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#1352 Sep 12 2010 at 8:46 PM Rating: Decent
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EverRanger wrote:
any opinions on my post?


The GTX 460 is a pretty good improvement over the 9800 and you can get it for $200. Windows 7 also throws in the CPU to help the GPU when needs be so that may help as well.

EDIT: A 2400 with a 2.1 Ghz CPU is pretty impressive, to be honest! But upgrading your CPU may also mean changing MoBo's, so that would definitely run you more than $200

Edited, Sep 12th 2010 10:48pm by Zoddy75
#1353 Sep 12 2010 at 8:56 PM Rating: Good
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Get a 460 and a good CPU cooler.

Clock the CPU to a higher speed and the GPU will provide a good increase over your 9800GT.
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thanks alot guys!
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Just a quick question;

Is it possible, and safe to import computer parts from the US to the UK?
I notice that some of the prices are vastly different, with the UK prices sometimes near double the cost of the US equivalent.

I would very much appreciate anyone telling me whether I can do so, and perhaps even a supplier who would ship from the US

Thanks in advance!
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#1356 Sep 13 2010 at 2:39 AM Rating: Decent
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ok, so right now with my setup on low i am getting a 2400 benchmark score and i wanna get it higher. I have 200 bucks to spend so just curious on what you think i should upgrade to.

If you get a GTX 460, make sure that you get the 1 GB ones. You can currently get a MSi for around $229, with a $20 rebate (not that we trust rebates, of course). If you can afford it, a 2 GB card may allow you to run double buffering for considerably better quality than just anti-alias, which will currently kill any card with 1 GB of video memory. Buffering will become a lot more squeezed if you choose 720 MP VRAM and you'll run the game a bit slower due to the decreased memory read speed.

The only qualm I have against the 2 GB GTX 460 cards is that the only ones are made by Palit, which apparently ships cards without a VRAM sink (that's included in the reference model) saying that it's not necessary for end users. On that alone

Your CPU will bottleneck the game quite a bit, though. Processor speed isn't the only thing that will affect performance - having 4 cores instead of 3 does help in this game (especially with its tendency to not use 100% of your GPU when it should have and randomly skip to using a lot of CPU processing mid-way). If you only have $200 to upgrade, I'd consider either getting a GTX 460 or a Radeon 5830 - the difference in FF14 won't be that noticeable between the two cards (FF14 being one of those weird games like that), although the Radeon 5830 will be cheaper on NewEgg, and the GTX 460 will be a more powerful card overall.

@FFLink: Why would you think that =p? Between overclocking, possibly adding a flash reader drive, motherboard quality, RAM speed, and planning ahead for SLI/CrossFireX, there's little harm in getting a higher PSU just in case if a second graphics card is needed or something to that effect.
#1357 Sep 13 2010 at 3:44 AM Rating: Good
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The way I've seen it worded is as if these people are being told they need excessive amounts of power than actually necessary. If they're building a PC for a set budget, buying a higher 'wattaged' PSU than necessary isn't gonna help them, financially.

There is no harm, and as you said, it's good to future proof, but chances are that if they're spending so much now on an upgrade for FFXIV, they're not gonna upgrade again anytime soon.

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Question...

Would a mobo with standard memory support DDR3 2000(O.C.) / 1333 / 1066 and a set of A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) be compatible?

mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131646
ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211409


They are compatible, but your RAM will be performing at 1333 instead of its usual 1600.
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#1359 Sep 13 2010 at 9:34 AM Rating: Good
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About PSUs, I almost never say it's required to use high wattage PSUs. I've only said that I recommend them. And the reason for my recommendations isn't so that it "has enough power" to run a certain system, but more because of future proof and taking possible inefficiency into account.

For example:

A GTX 460 officially requires a 450W PSU. I recommend people to use 150W above the official requirement. The reason for this is some power supplies are slightly faulty and can produce lower-than-supposed-to power (the opposite of a burst in power). Having the extra 150W helps to prevent your system from getting inadequate power from these reverse spikes. Also, power supplies deteriorate over time. A 450W will be producing less after a couple of years. Having this extra 150W makes up for the deterioration.

So, I recommend a 600W power supply for running a GTX 460 (450W official requirement) both for future proof and possible inefficiency. If the system is going to be overclocked, I recommend an additional 100W since overclocked systems take significantly more power than standard settings. If the system will see a second GTX 460 running in SLI in the future, I recommend adding another 150W to it (a GTX 460 uses ~150W at full load).

Therefore, a normal system with a 460 would get a 600W recommended PSU by me. 700W if the system is going to be overclocked. 850W if the system is going to be overclocked and having a second card inserted in the future.

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#1360 Sep 13 2010 at 10:24 AM Rating: Decent
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I don't suppose anyone knows of a seller in the States who will ship to the UK on various parts, mainly CPU and GPUs?

I'm after a 5870 and perhaps an i5 Cpu, but the prices in the UK are almost double that of the US, so wondering if there's any feasible way to import them

Any help would be absolutely amazing, thanks all!
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#1361 Sep 13 2010 at 10:34 AM Rating: Decent
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Unfortunately, I don't know any such sites. Try asking on some computer hardware forums, you should be able to find better help there. Try tomshardware.com.
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#1362 Sep 13 2010 at 11:41 AM Rating: Decent
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FFXIV suports Crossfire/SLI or not? cuz i want to buy a ATI5970, this card has 2 cores, so its like "crossfire".
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About PSUs, I almost never say it's required to use high wattage PSUs. I've only said that I recommend them. And the reason for my recommendations isn't so that it "has enough power" to run a certain system, but more because of future proof and taking possible inefficiency into account.

For example:

A GTX 460 officially requires a 450W PSU. I recommend people to use 150W above the official requirement. The reason for this is some power supplies are slightly faulty and can produce lower-than-supposed-to power (the opposite of a burst in power). Having the extra 150W helps to prevent your system from getting inadequate power from these reverse spikes. Also, power supplies deteriorate over time. A 450W will be producing less after a couple of years. Having this extra 150W makes up for the deterioration.

So, I recommend a 600W power supply for running a GTX 460 (450W official requirement) both for future proof and possible inefficiency. If the system is going to be overclocked, I recommend an additional 100W since overclocked systems take significantly more power than standard settings. If the system will see a second GTX 460 running in SLI in the future, I recommend adding another 150W to it (a GTX 460 uses ~150W at full load).

Therefore, a normal system with a 460 would get a 600W recommended PSU by me. 700W if the system is going to be overclocked. 850W if the system is going to be overclocked and having a second card inserted in the future.


That's all well and good, but you should state what's your recommendation and what's actually necessary to people. 850W for an SLI 460 system and overclocking is still a huge overkill. As long as you recommend name-brand PSUs (Corsair and above, IMO), then the degrading faults you mentioned won't be a problem, as of high quality parts and the warranties in place are there for the case of any rare failures.
#1364 Sep 13 2010 at 6:32 PM Rating: Good
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FFLink wrote:
but you should state what's your recommendation and what's actually necessary to people.

Threx wrote:
About PSUs, I almost never say it's required to use high wattage PSUs. I've only said that I recommend them.



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850W for an SLI 460 system and overclocking is still a huge overkill.


Actually no, it's not a HUGE overkill. It's only a slight overkill, and that's only if you're looking from an I-just-want-enough-power perspective. If you're looking from an I-want-to-be-completely-safe perspective, it's far from an overkill.

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#1365 Sep 13 2010 at 6:58 PM Rating: Good
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You seem to think that I mean specifically you, here.

But, to prove a pointless point, I've not seen a post by you stating why you recommend your suggestions, just suggestions of PSU wattages. So by replying with my post with a quote from your old post (unnecessary, I read it the first time) it just tells me that you didn't even read my post clearly.

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That's all well and good, but you should state what's your recommendation and what's actually necessary to people


If your personal recommendation is higher-than-needed, because you personally like it that way, it doesn't mean you should come across to the person your helping that your recommendation is standard without explaining why you chose that particular wattage. I'd happily see your arguments to this with proof, but let's be honest here... Do we really care that much..? I don't. I'm actually quite tired. If you think that my intention was to come on here and slate your tech advice, you're misunderstood.

Also, forgive my use of adjectives in my replies - I didn't expect them to be looked into that much. Exaggerations are used commonly to make points stand out, so when I said "Huge overkill", you can just take that the same as "normal overkill".

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#1366 Sep 13 2010 at 7:16 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm looking to upgrade my computer for ffxiv and would appreciate any type of advice. Here are my computer specs. I was hitting around 1300 on the ffxiv benchmark. In all honesty though, everything seemed to run pretty smoothly.

Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6420 @ 2.13GHz
Memory: 4 GBs DDR2
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS
OS: Microsoft Vista 32-bit
PSU: 575 Watts

I was thinking about upgrading my video card to a GTX 480 and my PSU to around 800 Watts.

Thanks for any responses.
#1367 Sep 13 2010 at 10:08 PM Rating: Decent
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dguerra wrote:
I'm looking to upgrade my computer for ffxiv and would appreciate any type of advice. Here are my computer specs. I was hitting around 1300 on the ffxiv benchmark. In all honesty though, everything seemed to run pretty smoothly.

Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6420 @ 2.13GHz
Memory: 4 GBs DDR2
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS
OS: Microsoft Vista 32-bit
PSU: 575 Watts

I was thinking about upgrading my video card to a GTX 480 and my PSU to around 800 Watts.

Thanks for any responses.


Your current processor will choke the life out of the GTX 480. This is one game that actually benefits from quad core CPU's. Until you go SLI, your current PSU is fine. My current setup is the Core 2 E8400 at 3.0 GHz and my GTX 460 is running the benchmark at 3200. The same card gets a 4700 with an Intel i7 of the same speed.
#1368 Sep 14 2010 at 12:28 AM Rating: Decent
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ok, so i went out and got a new cooler master cpu fan and a GTX 460 1gb card (says Palit on the box???) and i also installed windows 7 64-bit and my benchmark went down a bit. When i was changing the fan the cpu lost 1 pin and i took it to fry's and they said it should be ok cause they thought it was just a ground cause my comp is still working. So anyway, i ran the benchmark and it went from 2500 down to 2100 when i had a 9800 GT before. Any ideas?
#1369 Sep 14 2010 at 12:47 AM Rating: Decent
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Ok My benchmark landed on 1500 (bad) and the beta runs laggy in cites (smooth while out in the fields but nothing spectacular) and stuff takes aages to load.

This is what i got


an oooooold athlon 64 x2 dual core processor 3800+
2 gigs of ram
Radeon 4850 GPU
650w PSU
and a run of the mill HDD
my MOBO is old too :)

I know I have to upgrade to be able to enjoy this game. The question is what can I salvage?

I know my CPU is probably holding back alot so thats my priority #1 . with that comes a new Mother board and new RAM (4-6 gig).

How much of a performance increase do you think this will yield if I keep my GPU? or do I need to switch that out too?

Also what mid-price range CPU + motherboard can you recommend? I'm terrible at Motherboards and I don't want to mess up my eventual purchase. (I want good performance at a reasonable price)

Thanks!
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#1370 Sep 14 2010 at 9:00 AM Rating: Decent
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Dear all-knowing computer designing gods,

I am currently "playing" the beta with this laptop: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834115806

My benchmark score is like a 750. Naturally, things are pretty laggy, however it's still "fairly" playable. The one big annoyance is that npcs and players have to "load" in, which will most certainly be a no-no once mobs start aggroing (actually I explored towards the Cactus Hills area in Ul'dah, was running around for 5 minutes wondering where all the mobs were, and just fell down dead once I approached the atherite node; right after that a bunch of dragons loaded in. :P

Anyway, this is obviously not going to work long-term. I just talked to Newegg and they are offering for me to return the laptop for a 15% restocking fee and store credit. I checked the video card benchmark list and noted that upgrading to a Mobility Radeon 5870 more than quadruples my power, and should allow me to get away with me being able to enjoy this game at low settings.

I found the following laptop on Newegg with this video card and an i5 Intel: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152196

Perhaps there are better combos using this card, or even a better card. I would like to keep the cost at around $1,200.

Please let me know your thoughts. I have until the end of today to decide whether or not I want to do the return.

To circumvent any talks of "just get a desktop," that is not an option for me.

Thanks for your help!

Edited, Sep 14th 2010 11:13am by Maxyim
#1371 Sep 14 2010 at 9:16 AM Rating: Decent
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EverRanger wrote:
ok, so i went out and got a new cooler master cpu fan and a GTX 460 1gb card (says Palit on the box???) and i also installed windows 7 64-bit and my benchmark went down a bit. When i was changing the fan the cpu lost 1 pin and i took it to fry's and they said it should be ok cause they thought it was just a ground cause my comp is still working. So anyway, i ran the benchmark and it went from 2500 down to 2100 when i had a 9800 GT before. Any ideas?


Have you been playing the beta? Did you notice any difference there, if so? The benchmark isn't the end-all judge of performance. Other than that, I can't say why it dropped... Maybe the jump from XP (or did you have Vista?) to 7 is using more of the CPU to just run the OS. Since you have a new cooler, look up some info on overclocking your CPU and see if that can help. That is definitely still your bottleneck. I have Windows 7 and that same card and I ran the benchmark at 3200 with a dual core 3.0 GHz CPU.
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EverRanger wrote:
ok, so i went out and got a new cooler master cpu fan and a GTX 460 1gb card (says Palit on the box???) and i also installed windows 7 64-bit and my benchmark went down a bit. When i was changing the fan the cpu lost 1 pin and i took it to fry's and they said it should be ok cause they thought it was just a ground cause my comp is still working. So anyway, i ran the benchmark and it went from 2500 down to 2100 when i had a 9800 GT before. Any ideas?


Have you been playing the beta? Did you notice any difference there, if so? The benchmark isn't the end-all judge of performance. Other than that, I can't say why it dropped... Maybe the jump from XP (or did you have Vista?) to 7 is using more of the CPU to just run the OS. Since you have a new cooler, look up some info on overclocking your CPU and see if that can help. That is definitely still your bottleneck. I have Windows 7 and that same card and I ran the benchmark at 3200 with a dual core 3.0 GHz CPU.


Make sure you have the latest graphic drivers and motherboard/chipset drivers.
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Ok My benchmark landed on 1500 (bad) and the beta runs laggy in cites (smooth while out in the fields but nothing spectacular) and stuff takes aages to load.

This is what i got


an oooooold athlon 64 x2 dual core processor 3800+
2 gigs of ram
Radeon 4850 GPU
650w PSU
and a run of the mill HDD
my MOBO is old too :)

I know I have to upgrade to be able to enjoy this game. The question is what can I salvage?

I know my CPU is probably holding back alot so thats my priority #1 . with that comes a new Mother board and new RAM (4-6 gig).

How much of a performance increase do you think this will yield if I keep my GPU? or do I need to switch that out too?

Also what mid-price range CPU + motherboard can you recommend? I'm terrible at Motherboards and I don't want to mess up my eventual purchase. (I want good performance at a reasonable price)

Thanks!


Go back to the original post on this thread. It has some great advice on prices and rigs for upgrading. It will give you a better idea of what you should be looking at. Always keep in mind that if you are upgrading, do you want to spend 500 dollars and have it "playable" or do you want to spend 700 dollars and have it silky smooth. If you want it silky smooth, you are in all honesty going to have to get, MB, maybe new ram, graphics card, processor and maybe PSU, depending on setup.
#1374 Sep 14 2010 at 7:57 PM Rating: Decent
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Looking for input in buying and upgrading a new PC. Not very tech savvy.

Currently looking at this base PC:

http://www.avadirect.com/product_det...asp?PRID=13282

Socket AM3 Desktop Processors:
AMD, Phenom™ II X6 1055T Six-Core 2.8GHz, AM3, HT 4000MHz, 6x 512KB L2 + 6MB L3 cache, 125W, 45nm

Socket AM3 Phenom II DDR3 Motherboards:
ASUS, M4A78T-E, AM3, AMD® 790GX, DDR3-1600 (O.C.) 16GB /4, PCIe x16 CF /2, SATA 3 Gb/s RAID 5 /5, VGA+DVI, HDA, GbLAN, FW /2, ATX

DDR3-1333 Non-ECC DIMM Memory:
KINGSTON, 2GB (2 x 1GB) ValueRAM PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz CL9 (9-9-9) 1.5V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC

PCI Express x16 Video Cards:
SAPPHIRE, Radeon™ HD 5670 775MHz, 1GB DDR5 4000MHz, PCIe x16 CrossFire, DVI, DP, HDMI

SATA Hard Drives:
WESTERN DIGITAL, 750GB WD Caviar® Black™ (WD7501AALS), SATA 3 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 32MB Cache

Looking to upgrade to 3.2 Ghz (Or go down to a quad-core 3.4Ghz?), 4GB ram (or maybe 8GB), 1TB hard drive. No idea on video card really. Should I upgrade or add a second card?

Any suggestions and feedback much appreciated.

Looking to mainly play 14 and have a PC that will run future games with little problems for a few years. Thank you!

I can afford to be a bit spendy on a new system. So if anyone has a higher price range option, let me know. I'm not very knowledgable on all the power, cooling, etc I would need, so I would rather have it prebuilt.
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Looking for input in buying and upgrading a new PC. Not very tech savvy.

Currently looking at this base PC:

http://www.avadirect.com/product_det...asp?PRID=13282

Socket AM3 Desktop Processors:
AMD, Phenom™ II X6 1055T Six-Core 2.8GHz, AM3, HT 4000MHz, 6x 512KB L2 + 6MB L3 cache, 125W, 45nm

Socket AM3 Phenom II DDR3 Motherboards:
ASUS, M4A78T-E, AM3, AMD® 790GX, DDR3-1600 (O.C.) 16GB /4, PCIe x16 CF /2, SATA 3 Gb/s RAID 5 /5, VGA+DVI, HDA, GbLAN, FW /2, ATX

DDR3-1333 Non-ECC DIMM Memory:
KINGSTON, 2GB (2 x 1GB) ValueRAM PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz CL9 (9-9-9) 1.5V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC

PCI Express x16 Video Cards:
SAPPHIRE, Radeon™ HD 5670 775MHz, 1GB DDR5 4000MHz, PCIe x16 CrossFire, DVI, DP, HDMI

SATA Hard Drives:
WESTERN DIGITAL, 750GB WD Caviar® Black™ (WD7501AALS), SATA 3 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 32MB Cache

Looking to upgrade to 3.2 Ghz (Or go down to a quad-core 3.4Ghz?), 4GB ram (or maybe 8GB), 1TB hard drive. No idea on video card really. Should I upgrade or add a second card?

Any suggestions and feedback much appreciated.

Looking to mainly play 14 and have a PC that will run future games with little problems for a few years. Thank you!

I can afford to be a bit spendy on a new system. So if anyone has a higher price range option, let me know. I'm not very knowledgable on all the power, cooling, etc I would need, so I would rather have it prebuilt.


Looks like you have done your homework. I don't know ATI cards very well so forgive me, but it looks similar to a geforce 460. If you have the budget I would get two video cards in crossfire or SLI whatever the term is for ATI. This system will already be way up there, so I would spend the extra 200 bucks or so if I had it to spend. What powersupply comes with it? The link provided was not a direct link to the system you posted here, so that is another thing to consider. If they are building it for you, they may know what you need to do this.

#1376 Sep 14 2010 at 8:37 PM Rating: Decent
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http://www.avadirect.com/product_details_configurator.asp?PRID=13282

CUSTOM GAMING PC Phenom™ II AM3 CrossFireX™ Gaming System Starting at $1170.42

Power Supply is COOLER MASTER, Silent Pro M 850W

If there's anything else I should consider, please let me know. Thanks.






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#1377 Sep 14 2010 at 8:48 PM Rating: Good
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BorganCakes wrote:
http://www.avadirect.com/product_details_configurator.asp?PRID=13282

CUSTOM GAMING PC Phenom™ II AM3 CrossFireX™ Gaming System Starting at $1170.42

Power Supply is COOLER MASTER, Silent Pro M 850W

If there's anything else I should consider, please let me know. Thanks.








Oh yeah, I'd be slapping in another video card into that beast. Just my personal opinion. The only thing to consider after that is heat. I have had 125 watt amd processors before and they made my system hotbox. So your last bit of research (pre-purchase) is contacting them and understanding what kind of heat thresholds to expect. Again, just my opinion.

*edit and I would try to get 4 gb of ram total for the system, if you have the money to spend, and if you have an operating system that can handle that amount of video ram and system ram: example: windows 7 64 bit

Edited, Sep 14th 2010 10:54pm by Parsalyn

Edited, Sep 14th 2010 10:59pm by Parsalyn
#1378 Sep 14 2010 at 9:18 PM Rating: Decent
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Please help. I bought a pavilion dv7 laptop about 6 mos ago and paid quite a bit for it.

I have i7 core 720q @ 1.6
6gigs ram
nvidia gt 230m 1 gig with Cuda (whatever that means)

I run the benchmark at 1000 and watching my task manager cpu usage never goes above 25%
I assume its my graphics but HP says it is built into my motherboard and I cant upgrade it.

Is there anyway to put an external graphics card on this laptop?
Can I overclock my Gpu?
Can I adjust any settings to give more processor power to the game?

I have adjusted my gpu for best performance but is does better benchmark when I let the program decide.

I am on all low settings and buffering at 2/3 which seems to help but i can barely play, any help would be greatly appreciated, tks
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#1379 Sep 14 2010 at 9:34 PM Rating: Decent
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EverRanger wrote:
ok, so i went out and got a new cooler master cpu fan and a GTX 460 1gb card (says Palit on the box???) and i also installed windows 7 64-bit and my benchmark went down a bit. When i was changing the fan the cpu lost 1 pin and i took it to fry's and they said it should be ok cause they thought it was just a ground cause my comp is still working. So anyway, i ran the benchmark and it went from 2500 down to 2100 when i had a 9800 GT before. Any ideas?


Have you been playing the beta? Did you notice any difference there, if so? The benchmark isn't the end-all judge of performance. Other than that, I can't say why it dropped... Maybe the jump from XP (or did you have Vista?) to 7 is using more of the CPU to just run the OS. Since you have a new cooler, look up some info on overclocking your CPU and see if that can help. That is definitely still your bottleneck. I have Windows 7 and that same card and I ran the benchmark at 3200 with a dual core 3.0 GHz CPU.


Make sure you have the latest graphic drivers and motherboard/chipset drivers.


D'oh! Totally forgot about the drivers. Especially since a big one hit in July. Yes... graphics drivers. Very important. MoBo and Chipset drivers are really only necessary if something is flat out not working right.
#1380 Sep 14 2010 at 9:43 PM Rating: Decent
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&Item=280560879987&Category=179&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26its%3DI%26otn%3D1

I read you wanted to get a prebuilt computer. Here is a custom computer I built and just put up, and it sounds like what you're looking for from your post.
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Looking for input in buying and upgrading a new PC. Not very tech savvy.

Currently looking at this base PC:

http://www.avadirect.com/product_det...asp?PRID=13282

Socket AM3 Desktop Processors:
AMD, Phenom™ II X6 1055T Six-Core 2.8GHz, AM3, HT 4000MHz, 6x 512KB L2 + 6MB L3 cache, 125W, 45nm

Socket AM3 Phenom II DDR3 Motherboards:
ASUS, M4A78T-E, AM3, AMD® 790GX, DDR3-1600 (O.C.) 16GB /4, PCIe x16 CF /2, SATA 3 Gb/s RAID 5 /5, VGA+DVI, HDA, GbLAN, FW /2, ATX

DDR3-1333 Non-ECC DIMM Memory:
KINGSTON, 2GB (2 x 1GB) ValueRAM PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz CL9 (9-9-9) 1.5V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC

PCI Express x16 Video Cards:
SAPPHIRE, Radeon™ HD 5670 775MHz, 1GB DDR5 4000MHz, PCIe x16 CrossFire, DVI, DP, HDMI

SATA Hard Drives:
WESTERN DIGITAL, 750GB WD Caviar® Black™ (WD7501AALS), SATA 3 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 32MB Cache

Looking to upgrade to 3.2 Ghz (Or go down to a quad-core 3.4Ghz?), 4GB ram (or maybe 8GB), 1TB hard drive. No idea on video card really. Should I upgrade or add a second card?

Any suggestions and feedback much appreciated.

Looking to mainly play 14 and have a PC that will run future games with little problems for a few years. Thank you!

I can afford to be a bit spendy on a new system. So if anyone has a higher price range option, let me know. I'm not very knowledgable on all the power, cooling, etc I would need, so I would rather have it prebuilt.
#1381 Sep 14 2010 at 10:53 PM Rating: Decent
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Okay, so I decided to build a new PC instead of upgrading. I am more than a bit nervous, as I've not done anything to a computer other than swap disc drives. So I'm hoping you folks can help a girl out!

Here's what I'm thinking, build-wise, and if anyone can tell me about good tweaks to make (like I've gone too overboard or not enough) it would be greatly appreciated.

Motherboard: GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core

GPU: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100281VX-2SR Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support

PSU: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RS800-80GAD3-US 800W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green WD7500AADS 750GB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Memory: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit

DVD drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

OS: Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium OEM

Thanks! :)

Edit: I forgot to include price: 1500.25 w/shipping at Newegg

Edited, Sep 15th 2010 12:54am by SinikkaTuuli
#1382 Sep 14 2010 at 10:59 PM Rating: Decent
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i already have my graphics/chipset drivers up to date. Anyone know of good settings they can post up for my gpu in nvidia control center?
#1383 Sep 15 2010 at 4:40 AM Rating: Decent
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SinikkaTuuli wrote:
Okay, so I decided to build a new PC instead of upgrading. I am more than a bit nervous, as I've not done anything to a computer other than swap disc drives. So I'm hoping you folks can help a girl out!

Here's what I'm thinking, build-wise, and if anyone can tell me about good tweaks to make (like I've gone too overboard or not enough) it would be greatly appreciated.

Motherboard: GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core

GPU: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100281VX-2SR Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support

PSU: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RS800-80GAD3-US 800W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green WD7500AADS 750GB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Memory: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit

DVD drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

OS: Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium OEM

Thanks! :)

Edit: I forgot to include price: 1500.25 w/shipping at Newegg

Edited, Sep 15th 2010 12:54am by SinikkaTuuli


Impressive build! a 650 watt PSU is the most you need without going SLI, but hey... you're upgrade ready now. I'm getting the XFX 750w Black Edition for $129. GREAT reviews.

Everything looks great. The Dominator series is a bit overkill if you're not overclocking. I'm just getting the Corsair XMS3 series of that same speed RAM. Also, if you are buying this on Newegg and the i7-930 is still $284, just get the i7-950. It's only $15 more. If you have a Micro Center near you, you can pick up the 930 for $200.

You should be golden for release :)
#1384 Sep 15 2010 at 4:41 AM Rating: Decent
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i already have my graphics/chipset drivers up to date. Anyone know of good settings they can post up for my gpu in nvidia control center?


I usually just keep it on Application Controlled for most settings.
#1385 Sep 15 2010 at 5:00 AM Rating: Decent
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My new rig arrived yesterday which gives me a benchmark of 3469 on low if anyone cares.

Here is the spec:

Processor
Intel® Core™2 Quad Q8300
Intel® G43 Express Chipset

Memory
4GB of DDR3 800MHz SDRAM
dual-channel support on 4 DIMMs

Hard Drive
750GB Serial ATA

Optical Drive
DVD ReWrite SuperMulti drive

Graphics
PALIT GTX 460 768MB GDDR5

#1386 Sep 15 2010 at 9:56 AM Rating: Good
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Looking for input in buying and upgrading a new PC. Not very tech savvy.

Currently looking at this base PC:

http://www.avadirect.com/product_det...asp?PRID=13282

Socket AM3 Desktop Processors:
AMD, Phenom™ II X6 1055T Six-Core 2.8GHz, AM3, HT 4000MHz, 6x 512KB L2 + 6MB L3 cache, 125W, 45nm

Socket AM3 Phenom II DDR3 Motherboards:
ASUS, M4A78T-E, AM3, AMD® 790GX, DDR3-1600 (O.C.) 16GB /4, PCIe x16 CF /2, SATA 3 Gb/s RAID 5 /5, VGA+DVI, HDA, GbLAN, FW /2, ATX

DDR3-1333 Non-ECC DIMM Memory:
KINGSTON, 2GB (2 x 1GB) ValueRAM PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz CL9 (9-9-9) 1.5V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC

PCI Express x16 Video Cards:
SAPPHIRE, Radeon™ HD 5670 775MHz, 1GB DDR5 4000MHz, PCIe x16 CrossFire, DVI, DP, HDMI

SATA Hard Drives:
WESTERN DIGITAL, 750GB WD Caviar® Black™ (WD7501AALS), SATA 3 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 32MB Cache

Looking to upgrade to 3.2 Ghz (Or go down to a quad-core 3.4Ghz?), 4GB ram (or maybe 8GB), 1TB hard drive. No idea on video card really. Should I upgrade or add a second card?

Any suggestions and feedback much appreciated.

Looking to mainly play 14 and have a PC that will run future games with little problems for a few years. Thank you!

I can afford to be a bit spendy on a new system. So if anyone has a higher price range option, let me know. I'm not very knowledgable on all the power, cooling, etc I would need, so I would rather have it prebuilt.


I am not sure why someone told you that 5670 is a good GPU, because it most certainly is not.

I would drop the CPU down to an X4 955, increase the RAM to 4GB of Crucial, and bump the GPU up to at least a 5770.
#1387 Sep 15 2010 at 12:41 PM Rating: Decent
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My new rig arrived yesterday which gives me a benchmark of 3469 on low if anyone cares.

Here is the spec:

Processor
Intel® Core™2 Quad Q8300
Intel® G43 Express Chipset

Memory
4GB of DDR3 800MHz SDRAM
dual-channel support on 4 DIMMs

Hard Drive
750GB Serial ATA

Optical Drive
DVD ReWrite SuperMulti drive

Graphics
PALIT GTX 460 768MB GDDR5



You don't seem too happy with your score. Remember that, that graphics card is the recommended card to run the game at default settings, and your score will certainly run smooth at those settings. The i7 series is also the recommended CPU, and has a tad more power than the Quad. But nothing astounding, I would guess.

Save up some money and throw in a second GTX 460 in a few months, maybe, if you are wanting better performance. Otherwise, you are good!
#1388 Sep 15 2010 at 12:49 PM Rating: Decent
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BorganCakes wrote:
Looking for input in buying and upgrading a new PC. Not very tech savvy.

Currently looking at this base PC:

http://www.avadirect.com/product_det...asp?PRID=13282

Socket AM3 Desktop Processors:
AMD, Phenom™ II X6 1055T Six-Core 2.8GHz, AM3, HT 4000MHz, 6x 512KB L2 + 6MB L3 cache, 125W, 45nm

Socket AM3 Phenom II DDR3 Motherboards:
ASUS, M4A78T-E, AM3, AMD® 790GX, DDR3-1600 (O.C.) 16GB /4, PCIe x16 CF /2, SATA 3 Gb/s RAID 5 /5, VGA+DVI, HDA, GbLAN, FW /2, ATX

DDR3-1333 Non-ECC DIMM Memory:
KINGSTON, 2GB (2 x 1GB) ValueRAM PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz CL9 (9-9-9) 1.5V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC

PCI Express x16 Video Cards:
SAPPHIRE, Radeon™ HD 5670 775MHz, 1GB DDR5 4000MHz, PCIe x16 CrossFire, DVI, DP, HDMI

SATA Hard Drives:
WESTERN DIGITAL, 750GB WD Caviar® Black™ (WD7501AALS), SATA 3 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 32MB Cache

Looking to upgrade to 3.2 Ghz (Or go down to a quad-core 3.4Ghz?), 4GB ram (or maybe 8GB), 1TB hard drive. No idea on video card really. Should I upgrade or add a second card?

Any suggestions and feedback much appreciated.

Looking to mainly play 14 and have a PC that will run future games with little problems for a few years. Thank you!

I can afford to be a bit spendy on a new system. So if anyone has a higher price range option, let me know. I'm not very knowledgable on all the power, cooling, etc I would need, so I would rather have it prebuilt.


I am not sure why someone told you that 5670 is a good GPU, because it most certainly is not.

I would drop the CPU down to an X4 955, increase the RAM to 4GB of Crucial, and bump the GPU up to at least a 5770.


^what he said^

You don't need 8GB of RAM... nobody does unless they are trying to run Poser or Maya in the background WHILE playing the game. 4 (or 6 if it's a triple channel MoBo and CPU) is golden.
#1389 Sep 15 2010 at 2:12 PM Rating: Decent
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Ok guys, I finished ordering all my parts. I will get them by Friday, so I will assemble over the weekend.

Here is the list if anyone cares...

Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply63237101
AZZA Helios 910 Black Japanese SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case63370348
ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard63784986
A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GB2G9-2G63784986
HIS H585FN1GD Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity63886861
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX63886861
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM63886861
Scythe SCKTN-3000 92mm Sleeve "KATANA3" 3Heat Pipes CPU Cooler63886861
LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Hanns-G HZ281HPB 27.5'' 3ms Full HD 1080P HDMI WideScreen LCD Monitor Built-in Speakers

When black Friday comes around I may get one more 5850.

I will ask for help if I get stack while assembling. By the way, anyone around here putting a LS, or want start one? I very much would like to start the game around some people whom I have had some communication already.
#1390 Sep 15 2010 at 3:02 PM Rating: Default
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OK, what do you guys think of this i7 setup, compared to the AMD one I posted.

Socket 1366 Core i7 Desktop Processors:
INTEL, Core™ i7-930 Quad-Core 2.8GHz, LGA1366, 4.8 GT/s QPI, 8MB L3 Cache, 45nm, 130W, EM64T EIST VT XD, Retail

CPU Coolers:
COOLER MASTER, V8 CPU Cooler, Socket 1366/775/940/AM2, Aluminum

Socket 1366 Intel X58 Chipset Desktop Motherboards:
EVGA, X58 SLI (A1), LGA1366, Intel® X58, 6400 MT/s QPI, DDR3-1333 12GB /6, PCIe x16 SLI CF /3, SATA 3 Gb/s RAID 5 /8, HDA, GbLAN /2, FW /2, ATX, Retail

DDR3-1333 Non-ECC DIMM Memory:
CRUCIAL, 3GB (3 x 1GB) PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz CL9 1.5V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC

PCI Express x16 Video Cards:
EVGA, GeForce® GTX 465 (AR) 607MHz, 1024MB GDDR5 3206MHz, PCIe x16 SLI, DVI /2, mini-HDMI, Retail

SATA Hard Drives:
WESTERN DIGITAL, 640GB WD Caviar® Green™ (WD6400AARS), SATA 3 Gb/s, IntelliPower™, 64MB Cache

Power Supplies:
CORSAIR, CMPSU-1000HX HX Series Power Supply w/ Modular Cables, 1000W, 80 PLUS®, 24-pin ATX12V EPS12V, Multi-GPU Ready

Windows 7 Home Premium 64

Other questions:
Worth upgrading to 3.2 GHz, 6MB ram, and a gtx480 ?
Also, 1 or 2 video cards?
Thanks again~
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OK, what do you guys think of this i7 setup, compared to the AMD one I posted.

Socket 1366 Core i7 Desktop Processors:
INTEL, Core™ i7-930 Quad-Core 2.8GHz, LGA1366, 4.8 GT/s QPI, 8MB L3 Cache, 45nm, 130W, EM64T EIST VT XD, Retail

CPU Coolers:
COOLER MASTER, V8 CPU Cooler, Socket 1366/775/940/AM2, Aluminum

Socket 1366 Intel X58 Chipset Desktop Motherboards:
EVGA, X58 SLI (A1), LGA1366, Intel® X58, 6400 MT/s QPI, DDR3-1333 12GB /6, PCIe x16 SLI CF /3, SATA 3 Gb/s RAID 5 /8, HDA, GbLAN /2, FW /2, ATX, Retail

DDR3-1333 Non-ECC DIMM Memory:
CRUCIAL, 3GB (3 x 1GB) PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz CL9 1.5V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC

PCI Express x16 Video Cards:
EVGA, GeForce® GTX 465 (AR) 607MHz, 1024MB GDDR5 3206MHz, PCIe x16 SLI, DVI /2, mini-HDMI, Retail

SATA Hard Drives:
WESTERN DIGITAL, 640GB WD Caviar® Green™ (WD6400AARS), SATA 3 Gb/s, IntelliPower™, 64MB Cache

Power Supplies:
CORSAIR, CMPSU-1000HX HX Series Power Supply w/ Modular Cables, 1000W, 80 PLUS®, 24-pin ATX12V EPS12V, Multi-GPU Ready

Windows 7 Home Premium 64

Other questions:
Worth upgrading to 3.2 GHz, 6MB ram, and a gtx480 ?
Also, 1 or 2 video cards?
Thanks again~


Solid build here. The GTX 460 is just as good as the 465 (if not better in some respects). Get two of those and you would be golden. And 1000W??? That's total overkill. 750 is all you need. CPU cooler is only needed if you plan on overclocking past 3.2GHz. Otherwise the stock cooler (if it's included) is fine.

#1392 Sep 16 2010 at 4:09 AM Rating: Decent
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Hello,
this is my specification:
Windows 7 home premium 64-bit
Intel (R) Core (TM) i5 CPU 750 @2.67GHz ~ 2.7Ghz
Nvidia GeForce GT 330

will ffxiv work well on my pc?
Cause i only got a score of 2079 on low benchmarking.
Should I upgrade the video card?
What videocard will be on the consideration to buy?

Please Help me, because im deciding whether to pre-order or not.
Thank you before.
:)


Edited, Sep 16th 2010 6:19am by wiseman91
#1393 Sep 16 2010 at 5:19 AM Rating: Decent
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Hello,
this is my specification:
Windows 7 home premium 64-bit
Intel (R) Core (TM) i5 CPU 750 @2.67GHz ~ 2.7Ghz
Nvidia GeForce GT 330

will ffxiv work well on my pc?
Cause i only got a score of 2079 on low benchmarking.
Should I upgrade the video card?
What videocard will be on the consideration to buy?

Please Help me, because im deciding whether to pre-order or not.
Thank you before.
:)



Your CPU is fine, but you'd definitely want to upgrade your video card.

If you like ATI, Radeon 5770 or better.
If you like nVidia, GTX 260 or better.

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#1394 Sep 16 2010 at 7:53 AM Rating: Decent
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So I've started ordering part's for my new computer build.

I have three more item's to get and I wanted your opinion on the graphics card.

I'm getting the: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GB2G9-2G

And last item I'm kind of lost on: XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card.

I'm lost because they have about 200 Radeon HD 5770's.
I'm not really sure what's good and what's not. Can you or someone tell me why there are so many 5770's?
#1395 Sep 16 2010 at 8:28 AM Rating: Decent
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Thanks for the tips Threx.
Appreciate it .
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I'm lost because they have about 200 Radeon HD 5770's.
I'm not really sure what's good and what's not. Can you or someone tell me why there are so many 5770's?


Because they are different brands.

Check the customer reviews at Newegg.com for each one to check the general satisfaction for each card.

Generally, EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI are good brands.
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#1397 Sep 16 2010 at 9:49 AM Rating: Good
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OK, what do you guys think of this i7 setup, compared to the AMD one I posted.

Socket 1366 Core i7 Desktop Processors:
INTEL, Core™ i7-930 Quad-Core 2.8GHz, LGA1366, 4.8 GT/s QPI, 8MB L3 Cache, 45nm, 130W, EM64T EIST VT XD, Retail

CPU Coolers:
COOLER MASTER, V8 CPU Cooler, Socket 1366/775/940/AM2, Aluminum

Socket 1366 Intel X58 Chipset Desktop Motherboards:
EVGA, X58 SLI (A1), LGA1366, Intel® X58, 6400 MT/s QPI, DDR3-1333 12GB /6, PCIe x16 SLI CF /3, SATA 3 Gb/s RAID 5 /8, HDA, GbLAN /2, FW /2, ATX, Retail

DDR3-1333 Non-ECC DIMM Memory:
CRUCIAL, 3GB (3 x 1GB) PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz CL9 1.5V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC

PCI Express x16 Video Cards:
EVGA, GeForce® GTX 465 (AR) 607MHz, 1024MB GDDR5 3206MHz, PCIe x16 SLI, DVI /2, mini-HDMI, Retail

SATA Hard Drives:
WESTERN DIGITAL, 640GB WD Caviar® Green™ (WD6400AARS), SATA 3 Gb/s, IntelliPower™, 64MB Cache

Power Supplies:
CORSAIR, CMPSU-1000HX HX Series Power Supply w/ Modular Cables, 1000W, 80 PLUS®, 24-pin ATX12V EPS12V, Multi-GPU Ready

Windows 7 Home Premium 64

Other questions:
Worth upgrading to 3.2 GHz, 6MB ram, and a gtx480 ?
Also, 1 or 2 video cards?
Thanks again~


Do you read anything anyone suggests to you, or do you just randomly put builds together to waste everyone's time? You have posted a half a dozen theoretical builds with vastly different budgets (from $700 to nearly $1500) and still don't seem to have any sense of coming to a final build.

It has been suggested at least 100 times in this thread that the 465 is not a great GPU, and that everyone would be better off with a 460. It has also been repeatedly said that a 650-750W PSU is sufficient for most SLI or Crossfire systems, so why in the world would you suggest an enormous 1000W PSU? It has also been said at least 100 times that builds should target 4 or 6GB of RAM, so why would you skimp on 3GB of RAM and then splurge on a grossly overpowered PSU?

If you aren't really buying a PC please stop wasting everyone's time. If you are building a PC please state your budget and get suggestions for a final build and then buy the darn PC already.
#1398 Sep 16 2010 at 9:50 AM Rating: Decent
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So I've started ordering part's for my new computer build.

I have three more item's to get and I wanted your opinion on the graphics card.

I'm getting the: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GB2G9-2G

And last item I'm kind of lost on: XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card.

I'm lost because they have about 200 Radeon HD 5770's.
I'm not really sure what's good and what's not. Can you or someone tell me why there are so many 5770's?


Different companies, different core clock speeds, etc. My favorite company is HIS. They make some darn good ATI cards.

I'd probably get this one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161333&cm_re=5770-_-14-161-333-_-Product

This one looks good too, from msi
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127490&cm_re=5770-_-14-127-490-_-Product

and if you just have to get XFX, go for this one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150501&cm_re=5770-_-14-150-501-_-Product

These are all PCI 2.1 ... which is the reason for the price bump.
#1399 Sep 16 2010 at 7:14 PM Rating: Decent
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Just a quick question about my current PC. Alienware Area-51 I got a few years back.

Running Intel Core 2 X6800 @ 2.93 GHZ.

Also running the nVidia 9850 GTX, but im planning on buying the GTX 460 and upgrading tio 4GBs of ram. My concern is my processor. will I be ok? Totally appreciate the help guys (and girls). ^^
#1400 Sep 16 2010 at 8:46 PM Rating: Decent
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Hey this is my first post, was thinking about upgrading my computer and didn't know if anyone had any suggestions.

I ran the benchmark on high and got a 2,600...

My specs are as follows

MOBO - Intel DX38BT (My RAM only performs at 1066... everytime i try to set it to 1333 the **** thing crashes and i have to reset on the motherboard to previous settings... I'm thinking about a MOBO/Processor deal mostly.)
Processor - Intel Core 2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00 GHZ
RAM - 4GB Patriot DDR3
Video Card - Sapphire Radeon 4870 with 1 gbddr5 http://www.eworldsale.com/sapphire-100259-1gl-radeon-hd-4870-1gb-gddr5-pci-e-20-x16-hdcp-ready_8632_27420.html (that one I believe)

Im running windows 7 x64.

I wasn't sure if it would be worth it to upgrade anywhere, I was thinking that a quad core might be a good idea, and maybe a new motherboard because this one seems to be a bit of a pain. Also considering getting two Radeon 5550's for $95 a piece but I wasn't sure if it was an upgrade over the Sapphire radeon 4870 HD.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.


Edited, Sep 16th 2010 11:40pm by defiantmac
#1401 Sep 16 2010 at 10:16 PM Rating: Decent
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I only posted 2 builds. No need to rage. Everyones inputs are helpful and I appreciate it.
This is the current setup I am looking at, from Newegg. I was told on their forums that SLi wasnt supported yet for XIV and the Fermi cards arent running it well b/c of the drivers.

The setup was originally for 2x gtx480s. I think with the radeon 5970, I may need less cooling?


LITE-ON DVD Writer - Bulk - Black SATA Model iHAS224-06 LightScribe Support - OEM Item #: N82E16827106333

SAMSUNG P2770H Rose Black 27" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor Item #:N82E16824001379

VisionTek 900305 Radeon HD 5970 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ... Item #: N82E16814129159

Creative 70SB088000004 7.1 Channels PCI Express 1x Interface PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Item #: N82E16829102024

SILVERSTONE OP1000-E 1000W ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply Item #: N82E16817256043

Logitech Z506 75 watts RMS 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers Item #: N82E16836121044

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX6GX3M3C1600C7 Item #: N82E16820145286

COOLER MASTER R4-L2R-20CR-GP 120mm Red LED Case Fan Item #: N82E16835103063

Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler Item #: N82E16835242001

ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard Item #: N82E16813131665

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive Item #: N82E16822136533


COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Black RC-932-KWN3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Side window Item #: N82E16811119230

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OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE90G 2.5" 90GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Item #: N82E16820227608

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