Time to Upgrade... Advice?

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  1. bowrofl

    bowrofl New Member

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    :wavey: It's been nearly 2 years since I built my current desktop... feel like it's time to upgrade so I can squeeze another few years of life out of it. This is for my gaming machine BTW.

    Currently running at 1680x1050 but looking to upgrade to 1080p, 23"/24" monitor within the next few weeks. Current specs:

    mb: gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R
    cpu: intel core 2 quad 6600 running at stock (i'm a newb at OCing, never done it before :hs)
    ram: crucial ballistix ddr2-800 (2GBx2)
    gpu: evga geforce 8800gts 512
    psu: corsair hx-520
    hd: segate barracuda 7200.10 500gb
    case: antec nine hundred
    monitor: samsung 226bw

    Currently, I'm thinking about upgrading the video card to go along with the monitor upgrade... not sure if anything else needs to be upgraded :hs: That's why I'm posting this here :x: Also, any recommendations for a video card to upgrade to?
     
  2. crontab

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    i have a very similar setup. same cpu, gpu and play games in 1900x1200 with no probs

    i would just OC and maybe get a SSD drive.
     
  3. bowrofl

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    Really? :o Newer games are starting to take it's toll on my rig... I can run as my res but I need to turn graphic settings down... I want to be able to crank it all up to max :drool: Maybe I'm doing something wrong though?

    I'd like to OC but I don't know how and I haven't really spent time looking into it :hs: As for SSD, they are still kinda expensive for the amount of space you get, no? Either way though, I should probably upgrade my HD because I've Segate's 7200.10 line has a history of random death... the other one I had died randomly and apparently others had the same problem :o
     
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    yeah, GTX260 or 4870 will be nice upgrade
    maybe WD Caviar Black or 7200.12 Seagate for the hdd if not an ssd

    note: i have six 7200.10s
    running solid for 2 yrs, no problems
     
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    Hay. I was looking at the 4870 or the GTX260 Core 216. They both seem the same to me, and benchmarks seem to place them at the same performance, with the ATI peforming a little better at 1920 probably because of the little bit of extra VRAM.

    My local computer shop has a 4890 on sale though:

    http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=023861&cid=999.243.272

    MSI R4890-T2D1G-OC ATI Radeon HD 4890 Chipset (880Mhz) 1GB GDDR5 (3996Mhz) Dual Dual-Link DVI PCI Express 2.0 Graphics Card for $180CAD. Is this a good deal? The 4890 seems to have an advantage over the other cards in the 1920 resolution area, but I'm not too familiar with MSI. There are too many board manufacturers out for me to keep up with :o But in ArsTechnica's newest System Builder guide, it is the card that they recommend for their $1000 gaming PC. Anyone have any advice on that 4890?

    As for the HD, I think I will just get a good external for now and wait for SSDs to become more mainstream/cheaper.

    Any recommendations on a monitor for gaming/HD movies as well? 24" or 23" preferred, 1920x1080 preferred rather than 1200 :o The Acer G24 is a beautiful monitor, just too bad it looks like this:

    [​IMG]
     
  7. PcH

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    I love my GTX 260 and it's the 216 processing cores on. Haven't personally tried the 4890, but I've heard good news about it. I've had my BenQ 24 wide (1920x1200) for approx 2-3 years. Paid $500ish for it at the time. Just recently for a cheap Acer 23 wide for $176 shipped. Trust me, side by side you can tell the difference aside from the 1 inch.
     
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    ATI vs Nvidia is pretty much neck and neck performance wise
    ATI is usually cheaper, but I prefer Nvidia's drivers.
    definitely get the 4890 over the 4870/GTX260
    GTX275 will be the match for the 4890

    Acer sucks. stick with Samsung
     
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    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    get a Dell Studio Hybrid, Dell 24" LED-backlit LCD, and an Xbox 360
     
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    Are you saying that the BenQ is better quality than the Acer? I've heard good things about using BenQ's as gaming/HD viewing monitors before, maybe I should look into it. What model do you have & what do you use it for, if you don't mind me asking. :hs:

    True, thanks for the tips :hs: I've always had good experiences with Sammy monitors & TVs so I may stick with that. The orange of that Acer monitor is actually growing on me, but the glossy screen & apparently meh HD viewing experience makes it hard to actually get it. I may get that 4890, need to look for MSI reviews & make sure they are a good company with a decent rep.

    y? games will look 11tybillion times better after I've updated & learned to overclock my rig compare to a Tree Sixty :mamoru:
     
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    MSI is good. they usually have the best coolers on vid cards
    the orange in the acer makes it like a kid's toy, imo.
    e.g.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Just bought a 260 from dell.com (the regular one, not the super clocked, although it came at that superclocked speed anyway, and the OCing utility runs in windows and lets me get even more juice out of it). I got it for ~150 BEFORE $30 rebate. Keep a lookout on slickdeals.net
     

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