QUOTE(Mikesshunk @ Jul 3 2010, 12:39 PM)
Thanks for the input. I bought the X4 yesterday. I don't think I'll ever need the 6 core, at least not for a while.
It's a nice chip. You will be happy with it.
As for the video cards, any suggestions on a good one? I'm not concerned about brand really, as long as it plays any game I can throw at it and won't need replaced in 6 months. I'm not quite that rich, I work at McDonald's after all.
A single GPU runs better than Crossfire/SLi for about the same price, in my opinion. It can go both ways really, depending on the game, but there no compatibility issues with a single card. Since your MoBo supports Crossfire and not SLi, I would get and Ati GPU, just in case in the future you want Crossfire. There are some good Ati performance/$ cards out right now.
And will 750W power all of that plus a single, high end video card?
I am using a 750W right now with a Phenom II x4, 4GB RAM and an nVidia GT240. You should be ok... keep your fingers crossed. If you run into any instability, check the PSU first.
And what do you mean by "The card you have now may work as a decent PhysX card, depending on what you upgrade to."
Do you mean have two cards in the rig, used for different games or something? For reference, this
is the card I have at the moment.
PhysX is nVidia's technology for putting some of the physics on another dedicated GPU. Basically your main card runs the game, but the other card helps out.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PhysX
I don't think it is worth buying an extra card specifically for PhysX. But, if you have one already, then it is definitely worth it. There are some hacks out there to get PhysX running on Ati. So, you may have to tweak some things to get it working right with your setup. Not every game supports it though, so it may not even be worth your trouble depending on the games you play. There is a full list in the wiki link above.
And you'll have to explain ganging the ram to the CPU. All sounds new to me.
Ganged RAM basically mean that your CPU and RAM work more efficiently. In theory, your system runs more efficiently. It is just a setting in your BIOS, that will work with your setup. If you are only using 2 sticks, it will still work, and possibly better.
Oh, and this thing should be operational by the end of the week. It'll just have my old IDE hard drive with XP Pro 32-Bit until a buy a new hard drive and OS.
I'm considering getting a SSD or a Raptor or somthing similar, but are they worth the added cost? I was thinking about just getting a small SSD just for the OS.
They will help if the OS is on that drive. In the meantime, a cheap Pata to Sata converter may increase performance a tiny smidgen on the hard drive you have.
Edited by throwingks, 04 July 2010 - 01:36 AM.