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Which computer would give best gaming performance

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Scarecrow, Nov 13, 2007.

  1. Scarecrow New Member

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    Of the following two computers, both of which are within $200 AUD of each other, which would be the best for gaming performance?

    Computer 1
    Motherboard - ASUS Striker Extreme (nForce 680i 1333MHz FSB, DDR2 800mHz, SLi, 7.1 Sound)
    CPU - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
    Memory - OCZ Reaper HPC 4Gb 800MHz 4-4-4-15 DDR2
    Video Card - 2 x XFX Geforce 8800 Ultra
    Case - CoolerMaster CM Stacker 832 Evo Case - Black
    Power Supply - CoolerMaster Real Power M1000 1000w ATX 2.3 Power Supply
    Hard Drives - Western Digital 74 Gb 10000 RPM, 2 x 500GB Western Digital Cavier 7200 RPM
    DVD ROM - Sony 16x/48x DVD-ROM – Black – Drive Only
    DVD Burner - Sony AWG170SB2 Internal DVD Writer - S/ATA, Drive Only - Black
    Other - 4 x CoolerMaster UV 120mm Fan - Blue
    Operating System - Windows Vista 32 bit Home Premium OEM

    Computer 2
    Motherboard - ASUS Maximus Extreme (Intel x38 1600MHz FSB, DDR3 1800mHz, 7.1 Sound)
    CPU - Intel Core 2 Quad QX6600
    Memory - Corsair Dominator 4Gb 1600MHz 7-7-7-20 DDR3
    Video Card - XFX Geforce 8800 Ultra
    Case - CoolerMaster CM Stacker 832 Evo Case - Black
    Power Supply - CoolerMaster Real Power M1000 1000w ATX 2.3 Power Supply
    Hard Drives - Western Digital 74 Gb 10000 RPM, 2 x 500GB Western Digital Cavier 7200 RPM
    DVD ROM - Sony 16x/48x DVD-ROM – Black – Drive Only
    DVD Burner - Sony AWG170SB2 Internal DVD Writer - S/ATA, Drive Only - Black
    Other - 4 x CoolerMaster UV 120mm Fan - Blue
    Operating System - Windows Vista 32 bit Home Premium OEM
     
  2. panchoman

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    i would say computer one because gaming is dependent a lot more on your video cards then your cpu, and you're better off getting the dual 8800ultras since the q6600 really shouldn't be a bottleneck for gaming.
     
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    Computer one. At high resolutions you're going to be bottlenecked by the gfx cards not the cpu. But both are very nice anyways and would be excellent gaming machines.
     
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    With both rig's, my beleif is this ....

    You may be bottlenecked by your monitor! Just think about this for a second, what happens when you get the strongest video card available but a cheap 15" LCD monitor?

    Now I am not saying your going to put a pair of 8800Ultras with a small 15" LCD, I am just speaking in retrospect.


    EDIT: All I am saying is this, no matter what you do, you will have a bottleneck somewhere in a build. In this aspect if you go with a cheaper monitor might as well buy rig #2.
     
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    i have a 27" Monitor, so i plan on "hopefully" running most games on max with AA/AF at 1920x1200. Hence why i was leaning towards 2 Ultras.
     
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    I still wouldn't get the 4GB of ram in either machine. 2GB would be plenty plus you would always have that "can only see 3.25GB".
     
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    i was also going to OC the Q6600 to get it the same as Q6700 as i heard on here that was relatively easy, and i know nothing of overclocking, and i was going to also try to OC the Ultras, but im not sure.

    I want to buy now, but i just dont know, especially with all the new CPU's, DDR3 and the NVidia 9800 on the way... i just dont know if i can wait till the 9800 though :).
     
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    You'd think for that kinda money they'd at least spring for 64bit...

    Anyways, how much do these systems cost in total?
     
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    Well then, I say for now, since they have GREAT reviews, pickup an HD2600XT/8600Gt(S). You think one of those would hold you over til then? Hey might even be able to get a pair of the new 8800GTX's when they get released. :)
     
  10. niko084

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    Um no doubt computer one..

    But ya I would go 64bit to seeesh.
     
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    Fitseries3 Eleet Hardware Junkie

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    DONT GET A STRIKER EXTREME, I'VE HAD 3 NOW AND ALL WERE PIECES OF SHIT. they suck for quads. you can't get past a 333fsb(1333qdr). there is NO simple workaround.

    a sli setup would be better IF you plan on getting twin 8800gtx/ultra's and tri-sli will be out soon. otherwise, ati would be great if you got 2 2900xt's or 2 (new cards name here) cards.

    im a nvidia fan my self but i can admit that ATI is writing some KILLER drivers right now.
     
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    does anyone know when the 9800 will be out?
     
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    No mate, we haven't a clue, and with Nvidia's recent announcement, of putting lots of resources into the tri-SLI technology, it may be quite a while.
     
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    ah ok.... tri SLi is asking for trouble... 2 would be hot enough...
     

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