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Old 05-20-2008, 07:09 PM   #11
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Default Re: New PC, need advice

Thanks everyone for your replies

First off I see SLI is not a recommended choice - why is that? Is it just not worth the extra money?

Do I overclock:
Well, I never really have tried it before, although I am willing to try it Isn't the hardware life greatly reduced by this, though?

I was just reading up on the ATI HD 4870 graphics card - wow!
This looks amazing

[quote]95% of games ATM run no more than two threads, therefore a quad core cannot be fully utilized and higher clock speeds will yield better performance. An E8400/E3110 is the one to go for.[quote]

Yeah ^^ but I want to be able to run games a few years from now still - surely its only a matter of time before more cores are utilized? ^^

Thanks ^^
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Old 05-21-2008, 05:42 AM   #12
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First off I see SLI is not a recommended choice - why is that? Is it just not worth the
extra money?
Well, performance is just so unpredicatable. You may get almost twice the performance in one engine, yet in another, performance may be worse than a single card. That is why everyone generally recommends one powerul single GPU solution rather than two lower powered cards.
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Do I overclock:
Well, I never really have tried it before, although I am willing to try it Isn't the hardware life greatly reduced by this, though?
Your hardware's lifespan will be slightly reduced, yes. But it's nothing you will have to worry about as long as you keep the temperatures at a safe level.
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Yeah ^^ but I want to be able to run games a few years from now still - surely its only a matter of time before more cores are utilized? ^^
By the time that happens, you will need to upgrade anyway. You're better off with a dual for gaming now and upgrade later as there will always be something better.
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