Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 16 of 21

Thread: Sweet spot CPU / Gfx card for 3D gaming

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    161
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked
    4 times in 4 posts

    Sweet spot CPU / Gfx card for 3D gaming

    So if you are considering a new Conroe based system (as I am) and like to play 3D games, FPSes then where is the sweet spot?

    I am looking at spending ca £ 430 split between CPU and Gfx card, that looks like the following options :

    E6300 + X1900XT
    E6400 + 7900GTX
    E6600 + 7900 GT

    Which do you think will give the best gaming (BF2, Oblivion etc) performance at the resolution I will play at which will be 1680 x 1050? I am guessing that at this resolution I am likely to be GPU limited.

    I suppose I have spent too much time thinking about my specs and have confused myself but I'm leaning towards E6600 / 7900 GT as my favoured option even though its probably not the fastest but has the best upgrade path.

    Then you throw a bit of overclocking into the equation......

    I'm doing my nut thinking about this, time to get out the credit card!

    Chunks

  2. #2
    Senior Member Merlin4458's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Kingston Uni
    Posts
    2,606
    Thanks
    26
    Thanked
    11 times in 11 posts
    i would go for E6400 + 7900GTX and jsut clock the conroe?
    Last edited by Merlin4458; 22-07-2006 at 03:40 PM.
    Rig: Amd 64 3700+ San Diego | Abit AT8 | 4x512 Corsair XMS3200C2PRO | PowerColour X850XTPE / Arctic Cooled | Samsung Spinpoint 250Gig | Enermax NoiseTake 485w | Arctic Freezer 64 Pro | Coolermaster Wavemaster Silver | Dell 2405FPW | Logitech G5 / Everglide Destrukt Monstermat |

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Brisbane
    Posts
    612
    Thanks
    20
    Thanked
    35 times in 22 posts
    • toolsong's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASUS P7P55D EVO
      • CPU:
      • i7 860 @ 3.8 GHz
      • Memory:
      • 2 x 4GB Corsair Vengeance
      • Storage:
      • SSDs
      • Graphics card(s):
      • GTX970
      • PSU:
      • Seasonic X650
      • Case:
      • Antec P180
      • Operating System:
      • Win7 x64
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell U2515H
      • Internet:
      • Fibre @ 100/40
    I'd do as you suggest and get the E6600 + 7900 GT for two reasons

    -the CPU because it has a higher multiplier for ease of overclocking
    -assume you can afford to upgrade to a nextgen GPU next year

    I have a X1900XT and it is fine for 1680x1050 but the 7900GT should do the job

    I'd be waiting a month or two though because I don't see a clear winner for best Conroe motherboard yet.

  4. #4
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    161
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked
    4 times in 4 posts
    Quote Originally Posted by toolsong
    I'd be waiting a month or two though because I don't see a clear winner for best Conroe motherboard yet.
    Yep the selection is poor and they're all either flawed or ridiculously expensive, hopefully a month or two will do it.

    CHunks

  5. #5
    Moderator chuckskull's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    The Frozen North
    Posts
    7,713
    Thanks
    951
    Thanked
    690 times in 463 posts
    • chuckskull's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte Z77-D3H
      • CPU:
      • 3570k @ 4.7 - H100i
      • Memory:
      • 32GB XMS3 1600mhz
      • Storage:
      • 256GB Samsung 850 Pro + 3TB Seagate
      • Graphics card(s):
      • EVGA GTX 980Ti Classified
      • PSU:
      • Seasonic M12 700W
      • Case:
      • Corsair 500R
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 Pro
      • Monitor(s):
      • Asus VG278HE
      • Internet:
      • FTTC
    E6600 + 7900 GT Would be my vote.

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    1,545
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    Conroe and 7900GTX, 7900GT? Pffft.

  7. #7
    rad
    rad is offline
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    54
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    The 7950gx2 is significantly better than the 7900gtx and cost not much more (ie less than 10%)
    So I would go with 7950 gx2 and either e6400 or e6300, which ever fits your budget.

  8. #8
    Anthropomorphic Personification shaithis's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    The Last Aerie
    Posts
    10,857
    Thanks
    645
    Thanked
    872 times in 736 posts
    • shaithis's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P8Z77 WS
      • CPU:
      • i7 3770k @ 4.5GHz
      • Memory:
      • 32GB HyperX 1866
      • Storage:
      • Lots!
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Sapphire Fury X
      • PSU:
      • Corsair HX850
      • Case:
      • Corsair 600T (White)
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 x64
      • Monitor(s):
      • 2 x Dell 3007
      • Internet:
      • Zen 80Mb Fibre
    E6300 + X1900XT..........the E6300 can be overclocked a bit and the X1900XT is the fastest single-chip solution around and has great IQ.

    Playing at high-res widescreen resolutions means you need the fastest card you can get, plus the ATI does AA at super-high resolutions without taking a huge hit, the nVidia cards cannot.
    Main PC: Asus Rampage IV Extreme / 3960X@4.5GHz / Antec H1200 Pro / 32GB DDR3-1866 Quad Channel / Sapphire Fury X / Areca 1680 / 850W EVGA SuperNOVA Gold 2 / Corsair 600T / 2x Dell 3007 / 4 x 250GB SSD + 2 x 80GB SSD / 4 x 1TB HDD (RAID 10) / Windows 10 Pro, Yosemite & Ubuntu
    HTPC: AsRock Z77 Pro 4 / 3770K@4.2GHz / 24GB / GTX 1080 / SST-LC20 / Antec TP-550 / Hisense 65k5510 4K TV / HTC Vive / 2 x 240GB SSD + 12TB HDD Space / Race Seat / Logitech G29 / Win 10 Pro
    HTPC2: Asus AM1I-A / 5150 / 4GB / Corsair Force 3 240GB / Silverstone SST-ML05B + ST30SF / Samsung UE60H6200 TV / Windows 10 Pro
    Spare/Loaner: Gigabyte EX58-UD5 / i950 / 12GB / HD7870 / Corsair 300R / Silverpower 700W modular
    NAS 1: HP N40L / 12GB ECC RAM / 2 x 3TB Arrays || NAS 2: Dell PowerEdge T110 II / 24GB ECC RAM / 2 x 3TB Hybrid arrays || Network:Buffalo WZR-1166DHP w/DD-WRT + HP ProCurve 1800-24G
    Laptop: Dell Precision 5510 Printer: HP CP1515n || Phone: Huawei P30 || Other: Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Pro 10.1 CM14 / Playstation 4 + G29 + 2TB Hybrid drive

  9. #9
    rad
    rad is offline
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    54
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    7950gx2 is faster than x1900xt at stock speed, and can also be overclocked a lot higher

  10. #10
    Anthropomorphic Personification shaithis's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    The Last Aerie
    Posts
    10,857
    Thanks
    645
    Thanked
    872 times in 736 posts
    • shaithis's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P8Z77 WS
      • CPU:
      • i7 3770k @ 4.5GHz
      • Memory:
      • 32GB HyperX 1866
      • Storage:
      • Lots!
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Sapphire Fury X
      • PSU:
      • Corsair HX850
      • Case:
      • Corsair 600T (White)
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 x64
      • Monitor(s):
      • 2 x Dell 3007
      • Internet:
      • Zen 80Mb Fibre
    Quote Originally Posted by rad
    7950gx2 is faster than x1900xt at stock speed, and can also be overclocked a lot higher
    Not if you want to turn AA on at the resoultions the OP wants to play at........
    Main PC: Asus Rampage IV Extreme / 3960X@4.5GHz / Antec H1200 Pro / 32GB DDR3-1866 Quad Channel / Sapphire Fury X / Areca 1680 / 850W EVGA SuperNOVA Gold 2 / Corsair 600T / 2x Dell 3007 / 4 x 250GB SSD + 2 x 80GB SSD / 4 x 1TB HDD (RAID 10) / Windows 10 Pro, Yosemite & Ubuntu
    HTPC: AsRock Z77 Pro 4 / 3770K@4.2GHz / 24GB / GTX 1080 / SST-LC20 / Antec TP-550 / Hisense 65k5510 4K TV / HTC Vive / 2 x 240GB SSD + 12TB HDD Space / Race Seat / Logitech G29 / Win 10 Pro
    HTPC2: Asus AM1I-A / 5150 / 4GB / Corsair Force 3 240GB / Silverstone SST-ML05B + ST30SF / Samsung UE60H6200 TV / Windows 10 Pro
    Spare/Loaner: Gigabyte EX58-UD5 / i950 / 12GB / HD7870 / Corsair 300R / Silverpower 700W modular
    NAS 1: HP N40L / 12GB ECC RAM / 2 x 3TB Arrays || NAS 2: Dell PowerEdge T110 II / 24GB ECC RAM / 2 x 3TB Hybrid arrays || Network:Buffalo WZR-1166DHP w/DD-WRT + HP ProCurve 1800-24G
    Laptop: Dell Precision 5510 Printer: HP CP1515n || Phone: Huawei P30 || Other: Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Pro 10.1 CM14 / Playstation 4 + G29 + 2TB Hybrid drive

  11. #11
    Banhammer in peace PeterB kalniel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    29,371
    Thanks
    1,559
    Thanked
    2,966 times in 2,406 posts
    • kalniel's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte X58A UD3R rev 2
      • CPU:
      • Intel Xeon X5680
      • Memory:
      • 12gb DDR3 2000
      • Graphics card(s):
      • nVidia GTX 1060 6GB
      • PSU:
      • Seasonic 600W
      • Case:
      • Cooler Master HAF 912
      • Operating System:
      • Win 10 Pro x64
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell U2311H
      • Internet:
      • O2 8mbps
    The E6300 + X1900XT option is the only one you should consider if you're playing Oblivion.

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Posts
    335
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    Quote Originally Posted by shaithis
    E6300 + X1900XT..........the E6300 can be overclocked a bit and the X1900XT is the fastest single-chip solution around and has great IQ.
    Quote Originally Posted by rad
    7950gx2 is faster than x1900xt at stock speed, and can also be overclocked a lot higher
    Only if the game supports sli Rad as its a dual GPU. So I agree with Shaithis

  13. #13
    rad
    rad is offline
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    54
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    Quote Originally Posted by sgoaty
    Only if the game supports sli Rad as its a dual GPU. So I agree with Shaithis
    What you have said is not quite right, because it is seen as a single GPU, not two GPU's in SLI, so games do not need to be sli compatable.
    Anyway, probably best to look at some benchmarks comparing both gpu's on the games you are interested in.

  14. #14
    rad
    rad is offline
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    54
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    Ok here is just one review of many.
    http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=33079

  15. #15
    rad
    rad is offline
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    54
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=33079

    Performance wise Leadtek 7950 GX2 is the fastest non overclocked card around. The only disadvantage is lack of HDR and FSAA capability which is a shame but if you want the performance this is the card for you.

    Nvidia caught ATI sleeping and its dual chip single card is the winning combination for this summer. ATI don’t have the horces to fight it properly until end of September while we expect to see the new R580+ based Radeon X1950 XTX card out. But beware G80 should be out at the same time.

    Until then Geforce 7950 GX2 cards are the fastest one that money can buy. µ

    Reviewed and tested by Sanjin Rados and Fuad Abazovic

    http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=33079
    Last edited by rad; 28-07-2006 at 05:42 AM.

  16. #16
    rad
    rad is offline
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    54
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel
    The E6300 + X1900XT option is the only one you should consider if you're playing Oblivion.
    Show me the proof

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Building A Gaming Rig - A Living Document. (A HEXUS Project)
    By Stewart in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 188
    Last Post: 06-09-2008, 04:19 PM
  2. Gfx card died , need advice on replacement
    By Tizz in forum Graphics Cards
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 21-07-2006, 07:46 AM
  3. Overclocking Question
    By planetgong in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 12-12-2005, 09:29 AM
  4. Replies: 6
    Last Post: 05-07-2004, 05:48 PM
  5. New GFX card?
    By Trash Man in forum Graphics Cards
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 27-06-2004, 10:51 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •