I assume the system you’re looking at is the following:
- Chassis: Gigabyte Triton 180 Black Aluminium Front (Without PSU)
- Power Supplies: AXP Powersupply ATX 630W Retail SLI, SATA,
- Mainboards ABIT AN52, nForce 520, DDR2, Socket-AM2,
- Processors AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ 3.0GHz Socket AM2 2MB, BOXED w/fan
- Memory Corsair TWIN2X 6400C4 DDR2, 2048MB CL4, Kit w/two 1GB Dimm's,
- Graphics Cards XFX GeForce 8500GT 450M 256MB DDR2, PCI-Express, DVI/VGA/Tv-Out, 450/800Mhz
- Hard Drives Hitachi Deskstar T7K500 500GB SATA2 16MB 7200RPM
- Optical Drives NEC DVD±RW burner AD-5170 IDE Black OEM, DVD+R/+RW/DVD-R/-RW (Dual layer)
- Operating Systems Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Eng OEM DVD 32bit
As it stands the system is a pretty good spec. I would agree with you that the graphics card would need updating but only in order to play the latest games e.g. Bioshock, Dirt all on full detail, maximum resolution. This system is setup as SLi so you’ll want a graphics card that supports this technology. Any of the newer gfx cards that use NVIDA chipa will work 8600 upwards. However if you can afford it get a XFX 8800 or above
. Now there are many companies that use NVIDIA chips, XFX is just one of them.
You may also notice that some of the cards have XXX or GT or GTS etc. If you look a bit more in detail, you’ll notice that the clock speeds vary slightly even though the cards features are similar. Also the amount of memory might vary too. The key to buying a gfx card is buy what you can afford.
The spec of my new machine is very similar to that of your proposed one. I currently have an XFX 8600GT XXX, now this runs Prey, Painkiller, Dirt and Company of Heroes quite well, however I don’t have the settings on maximum. When I rammed the graphics setting to max, on Dirt, my PC threw a wobbler!
The 8800’s have two DVI outputs so you can connect two monitors to that one card. Also with your system you can run two cards together to increase your performance. However the cards have to be exactly the same when in SLi.
Your proposed system will play/run all audio/video files, providing you install the correct codecs for that type of media file – so no problem there!
To watch TV you’ll require a TV card. These vary. IMHO I would purchase a PCI based TV card, these USB TV type devices don’t work in my experience. A good company to look at is Hauppauge. Again this company has a wealth of cards, look for Freview/digital compatible.
As far as the operating system, personally I would stick to WinXP pro. I’ve used Vista and found problems with the OS with regards to games and some hardware. However the decision is up to you.
With regards to your current machine, upgrading the RAM would be beneficial; a speed increase will be immediate! I wouldn’t bother with upgrading too much unless you can sell this machine to pay for your new gfx card?!
Nearly finished........... Star Trek: Legacy
on the PC is going for £7.95 over at Amazon! .
This is the Official Forum
for Star Trek: Legacy game. The link provided will zip you to the ‘help and support’ part of the forum. Here you can find the minimum and recommended specs for the game to work. Minimum spec:
Windows XP (Home, Media Center or Pro Editions) with Service Pack 2
• DirectX Version 9.0c
• Intel Pentium 4 (2.66ghz or higher) or AMD Athlon XP 2800+ or higher
• DX9 compatible AGP 8X or PCI Express video card, 128 MB VRAM, Pixel Shader 1.4
• 16-bit Direct Sound compatible sound card, speakers or headphones required for audio
• 512 MB RAM
• 5 GB free space
• LAN or Broadband connection (DSL or Cable Modem) for Multiplayer
• Windows compatible Keyboard & Mouse
Your potential system would be miles ahead of this spec.
To add more choice to your dilemma, I see your from the UK (like me) so have a look at these links for more sytem deals/customisation. I have use all of the below companies and have experienced a very fast delivery, and helpfull customer service.
- Eclipse Computers
Hope this hekps!!!
Edited by FireKracker, 04 September 2007 - 10:14 AM.