Thinking about building a gaming computer
Posted 21 July 2005 - 05:29 PM
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Posted 21 July 2005 - 06:11 PM
Posted 21 July 2005 - 06:22 PM
The FX-55 will ordinarily give you a couple of extra FPS' in games, and has a higher clock speed than the 4400X2. In single thread applications (such as current games), the 4400 will perform at the equivalent of a 3700+ but will obviously provide far superior results to the FX when multi tasking and in any application (although there are few as yet) that utilise dual cores.
So, if you're solely a gamer, I suppose the FX is THE cpu to have. But in a short time, dual core will provide superior performance.
I'd probably up the 6800GT to a 7800GTX with the extra cash. With that card and a 4400, you'll be singing.
Posted 21 July 2005 - 06:40 PM
Edited by ahuffman, 21 July 2005 - 06:41 PM.
Posted 21 July 2005 - 06:45 PM
I don't think you want to go to the 4600 - less cache (similar to the 3700+ and 3800+ comparisons). I'd stick with the 4400 unless you can afford to go up to 4800.
With a bit of luck, you'll be able to overclock (if you're interested) the 4400 to 4600 clockspeeds and have yourself a 4800!
Posted 21 July 2005 - 07:34 PM
Posted 21 July 2005 - 07:43 PM
If you want to apply Arctic Silver 5 instead, it is very easy. I would suggest purchasing an Arcti Clean pack. This contains two bottles of fluid. One is used to clean off the existing thermal material (squirt a couple of drops onto it, leave it for a minute, and then rub of with a lint free cloth) and the second to clean the first liquid and any additional foreign compound from the face of the heatsink.
After you've seated the cpu in the socket, you squeeze a rice grain sized module of AS5 onto the middle of the cpu heatspreader, and seat the HSF. The HSF will spread the compound naturally. AS5 has a run in time, so your system temps will take a couple of days to come down to their lowest.
Check the Arctic Silver website for detailed and pictured instructions.
Just be really careful to avoid getting any AS5 or other compound on the cpu pins. Although this is not necessarily fatal, it is a pain to remove it from the pins. I spent about two hours doing it a while ago when I clasped a cpu not realising I had AS5 on my thumb, which transposed to the pins. Nasty.
Posted 21 July 2005 - 09:49 PM
Asus A8N SLI premium mobo
Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Toledo cpu
BFG Geforce 7800GTX OC
OCZ 2 GB Dual channel platinum memory
Creative Audigy 2 ZS
Thermaltake armor black case
Entermax 535 watt SLI psu
Sony floppy drive
Seagate barracuda 250 gb sata hd
Liteon dvd-rom drive
Liteon dvd-rw dual layer drive
Windows XP pro
About the only thing left to research is whether the ram will work with this mobo for sure. The only real worry I have is someone on newegg mentioned that they had trouble with this mobo running hot because it was sitting upside down in their case. Does anyone know if that would be a possibility with this case?
Posted 21 July 2005 - 10:00 PM
I wouldn't be too worried about system heat. The Armour (Aus spelling sorry) has ample space and plenty of good fans in situ. That 90mm blow hole on top will be quite efficient and the array of exhaust and intake fans should keep your system temps down.
It looks to be a great case. Does it have a removable motherboard tray?
As for the memory, check both Asus' and OCZ's page to see if there are any known issues.
Posted 21 July 2005 - 10:34 PM
Posted 21 July 2005 - 11:17 PM
Posted 21 July 2005 - 11:24 PM
LCD monitors are great and give you a lot more desk space.
I have the 4000+, which runs at 2.4ghz and has 1mb L2 cache. Great chip, very fast (and at least in Australia, about half the cost of an FX chip), but it's no dual core.
It really depends on what you're going to be doing. As I said before, if you are going to be using this machine predominantly for gaming, a single core FX (or, for that matter a 4000+, 3800+, 3700+, 3500+ or 3200+!!!) will serve you brilliantly (although given that you're going with the 7800GTX, you want to go as high as you can with the cpu, because that will be your primary bottleneck).
Are you happy with your current monitor or would you really like an LCD? Because I primarily use my home machine for gaming, I would go for a nice 8ms response 17 or 19" monitor (Warriorscott has a great monitor by the sounds of it), and drop down to a 4000+ San Diego, which will overclock (possibly to FX 55 specs).
Edited by KGH, 21 July 2005 - 11:26 PM.
Posted 21 July 2005 - 11:33 PM
Posted 21 July 2005 - 11:35 PM
What have you decided with the cpu?
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