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June 27, 2011 11:36:54 AM

Hi all,

I'm new here and looking for major issues (if any) with my current rig:

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6700 @ 2.66GHz
Motherboard: Asus P5K SE (LGA775 - Intel P35 chipset, Dual-channel DDR2 1066/800/667 MHz, Gb LAN/ 8-channel HD Audio)

RAM: 4 x DDR2 (2GB) Ballistix(Crucial), DDR PC2-6400, 1066mhz (5 5 5 15), 2.0v
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4890 - PCI Express 2.0 x 16, 256-bit 1,024MB GDDR5
Hard Drive: Western Digital WD2500KS 250GB SATA Hard Drive Internal Desktop 3.5" 7500RPM 16Mb
Case: Antec NINE HUNDRED (4 fans: 1 back, 1 large top, 2 chasis)
Power Supply: AKASA PowerMax 1000w
Cooling: Cooling: Scythe "NINJA MINI" 6Heat Pipes CPU Cooler (Akasa AK-450-5G silver based thermal compound)
DVD Burner: Samsung Black DVD-+RW SH-S202J/BEBN Dual Layer 8.5GB Optical Drive

P.s. Motherboard has capacitor whine. It's not overclocked. SpeedStep is disabled.

Much appreciated!

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a b B Homebuilt system
June 27, 2011 1:15:43 PM

Well I think your PSU is waaaay overboard for your setup. What did you want rated, BTW??
** CPU is good, still, but starting to get a bit dated.
** Mobo should be good, but if it's whining than maybe it's time to replace?
** RAM seems good 4 x 2 gb's??
** GPU is a good one, runs hot I'm sure, but that is expected with a 4890 :) 
** Rest seems good.
a b B Homebuilt system
June 27, 2011 1:27:26 PM

like lunyone, the processor is kinda slow and outdated, I don't know how much you spent on it but you can get:
AMD Phenom II x4 955 3.2Ghz for $130
and
MSI 870S-G46 MoBo for $80
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a c 104 B Homebuilt system
June 27, 2011 1:49:24 PM

Overclock that Q6700 past 3GHz and you have a good gaming rig still.
a b B Homebuilt system
June 27, 2011 2:27:27 PM

rolli59 said:
Overclock that Q6700 past 3GHz and you have a good gaming rig still.

or save a few hundred bucks ($300?) for an intel i5 2500k 4 core
a c 104 B Homebuilt system
June 27, 2011 2:31:25 PM

r0aringdrag0n said:
or save a few hundred bucks ($300?) for an intel i5 2500k 4 core

Don't forget the new ram and motherboard 230+150+75
a b B Homebuilt system
June 27, 2011 2:47:41 PM

rolli59 said:
Overclock that Q6700 past 3GHz and you have a good gaming rig still.


Agreed! You should be able to get 3.3GHz, if cooling is in order, and put off any major purchases toward a new rig a little longer.
a c 104 B Homebuilt system
June 27, 2011 3:01:34 PM

r0aringdrag0n said:
I think most ppl on this site are smart enough to figure it out but here are my specs for i5 2500k:
CPU: Intel i5 2500k
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
CASE: Antec 300
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX
Graphics: AMD Radeon 6850
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500gb
MoBo: ASRock H61M/U3S3

Looks good apart from running a I5 2500K on a budget and feature less H61 board that will not allow the use of the unlocked multiplier on the "K" CPU.
a b B Homebuilt system
June 27, 2011 3:05:18 PM

rolli59 said:
Looks good apart from running a I5 2500K on a budget and feature less H61 board that will not allow the use of the unlocked multiplier on the "K" CPU.

this guy's on a budget otherwise he wouldn't use a core 2 quad...unless he didn't know so...add a better MoBo - +$100
a c 104 B Homebuilt system
June 27, 2011 3:10:26 PM

r0aringdrag0n said:
this guy's on a budget otherwise he wouldn't use a core 2 quad...unless he didn't know so...add a better MoBo - +$100


He is not looking, he is asking about his current rig! As per "I'm new here and looking for major issues (if any) with my current rig"
June 27, 2011 9:38:22 PM

Thx for your replies and yes i'm well aware its starting to look dated, it's nearly 3 years old now :) 

Is a Radeon 4890 still pretty decent? If so i'll probably just get a new cpu/mobo and ram when the time comes...
a c 104 B Homebuilt system
June 27, 2011 10:04:39 PM

The HD4890 is still a strong card somewhat better than the HD5770/6770 and handles everything well at resolutions up to 1080P.
a b B Homebuilt system
June 28, 2011 2:20:09 AM

The 4890 is a good card. It should last you for some time. When things start to seem a bit slow, you can 1) OC the CPU (assuming your temps are good) 2) build a new system and re-use some of the other parts (i.e. DVD drive, HD, Case, PSU, etc.)
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