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Buying a new AMD/ATI rig


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So, hello again, OCC! :)

I've basicly got a rly old rig, barely capable of running ANY game at all and need to buy a new one.

I'm looking for something:

1. Futureproof (ain't gonna buy a new one for lets say 4 years)

2. Capable of running the new games (yes I'm a gamer)

3. Something that ain't gonna cost more than ~700

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That looks like a pretty solid rig, but just a few personal suggestions:

 

I would not go AM2+ anymore, especially with DDR2 prices far above what they were a few months ago. Now DDR2 and DDR3 prices are pretty much equal (at least here in the US). That said, I see no real reason to go AM2+ as there is no longer a DDR2 price incentive. I suggest going AM3, that is, Phenom II X4 955, and respective AM3 mobo and DDR3 memory. The 955 is still a Black Edition, it's only ~$10 more here in the US than the 940 (@ newegg) and its a newer socket, which will give you "futureproofing" relative upgradability and a performance boost over the older AM2+.

 

I don't know what prices are over in Slovenia (or where you got the prices you listed from.. $231 for a 940! yikes!) but I would check out an AM3 set up :)

 

Also, I would check out OCC's Recommended Power Supply List thread, there's plenty of good PSU's to choose from, but a decent 650W should be able to power that rig just fine and give some room for upgrades.

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I also vote for the 955, get a 790 chipset board (your choice from the base 790X, 790GX for integrated, or the 790FX for 16x/16x crossfiring, which might only be necessary for two 5870s), and make sure to get ddr3 with 1600mhz and timings as low as you can (generall around 7-7-7-20).

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OK, ty for replies :)

So, went searching again and thats what i found:

 

RAM:

There are a few cohoices:

Corsair XMS3 4GB 1600MHz CL9 i5 Kit

Kingston HyperX 4GB 1800MHz CL8 Kit

OCZ Platinum Edition 4GB 1333MHz CL7 Kit

Patriot Viper Extreme nVidia 4GB 1333MHz CL7 Kit

They all cost from 90 to 100

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OK, ty for replies :)

So, went searching again and thats what i found:

 

RAM:

There are a few cohoices:

Corsair XMS3 4GB 1600MHz CL9 i5 Kit

Kingston HyperX 4GB 1800MHz CL8 Kit

OCZ Platinum Edition 4GB 1333MHz CL7 Kit

Patriot Viper Extreme nVidia 4GB 1333MHz CL7 Kit

They all cost from 90 to 100

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OK, ty for replies :)

So, went searching again and thats what i found:

 

RAM:

There are a few cohoices:

Corsair XMS3 4GB 1600MHz CL9 i5 Kit

Kingston HyperX 4GB 1800MHz CL8 Kit

OCZ Platinum Edition 4GB 1333MHz CL7 Kit

Patriot Viper Extreme nVidia 4GB 1333MHz CL7 Kit

They all cost from 90 to 100

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Yeah you could run that, and if you are going to run AM2+ I'd just get the 940 (since it's cheaper).

How much were the 1800mhz sticks??

:lol: we posted in the same time ..:lol:

 

 

any way i agree with ya , if you are going with AM2+ get 945-940 ..but i prefer AM3 because of ddr3 ..

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