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is it worth Building Gaming Rigs these days !

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by power_hungry, 10 Apr 2010.

  1. power_hungry

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    sorry for the Question, need little advice Please i Might think of Upgrading but is it worth it these days, my specifications are Below should i stick with the current specs and wait

    Xeon 5130, 2 installed processors, 1333MHz front side bus and 4MB 8Ghz, (2 CPUs installed)

    4 GIG, Fully Buffered DIMM (FBD) 667MHz ECC memory

    Sigmatel STAC9200 High Definition Audio

    750 watt Power supply

    1TB hard rive s-ata = 1000gig hard drive. Seagate hard drive

    Nvidia 9800GT 1 gig, Graphics card, pci express x16
     
  2. joey2cool

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    other than maybe a DX11 card when the prices are lower, few months from now, id say stick with that tbh!
     
  3. power_hungry

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    yeah i probably will, thanks for the inforamtion joey
     
  4. jamiehavok

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    if you enjoy playing games and are very picky about graphics, hate jaggedy edges and low res textures like you often get on consoles then yes its worth it.

    if you like mmorpgs then yes its worth it

    though other than mmorpgs and some graphic adventures from smaller developers there's very few pc exclusive titles these days.

    you will get a rather large boost on gaming performance if fyou get a better gfx card and maybe a quad processor - don't know much about that xeon - is it based on core 2?
     
  5. power_hungry

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    i ain't sure what the Xeon is based on, it transfers data very fast though plays WoW faster then my mates i3 system !
     
  6. DELETED_83755

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    The current specs look decent, so I would say no. However, with newer games and bigger screens, your graphics card might not be able to to run it well?

    So:

    If the games you play runs fine and at the quality you want, then don't anything. If you want more eye candy, slot in a new graphics card such as Radeon HD5770 or beyond, if you got the cash.
     
  7. joey2cool

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    from intel about the xeon http://processorfinder.intel.com/details.aspx?sSpec=SL9RX Its a dual core core cpu, so technically 4 cores on the PC. I doubt there is much around to warrant the mobo, ram and cpu change to make it benficial. it would be change for the sake of changes.
     
  8. power_hungry

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    i'll probbaly upgrade the graphics card, what graphics cards you guys recommend
     
  9. mattjd

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    Why have you got a server processor in the first place?
     
  10. mattjd

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    I would recommend a 5850.
     
  11. power_hungry

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    well because my brother gave it from his office
     
  12. joey2cool

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    whats your budget?
     
  13. power_hungry

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    150 pounds is my Budget
     
  14. mattjd

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    5770 then.
     
  15. joey2cool

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    hmm a 5770 if you want the DX11 support, or the 4890 (unfortunately no longer sold on OCUK) if youd prefer bang for buck on current generation games.

    I personally chose the 4890 in Jan as the less horsepower of the 5770 and limited penetration of DX11 in current games swung it for me
     
  16. power_hungry

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    what's the 5770 like with crysis and battle field Bad company
     
  17. mattjd

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    Umm there ok at Medium to highish settings. Depends on your resolution you are playing at.

    My cousin just updated from a 9600gt to a 5770 and hes got a 30% increase on all of his games. He also sais to me DX11 is a load of bull he says the performace decrease for the extra shapening is pointless.
     
  18. joey2cool

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  19. joey2cool

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    +1 i currently believe a 4890 is better value for money than a 5770 at the same price. If the 5770 is cheaper go for that, otherwise a 4890

    EDIT: its the memory bus of the 5770 that chokes it. Quote from Toms Hardware:
    "Anti-aliased environments are where we’d hope to see the Radeon HD 5770 gain some ground over last-generation cards. However, the loss of memory bandwidth caused by shifting from a 256-bit to 128-bit bus ensures the Radeon HD 5770 trails the Radeon HD 4870 and matches pace with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 260."
     
  20. jamiehavok

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    it wasnt claeer from the op whether he meant 2 dual core processors running on a server motherboard or 1 dual core processor. it looks like all socket 771 motherboards are dual socket, if that is the case and he is running 4 cores yeah there is really no need for a processor upgrade especially with a budget of £150 i'd recomend a 4890 or 5770 also.