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Old January 14, 2009, 06:51 AM
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Here is my current rig (everything beside the RAM is bought in 2006 autumn):

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300
Mobo: GIGABYTE 965P-DS3
GPU: GeForce 7600GT
RAM: 3 x A-DATA 1GB DDRII 800 128Mx8
PSU: Fortron Blue Storm 500W
OS: Xp, maybe change to Win7 if it comes out.

I'm trying to get it up to date so i can play games like Call of Duty 4 (WaW), GTA IV etc with good fps and everything set to high..

In the moment i have a 19" monitor (1280 x 1024), but i'm likley getting a bigger monitor soon. I'm thinking of 24" (1920 x 1200).

I don't live in Canada so the currency isn't $, let's just call it "credits". My budget is about 5000 credits (which kinda equals 500$, but stuff pays more here). I'll post some prices down below and feel free to ask how much something costs.

I myself was thinking of getting one more memory so it will work in duals or whatever, a 4870 1GB GPU and maybe overclock the CPU (once i learn how to do it)?!

Anyway, here are some prices:

Gigabyte RADEON HD 4850 1GB - 2535
Gigabyte RADEON HD 4870 1GB - 4020
Asus RADEON EAH4870/HTDI/512 - 3595
Sapphire RADEON HD 4870X2 2GB GDDR5 - 7322
Asus GeForce 200 Series ENGTX260/HTDP/896M - 4330
Gigabyte GeForce 200 Series GTX 280 1GB - 5704
MSI GeForce 9 Series 9800GX2 1GB - 5110
EVGA GeForce 9 Series 9800GTX KO Knock-out version - 5030
A-DATA 1GB DDRII 800 128Mx8 - 175

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Old January 14, 2009, 01:26 PM
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Wow, I am lost with your credit thigny !

Couple of comments :

I suppose your XP is 32 bits, so I dont see no needs for more ram, 3 gig is plenty, 2 would be alright to.

Your cpu will become a bottle neck or close to be one with the higher end cards.

For your needs at 24 inch (1920 * 1200) a GTX260 should be cutting it at high setting. And I say ''should'' since my experience on a 24 inch + GTX260 was good but I had a E8400 OCed at 4.0 GHZ feeding it, I dont know about your not overclocked CPU.

Now when do you plan to buy that LCD ?

If it is in more than 6 months; buy a 4850. It will be more than enough for a 19 inch.
In 6 months, the GPU picture will have changed enough to have a better buy than what we have today.
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Old January 14, 2009, 02:56 PM
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4850 looks like the best bang for the buck, do you have enough for that + a 20 inch?
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Old January 14, 2009, 02:58 PM
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new gpu and a 24" monitor is going to be more than $500
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Old January 15, 2009, 03:11 AM
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* You don't need delve into the credit part, it basically $500, but in a different currency.
* If i would buy the RAM and GPU i would prolly not replace them for 2-3 years (kinda like my current pc).
* I might upgrade my Mobo and CPU sometimes afterwards (maybe a year?) and then the it doesn't hold the GPU back.
* I might buy the monitor in 6 months, maybe even later. But i still want my GPU to support it.
* Monitor's price is not ment to be in the budget money.

Here are some prices, so you would know what's available and how much they cost here:Gigabyte GeForce 200 Series GTX 260 896MB GDDR3 Physics - 3925
Asus GeForce 200 Series ENGTX260/HTDP/896M - 4640
Gigabyte GeForce 200 Series GTX 280 1GB - 5704
EVGA GeForce 200 Series GTX 260 - 5871
EVGA GeForce 200 Series GTX 260 SC "Superclocked" - 6336
EVGA GeForce 200 Series GTX 260 SSC "SuperSuperclocked" - 6536
EVGA GeForce 200 Series GTX 260 FTW "For The Win" - 6935
MSI GeForce 200 Series N280 1GB OC - 7030
EVGA GeForce 200 Series GTX 260 BlackPearl with HydroCopper Cooler - 8929
Gigabyte RADEON HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E - 2240
Sapphire RADEON HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E - 2395
Asus RADEON HD 4850 512MB DDR3 PCI-E - 2400
GeCube RADEON HD 4850 PCI-E 512MB DDR3 RTL - 2475
Gigabyte RADEON HD 4850 1GB - 2535
Gigabyte RADEON HD 4850 1GB Zalman - 2630
MSI RADEON R4850 512MB - 2665
Asus RADEON EAH4850 TOP/HTDI/512 - 2910
Asus RADEON EAH4850/HTDI/1G - 2920



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Old February 7, 2009, 12:56 AM
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Since i haven't gotten a response i took the time to write them all out.

Still don't know which one to get.

1GB GDDR5 PCIE16 HD4870/D.SL 11133-04-20R SML SAPPHIRE (Mem clock: 1800 MHz
GPU clock: 750 MHz) for 3800.-

More info: VGA 1GB GDDR5 PCIE16 HD4870/D.SL 11133-04-20R SML SAPPHIRE - 3781EEK : Minupood (it's not in English, but i think you guys can make out what the spefications are etc).

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1GB GDDR5 PCIE16 HD4870/GV-R487D5-1GD GIGABYTE (Mem clock: 3600 MHz GPU clock: 750 MHz) for 4100.-

More info: VGA 1GB GDDR5 PCIE16 HD4870/GV-R487D5-1GD GIGA-BYTE - 4115EEK : Minupood (it's not in English, but i think you guys can make out what the spefications are etc).

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1GB GDDR5 PCIE16 R4870/R4870-T2D1G-OC MSI (Mem clock: 3600 MHz GPU clock: 780 MHz) for 4400.-

More info: VGA 1GB GDDR5 PCIE16 R4870/R4870-T2D1G-OC MSI - 4425EEK : Minupood (it's not in English, but i think you guys can make out what the spefications are etc).

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ASUSTEK - gigantic 1gb memory on board with enthusiastic 4 heat-pipe dark knight cooler + hdmi 1.3 output support (CPU clock: 750 mhz Mem Clock: 3.6 ghz) for 3700.-

More info: ARVUTIKESKUS (it's not in English, but i think you guys can make out what the spefications are etc).

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CLUB 3D hd 4870 oc edition (CPU clock: 800 mhz Mem Clock: 3.7 ghz) for 3800.-

More info: ARVUTIKESKUS (it's not in English, but i think you guys can make out what the spefications are etc).

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Then there is this one, which seems to be the same MSI one above: ARVUTIKESKUS .

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I'm thinking either the OC edition of Club3D or ASUTEK...

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I'd go with the ARVUTIKESKUS 3700 "Credits" as you've refered to it is the cheapest in Canadian dollars and the Dark Knight cooler is solid performer over stock. The only thing that concerns me is the PSU, it doesn't have second PCI-E connector. You might consider a more powerful unit if you intend on upgrading everything else.

Btw how's the weather in Estonia?



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Old February 7, 2009, 05:50 AM
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Yeah, ASUSTEK seems to be everyone's suggestion, sofar that one is the winner. My plans were to upgrade GPU and add one more memory stick right now and in some time in the future get a faster mobo, 4 core CPU and a new PSU but do you think i need it now?

And the weather is pretty good. It's around 0*C and everything is covered in ice because

1. Gets cold -> snow.
2. Gets warm -> snow melts.
3. Gets cold -> water turns into ice.
4. Gets warm -> Ice melts into water.

And right now steps 3 and 4 are repeated. (Y) :D
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Old February 7, 2009, 08:39 AM
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COD 4 will play fine on high with the asustek 4870 1GB, GTA IV I haven't got it so no comment. You should overclock the cpu if u can. Add another stick of ram so u can get dual chanel and disable page file .
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