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Discussion in 'other software & services' started by FluxGFX, Apr 4, 2004.

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  1. FluxGFX

    FluxGFX Registered Member

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    Hey guys want some opinions.... I'm going shopping this after noon and probably going to get whats listed below

    [PC Specs]

    - Asus - P4P800 Deluxe - Intel Socket 478 ATX Motherboard with Audio, AGP 8X, Serial ATA, RAID, USB 2.0, FireWire, SPDIF, WiFi and 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN Support
    - Intel® Pentium®4 3.2Ghz / 512k Cache / 800Mhz FSB / Socket 478 / HyperThreading / Processor
    - Corsair TWINX Dual Channel 1024MB PC4400 DDR 550MHz
    - PNY Verto GeForce FX 5950 Ultra Video Card / 256MB / AGP 8X / VIVO & DVI

    sigh.... it would be good if I added a fan

    - AeroCool Deep Impact 102 Special Edition - 18K Gold Plated CPU Cooler with 2 - 80mm Fans - Kit

    What do you think ? Is this a good combo or am I way off track ?
     
  2. dangitall

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    Assuming that you haven't already pulled the trigger on these parts, it looks like you're setting yourself to be able to kick a** and take names at the next GameCon!

    What hard drives, though, and why PNY for the graphics card?
     
  3. Detox

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    Well, I'm an AMD man but other than that it looks pretty good - and you will need a HD or 3 as well ;)
     
  4. meneer

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    It looks like you want to be able to reboot Windows very fast :D
     
  5. FluxGFX

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    HD are in scsi raid 2 160GB

    has for the video card I was looking at SPECS and Price


    Exemple : Now a video card nvidia type was 249$ the other one the PNY 100$ ( note in CAD )

    I checked the specs, they have the samething all around benchmark also... why go for 249$ when the 100$ does the samething ?

    ( LoL meener LoL )
    ( I have something similar for my Linux Machine )


    But hey look at www.tigerdirect.ca ( that's where I'm getting my stuff ) anyhow.

    If you have something better to suggest has a video card let me know. I'm going for the BEST card at the cheapest price.
     
  6. dangitall

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    Unfortunately, FluxGFX, the link you provided to TigerDirect didn't work - at least for me - so I couldn't perform a quick check of the site to verify what you're getting for your $100 graphics card. When there's that much of a price difference on a top-end piece of new hardware, make absolutely certain of what you're ordering/getting. Double- and triple-check if necessary, and I especially recommend talking to someone in customer service before placing that particular part of the order.

    If you've already placed the order with TigerDirect, then this is all academic. However, the last time I went shopping for hardware online, they (TD) did not come up as a result in any of the shopping sites I tried, at least as long as I factored-in price. You might wish to look around a bit more.

    As far as PNY goes ... well, let's just say that I've experienced warranty and service issues with them in the past and leave it at that.
     
  7. FluxGFX

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    Nothing has been purchased yet has for http://www.tigerdirect.ca/

    The site is over capacity there having ASP issues right now.

    Has for the Video Card I've been looking at 15models and this is the one that place above them in the price range of 100$ card.

    XFX nVidia GeForce FX 5200 Video Card / 256MB DDR / AGP 8X / TV Out & DVI ( 99,34$ )
     
  8. FluxGFX

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    Now I'm dangling between

    Radeon 9800 and a GF4 Ti 4600
    According to Tom's Hardware these would be the best cards out there for their valued price.

    GF4 Ti4600 275$
    Radeon 9800 223.99$
     
  9. dangitall

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    Okay: an FX5200 for $100 makes more sense than the FX5950 that you had in your original post, and $100 is approximately what you can get these for at most retailers.

    If you pay more than that $100 for a Ti4600, you've been robbed! It is older technology, and is not fully DX9 compatible; to get full DX9 compatibility in an Nvidia-based card requires the 'FX' prefix, and the FX5200 Ultra seems to be the sweet spot in the 'bang for the buck' category. As for the XFX brand, I can't offer any information.

    If you choose to go with an ATI-branded card, and can get a Radeon9800 for the price you quoted, I'd jump all over it.

    But what do I know? I'm not a gamer, and I'm running a Savage4 (!) on this decrepit hulk! I've built a couple of gamers though and, if price versus performance is a concern, I'd pick up the FX5200 (of any variety). I don't think you'll be disappointed. ;)
     
  10. FluxGFX

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    Take a peek a Toms hardware.
    Benchmarked in everyway the GF4 Ti4600 is the best for price cost, performance and graphic effecient

    http://www.tomshardware.com/graphic/20031229/index.html

    All price are stated in Canadian Currency. GForce4 Ti4600 regular price not refurbish is 450$ CAD
    FX5200 is around 390$ and can be found a certain retailers for 189$ CAD

    The ATI Radeon 9800 is 223.99$ CAD
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=699287&Sku=A271-9800&CatId=1089
     
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    Hi FluxGFX, Have you looked at AMD's 64bit options - Opeteron?
    Thay pack more punch than any pentium & there is free download of XP64bit Windows available, which from reading many reviews is a real solid OS and will run 64 bit apps when they appear + all your 32 bit apps.

    Just a thought :) Pilli
     
  12. FluxGFX

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    Hey Pilli,

    I have an opteron system running here at work, it's my main station.
    Quite frankly the performance lacks.

    a P4 2.8ghz Duel Channel DDR PC3200 512mb will run over it.
    I have the 64bit version of windows. Quite frankly reminds me of the old days of the Blue Screen of death.

    sigh... has for running 32bit application ( forget about it some of the apps can't run or you get process errors... )

    I'm not going to touch a 64bit version of windows.
     
  13. FluxGFX

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    I'm building a new PC for Gaming, Graphic, 3D rendering, 3D animation with softimage.

    I'm not putting the VideoCard in factor has i've alread purchased that yesterday.
     
  14. Pilli

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    Thanks for your habds on experience with AMD64bit :)

    Some reviewers often appear to live on a different planet :D
     
  15. FluxGFX

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    eccickk.. your telling... first hand experience... sigh. :) enjoy Pilli :)
     
  16. FluxGFX

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    Update on system stats

    Intel Pentium4 PRESCOTT 3.0GHz 1MB/800FSB Processor, Retail
    Thermalright SP-94 S478 Heatsink
    Asus P4P800-E-DX i865PE S478 800FSB Mainboard w/Audio/GBLan/SATA/RAID/IEEE
    Corsair TWIN-X 1024-4000 (2x512MB) Dual Channel DDR Kit
    Maxtor 160GB DMax Plus9 7200RPM 8MB ATA133 HDD, 1Yr
    LG 52x32x52x CD-RW Drive BLACK, OEM
    LG Dual-Mode 8X DVD-RW Drive, OEM
    BB: MSI GF4 Ti4600-8X 128MB Video Card w/VIVO, Retail (REFURB)
    Antec Performance PLUS1080AMG Full Tower Case w/TRUE430W PS, Blue
     
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