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Q8200 Stock - what would suit me best?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by fairytale00, Apr 2, 2010.

  1. fairytale00 New Member

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    Since i sold my main gaming rig and my netbook, i had no computer at home, since i am on call 24/7 for work, i told them i needed a rig and if i could build one from spare parts in the office, they said yes, so i currently have (i am the system admin for my work)

    GigabyteG31M-ES2L
    Q8200 Stock (cheap Zalman CNPS9300 cooler wont let me go higher cause of temps, Costa Rica is hot right now)
    4G DDR2 800 ram
    9500GT 512mb - overclocks okay, but not the best with stock on it
    Dell 19' Sony trinitron CRT can do 1600 x 1200 max.
    Corsair 550w

    I am currently reading over the overclocking section on Q8200 to see what i could expect on decent air cooling

    Now, the catch, i sold my other 2 systems to save money as i didn't need them any longer and i can sell items in Costa Rica with out much loss on cost since my gear i had was practically new to most people in CR, i bought a PS3 for gaming and media streaming, so ideally, i don't want to spend a lot of money on this work rig, which is basically mine for what ever amount of time.

    But, i do like to play Tf2 now and then and L4D 2, and sure it can play them right now with details lowered, but i was used to playing these games on a Q9650 @ 4.1Ghz and a 4890 1G and 8G of ram on a 23' LCD @ 1920 x 1080 with details cranked about 3 months ago.

    I am fine with the CRT, but the 9500GT i think just isn't enough to make it work for me, so i want to know what i would be best off with for this rig that wouldn't bust the bank, but give me decent performance, even in say BC2 (a lot of friends playing it so wouldn't mind playing it myself if this rig can)

    i am thinking of buying a S1283 cooler to take this CPU to at least 2.7-2.8Ghz range that is only about $35.... then a different vid card.. around i guess $100-$150 at most, i think anything above that, would not be worth it for the current set up......
     
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    You should be able to hit at least 3GHz with that cooler. Using the formula in my sig, that's about 124 watts at 3GHz (provided you don't overvolt)... that cooler should handle that. What are your temps like?
     
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    Grab a 5770 and you are good to go. Your processor will be able to handle TF2 and L4D2 even at stock, they are not that demanding.
     
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    i Have Q8200 to and running 24/7 in 3.1 Ghz (FSB 444 Mhz) with AIR Cooling.

    you can do it with your Zalman CNPS9300 even you're live in Costa Rica.
     
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    The XIGGY is an awesome cooler ... im sure you can achieve 3Ghz easily ..

    and abt the VGA .. get either a 5750 or a 5770 ... ;) ...
     
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    Hell, even the 4670 trades blows with the 9800GT, that will be good enough for those games... but the 5750/5770 will allow you to go one or two steps beyond and get even better performance, and allow you to smoothly play even the most demanding games, provided you don't try using retarded levels of AA/AF
     
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