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Windows 7: How good is my rig?

21 May 2011   #1

How good is my rig?

Alright guys. Im going to make a major upgrade to my computer, and the only parts that will remain will be the drive and my HDD. My purpous is gaming and, I'd like to know if this rig can run games like gta IV, battlefield bad company 2, crysis, far cry, nfs shift, etc etc properly with an average of maybe 50/60 fps + MAXED OUT.

XFX Core Edition 550W - 57.9€
Corsair 2x2048MB DDR3 1333Mhz XMS3 CL9 New Classic - 44.90€
ASUS M4A87TD EVO AMD870G SKAM3 - 97.50€
AMD PHENOM II X4 955 BE Quad-Core 64Bits 8MB BOX SKAM3 - 122.90€
Zalman Z9 Plus LED Display - 51.9€

Total - 574€

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21 May 2011   #2


Where is the hard drive and case?
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21 May 2011   #3


HDD - Western Digital 500gb Sata2 7200 Rpm 32mb Buffer
Case is the Zalman Z9 Plus.
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21 May 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Alot really depends on your budget.

Not sure about XFX Power supplys, but I think Id stick with Corsair, Antec, Seasonic.
550W should be enough, but any bigger of a GPU you may want to consider 650W. Will be more than enough, and have some breathing room.

Also, if your main purpose for the build is gaming, It may be worth investing abit more into the GPU.
Not that the 560 is a bad card ..
But perhaps try to step it up to a 6950, 6970, GTX570
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21 May 2011   #5


Well im not rich so my budget goes to a 600€ maximum. But wont the gtx560 handle most current games maxed out plus, with an average of 50/60+ fps ? Main reason is to play Battlefield Bad Company 2 Online without fps lag, starcraft 2, crysis, etc etc maxed out and maybe battlefield 3 .
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21 May 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Yes, and it will likely be just fine for what you want out of it.
They are fine cards. Its slightly faster than a 460.

Crysis may not hold 50-60FPS at Max settings, but it should be playable and smooth.

The main factor will be what resolution you game at.

Another option, if they arent much more, is go with the EVGA 560.

This way you get a Lifetime warranty, as well as a 90days to step up to a faster card if you decide you want to.
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22 May 2011   #7


I think the PNY also offers a lifetime warranty but im not sure about that 90 day upgrade thing. Well I said crysis as an example as for "this generation games"m I mean the newest game. My resolution will most probably be 1440x900 and maybe later I will move to a 23" screen but im not sure about the resolution of it . Here's the monitor page : BX2235 - BX2235 - Monitores LED - monitores | SAMSUNG
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22 May 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM + SP1

Yeah you will definetly need to rethink your graphics. some of those games won't even maxxed out with 50 to 60fps, especially gta iv as that needs more than 1200mb to get up to the max regions. heck I can't max with my 570 and I'm lucky if I see 50fps max.

if that is your budget either keep looking for a 570 or save a bit more and get a 580 if you want all eye candy at the best fps possible.

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22 May 2011   #9


But the 560 will run gta iv, crysis, Battlefield Bad Company 2 is the most important, all these games maxed outs and run smoothly or at least playable? Not like now im playing Battlefield Bad Company 2 and Im running it on average of 14-20 fps and god it makes me rage.

This is my current rig:

Aqui estγo os specs do meu computador actual:
AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5200+
ATI HD 4600 Series
Lc-Power LC 420H-12
Western Digital 500gb Sata2 7200 Rpm 32mb Buffer
3,00 GB RAM

If I buy this rig now and maybe later upgrade the GPU, most probably to be in a few years, will it be a good deal? Like will the cpu, ram and motherboard be enough for the next 3-5 years?

EDIT: I've been searching for better alternatives that can stay in the budget a little bit and I found these 2 GPU. What's your opinion about them?


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22 May 2011   #10


Both are decent overclockers and both will give decent performance. You may not be able to fully max everything, but you'll certainly be able to get smoother and more playable gameplay than you currently do.

At stock clocks, both cards are pretty equal.

You can't really go wrong with either.
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