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What do you think about this setup

  1. sunforged profile image75
    sunforgedposted 7 years ago

    AMD Quad 1.8Ghz, (phenom x4 9100e)
    6GB DDR2 800Mhz
    500GB HDD

    ECS Black edition motherboard (brand new been installed for a week)(http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications … CatId=2838)

    Windows 7 X64

    Big tempest NZXT case (with 4 good 120mm fans)

    650 Watt PSU (kingwin modular)


    So last couple of days been trying to rustle up a decent replacement PC from my local classifieds - seems like im going with this set up - after some custom work and delivery I requested, under $300 for the box.

    Would you do it?

    1. profile image0
      mtsi1098posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      This configuration seems a bit disproportional in CPU vs. Memory...I think the memory utilization will out page the CPU causing some performance degradation...If the board supports dual CPU you may want to consider adding another

  2. sunforged profile image75
    sunforgedposted 7 years ago

    cmon -no gaming types or hardware geeks out there?

    i want a seal of approval - as an ebay seller i would  scoop it up just for resale value, but what do yall think about performance potential

    1. earnestshub profile image88
      earnestshubposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      The choke would seem to be CPU speed. Or did I misunderstand the CPU speed as being only 1.8?
      6 gig of DDR2 ram is enough for most jobs, win7X 64 is all good and 500 gig will hold for a long time.

  3. sunforged profile image75
    sunforgedposted 7 years ago

    Im not sure myself - although, I will actually probably replace the 500 for a 1tb - they are only $75 bucks on sale right now.. I have 700 something gigs now of various hdd's - when you got lots of room you end up using it.

    but its quad core? doesnt that make a difference?

    my 6 year old p4 is a 2.66 ? im curious about that myself

    1. earnestshub profile image88
      earnestshubposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I would spend the extra for the big HDD. That seems like a bargain.
      Not sure on the quad core either.
      If that means 1.8 X4 it would be very very fast! smile

      1. habee profile image96
        habeeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Oooohhh...I LOVE the big HDD!

  4. KCC Big Country profile image88
    KCC Big Countryposted 7 years ago

    I love it when you guys talk techie. smile

    1. earnestshub profile image88
      earnestshubposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Dirty talk in code! lol

  5. sunforged profile image75
    sunforgedposted 7 years ago

    from what IO understand it not as great as 4 x better - it just can run multiple threads - some applications have the ability to take advantage of this natively and newer OS use the extra threads to help handle normal operations which clears up more power for your applications.

    Apparently this particular AMD is highly overclockable - but that is outside my skillset ( I COULD learn) ~3 ghz

    1. earnestshub profile image88
      earnestshubposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      It is easy enough to overclock, but I reckon they get too hot when pushed too far like this. Handling multiple threads will take a lot of load off, so maybe it will run fast. Do they offer a faster native clock speed CPU?
      More info here.
      http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd … ,1935.html
      It seems to top out at 2.3.

  6. Ign Andy profile image58
    Ign Andyposted 7 years ago

    My 2 cents:
    for gaming: no GPU. on board GPU usually only allow low setting.
    I agree with Earnest for higher HDD, should 1 TB at least.
    I think the processor more be enough even for high demanding task/games thoug Quad Core means nothing if you don't do simultaneous job.

    All and all good build for casual games and daily use.

  7. cheaptrick profile image69
    cheaptrickposted 7 years ago

    This is great!
    I like to stream video from the Web to a 65 inch plasma TV but I get slight Digital pixelation with an Nvidia 9200 graphics card.I'm shopping for an upgrade.
    Can anyone tell me what specks to look for to get the best video quality in the replacement card?Any other advice would be much appreciated as I'm a bit of a computer dummy!

  8. anujagarwal profile image60
    anujagarwalposted 7 years ago

    For gaming and better graphics, you definitely need a good graphics card. You can go for some nVidia Quadro or ATI HD series card. Make sure it includes at least 256MB internal memory, the more the better. Power supply of 650 Watts will support most high-end graphics cards.

  9. sunforged profile image75
    sunforgedposted 7 years ago

    Will be taking advice on GC soon -

    Did end up purchasing - $250 w/ all mentioned plus new lightscribe/dvdrw and delivery to my door.


    Win7 doesnt recognize my old PS2 keyboard that I love - drivers are not win7 so I figured out how to install and configurre Synergy - and Im happy!



    Still got a lot of detail work to do..but its the best workspace Ive ever had at home.

    1. livewithrichard profile image85
      livewithrichardposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Looks good.  I had a case similar to that one and got tired of the light which caused more heat and constant fan use. I ended up going back to a solid case.

  10. SiddSingh profile image60
    SiddSinghposted 7 years ago

    Your workplace looks great - in a sort of geeky way!

    What's with the light ropes - is that the only ambient light you use?

  11. sunforged profile image75
    sunforgedposted 7 years ago

    well the leds are in the fans , so I guess I will have to deal!