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I have this friend, who also loves PC gaming. He is upgrading from his OLD Pentium 4 @ 3.2ghz HT still socket 478 with 2gbs of RAM and an 8600GT.


Well, since his computer is almost 8 years old, games don't run that well anymore. However, he still played Crysis on this old rig smile.gif

Now, he's a bit tight on money and he's been saving this money for a couple of years. You'll expect that it is a fair amount of money, but... He saved up 550€. He isn't selling his old computer, as it will stay as a PC for his kid.

He specifically asked me to build him a powerful computer that WILL last for gaming for at least another 3-4 years.

I told him that while a CPU might last that long, GPUs usually last a little less, but he said it was ok if he only had to change the GPU in 2 years or so, which the HD 6870 that I got him, should do no problem.

I love these kind of challenges, so I started scavenging the web for sweet deals, and here's what I bought!

Mobo: Asus P5Q Premium - for 70€

CPU: Core 2 Quad Q9450 - for 90€ (sweet deal)

RAM: 6GB DDR2 800 (2x2gb + 2x1gb) for 65€

GPU: Brand new HD 6870 for 220€. Mobo allows for CF if he wishes.

Case: a cheap generic case for 25€.

PSU: LC-Power 600W I had lying around, so no money spent here.

CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS7500 I also had from my previous rig. Money saved.

Other components: Monitor, HDDs and CD drives, he also has spares in his house, so no need to buy them.


TOTAL: 470€. I managed to save him 80€ in the process!


I went with an LGA 775 platform, because it is a proven and a reliable performer. The mobo that I got is one of the best P45 models, so I'm expecting to get a nice OC out of that Q9450.

What do you guys think? I'm fairly confident that an OCed Core 2 Quad can last 3 more years as a gaming chip. Did I make a good choice? It is a powerful Quad after all!

But I'd really like your input!
Edited by PanicProne - 1/21/11 at 8:44pm
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For the price its pretty badass smile.gif

You'll get an alright oc out of the Q9450 it has a low multi though so after 3.6 things may get a bit tricker.
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It better do for a few more years I plan to use mine for another 2 or 3 minimum except the GPU.

Looks great for the price
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Goods great for a budget that small, my only concern though is that psu so possibly with that extra money you could invest in a better one. Remember, if that psu goes it may bring hardware with it
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The 2x1 gig of ram seems a little out of place. I think he'll be better off without it.
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Originally Posted by Yumyums;12096582 
Goods great for a budget that small, my only concern though is that psu so possibly with that extra money you could invest in a better one. Remember, if that psu goes it may bring hardware with it

It's a decent PSU smile.gif I would only be worried if he wanted more than one GPU.

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He will be regretting that crappy LGA775 if games start using AVX. Roughly 60-70% difference in processing power.
Kinda big if though...

+ sandy is a guaranteed 4.4ghz, lga775 is not
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He will be regretting that crappy LGA775 if games start using AVX. Roughly 60-70% difference in processing power.
Kinda big if though...

+ sandy is a guaranteed 4.4ghz, lga775 is not

What is "crappy" to you, is powerful enough for others.

I don't see a Q9450 being crappy at all, and I have a 2600k, which I upgraded to from a Q9550.

I only upgraded because I got decent money for my LGA 775 system, because my onlu use is PC gaming, and I think my Q9550 would have lasted me a long time down the road.

Even if games start using AVX, they will still use SSE instrucitons, because until AVX is widespread in the consumer market, it will stll take a while.

Remember, a very large portion of Intel's market is still using LGA 775.

Now, I believe I will see my friend's Q9450 gaming nicely a couple of years from now.
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post #9 of 17
That's a nice build there..

It will last for a couple of years..

Now Panic it's a shame that you have 2nd fastest CPU out there and not having a proper (higher end) case for it..wink.gif

And that 17" monitor is waay bottlenecking your gaming experience as well..tongue.gif..

Your old HD4890 and Q9550 setup would've still owned it..smile.gif

GOOD LUCK..

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post #10 of 17
i second that ram notion.


also, make sure you get some nice tim =D
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