5870s. However an 850W PSU might be a good investment if you want to prepare yourself for the 6000 series.

Yes it will all fit in your Antec 902 - it is quite a large case.


But do you think 1 ATI5870 can run "Battlefield: Bad Company 2" and the upcoming "Medal of Honor" in high settings at my resolution? Or would I need 2 ATI5870's for that?

And will the standard coolers from the CPU/GPU and my case will be able to cool it?

Thanks.
September 2, 2010 6:31:17 PM

Yes a single 5870 seems to be able to deal with very high quality settings on large resolutions in BFBC2. I don't know much about 'Medal of Honor', but I think it would be a wise strategy to buy just one graphics card now, and when the game's released, if you aren't happy with the performance, buy another 5870.

Possibly you could replace it if another card comes out that can beat two 5870s in MOH or BFBC2 (or other games you want to play) - you would have to check benchmarks first to see what the best course of action is.

Yes the standard coolers will be enough, as you aren't overclocking and the Antec 902 is a good case at keeping components cool.
September 2, 2010 7:26:10 PM

Silvune said:
Yes a single 5870 seems to be able to deal with very high quality settings on large resolutions in BFBC2. I don't know much about 'Medal of Honor', but I think it would be a wise strategy to buy just one graphics card now, and when the game's released, if you aren't happy with the performance, buy another 5870.

Possibly you could replace it if another card comes out that can beat two 5870s in MOH or BFBC2 (or other games you want to play) - you would have to check benchmarks first to see what the best course of action is.

Yes the standard coolers will be enough, as you aren't overclocking and the Antec 902 is a good case at keeping components cool.


Ok then. Thank you very much for your help!
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