Opinions wanted

By Baltan
Aug 3, 2008
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  1. Ultiweap

    Ultiweap TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 742

    Yes but sometimes if the person don't have too much money he can buy two appropriate cost graphic card and make a crossfire thus will have the same time as the expensive one.

    I will recommend you to buy two low cost card if you don't have too much money but if you have enough then buy an ATI Radeon HD 4850
    http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3338
    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/ATI-Radeon-4850,5705.html

    Or an NVIDIA 8800GT
    http://www.nvidia.com/object/geforce_8800gt.html
  2. Baltan

    Baltan Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 250

    I have decided that i am going to build two computers 1 for gaming which i will follow Rage_3K_Moiz advice.

    With the money that i get for the computer that i am selling i am going to build a budget 1 for every day tasks such a surfing the net and listening to music. I am looking at spending about £300 on the basic one as i need to get a monitor.

    Any ideas what to go for, or if someone can put together a basic 1 for me that is pretty good.

    I will most likely get my parts from ebuyer or microdirect.

    Cheers Baltan
  3. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

  4. Baltan

    Baltan Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 250

    cheers i was thinking maybe a better graphics card and a little more power or maybe even a better cpu?? what you reckon as for the operating system what do i go for vista or xp?

    cheers Baltan
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    I don't think you'd need more CPU or GPU power for a basic PC. As for the OS, I'd recommend Windows XP Professional with SP3 for both PCs.
  6. Baltan

    Baltan Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 250

    I will also use the basic one to run some old games. Also what case should i get for the gaming rig?
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    In that case, you could step up to an 8500GT. For the gaming rig, I'd recommend the Cooler Master Stacker 832 or the Antec Twelve Hundred, whichever is cheaper for you.
  8. Baltan

    Baltan Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 250

    So on the basic one get an 8500GT correct?
  9. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    Yeah, that's it.
  10. Baltan

    Baltan Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 250

    Ok cool. Just an update my friend is getting rid of his intel processor it just a Pentium 4 one, (its not dual or quad core). He is also giving me a 400w power supply if i take it. It will also come with a 120gb hard drive which is ide unfortunately and has xp on it!

    What you reckon should i go for it and then get the same motherboard and power supply? It costs me nothing?

    -Baltan
  11. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    Yeah, it would be okay, since you won't be stressing the PC too much anyways. About the PSU, I'd recommend a new one, since old ones lose some of their efficiency due to capacitor aging.
  12. Baltan

    Baltan Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 250

    ok cool. i will use the memory and motherboard along with the case that you suggested and graphics card, i am also looking for a monitor to use when i get my gaming rig any suggestions?
  13. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    I find Samsung and Acer monitors to be the best. The Samsung SM226BW is what I'd specifically recommend.
     
  14. Baltan

    Baltan Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 250

    Ok cool will have a look at them, forgot to mention that the power supply is new and has only been used once. I also wont be building any of the comps until i come back from holiday.

    I might look at LG monitors aswell.

    -Baltan
  15. Baltan

    Baltan Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 250

    Was thinking for the basic computer i might look for a motherboard that cost around £60, can you recommend a good one for that price?

    Also i think i might build an AMD system for the basic one and go with the dual core AMD just because they are cheaper?

    -Baltan
  16. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    This is a great mobo for that price.

    And yes, you can also go for AMD with the basic system. It's upto you really.
  17. Baltan

    Baltan Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 250

  18. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    I recommend this mobo as the best choice, in case you want to upgrade the CPU later to a Phenom without the bus being clocked down. It also has a very good integrated graphics solution so you may not need to get a separate video card. Even if you do want one, a low-end Radeon like the HD 3450 can be run in Hybrid Crossfire mode with the onboard GPU, resulting in fantastic performance gains for a very low price.
  19. Baltan

    Baltan Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 250

    How do you set up hybird crossfire? Is it easy?
  20. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

  21. Baltan

    Baltan Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 250

    Hi guys update time.

    I will be ordering the parts that were suggested for the gaming computer on the weekend coming up.

    I will not be building two comps instead i will be building a gaming comp and getting a laptop as i need one.

    I have about £600-£700 to spend on a laptop, Can you guys recommend a good one for that price as i have found a few but don't know if they are good. It must have at least 3gb of memory

    Thanks For all the help much appreciated

    -Baltan
  22. Baltan

    Baltan Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 250

    If someone could also recommend another graphics card encase they are sold out when i come to buy them.

    Thanks

    -Baltan
  23. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    Get any HD 4850 from HIS, PowerColor, Visiontek, ASUS, Sapphire or Gigabyte. I doubt all of them will be out of stock. Sapphire is the best out of those, with HIS, Visiontek and Gigabyte being next. PowerColor and ASUS are last, and probably the ones you should buy if you can't find anything cheaper. I know this sounds kinda weird since I've recommended the PowerColor HD 4850 originally, but after researching all over the internet, their reputation isn't as great as that of the others, specifically Sapphire and HIS, whose Toxic and IceQ card revisions come with fantastic aftermarket coolers and OC'd GPU and memory clocks.
  24. Baltan

    Baltan Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 250

    So don't go for the powercolour hd 4850 but for another make? will this one work and still let me get sli?

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/148468

    as i want to be able to have two graphics cards!

    Also when i install the two graphics cards do i have to install both disks for both of them?
  25. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    Yep, you can go Crossfire with that card, no problem. You just need to install the latest Catalyst drivers from ATI's site. The drivers on the CD are usually outdated, so don't bother using those.
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