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Old 06-15-2009, 11:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Angry Going insane..

So a while back I began the task of upgrading a few parts to my existing computer, as well as using the old parts in a new computer (along with buying all the other parts that I don't upgrade). Which I've discovered isn't as easy as I thought it would be. My current specs: Q6600, 8800GTS SSC, 4gb RAM, DFI Bloodiron P35, Antec Neopower 650 blue.

Here's all the parts I planned on purchasing:

For upgrading my existing computer:

Motherboard: Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3LR LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
PSU: Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies
GPU: Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100269SR Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
Monitor: Newegg.com - Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2500:1 - LCD Monitors

For "new" computer:

CPU: Newegg.com - Intel Pentium E2200 Allendale 2.2GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
RAM: Newegg.com - A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model ADQVE1A16K - Desktop Memory
Hard Drive: Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250310AS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
-Along with the 8800GTS SSC, DFI Bloodiron p35, and the Antec PSU.

Now in the interest of saving money\heat\problems, I was considering getting a motherboard with onboard graphics and using my current PSU with my new video card - Buying a 400W-500W for my new computer. Because my 8800GTS runs @ 50C+ idle with the fan at 100%.. I fear what it would do in my other case.

Now.. Onto my other "problem", I'm not a heavy-gamer really. and am wondering if the 4890 would just be a waste of money. I plan on playing Left 4 dead, CoD4, TF2, GTA IV.. And that's about it for the time-being, which I know most of those aren't THAT heavy on the GPU. Oh, and the resolution I plan on playing on is 1680x1050.

All the stuff listed above is about $700 after rebates (including shipping), if I could get it any lower that would be great.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, and sorry about my rambling..

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Old 06-15-2009, 11:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well if your not a heavy gamer you could save a good bit of money by getting a 4870 instead. Ewiz was having a great deal and I think they still are XFX Radeon HD 4870 1GB PCI-Express Video Card $128 - SlickDeals.net Forums comes out to like $128 shipped for a 1GB 4870.

Also just to let you know GTA4 should run well on the q6600 computer but will barely run on the e2200 one. The game is very cpu intensive and needs at least a tri-core to run well (unless they came out with a awesome patch). I tried running it on my 3.2ghz e2180 and got around 20fps on any decent settings.

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Old 06-15-2009, 11:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Not bad.. Definitely an option.

Yeah, I don't plan on gaming at all on the computer with the e2200 - Especially if I go with a motherboard with onboard graphics. It'll pretty much only be used for e-mail, and just browsing. I posted the wrong CPU.. I plan on getting an E1400, not the E2200..

Thanks for the help.

Edit - Also guess I should say I'm not completely "sold" on all the parts listed, any recommendations would be great.
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