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Re: New computer

Unread postby ndmmxiaomayi » February 21st, 2008, 9:00 am

My experience with ATI cards are great. First card busted after 7 years of use, another one is still going strong.

Depends on where you live, the norm is anything from 128MB to 256MB. Better ones for gaming definitely, not those 128 or 256MB cards. Here the norm is 256MB. Good enough for some old games.
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Re: New computer

Unread postby Chewy » February 21st, 2008, 10:05 am

For the best gaming, the nvidia 8800GT is the newest entry and top performer for the price.
They do run hot and may burn up quicker.

The ati hd3850/3870 are not far behind and do hidef video very well

Nvidia is coming out soon with a nice mid level card, the 9600

my ati 9600 would be at dead last on this chart

http://www23.tomshardware.com/graphics_2007.html
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Re: New computer

Unread postby 'KotaGuy » February 21st, 2008, 10:53 am

I've always been an Nvidia fan when it comes to graphics cards. Tried a couple ATI's over the years and found them to be flaky.

My setup... just built it last March...

Mobo: Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus
CPU: Pentium D 3.2Ghz OC'd to 3.8Ghz
RAM: 4 Gigs OCZ Platinum Ed. XTC PC2-6400 800mhz
Vid Card: Dual Asus 8800GTS 640Meg SLI'd
Sound Card: X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series
Speakers: Logitech Z-5500 Digital
Keyboard: Logitech G-15
HDD: 2 300Gig SATAII Seagate Barracuda's
P/S: OCZ 850W GameXtreme
Case: CoolerMaster Praetorian 730
O/S: Window Vista Ultimate

The CPU is very soon(next month) to be replaced by an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 2.66Ghz.

Everything is lit up by blue LED's... even the Keyboard :)
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Re: New computer

Unread postby ndmmxiaomayi » February 21st, 2008, 10:58 am

Wow, Kota, that's a nice build! :D

My parents will kill me if I build one like that. It costs thousands here. :(
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Re: New computer

Unread postby Chewy » February 21st, 2008, 11:55 am

that will be a crysis or cod4 on high settings when you add the quad

what cooler?

d6 micron chips?

running 32 bit?
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Re: New computer

Unread postby 'KotaGuy » February 21st, 2008, 12:01 pm

Overall... yeah it was/is a bit pricey. But worth it. I hadn't done a major upgrade to my kit for about 6-7 years. My main system before this was a PIII 1Ghz w/512Megs of RAM... so I was due :)

And if you buy the parts over a span of a few months it isn't so bad. I just recently(last month) purchased the Sound Card anthe new speakers. Was using a generic sound card that came with my MoBo and my old Logitech Z-350's beofre that.
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Re: New computer

Unread postby Bio-Hazard » February 21st, 2008, 1:05 pm

'Kotaguy that looks very impressive collection! That gave me some advice that i needed aswell.
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Re: New computer

Unread postby markamus » February 21st, 2008, 1:34 pm

I have the Logitech Z-5500 speakers as well, had them for a few years. They're a bit pricey, but man...they sound amazing. They sound better than my surround sound system for my TV does!
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Re: New computer

Unread postby ndmmxiaomayi » February 21st, 2008, 1:53 pm

Thanks for the advice, Kota. :)
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Re: New computer

Unread postby 'KotaGuy » February 21st, 2008, 3:15 pm

markamus wrote:I have the Logitech Z-5500 speakers as well, had them for a few years. They're a bit pricey, but man...they sound amazing. They sound better than my surround sound system for my TV does!


I love them.... the Wife hates them :twisted:

Turn 'em up and they rattle windows and shake pictures off the walls :D
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Re: New computer

Unread postby Gary R » February 21st, 2008, 4:23 pm

'KotaGuy wrote:Turn 'em up and they rattle windows and shake pictures off the walls :D


So some improved windows and picture fasteners would seem to be in order then. :D
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Re: New computer

Unread postby turn 5 » February 21st, 2008, 5:09 pm

'KotaGuy wrote:
markamus wrote:I have the Logitech Z-5500 speakers as well, had them for a few years. They're a bit pricey, but man...they sound amazing. They sound better than my surround sound system for my TV does!


I love them.... the Wife hates them :twisted:

Turn 'em up and they rattle windows and shake pictures off the walls :D

So you've been moving pictures have you?
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Re: New computer

Unread postby 'KotaGuy » February 21st, 2008, 6:58 pm

Yeah... from the wall to the floor :D
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Re: New computer

Unread postby Jason Ess » February 21st, 2008, 9:36 pm

:( I want speakers that can move stuff!!

(what chocolate do ya want?) Will trade!

Lol. :D
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Re: New computer

Unread postby markamus » February 21st, 2008, 10:34 pm

'Kota, kind of off topic but...

Do you keep your speakers' effect on 6 ch direct? That's the best sound I've been able to produce, but I haven't talked to anyone else that has the same set. Or have you found another combination that sounds better?

Mine also rattles the house at times, I love it ;)
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