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Old January 13, 2009, 08:43 AM
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Old January 13, 2009, 09:18 AM
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Yah for ATI Cards you don't want to have to deal with Sapphire support in case anything goes wrong. As recommended above, HIS, Visiontek, XFX.

But for the original question, If you can work your budget to include the Asus P5Q Pro, E7200, and the 4850, you will be very happy. I build a similar system for a friend recently, same parts, just a different processor, and he couldn't be happier. Came to $800. Mind you this is without a monitor.
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Old January 13, 2009, 02:55 PM
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hey, about the waiting for the future 4850 xfire thing. I don't think you'll beable to get one for $60 bucks even a year into the future. Its a really popular card, just like the 8800gt and I'm pretty sure, once they discontinue the 4850, that it'll be all sold out before it ever drops to $60. For example look at the 8800gt, they're still goin for 120-160 some places.

About the e5200, I like it. I don't think very man people on these forums has a e5200, everyone seems to be rich lol. I duno much about cache and whatever, but if your budget doesn't allow you choose an e7200 over an e5200 I don't think your build is automatically gonna suck. Now I duno much about an e7200 but I did a bit of research on the e5200 and everyone seems to be getting really good oc results with it. It's probably because of the 12.5 multiplier, you don't have to increase your fsb too much.

If you get one of the M0 steppings (i think thats the latest) you should beable to overclock easy with a low voltage and stock hsf (so you can save money on that too). I'm at 3.6ghz (12.5x288mhz) and 1.232v.

One fault I would note is that there might be an FSB limitation when you use the e5200 in combination with a p45 or p43. I think the reviewers from toms hardware ran into the same problem. I can't deny or confirm this myself, because my mobo's voltage limit keeps me testing it myself. I think I read 333mhz and up was where the combination would start to become unstable. But even then thats 4.16 ghz already, if you use the 12.5 multi.
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Now I hope I've put some confidence in your choices lol, if you really can't go above your current budget. But you should take my 2 cents for what its worth, and do some researchign as well. I don't really know much about cache and its impact on games lol, for all I know some one could come in here and blow my theories to shreds.

ALSO:: aren't you already over your budget? if you choose a 4850
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Old January 13, 2009, 07:31 PM
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With the recent Price drops.....don't mess around...get a GTX 280 !
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Old January 13, 2009, 11:11 PM
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ALSO:: aren't you already over your budget? if you choose a 4850[/quote]
Yeah the budget is blown.
I got the monitor for X-mas/birthday so that was a bonus.
The parts are ordered and on their way.
Everything except the v/c.
As for the trouble with Sapphire, I've used 3 cards from them over the years, two of which I still have and are still working.
I haven't read too much bad press on them, but if the after sales service sucks, then that gets overshadowed by performance in the reviews.
I generally don't o/c my video so maybe that's why they've held up...?
And 1Tanker, you sound like a fella after my own heart, pretty much what I do too. An upgrade every 3-6 months for me though, always minor stuff, and never cutting edge. Can't justify the expense.
Never thought my original question would generate so much response.
Once again, great site.
So here's another question, how about Palit or Asus??
Prices are close.
Asus has the different cooler/fan design that's supposed to run cooler then the others.
I CAN always P/M it at NCIX...
The GTX 280 is sweet, but the cheapest I found was just under $350.. No way I can swing that..
The GTX 260 is also just under $320...
I'm going to have to settle for the lesser one for now.
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