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Old 09-09-2008, 06:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am building what pricewise would be a budget gaming rig, here are the specs.

Intel Core 2 E8500 3.16GHz
2x2GB DDR2 1066 RAM
Sound Blaster X-Fi Gamer Edition
RaidMax 630watt psu SLI/CF certified
PNY Geforce 260GTX 896mb 448bit
Vista 64bit home premium

I play on a 19" 5ms LCD @ 1400x900 resolution

First off, considering the specs i provided i am wondering what kind of performance in terms of FPS i can get for the following games. Preferably on max settings if possible.

Counterstrike Source
Call of Duty 4
Flight simulator X

Also with the 630 watt psu, does that have enough juice to run 2 260gtxs if i in the future decided to run SLI?

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Old 09-09-2008, 06:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You did not post a motherboard. I recommend the Biostar TP45HP which is a great board for the money. - BIOSTAR TForce TP45HP LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Raidmax psu's are low quality and are not recommended. I would go with a Corsair 650tx. - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

I would change the video card to a hD 4870 which is faster than the GTX 260 and will have no problem maxing out any of those games except maybe Crysis at 1440x900. The motherboard I suggested supports crossfire so you could add a second one in the future. - VisionTek 900244 Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

You could actually get by with a HD 4850 at that resolution if you want to save some money.


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Old 09-09-2008, 07:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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the mobo you posted is actually the one that i bought. Also the 260gtx is far supperior to the 4850 that you suggested so i think not on that one. Also the 260gtx im getting is $50 cheaper then the 4870 and gives near the same performance as i've seen in numorous benchmarks.

Obviously im not gonna find a benchmark for all my specific components, but do you think, with the components i listed i could get 30-40fps avg on crysis Very high with no AA or vsync.
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Please don't ask questions that you then answer yourself. Puddle is making valid suggestions. With 1400x900 resolution you wouldn't get the performance difference that's worth buying a GTX 260 over a 4850. Personally I think Crysis looks better on High with 4x AA in which the 4850 would perform better in.

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