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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Bbq.of.DooM, 21 Jun 2008.

  1. Bbq.of.DooM

    Bbq.of.DooM Custom User Title

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    (cross posted from [H])

    Right now I have this

    intel E4300 @ 3ghz
    Abit IP35-E
    2x1gb Crucial Ballistix PC6400
    2x1gb OCZ Gold PC6400 (total 4gb pc6400 ram)
    BFG 7900GTX 512mb
    Silverstone ST50EF+ Element psu
    160gb Seagate 7200.8
    320gb Seagate 7200.10
    300gb Maxtor Diamondmax 10 (I think)
    Vista ultimate x64
    Scythe Infinity on the cpu
    Thermalright HR-03 on the 7900gtx
    Acer AL2223w 22" 1680x1050 monitor
    Viewsonic VA702b 17" 1280x1024 monitor

    Pretty good for what I do (Team Fortress 2, instant messaging, [H], etc), but getting a bit old; Can't really play games at the resolutions that I'd like, slow framerates. I need a quick upgrade.

    I was thinking of the XFX 9800GTX. It's only $205 at NCIX, and should be a lot faster than my 7900gtx. But I'm primarily concerned about how loud is it; Is it very loud? I want something nice and quiet. Can I put my hr-03 on it? Is there a second chip on the pcb to cool, like the original 8800gts?

    The other thing I was looking at was upgrading from 4gb (4x1gb) ram to 8gb (4x2gb). Good idea or no?

    thanks.

    Since posting:

    it's confirmed that there's no "bridge chip" on the 9800gtx like on the original 8800's
    I have the original hr-03 with 4 heatpipes.
     
  2. Bbq.of.DooM

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  3. psychoti

    psychoti What's a Dremel?

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    Just wait few more weeks!!4870 is coming!!

    4 gb are ok..
     
  4. chrisb2e9

    chrisb2e9 Dont do that...

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    I agree with psychoti. I just bought a 4850 because I got tired of waiting, but if you can hang on for a little bit longer, wait to see what happens and save some money.
     
  5. Bbq.of.DooM

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    Can't say I'm too much of an ati fan these days, nor do I want to wait too much and be underwhelmed, and I also don't want to spend that much; The reason I consider the 9800gtx+ is because it's only $200.
     
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    I was looking at the HD 4850 and 9800GTX options, but I can't find a 9800GTX+ anywhere, just the standard 9800GTX, which seems to perform a bit lower then the HD 4850 and uses more power/produces more heat. Any particular reason you don't want an ATI card?

    I'd keep with 4GB of ram as plenty, your CPU is probably the next thing to update before upgrading the ram or anything else.
     
  7. Bbq.of.DooM

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    Mostly because of the drivers. Every time I've owned an ati card, it's only ended badly. Give them another chance, and then it happens again. Repeat several times, and you'll see why.

    Thanks
     
  8. Bbq.of.DooM

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    ok guys

    visiontek 4850 $199
    asus 4850 $219 - $20 rebate = $189 after 6-8 months

    And will the original hr-03 fit on either of them?

    neither bundle games or anything special.
     
  9. Burnout21

    Burnout21 Is the daddy!

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    check the thermalright website for compatiblity. i quickly looked and there are 3 or 4 different versions of the HR-03, so i guess (Rev A) it dose in fact say it will be okay.

    if it dont fit, mod it! :dremel:
     
  10. chrisb2e9

    chrisb2e9 Dont do that...

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    if it fits the 38xx series it will fit the 48xx series.
    from what I am told.
     
  11. Bbq.of.DooM

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    Got it.

    Truely amazing. Catalyst control center is no longer as bad as it is on xp, it's amazingly fast, and the stock cooler is also rather quiet. Surprise. Only problem is that it runs at 70c idle, and I ran out of thermal paste to reseat the cooler, or put on my hr03.
     
  12. chrisb2e9

    chrisb2e9 Dont do that...

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    what did you get? a 4850?
    thats what I have. I love it so far.
    it does get hot. just push your finger againts the back plate if you dont believe the temps that are being reported. but the card is supposed to be able to take it. I still plan on getting a better cooler and overclocking it though.
     
  13. Bbq.of.DooM

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    Yea, visiontek 4850
     

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