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November 5, 2011 10:46:25 AM

Hi,

I am planning to upgrade my desktop with the below path. Kindly let me know whether the new Mother board and the processor will be able to bring the full juice of ATI 6950? I would like to play the latest games of 2011 with full HD in ultra settings (1920x1080).

Current configuration:
Motherboard: Gigabyte 780G (onboard ati radeon HD3200)
Processor: AMD Athlon X2 4200+ (2.2 GHz)
RAM: 2GB + 1GB (667 Mhz)
Monitor: Samsung 17” sync master

I would like to upgrade it to:
Motherboard: Gigabyte 780G (onboard ati radeon HD3200)
Processor: AMD Phenom II Quad X4 - 965 BE (3.4GHz)
Graphics: Asus ATi Radeon 6950 - 2GB (EAH6950)
RAM: 2GB + 1GB (667 Mhz)
Monitor: Samsung LED 23" LS23A350HS


Thanks.

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November 5, 2011 10:50:41 AM

Sounds good except the mobo and RAM. I'm assuming your budget doesn't cover upgrading those?
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November 5, 2011 10:56:31 AM

i dont know about the amds but core i5 2500k(quad core) with 6950 2gb and you will be able to play any game on high settongs on 1080p
and plz buy at least 4gb 1333 ddr3 ram
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November 5, 2011 11:31:45 AM

Ok, in that case, I would have to go for a new machine. Can you please let me user experience wise difference between i7 2600k and 2600. And the difference I would experience with i7 vs i5.

My ultimate aim is to play all latest games in Full HD (1920x1080) in ultra max graphics.

Planned configuration:
CPU Intel i7 2600k
Board ASUS Sabertooth P67
Graphics ASUS 6950 2 GB (EAH6950)
RAM Corsair Corsair Vengeance 4GB DDR3 1600MHz x 2
Monitor Samsung 23" LED - LS23A350HS
HDD Seagate 2 TB
Tower Cooler Master HAF 912
SMPS Corsair 600W
CPU Fan Cooler Master CPU Fan - Hyper 212 Plus
Keyboard + Mouse Logitech® Wireless MK260
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November 5, 2011 11:35:02 AM

FinneousPJ said:
Sounds good except the mobo and RAM. I'm assuming your budget doesn't cover upgrading those?


can you pls comment on my new config and let me know whether I can build i5 2500 with a cheap mobo?

ultimate aim: play all latest games in Full HD (1920x1080) in ultra max graphics
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November 5, 2011 11:36:13 AM

Hi Senthurpandian.

Your planned build you just posted should be sufficient for just about all games out there maxed out except for a few (Metro 2033 namely).

If gaming is pretty much all you will be doing (No 3D rendering or video editing) then you'll want to save some money by cutting back to a i5 2500k instead of a i7 2600k since there is virtually no difference in performance in games between the two.
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November 5, 2011 12:48:44 PM

senthurpandian said:
Ok, in that case, I would have to go for a new machine. Can you please let me user experience wise difference between i7 2600k and 2600. And the difference I would experience with i7 vs i5.


The difference between the i7-2600K and i7-2600 without the K is that the processor with the K is fully unlocked. This means that it's much easier to overclock that processor than it is the one without the K. It costs slightly more, though I've heard that the i7-2600K processor can reach 5 GHz clocks under the right conditions.
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November 5, 2011 1:25:40 PM

ulillillia said:
The difference between the i7-2600K and i7-2600 without the K is that the processor with the K is fully unlocked. This means that it's much easier to overclock that processor than it is the one without the K. It costs slightly more, though I've heard that the i7-2600K processor can reach 5 GHz clocks under the right conditions.


I understand that. But what is the performance difference I would experience in terms of game play with this increase in clock speed?

Or its better to go for a budget mobo and 2600?
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November 5, 2011 1:50:05 PM

For gaming, the processor doesn't matter. The only thing that does matter with the processor for gaming is that it can simply keep up. If you intend on recording video of your game play while playing, then you'll want a high end processor. If you only intend on just playing games, the i5-2500 should be sufficient enough for your gaming-only needs. AMD processors are cheaper and might be better, though I don't know AMD very well so I can't help you there.
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November 5, 2011 1:57:21 PM

Really, the I5 2500K will give you all you need for gaming. As for a MoBo get a Z68 model depending on how many video cards you need, RAM slots, SATA ports. I have an ASRock Extreme 3 Gen 3 with 1 X16 or 2 X8 PCIe slots and 2 SATA 6 and 4 SATA 3 connections for $125. Works for me.
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