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Is this any good?

By Arkz
Apr 20, 2009
  1. Buying a new pc, made a q6600 based one and some guy paid me triple here cause of dollar prices(venezuela).

    So yeah, just wondering if this is any good.. Read some reviews, the radeon 4870 had some probs with cooling or something (i do not know a lot of this) so i took the 4890 wich is better and so far i've read runs cooler than 4870 >_<..

    CASE: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129043&Tpk=ANTE 1200

    MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128358&Tpk=ga-ep45-ud3p

    CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115041

    HEATSINK: XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003

    RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231166

    PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139009&Tpk=CORSAIR 80 850W PSU

    GPU: SAPPHIRE 100269OCSR Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102831

    HDD:
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

    More like a casual gamer, still i wanna play Top games, and the ones coming this year and the next :p

    So.. Is it good or i should change something?

    Thx in advance!
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    It's your choice... Looks good to me. I would have chosen Nvidia over ATI though
     
  3. Arkz

    Arkz TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    But, could you be more especific? what card do you think i should go for? as i've read reviews this card is a beast, and doesnt have problems with heat or anything.. That's what i've read so far.. and the 295 is just too expensive, around 500$, while radeon is around 260$, great price difference, altho you may say that i should go for a 260-280 gtx? The saphire 4890 looks fine for me, ''for me'', if im sure of what im buying i wouldnt been asking, that's why im here :p i want to learn you know..

    So yeah, thx in advance for your replies
     
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    You can find reviews that can say good or bad about anything at any time. I haven't used ATI cards for a few years now. Its a matter of personal preference
     
  5. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    Everything looks good to me, your card selection is good.
     
  6. Arkz

    Arkz TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    That's why i chose the 4890 over the 4870, read some reviews that said that the stock cooler made it run very hot anyway, and with 4890 they fixed that, and so far i've read is a good card. Anyway maybe i upgrade something from time to time, but yes i would like it to last atleast a year or two.

    Another thing that bugs me is the PSU, a friend of mine said that if u need for example: 850w, and u put a 1000w PSU, it may fry the pc, cause of overload or something.. i didn't believe it and tried to look on google and no webpage said that :S Obviously if u need 850w and u put in a 650w it will cause damage cause there's not enough power, but u need 850w and u put in a 1000w one and u're screwed too? xD im a bit confused.. Hope you can take this doubt out

    Thx again, well i already ordered some parts, just the ram, cpu, case and hd, hope it all comes fine w/o problems =)!
     
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    The PSU is fine, the components only draw what they need and nothing more.

    However, I advise you to go with a 650TX (it would also be able to run two HD 4890s comfortably) and grab an i7 920 and the GA-EX58-UD3R. You can get the 650TX for $90-ish from here, and the GA-EX58-UD3R can be had cheapest here with free shipping. There is a $10 or so price difference between the Q9550 and the i7 920.

    You will need DDR3 RAM, and this G.SKILL kit is perfect, for only $22 more than the DDR2 kit.

    So you can basically cover the costs of the X58 mobo and the i7 920 with the money you save from getting the 650TX, while spending a little extra for the RAM. It gets you a faster overall system, and with the latest BIOS from Gigabyte, the GA-EX58-UD3R will support SLI and Crossfire on the same board, making it a very sweet deal IMO.

    The other choices look great. Good job! :grinthumb
     
  8. Arkz

    Arkz TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Ow well.. I tought the difference between i7 and Q's isnt much (from what i've read) but anyway i'll do that ^^ Man i love the way you reply, seriously you're so much helpful with people.

    Then everything looks the same, except i'll change MoBo, PSU, and Ram, but then again, i should use another heatsink since the socket is another one right? What ones could be nice for the i7? (Scared xD never touched the i7 topic, confuses me a little, but seems far better)

    Thx in advance. And thx for that idea. I might do that
     
  9. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Nah, you just need this retention kit for the new socket type.

    Oh, and you're welcome. :)
     
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