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Old 01-30-2009, 12:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Well I just got about NZ$1500 to spend on my pc and I want to get a new Graphics card, and Im also getting a Viewsonic VX2433WM 24" screen so I would like to play games on relatively high settings at 1920x1080. After getting the screen I will have about NZ$800 which is around US$420. My current rig Is;

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Old 01-30-2009, 12:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I wouldnt spend the money on an e8500 if u already have a q6600.

Depending if u feel like spending all of the money, a gtx285 is just below $400 US. Top of the line single gpu card. For more price/performance tho, id recommend a gtx280 or gtx260 core16(55nm).
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I'd say go for the GTX 285. You will see an increase in gaming performance if you switch to the E8500, especially when overclocked. If you find that you don't really need a quad for multi tasking, and gaming is your main focus, then going to an E8500 would be worth it. Just sell the Q6600 and use the money towards that.
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Well the quads are slowly getting phased in, so unless you would upgrade your cpu within a year anyway, I wouldn't sell the Q6600 for the E8500.

This comes down into your budget after the mir: Newegg.com - HIS Hightech H487X2F2GP Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

If you don't want to spend all the money in your budget, I'd say go for the 285 or 280 though.
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Get the new video card & monitor and stand pat on that cpu....that cpu is great for gaming.
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Thanks, I still havn't decided wether or not to spend the whole budget, but It is currently between the gtx285 and the 4870x2, In my country I can actually get a gtx285 for cheaper than a gtx280. I will also see if I can find any second hand cards.
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I think the 285 is a better buy, especially if you can get one cheaper than a 280. The 4870X2 aren't worth the extra money. They consume a lot more power and throw off more heat.
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Ok good to know, leaves me with a good NZ$200 to play around with, thanks for the help
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