bottle necking my video cards
Posted 24 March 2009 - 03:08 AM
Posted 24 March 2009 - 11:12 AM
Let me know
I dont know if I did the right thing by purchasing the TWO video cards and setting them in crossfire configuration.
Yes and No, let me explain. Depending on your budget and how extreme of graphics games you play, you are better buying a higher end card and just having one, than if you buy a lower end card and have 2. If you are looking to get the most out of your motherboards crossfire support then what I would do is buy 1 card in this range(some equal or barely go over the cost of the cards you have now,)
Radeon 4870s on Newegg Click there $140 for one
And then save up to buy a matching one at a later date, then you will be doing awesome!
Or you can keep what you have now(maybe you cannot return your items) which I believe is this card or similar to it
Radeon 3850 $65 for one, $130 for two.
and run your crossfire configuration and you will still be happy, it just wont be the BEST you can do. However, the BEST requires more money.
Here is a great guide to the best video cards for the money. HERE Be sure to read the various sections of under $100 or between $90 and $150 etc. And keep in mind what I said about buying 1 higher end and saving up later and all.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Edited by Ferrari, 24 March 2009 - 11:24 AM.
Posted 24 March 2009 - 09:00 PM
Posted 24 March 2009 - 10:37 PM
If you look at gigabytes website of your motherboard, it specifically says it has 2 PCI E x16 2.0 slots. I would think they would have the correct information. You should be set to go then.
Also, several other sites that I found here, Click HERE say similar information, but isn't as reliable as Gigabytes website.
And if you don't do a lot of gaming, then you have more than enough graphics power for yourself, and it will be nice for when you do get on a game now and then, I'm sure you will be happy.
And to comment on the computer you are coming from, YES, you will very pleased with the things you have purchased. If you ever have problems putting it together or after you get it all going, just post a new topic on here and someone will help you out. There are some really good techs here.
Good Luck and let me know if you have any more questions.
Posted 24 March 2009 - 10:50 PM
Do you have this system together and working? Because on further review of the specs you listed, I think you may have the wrong type of RAM. Is this your RAM? Click It is the same specs at least. This is DDR2 800 and Gigabytes Website says your board takes DDR2 1066 which a bunch of kinds are listed HERE G. Skill 1066 DDR2
Everything else seems to be good, I don't have much experience on AMD Processors, so I will take your word for it. Let me know if you need me to do some research if you are unsure.
Let me know.
Posted 25 March 2009 - 05:29 AM
Posted 25 March 2009 - 06:04 AM
I haven't tried to over clock it as I think I will be just sufice with it at stock speeds for now, and don't want to prematurely put the extra stress on it yet.
Exactly. No need to go overclocking if you aren't a serious gamer or don't have a need for it. It will just shorten the lifespan of your processor.
Good Luck, sounds like you have done a great job with your first build. Remember, we are always here if ya need us. If you are interested, take a look at my build in progress, HERE I will have XP Pro, maybe 64bit and then Windows 7 as my main Operating System. (supposed to come out in August/Soon)
Posted 25 March 2009 - 06:30 AM
Edited by wanz2lrnmr, 25 March 2009 - 06:33 AM.
Posted 26 March 2009 - 05:18 AM
Posted 26 March 2009 - 05:41 AM
Here is a tool you can read up on. It is for testing your RAM(memory).
Also, here is a link to our How to Guides and Tutorials Section Lots of goodies in there.
Especially this one, (more for once you have used the computer for a little while, cleans it up a bit)
Take a look at this article by Artellos. What makes your machine slow? The recommendations can really improve speed and performance.
And, Preventing Malware and Safe Computing
Edited by Ferrari, 26 March 2009 - 05:44 AM.
Posted 26 March 2009 - 06:28 AM
Posted 26 March 2009 - 07:31 AM
Though it sounds like you will be busy with school, Geeks2Go is also a Malware Training School. They call it Geek U. It is where you get to learn how to remove Malware(viruses) from users computers. Malware Removal is hard, and learning it can be time consuming but the best part about this school is that you move at your own pace. I'm currently enrolled.
If you are interested, click on My Controls towards the top of this page and then look in the left panel. There should by something like "Apply to Geek U" where you can read about it some.
Again, congrats on your build and I wish you luck in all your endeavors.
Posted 26 March 2009 - 07:39 AM
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