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  • Fruvous
    started a topic Is this a decent build for the cost?

    Is this a decent build for the cost?

    Is this computer worth $1000? It'd be nice if I didn't have to upgrade parts for a while

    RAM: 6GB (gold plate)
    Video: ATI Radeon HD 4890 1gb (crossfire ready)
    Motherboard: evga x58 motherboard
    Processor: Intel core i7-920 bloomfield 2.66GHz quad-core
    OS: Windows 7 x64 pro

    Needs:
    Play DeusEx3 & BF3. Would be nice to record video
    Hook digital piano to computer, do sound stuff in Fruity Loops
    Dispenses Coffee
    Hooks to a TV Monitor
    I would absolutely love to still to play old DX7 games

  • Fruvous
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    You all are awesome!! Thanks for the advice!

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  • Acreo Aeneas
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    Re: Is this a decent build for the cost?

    Originally posted by VoodooIT View Post
    Between the two, I would definitely go for the second PC with the Radeon HD 6850 because it will definitely outperform the 5770. Personally, I think you should downgrade from the Core i7 2600K to a Core i5 2500K and use the savings on an even faster graphics card. The only difference between 2600K and 2500K is hyperthreading and 100MHz clockspeed difference. Hyperthreading is of little use to most people and the clockspeed difference can easily be made up by adjusting the unlocked multiplier.
    What he said and I would take out the BD combo drive and replace it with a DVD burner. Not much point in having a BD drive if you don't really watch Blu-ray movies.

    As for a better card, I'd probably use the money you save and splurge it on a HD6950. You can easily firmware flash it to become a HD6970. Either card can pretty much handle any game you throw at it right now on max settings.

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  • VoodooIT
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    Between the two, I would definitely go for the second PC with the Radeon HD 6850 because it will definitely outperform the 5770. Personally, I think you should downgrade from the Core i7 2600K to a Core i5 2500K and use the savings on an even faster graphics card. The only difference between 2600K and 2500K is hyperthreading and 100MHz clockspeed difference. Hyperthreading is of little use to most people and the clockspeed difference can easily be made up by adjusting the unlocked multiplier.

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  • Fruvous
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    Thanks a lot all! You saved me a lot of grief haha

    I've settled on one of these two
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16883229249
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16883227325

    The only difference I can see is:
    $1099
    (save 150)
    ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB
    DVD+RW
    8channel audio


    $1179
    (save 50)
    AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB
    BD Combo
    7.1 channel audio

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  • Acreo Aeneas
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    As everyone already pointed out, that rig isn't worth $1000. In fact that HD4890 isn't even produced anymore (they stopped making them shortly after my HD5830 released). Hell, that card is worth less than my 5830 ($130).

    You could build a better rig for ~$800 nowadays and get much better performance than the rig you just posted Fruvous.

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  • caaraa
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    You can get better for cheaper right now

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  • VoodooIT
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    Don't buy: You can get a much better graphics card for ~$200 and that is the biggest determining factor in how well newer games will run.

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  • Iamthefallen
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    Yep, you get a LOT of computer for your money with the new Sandy Bridge CPUS (Intel i5-2500 and i7-2600).

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  • sordavie
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    You can get better for cheaper right now, if you really want to spend the money. That i7 920 is quite old (2.5 years), and the price hasn't dropped much relative to its performance versus newer CPUs. The 4890 is similarly quite old (2 years). You don't want to drop $1000 on stuff that's already 2 years dated. Look instead for i5-2000k series CPUs and 5000 or 6000 series ATI cards.

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  • FBmantis
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    If you don't need it now - wait until closer to bf3 for better tech and/or price drops.

    Pretty sure you don't want to go the x58 route at this point either but I haven't been following the tech advances much lately. (building around Sandy Bridge chips is the way to go now?)

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  • Namebot
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    No, more like the $750 range. Suggest you wait until closer to those games release dates for a better idea of system requirements.

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