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Pantsmonkey 
25/8/08 2:08:19 PM
Titan

Hey Folks

After far to many moons of putting up with a laptop and not gaming I am making the jump to a new PC.

I am planning on picking up
AMD Phenom 9950 Quad-Core Black Edition AM2+
And a
Asus M3A-H-HDMI AM2+ AMD780G DDR2 VGA HDMI PCIE2.0 SATA2 GbLAN SND m_ATX

Which means I can get away with a so so graphics card and still have a pretty bitchin system. Although a mate is telling me to not even bother with a graphics card and just use on board.

I don't really understand what the go is with hybrid mobos any ideas on a $200 - 300 ish graphics card that would still play nice with my new system?

And anyone experienced with hybrids am I doing something silly?

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Jeruselem 
25/8/08 3:46:48 PM
Guru

From reports, the video on the AMD 780 motherboards is pretty good!
Just don't expect to play stuff like Crysis with detail on it. And integrated graphics tends to steal system RAM so get a lot of RAM (eg 2GB or 4GB).

You don't need graphics card if you're not going to game. If you are, get a graphics card.


Edited by Jeruselem: 25/8/2008 03:48:26 PM

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Cpt. Lock 
25/8/08 3:54:39 PM
Banned

The 780g is a decent chipset and for once it's not some crappy via/sis/intel onboard video.

1) it's directx 10 compatible meaning you'll get full vista aero support

2) it'll play some games that are a few years old decently

3) it's damned cheap

If I were building a cheap computer for the average person not intending to do much gaming with a Phenom 9850 or so it'd be a pretty decent rig.

Keep in mind that the 9850+ and 9950+ actually do stack up fairly well against the intel offerings such as Q6600/Q6700's

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Pantsmonkey 
25/8/08 3:55:10 PM
Titan

Quote by Jeruselem
From reports, the video on the AMD 780 motherboards is pretty good!
Just don't expect to play stuff like Crysis with detail on it. And integrated graphics tends to steal system RAM so get a lot of RAM (eg 2GB or 4GB).

You don't need graphics card if you're not going to game. If you are, get a graphics card.


Edited by Jeruselem: 25/8/2008 03:48:26 PM



Oh I am going to game my ass of I have been in the dark for the last year plus I am going to be playing everything!

Crysis and Grid are first cabs of the rank!

I have decided to couple the 780g with 2 HD HD 4850's at around $200 a pop that should be a rocketing little system.

Another question can I run DDr3 ram on the 790g or should I just be happy with 4G of DDr 2?

God I feel like a noob putting this thing together. You leave the game for a year and everything changes on you and your a noob again!

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Cpt. Lock 
25/8/08 3:57:45 PM
Banned

Just get the DDRII DDRIII is to expensive right now, you can get 8gb of DDRII for the cost of 4gb of reasonably fast DDRIII

The 4850's will run fine in crossfire and you'll be able to use the HD3200 that's onboard with hybrid crossfire giving you a little bit of a boost in graphics performance.

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