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 Post subject: to buy or not to buy
PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:19 pm 
8086
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hi guys i have some questions for you.
i would upgrade my computer but i have many doubts about what is gonna be the best for me.
my actual system is based on a
core duo e8400 3,00 ghz
gpu is an ati 4870x2
4 gb of 1333 ram
asus p5b mobo
2 western digital sata2 500 gb hard drives in raid 0
i use my computer to do some graphics and gaming
at 1900 x 1200 resolution so now
here comes the questions

1) does it really worth buy an ssd hard drive?
a sata 3 120 gb is very expensive how much the machine performance benefit from that?
2) is an ati 6950 (that i would flash as an 6970) a much better videocard than mine?
or is just a direct x matter
3) i would buy a sandy bridge processor an i5 2500
is gonna be good enough'?
4) what the best chipset to buy for the motherboard that will host the sandy bridge?
i kinda got lost there
5)does crossfire\sli worth a try?
from years im tempted to make a system with a double video card but im always afraid
that on many games\programs it will be useless what your experience with that?
and what video cards you suggest to use?

i would spend around 1500 dollars 1200 euros for my system just to give you a budget range,
and i never overclocked.... here in the summer is damn hot^^

thxs in advance for the support


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 Post subject: Re: to buy or not to buy
PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 7:07 pm 
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1) does it really worth buy an ssd hard drive?
a sata 3 120 gb is very expensive how much the machine performance benefit from that?

A good SSD improves your access times and boot up. It has other benefits, but these are the ones you will notice most. Is there a difference? yes. Worth it? That's a harder question. I would assemble the rest of your parts first; IF you have enough in your budget for one, then go for it.

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2) is an ati 6950 (that i would flash as an 6970) a much better videocard than mine?
or is just a direct x matter

you have a very decent card right now, but there should be a difference with the newer card
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3) i would buy a sandy bridge processor an i5 2500
is gonna be good enough'?

Absolutely
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4) what the best chipset to buy for the motherboard that will host the sandy bridge?
i kinda got lost there

The P67 series is considered the high performance mobo
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5)does crossfire\sli worth a try?

Personal preference. If you want to try it so you can say you did it and learn from it - yes. Also, in some cases 2 lesser cards (like the 560 Ti) are better than one high end card (580), but cost about the same - so there is some advantage to that. But with your budget, I think your best bet would be to focus on getting the best single card you can afford.

Hope this helps.


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 Post subject: Re: to buy or not to buy
PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:38 am 
8086
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thxs for the help, one last question

from your personal experience you would pick an nvidia or an ati videocard?

does CUDA works for photoshop or illustrator?


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 Post subject: Re: to buy or not to buy
PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:45 pm 
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While AMD(formerly ATI) has better scalability i.e. CF, typically better power consumption and a good cost to performance ratio Nvidia has really started stepping up their game. Nvidia drivers are typically released more often and play better with software in games and other visually intensive tasks. Basically if the money is tight usually AMD wins if you can put down a few more drachmas then Nvidia will give you good stability and performance.


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 Post subject: Re: to buy or not to buy
PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 2:44 am 
8086
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so my new config will be
cpu Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3Ghz 6MB 1155 Sandy Bridge Unlocked con GPU 95W BOX

ssd OCZ SSD Vertex 3 120GB SATA III 2.5"

gpu ATI HD6950 Sapphire 2GB 2xDVI/2xDP/HDMI ATI HD6950 Sapphire 2GB 2xDVI/2xDP/HDMI***

mobo ASUS 1155 P8P67-M PRO Rev.3.0 mATX DDR3 P67

ram DDR3 1600Mhz PC12800 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws-X 1.5V CL9 (2x4GB)

psu Corsair Enthusiast Series CMPSU-750TXV2EU 750W

storage 2x SEAGATE 2TB ST2000DL003 5900rpm 64MB Barracuda LP SATA 6

look good to you guys? much better than the current one i have?


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 Post subject: Re: to buy or not to buy
PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:13 am 
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Yes, that will significantly outperform your current hardware.


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