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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..

CHEERS..

Yes, I know bro! smile.gif But my case is actually completely modded for optimal airflow. It was a crappy case when I got it, but now it has a drilled side panel for 3 fans, I opened the front panel and have 2 92mm and 2 60mm intake fans, and finally 1 92mm extracting fan at the back... It's a very cool case (double meaning biggrin.gif).

Now, on to the hardware, I know my Q9550 was very capable, as well as my 4890. Especially the Quad.

I know my 17" isn't letting my HD 6870 breathe completely, but this way, this card will last much longer! tongue.gif


And on to my friend's build, do you think he can expect the Q9450 to last him a nice 2-3 years for gaming? I am going to assemble his computer on Monday, so I'm sure he will be glad when he hears he's got a powerful quad!
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And on to my friend's build, do you think he can expect the Q9450 to last him a nice 2-3 years for gaming? I am going to assemble his computer on Monday, so I'm sure he will be glad when he hears he's got a powerful quad!
I had my old crappy case modded with 1x 120mm as front intake,1x 120mm as a side fan (for GPU & NB) and 2x 92mm fans as exoust rear fans and when I got my HAF932 my temps dropped by 10C across the rig (CPU,GPU,NB)..

And now my rig is roomy,cooler,more quiet and looking bad ass as well..

Also ready for future upgrades..

As for your friends build,if I had that Q9450 and P5Q Premium my rig would be humming @ 4GHz no doubt..

That C2Q has plenty power left in it especially when OC'd @ 3,6GHz and beyond..

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Sounds fine except the 9450. 3.6-3.7 max likely, a good Q6600 could hit that at much lower FSB and would be more durable. Q9550s are cheap on ebay.
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Sounds fine except the 9450. 3.6-3.7 max likely, a good Q6600 could hit that at much lower FSB and would be more durable. Q9550s are cheap on ebay.
P5Q Premium can hit stable 500MHz FSB on C2Q (500 x 8 = 4GHz) as it's one of the best P45 mobos outhere..

It has advanced CPU GTL voltage (CPU reference voltage) options in BIOS that are essential for high FSB OCing of a C2Q..

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I hear ya, I've just never seen many Q9450s up there. 500FSB usually takes a good bit of tweaking, no matter what the board.
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And on to my friend's build, do you think he can expect the Q9450 to last him a nice 2-3 years for gaming?
What type of games does he play? That should last a few years, probably not maxing everything out but playing it fine.
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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

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!
Pretty sweet system I think. Sounds like your buddy keeps his systems long term. 6870 is more than enough to handle today's and tomorrow's games just fine for at least until the next consoles come out(2-4 years from now).

Heck I think my 5870m(5770) will last me for at least 2-3 more years. I'm probably going to get a console when the new ones come out because I'm pretty sure the next console is going to use a 5770 and up equivalent desktop video card.

Very nice of you to do that for him. People who don't know about components tend to get ripped off I think sometimes too.
    
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