$450 gaming upgrade - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > New Systems | Building and Buying
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 12-13-2008, 06:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
DBD
Super Techie
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 333
Default $450 gaming upgrade

I didn't want to HJ CmdrChris's thread, so I made a new one.

My budget is about $450, Going off of what Trotter suggested in post #7 with the video card Saltynay suggested in post #10
Cheap gaming PC upgrade got a few ?s


$119.99 - GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

$119.99 - Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 Wolfdale 2.66GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Dual-Core Processor
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 Wolfdale 2.66GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

$159.99 - Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16
Newegg.com - ASUS EAH4850 TOP/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

$39.99 - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

total is $439.96

BUT, I was wondering, For a gaming rig would it be better to spend $30-$40 less on a mobo (I will never use 8 sata and usb ports or 4 memory slots etc) so I could get a $200 Radeon HD 4870 within my price range of $450.
__________________

__________________
DBD is offline  
Old 12-13-2008, 12:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
Mod Emeritus
 
Puddle Jumper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 4,286
Default Re: $450 gaming upgrade

Those parts look good. If you are gaming at 1680x1050 or higher the 4870 is probably worth it otherwise a 4850 will be fine. It also depends if you are planning on overcloking since the EP45 UD3R will overclock better than a cheaper board.

You could save $10 and get the Biostar TP45HP which supports crossfire so you could add a second card in the future. It is also every bit as good if not better at overclocking than the Gigabyte.

Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TForce TP45HP LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
__________________

__________________

AMD Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition : Asus M4A89GTD PRO : Corsair 550VX
G.SKILL Ripjaws 4x2gb DDR3 1600 : MSI Geforce GTX 770 2gb : Antec 300
OCZ Agility 2 60gb SSD (OS) : SanDisk Ultra 120gb SSD (Apps) : Crucial M500 240gb (Steam) : Win 8.1 Pro 64bit
2x Samsung 2494LW & 1x Dell U2312HM Eyefinity

Lenovo ThinkPad X220 : Core i5 2410M : 12.5" 1366x768 IPS LED display : Intel 320 Series 120gb SSD

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 stock 4.3 : Nexus 7 2 stock 4.4

Puddle Jumper is offline  
Old 12-13-2008, 01:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
DBD
Super Techie
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 333
Default Re: $450 gaming upgrade

Quote:
Originally Posted by Puddle Jumper View Post
Those parts look good. If you are gaming at 1680x1050 or higher the 4870 is probably worth it otherwise a 4850 will be fine. It also depends if you are planning on overcloking since the EP45 UD3R will overclock better than a cheaper board.

You could save $10 and get the Biostar TP45HP which supports crossfire so you could add a second card in the future. It is also every bit as good if not better at overclocking than the Gigabyte.

Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TForce TP45HP LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
Thanks for the advice!

1680x1050 is what I game at now, Higher res in the future.
The only thing I overclock is video cards.
I will never use crossfire.

Dose anyone make a good $80-$90 mobo that will not bottleneck the hardware listed above?

Thanks
__________________
DBD is offline  
Old 12-13-2008, 01:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
Mod Emeritus
 
Puddle Jumper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 4,286
Default Re: $450 gaming upgrade

The EP43 DS3l is $80 and should be fine for all of the hardware you want. It's still a pretty good overcloker too in case you want to overclock your cpu in the future.

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP43-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
__________________

AMD Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition : Asus M4A89GTD PRO : Corsair 550VX
G.SKILL Ripjaws 4x2gb DDR3 1600 : MSI Geforce GTX 770 2gb : Antec 300
OCZ Agility 2 60gb SSD (OS) : SanDisk Ultra 120gb SSD (Apps) : Crucial M500 240gb (Steam) : Win 8.1 Pro 64bit
2x Samsung 2494LW & 1x Dell U2312HM Eyefinity

Lenovo ThinkPad X220 : Core i5 2410M : 12.5" 1366x768 IPS LED display : Intel 320 Series 120gb SSD

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 stock 4.3 : Nexus 7 2 stock 4.4

Puddle Jumper is offline  
Old 12-13-2008, 05:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
Running on empty.
 
chesirecat1701's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Nicaragua
Posts: 403
Send a message via AIM to chesirecat1701 Send a message via MSN to chesirecat1701 Send a message via Yahoo to chesirecat1701
Default Re: $450 gaming upgrade

i second puddle jumper's suggestion
chesirecat1701 is offline  
Old 12-13-2008, 07:27 PM   #6 (permalink)
Master Techie
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 2,078
Default Re: $450 gaming upgrade

I third it.
__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
"Now I lay my computer down to sleep, I pray the hard drive my files to keep, If I should lose power before I save, I pray the hard drive my backups to take"
The Techies' Bible - Dario 1:1
dario03 is offline  
Old 12-13-2008, 09:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
Monster Techie
 
Pinscher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: USA
Posts: 1,541
Default Re: $450 gaming upgrade

why don't you overclock your cpu but you do overclock your gfx cards?
__________________
Pinscher is offline  
Old 12-13-2008, 11:49 PM   #8 (permalink)
Biostar Stole my heart
 
Hussein19891's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,209
Send a message via MSN to Hussein19891
Default Re: $450 gaming upgrade

With graphic cards you can't set voltage. So don't really expect a great overclock of any sort when it comes to video cards.
__________________


Hussein19891 is offline  
Old 12-15-2008, 04:45 PM   #9 (permalink)
DBD
Super Techie
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 333
Default Re: $450 gaming upgrade

Thanks for the advice everyone!

If everything goes as planned, I will be ordering tomorrow.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Pinscher View Post
why don't you overclock your cpu but you do overclock your gfx cards?
because it's very easy to overclock a ati card and I will buy a better cooler for my gfx card right away, so all I have to do is move some sliders in ati tool and turn the fan up. I will do this after a couple years when my gfx card starts to show it's age.

Speaking of coolers, What is the best cooler(air) for the Radeon HD 4870.
__________________
DBD is offline  
Old 12-15-2008, 06:33 PM   #10 (permalink)
disgruntled ex-moderator
 
Nagasama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: probably on the lake
Posts: 6,956
Default Re: $450 gaming upgrade

scythe musashi (review comin **** yeah got one on the way), thermalright t-rad2, or arctic cooling twin turbo. they all have their strengths and weaknesses.
scythe is the most balanced between noise/price/weight/cooling capacity
__________________

__________________
"nagasama no longer drinks tecate, or streaks out of the night for anything, and he has a fine wife so he has no use for your girlfriend...she is safe..."
Nagasama is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Upgrade Questions X Xarulsis New Systems | Building and Buying 1 08-02-2008 11:34 AM
Trying to upgrade this for gaming. Luke774 System Upgrades 2 07-08-2008 11:20 AM
Vista and Gaming. JDGreen92086 Microsoft Windows and Software 8 08-01-2007 07:25 AM
Upgrade Advice for my system Cheeseking25 New Systems | Building and Buying 2 07-25-2007 02:28 PM



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:49 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.