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September 30, 2010 3:32:34 PM

Hi,

I am a computing novice looking to build my first low-budget PC, for gaming. I don't have the resources to build a crazy, maxed-out system, but I'm looking for some decent performance and upgradability. I'll be running Windows XP Pro, because I have a lot of older games from the late 90's through the early 2000's, and I figure compatibility might be better with XP, and that XP will run faster and take up fewer system resources than Windows 7.

I am aiming for a sub-$1,000 system that runs cool and is relatively stingy on electricity consumption. Here are the components I have picked out thus far, which come out to a current price tag of $834.39. I intend to use a SSD as the drive containing the OS and maybe one game that I will play, and the HDD for storing the Windows Page File and other files; from what I read online, this can yield some performance benefits. Here are my components; any advice or opinions would be appreciated. Thanks!

AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0 Ghz 95W
Gigabyte GA-880GA-UD3H AM3 motherboard
NZXT HALE90 550W 80 Plus Gold power supply
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
Sapphire 100287VGAL Radeon HD 5670 512MB 128-bit DDR5 PCI express
HT Omega Striker 7.1 Channel PCI sound card
Corsair Nova CSSD-V32GB2-BRKT 2.5" 32GB SATA II internal solid state drive
Samsung Spinpoint 500 GB SATA II hard drive HD502HJ
Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro 92mm Ceramic CPU Cooler
Cooler Master Elite 310 ATX mid tower case
LG GH22LS5022X SATA LightScribe DVD+/-RW
AZiO AWD154a 802.11g 54Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter
September 30, 2010 3:35:16 PM

Windows 7 has various compatability modes back to Windows '95 so no need to worry about that. If you have the money I would seriously recommend it and you shouldn't have any problem with 4 gigs or ram.
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September 30, 2010 3:53:35 PM

i think you should replace the 5670 with a better card. the 5670 is good but you could get more performance since you have money to spare.

since you are concerned with power consumption and temperature i suggest the the HD5750. costs $129.99, uses 25w more then the 5670.

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

you could also go for the HD5770. more performance then the 5750 but uses 22w more then the 5750. price is $144.99

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

as you can see from this image, there is alot of difference between the 5750 and the 5670.



there isnt much difference in temperature either.

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September 30, 2010 4:06:41 PM

infernox_01 said:
i think you should replace the 5670 with a better card. the 5670 is good but you could get more performance since you have money to spare.

since you are concerned with power consumption and temperature i suggest the the HD5750. costs $129.99, uses 25w more then the 5670.

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

you could also go for the HD5770. more performance then the 5750 but uses 22w more then the 5750. price is $144.99

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

as you can see from this image, there is alot of difference between the 5750 and the 5670.

http://media.bestofmicro.com/6/F/236103/original/Crysis_1680.png

there isnt much difference in temperature either.

http://media.bestofmicro.com/7/I/236142/original/Temp.png


Okay, thanks for your 2 cents. I had been scrutinizing the specs of all these cards very closely prior to making my post, and was twisting every which way, but the diagrams you provided convey the info very clearly Thanks.
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September 30, 2010 4:09:37 PM

Sean5861 said:
Windows 7 has various compatability modes back to Windows '95 so no need to worry about that. If you have the money I would seriously recommend it and you shouldn't have any problem with 4 gigs or ram.


Thanks for your counsel; I had assumed that Windows 7 might run a bit slower than XP, and that there might be some small performance gains from going with a leaner OS, but I guess that's not the case.
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September 30, 2010 9:33:31 PM

On dual core CPU with 2GB RAM or more, win 7 64 is easily the best choice.
If you get down to a single core CPU with 1GB RAM, XP Pro is probably a better choice.
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October 1, 2010 9:09:40 AM

You're buying too much unnecessary stuff and your video card is way too weak for gaming.

GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AMD Phenom II X4 955 + Rosewill CHALLENGER
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB + OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
HIS H585FN1GD Radeon HD 5850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$788.92


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October 1, 2010 1:19:34 PM

mosox said:
You're buying too much unnecessary stuff and your video card is way too weak for gaming.

GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AMD Phenom II X4 955 + Rosewill CHALLENGER
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB + OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
HIS H585FN1GD Radeon HD 5850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$788.92


Thanks for providing all these pricing combos; it's helpful.
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October 1, 2010 1:20:20 PM

dndhatcher said:
On dual core CPU with 2GB RAM or more, win 7 64 is easily the best choice.
If you get down to a single core CPU with 1GB RAM, XP Pro is probably a better choice.


Thanks for your advice; I appreciate it.
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