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Planning on buying a Falcon Northwest Desktop for gaming and emulation
#1
I was hoping you guys could help me decide on a processor and a graphics card for these things.

The processor options are:
Core i7 930 at 2.80 ghz stock or pre overclocked at safe level
Core i7 960 at 3.20 ghz stock or pre overclocked at safe level
Core i7 Extreme 980x at 3.33 ghz stock or pre overclocked at safe level

The Graphics card options are:
Radeon 5570 1GB
Radeon 5870 1GB
Radeon 5970 2GB
2x Radeon 5570 1GB
2x Radeon 5850 1GB
2x Radeon 5870 1GB
2x Radeon 5970 2GB

I really don't know anything about processor's or graphics cards so any input/info will be greatly appreciated
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#2
I suggest i7-930 pre-overclocked and 5870.
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#3
(06-05-2010, 08:40 PM)sakraycore Wrote: I suggest i7-930 pre-overclocked and 5870.

Could you explain why you chose those 2?
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#4
Going higher than i7-930 is a waste imo considering it can be overclocked to 4.0GHz on stock voltage.

5570 is utterly miserable and anything above 5870 is overkill imo.
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#5
Core i7 930 overclocked (around 3.5Ghz would be good) + a single Radeon 5870 1GB.
Multiple graphic cards are often a hassle, they cause a lot of heat and noise for oftentimes small gains.
Unless you plan to play in very high resolution on a 30 inch monitor, the Radeon 5870 has ample power anyway Smile
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#6
wow wait there pal the options you just gave are from a a price of a cpu with a gpu being 400 euro with the worst of them until 2000 euro.... tell us how much money you are gonna spend first...
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(06-06-2010, 01:46 AM)iakoboss7 Wrote: wow wait there pal the options you just gave are from a a price of a cpu with a gpu being 400 euro with the worst of them until 2000 euro.... tell us how much money you are gonna spend first...

Umm well I was gonna spend up to $6,000. I really want to play my PS2 and wii games in 720p so they look good on my HDTV.
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#8
Put one together yourself.
I Built my pc for ~€3300($4000) excluding monitor and such.
i7 980x
GTX480 sli
12GB DDR3 1600mhz cl8 (1 hex set works better than 2x 6GB)
You'll easily save $2000
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#9
Well, the problem is that big money cannot buy you what is needed for fast PS2 emulation.
Super beefy graphic cards in SLI go mostly unused, and Intels expensive quadcores perform
worse than a cheap dual core that's overclocked.

Feckamechahi:
For your money, I'd look for a customized machine that is highly overclocked and water cooled.
The Falcon NW offers are really bad. All air cooled and expensive.
I googled a bit and found this site here:
http://www.pugetsystems.com/configliquid...sys_type=l
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(06-06-2010, 11:33 AM)rama Wrote: Well, the problem is that big money cannot buy you what is needed for fast PS2 emulation.
Super beefy graphic cards in SLI go mostly unused, and Intels expensive quadcores perform
worse than a cheap dual core that's overclocked.

Feckamechahi:
For your money, I'd look for a customized machine that is highly overclocked and water cooled.
The Falcon NW offers are really bad. All air cooled and expensive.
I googled a bit and found this site here:
http://www.pugetsystems.com/configliquid...sys_type=l

No the Falcon is liquid cooled and overclocked.
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