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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by ForeignLander, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. ForeignLander New Member

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    Hello to you all.

    Long time TPU reader and once forum member but now I went overseas and that's where my problem started.

    I built a low end system for myself since I didn't have a pc of my own, working on a shoe-string budget here is what I bought:
    CPU Intel E5200
    Gigabyte mATX mboard
    Kingston value ram 4 GB
    WD 320 GB HDD
    case+PS+kb+mouse++
    Because these were the only ones available and within budget (really the selection in this city is terrible). Total cost about 320$ converted

    Now this setup would already work as a net browser, chat, and word processor (I used my LCD TV as a monitor), but I wanted a Videocard.

    The choices were and still are terrible: an nvdia 8600gt for 140$?!?! 8500gt for 80$?!?:eek:
    So I asked for something else and the man said that he could get an ati 4850 1GB card for 200$...
    It sounded like a good deal so I paid a deposit and waited on the morrow to get it.
    It turned out to be a Force3D brand card :shadedshu: but I bit the bullet and bought It.

    Now my question is: Is this card any good? and is it good for the system I bought or should I return it (iffy) and get another card? It has an Accellero L1 cooler...

    Problem is the place is the only passable computer store in the whole area the good ones are about a 2~3 hour drive away and I thought the time and effort wasted to go outweighed the convenience of the store.

    Any advice? comments? you can laugh at my decisions if you want...
    I'm in Jubail K.S.A.

    ps. The build was working just fine. was going to overclock it but this morning I connected an internal card reader then the PC wouldn't start:confused:
    couldn't find the cause because I had to go to work :banghead: Will post if anything happens.
     
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    Although I do not approve of the Force3D Brand, the ATI 4850 is a fantastic gaming card. What I’m confused about is why did you purchase a mid-range gaming card if playing games isn't on the agenda? You said it is for "net browser, chat, and word processor" in which case any cheap video card is enough.

    I'd say keep the graphics cards and buy some games, as that is the 4850s true purpose. I wouldn't bother OC'ing it, it is fast enough. If anything I'd overclock the E5200 because sitting at stock they are average performers.
     
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    Thanks for your reply.

    Well I did buy the parts for a cheap net browser, but I knew that dropping a Graphics card would allow me to play games at decent resolutions and settings. I just wasn't willing to buy those overpriced cards the store was selling.

    It was the first time for me to try the Force3D brand and even on the internet there was no review or mention (just on the company site) of this card. Although from what I got it has a non-reference cooler.

    So I'm looking for confirmation on this card and for the build itself.

    ps. the build works again, just not compatible with the card reader. Wont try to OC until I get a decent enough PS.
     
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    140 a 8600gt? and i tought price of here were bad. still no matter what brant, a 4850 is a damn good card, better if its 1gb version
     
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    Yup 140$ for and 8600gt...
    I think its because they bought it long ago when the prices were high and couldn't lower the reselling cost. i.e. the prices reflect the launch prices of the cards because there isn't a market here for such items.

    The CPU, memory, mboard, HDD etc have quick turn around so that is probably why the cost is within reason.

    The card is 1GB and it seems to function well in games (no undue noise, over heating) of course about the only game I have that taxes the card is the Orange Box (played everything maxed no prob)

    Even the CPU is not taxed as much. Will buy games this weekend to "test" the system.

    Any good RPG's I should look out for? I've been out of circulation for months now.
     
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    Double posted due to network error and general network shittiness. sorry.
     
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    Darren New Member

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    I'm not too familiar with RPG games, but I do recommend the following games:

    Bioshock - horror FPS
    COD:WAW - WW3 FPS
    S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - FPS
    Tombraider Underworld - Adventure

    also consider:

    Left 4 Dead
    Fallout 3

    Take a look at the gaming section for inspiration

    http://forums.techpowerup.com/forumdisplay.php?f=20




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    I didn't realise that Force 3D and Inno 3D was the same company? My Inno 3D 9600 GT died recently and I RMA'd it. I just ordered a XFX 4830 yesterday :)


    Either way, for the threadstarter...the ATI 4850 is a good card regardless what brand makes it. Sapphire would of been a better choice though, but hey its a recession.
     
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    Warhammer, Company of Heroes, Crysis and Fear...any versions just to game.

    My votes for games.:)
     
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    Force3D aka inno3d aka not so good. I had one 4830 for about 3 min on ati tool artifact scanned and it died.
     
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    Try Fallout 3 its a pretty damn good RPG
     
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    Force3D = Inno 3D?!?

    Now that's a shocker!

    Bought a few Inno 3D based nvidia cards for friends back in my home country.
    Always felt that the brand left alot to be desired in terms of build quality not to mention add-ins.
    Promised myself never to go that cheap for myself...

    And look what I bought.

    For those who recommended games, thank you.
    Will go to the bookstore (the only place to find legal games) this weekend to buy games.
     
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    Force3D = Inno 3D?!?

    Now that's a shocker!

    Bought a few Inno 3D based nvidia cards for friends back in my home country.
    Always felt that the brand left alot to be desired in terms of build quality not to mention add-ins.
    Promised myself never to go that cheap for myself...

    And look what I bought.

    For those who recommended games, thank you.
    Will go to the bookstore (the only place to find legal games) this weekend to buy games.

    Arrrrrgggghh.........
     
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