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Need help with PC Upgrade

By Jawshh
Aug 7, 2009
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  1. Jawshh

    Jawshh TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 438

    Thats handy.

    Thanx
     
  2. Jawshh

    Jawshh TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 438

    Hey I have a few video cards in my reach.

    which one should I buy?

    1. ASUS HD 4850 1GB - $147.49

    2. BFG 9600GT 1GB - $125

    3. EVGA 9800GTX+ 512MB - $144

    4. MSI HD 4830 1GB - $149.94

    5. PNY 9800GT 1GB - $147


    So, they are all around the same price. Help me choose :D

    I will be playing @ 1280 X 1024 Resolution.

    Thanx
     
  3. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    Asus HD 4850 (1GB) IMO.
     
  4. Jawshh

    Jawshh TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 438

    ok good. Thanx :D
     
  5. Jawshh

    Jawshh TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 438

    Is gigabyte HD 4850 1GB better than asus HD 4850 1GB?

    Thanx
     
  6. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    Do you have Sapphire or HIS available? They would be the best choices for Radeon cards. Also XFX.
     
  7. Jawshh

    Jawshh TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 438

    Nope, I only have asus and gigabyte.
     
  8. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    Either is great, unless one of them has a better cooling solution than the other, in which case that one would be the one to buy.
     
  9. Jawshh

    Jawshh TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 438

    Yes that's what's confusing me. Look at the screenshots. The gigabyte one has a cooling called Multi-core and the asus has a fan over a heatsink.
     
  10. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    Though both will use air from inside your case for cooling, the performance of the cooler without the fan will be more dependent on case air temperature.
     
  11. Jawshh

    Jawshh TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 438

    Ok thanx all.
     
     
  12. Jawshh

    Jawshh TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 438

    Hey again,

    I think tomorrow I am going to buy my parts. I already have the cpu and RAM. Tomorrow I am going to buy:

    Coolermaster CM690 casing,

    Topower Silentcool 600W PSU

    A 770 chipset gigabyte mobo,

    Xigmatek Dark Knight Cpu Cooler.

    As for the video card, There is a 9600GT 1GB which is at only $65, if I get that instead of the 4850 1GB, will there be much performance loss?

    And, is the above setup good?

    Thanx.
     
  13. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    There will be a massive performance loss. The HD4850 is comparable to the GeForce 9800GTX.

    The CM690 is a very nice case. I own that myself and love it.

    Which processor and RAM did you pick?
     
  14. Jawshh

    Jawshh TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 438

    Ok i'll get the HD 4850 then.

    I bought OCZ gold PC2-5400, the Reaper series are too much over budget.And cpu AMD phenom II X2 550.

    I had something in mind though. I was planning to buy a radeon 5000 series for christmas. Should I buy the 9600GT for now or the HD 4850 will do just fine?

    Will I be able to game much on these specs?
     
  15. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    If you're buying the Radeon HD 5850 / 5870 in December then you may go for the 9600GT. But only if it's much cheaper than the HD 4850.

    With the HD 4850 and the other components you mentioned you'll be able to play all new titles fine enough. :)
     
  16. Jawshh

    Jawshh TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 438

    I'll get the 9600GT for now, its like 80 bucks cheaper and I'll be using it for only 2 months. Thanx for the info.
     
  17. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    What are their respective costs?
     
  18. Jawshh

    Jawshh TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 438

    Hd 4850 - $147

    9600gt - $ 65
     
  19. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    Well, in newegg at least, there doesn't seem to be a 9600GT for as low as $65. You may also look into the HD4830.
     
  20. Jawshh

    Jawshh TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 438

    I am buying local, the price is quite attractive. I don't see hd4830 anywhere here. :(
     
  21. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    on newegg you can get the 4850 for like 89.99 so why not buy online? and i would use a different PSU especially if your going to get a 5850 later this year i wouldnt even trust a budget card to that psu.
     
  22. Jawshh

    Jawshh TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 438

    Nope, no shipping to my country.:(

    What do you mean?:confused:


    I will get another PSU later, I don't wanna go out of budget. :D
     
  23. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    Topower is a decent PSU brand; not too shabby IMO. But the PSU is of fairly older spec, and has a relatively weak +12V rail (~32A) compared to most other 600W PSUs. Should still be plenty for a 9600GT though.

    Speaking of which, the 9600GT will be perfect; the extra power of the HD 4850 (and more powerful cards) will be utterly wasted at 1280x1024. You should be able to play anything maxed out at that resolution.
     
  24. Jawshh

    Jawshh TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 438

    Ahh thats good news for me. :D Im eager to complete my build :)

    Thanx again moiz
     
  25. Jawshh

    Jawshh TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 438

    Finally Satisfied ;)

    Hey,

    Sorry for the late reply, I finally upgraded 2 weeks ago. Look at my specs.

    I have another question. It is about my old computer. I thought I could use it for my college stuff, I wanted to change the memory and CPU. But, I cannot decide what to go for. I thought of replacing the CPU with a pentium D or something and replacing the RAM with a 2GB kit. The mobo is Gigabyte GA-81915PL-G, CPU is pentium 4 3GHz and RAM is 1GB PC-3200 . I installed 7 on it and its quite laggy. I dont want to spend too much on it though. Any ideas?

    cheers
     
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