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Advise and input please

By Pugamall
Oct 7, 2008
  1. Hi Guys and Gals I'm after advise,
    A question I'm sure is asked over and over,so I will try not to get on anyones nerves by asking again but maybee my angle is different

    The question is :- What Motherboard and Cpu combo is best for gaming ?
    To run power hungry games Crysis,bioshock ect
    also it will no doubt bring up the AMD/intel argument

    I am swaying towards AMD but I might be persuaded differently,no My angle is in the perameters,its not a case of money no object,but it might be possible to upgrade slowly using bits from my current pc,but the upgrade those bits in time.
    I have always been a console man,
    My pc was just for surfing and email, I was running an old 1.3ghz amd athelon,and it was really slow and used to hang,I had a few games,and had to buy a graphics card capable of dx9,but still used to hang,so I stuck to consoles,then work was throwing out some IBM pc's,when I checked they had intel P4 @ 2.8Ghz,so I had the board out and some ram and made a semi gaming machine which is what I am on now,I have upgraded the Graphics card again and will run high end games,but they do hang a bit and I do have to have to have graphics options turned down a small amount,
    but since I have played Bioshock and GTR2 I have a thurst for PC games,and want something that will run all or most current at full graphics settings

    So What motherboard and Cpu do you advise and going on my present pc specs that I will post,is there anything I can use from old pc,ie new cpu and Mobo but use current drives ram or poss graphics card(though its agp it runs Dx10)
    I have a PS3 and Xbox360,but there is something about My pc makes me prefer to use
    I'l post my current specs in another window as running everest to get info and its quite big

    Oh and is there any info you may know about the AMD quad-core processor called Phenom ?,any good ?
     
  2. Pugamall

    Pugamall TS Rookie Topic Starter

    My current PC specs:-

    Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Media Center Edition 6.0.6001 (WinVista Beta)
    Date 2008-10-07
    Time 20:48


    --------[ Summary ]-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Computer:
    Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Media Center Edition
    OS Service Pack Service Pack 1
    DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)
    Computer Name PUGAMALL-PC
    User Name Pugamall

    Motherboard:
    CPU Type Intel Pentium 4, 2800 MHz (21 x 133)
    Motherboard Name IBM 8187Y2J
    Motherboard Chipset Intel Springdale-G i865G
    System Memory 1792 MB (PC2700 DDR SDRAM)
    BIOS Type Phoenix (07/06/05)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
    Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

    Display:
    Video Adapter ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro AGP (512 MB)
    Video Adapter ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro AGP (512 MB)
    Monitor Eizo Nanao L365 (Analog) [15" LCD] (T4435102)

    Multimedia:
    Audio Adapter Intel 82801EB ICH5 - AC'97 Audio Controller [A-2/A-3]

    Storage:
    IDE Controller Intel(R) 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 24D1
    IDE Controller Intel(R) 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 24DB
    SCSI/RAID Controller Microsoft iSCSI Initiator
    Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
    Disk Drive HDT722516DLA380 41N3148LEN ATA Device (160 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA-II)
    Disk Drive ST3200822A ATA Device (200 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/100)
    Disk Drive ST380012A ATA Device (80 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/100)
    Disk Drive WDC WD400BB-23FJA0 ATA Device (37 GB, IDE)
    Optical Drive SONY DVD RW AW-G170A ATA Device
    SMART Hard Disks Status OK

    Partitions:
    C: (NTFS) 76316 MB (37326 MB free)
    D: (NTFS) 125072 MB (4614 MB free)
    E: (NTFS) 152617 MB (31556 MB free)
    F: (NTFS) 5987 MB (370 MB free)
    G: (NTFS) 38154 MB (38062 MB free)
    Total Size 388.8 GB (109.3 GB free)

    Input:
    Keyboard HID Keyboard Device
    Keyboard HID Keyboard Device
    Mouse HID-compliant mouse
    Mouse HID-compliant mouse
    Game Controller Microsoft PC-joystick driver

    Network:
    Network Adapter Atheros AR5006X Wireless Network Adapter
    Network Adapter Intel(R) PRO/1000 MT Desktop Connection (192.168.0.6)





    System Properties:
    Manufacturer IBM
    Product 8187Y2J
    Serial Number ********

    Wake-Up Type Power Switch

    [ Motherboard ]

    Motherboard Properties:
    Manufacturer IBM
    Product IBM


    [ Processors / Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz ]

    Processor Properties:
    Manufacturer GenuineIntel
    Version Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz
    External Clock 133 MHz
    Maximum Clock 3400 MHz
    Current Clock 2800 MHz
    Type Central Processor
    Voltage 1.8 V
    Status Enabled
    Socket Designation WMT478/NWD


    [ System Slots / AGP ]

    System Slot Properties:
    Slot Designation AGP
    Type AGP
    Usage In Use
    Data Bus Width 32-bit
    Length Long

    [ System Slots / PCI Slot #1 - J1001I ]

    System Slot Properties:
    Slot Designation PCI Slot #1 - J1001I
    Type PCI
    Usage Empty
    Data Bus Width 32-bit
    Length Long

    [ System Slots / PCI Slot #2 - J901I ]

    System Slot Properties:
    Slot Designation PCI Slot #2 - J901I
    Type PCI
    Usage In Use
    Data Bus Width 32-bit
    Length Long

    [ System Slots / PCI Slot #3 - J901I ]

    System Slot Properties:
    Slot Designation PCI Slot #3 - J901I
    Type PCI
    Usage In Use
    Data Bus Width 32-bit
    Length Long


    CPU Properties:
    CPU Type Intel Pentium 4
    CPU Alias Prescott
    CPU Stepping E0
    Engineering Sample No
    CPUID CPU Name Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz
    CPUID Revision 00000F41h

    CPU Speed:
    CPU Clock 2792.85 MHz (original: 2800 MHz)
    CPU Multiplier 21.0x
    CPU FSB 132.99 MHz (original: 133 MHz)
    Memory Bus 166.24 MHz

    CPU Cache:
    L1 Trace Cache 12K Instructions
    L1 Data Cache 16 KB
    L2 Cache 1 MB (On-Die, ECC, ATC, Full-Speed)

    Motherboard Properties:
    Motherboard ID <DMI>
    Motherboard Name IBM 8187Y2J

    Chipset Properties:
    Motherboard Chipset Intel Springdale-G i865G
    Memory Timings 2.5-3-3-7 (CL-RCD-RP-RAS)
    PAT Enabled

    SPD Memory Modules:
    DIMM1: Infineon 64D32300HU6C 256 MB PC2700 DDR SDRAM (2.5-3-3-7 @ 166 MHz) (2.0-3-3-6 @ 133 MHz)
    DIMM2: Elpida EBD52UC8AMFA-6B 512 MB PC2700 DDR SDRAM (2.5-3-3-7 @ 166 MHz) (2.0-3-3-6 @ 133 MHz)
    DIMM3: Kingston K 512 MB PC2700 DDR SDRAM (2.5-3-3-7 @ 166 MHz) (2.0-3-3-6 @ 133 MHz)
    DIMM4: Kingston K 512 MB PC2700 DDR SDRAM (2.5-3-3-7 @ 166 MHz) (2.0-3-3-6 @ 133 MHz)

    BIOS Properties:
    System BIOS Date 07/06/05
    Video BIOS Date 09/24/07
    DMI BIOS Version 2AKT51AUS
     
  3. iLag!!!!!

    iLag!!!!! TS Rookie Posts: 18

    There is no "best" combonation of motherboard and CPU. This will just turn into an AMD vs. Intel and AMD vs. nVidia debate thread.
     
  4. Jager

    Jager TS Rookie

    Try to find a Cpu that clocks at 3.2 GHz, dunno about motherboard...
     
  5. Pugamall

    Pugamall TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok Guys,thanks,
    We were a bit quiet on work today,so spent a bit of time on the net looking round,and looking at forums where similar questions have been asked,and I think I have narrowed the choices a bit.
    In my view at the moment its
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Windsor 3.2GHz and AMD Phenom 9950 Black Edition,

    Althought the windsor has faster clock,the Phenom seems to have out performed it in the tests I have read when playing high end games,what are your views ?


    Well I know there is always gona be those sort of arguments (like XBOX v's Ps3),but to be honest I sort of want to know what people think,I dont want arguments just facts,as if there is an intel solution with similar cost and same or better effects then please advise me
     
  6. Jager

    Jager TS Rookie

    Well, i know of a good "Build your own PC site" that has large lists of PC towers, monitors, motherboards etc.. ill grab the link for it.
     
  7. Jager

    Jager TS Rookie

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