Need help with PC Upgrade

By Jawshh
Aug 7, 2009
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  1. Jawshh

    Jawshh TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 438

    I was wondering if its really important to have more than one PCI-e x16 slots. Any advice? Because if I buy locally, I get only mobos with one PCI-e x16 but I get 2 years warranty. And I don't get warranty when buying online.

    Thanx
  2. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    It's not important unless you decide to go Crossfire in future. Moreover, most single card solutions are sufficient for any present games and apps.

    The best chipset for OCing the Phenom IIs is the AMD 790FX. However, they are probably going to be over your budget. The Gigabyte board you mentioned is a decent option. Foxconn / Biostar / MSI will also probably be good enough boards.
  3. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    On a personal note I would definitely recommend that you go ahead with the Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD4P. It will be an above average overclocker too. One of the best boards at price/performance ratio. :)
  4. Jawshh

    Jawshh TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 438

    Hi,
    thanx rit.

    Can someone compare an onboard Radeon HD 4200 with an ECS 9600GT 1GB video card for me?

    Thanx.
  5. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    IMO the 9600GT should be better. Onboard gfx solutions are not really for gaming. However, if you're planning to buy the 9600GT I'd tell you to wait a while. Graphics card prices may drop sooner or later enabling you to buy a better card.
  6. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,351   +122

    The 9600 would be better, the 512mb version will make it more cost effective with little decrease in performance.
  7. Jawshh

    Jawshh TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 438

    The 512mb version is just $5 less than the 1GB one :D . I'll go for the 1GB.

    Thanx
  8. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,282   +24

    I would recommend not buying ECS or Jetway; they are among the worst choices. The best would be XFX, eVGA, BFG (for NVIDIA)\XFX, Visiontek, Sapphire, HIS (for ATI), followed by other companies like PowerColor, Sparkle, Zotac, PNY, Gigabyte, ASUS, Leadtek and others.
  9. Jawshh

    Jawshh TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 438

    Hi,

    Rage, what's the difference between the various brands you listed?

    Thanx
  10. Jawshh

    Jawshh TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 438

    Well, I was going to get an ECS one. But there is also gainward. Is it good?
  11. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,887   +85

    Hi Jawshh,
    warranty and the cooling solution.
     
  12. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,282   +24

    Yep, that's it Greg, but build quality is also a factor. ECS seem to have more problems with failing cards and the like, compared to the other makers.
  13. Jawshh

    Jawshh TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 438

    Hi,

    Thanx Red and Rage. And, What about Gainward? Is it a good manufacturer?

    Thanx
  14. Jawshh

    Jawshh TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 438

    Hi,

    Is MSI K9A2 CF a good mobo? Is it good for overclocking?

    Thanx
  15. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,282   +24

    Gainward are decent. The MSI is okay, but not recommended for OCing.
  16. Jawshh

    Jawshh TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 438

    Hi,

    thanx rage i'll keep that in mind.
  17. Jawshh

    Jawshh TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 438

    Hi,

    Can someone tell me what are the best video cards ranging from $80 to $200. Give me a list if possible. By the way, I want to experience maximum settings on all games(that should help you decide).

    Thanx
  18. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,282   +24

    The 9600GT, HD 4770 and HD 4870 are the best picks in that price range IMO.
  19. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,887   +85

    don't forget the HD 4890, its at $200 now. :)
  20. Jawshh

    Jawshh TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 438

    So, I will be able to max out settings in all games with those cards? And are they future proof? I was wondering what was making the GTX 275 + Series so expensive.

    Thanx
  21. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,887   +85

    most games @ 1900x1200 you will be able to with the 4870 or the 4890.....and no such thing as future proof, if get one of those the DX11 cards come out in a few weeks. you need to determine what is important to you...and go with it :)
  22. Jawshh

    Jawshh TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 438

    Well, I am sure their launch price will be awful.:suspiciou Right?
  23. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,887   +85

    early indications (leaks) are that they will start at $280 and run through $600. but if you do want to wait, they said they would be mass produced by the end of October- early November. there will be a few rounds of price adjustments between Nvidia and ATI which will bring the price down somewhat...but yes, its would be more of an investment than a DX10 card
  24. Jawshh

    Jawshh TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 438

    Ok sounds great. Are there major improvements in the DX11 compared to DX10.1?

    Are there any places I could read articles about DX11? I don't find useful info on google.
  25. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,887   +85

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