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Planning an upgrade...is this any good?

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by TheCrow, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. TheCrow

    TheCrow New Member

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    I'm planning on upgrading my pc next month and have to say i have been won over by the performance of intels chips over amd.

    So im gonna ditch the Athlon x2 and go for a core 2 duo. Now i have laid out below what i think will be a good upgrade, but wanna make sure the stuff is good for overclocking. I am pretty sure i have things right, and ive read lots of reviews to make sure. But if i'd asked for advice i would have gone for intel from the get go!

    First up, new case, I managed to punch thru the window on mine in rage!

    Coolermaster Stacker 831 Special Edition with Silver Mesh - No PSU

    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 2.66GHz 1333FSB Socket 775 4MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor

    Motherboard: XFX 680I LT edition SLI Socket 775 Nvidia 8 channel audio ATX Motherboard

    Memory: OCZ 2GB Kit (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 CL 4-4-4-15 PLATINUM XTC with LIFETIME WARRANTY

    Now i think the above components mixed with my existing PSU, graphics and HDD's will be ok. However i will plan to upgrade the graphics card a month later due to finiancial commitments,

    The parts above are also nearing the top end of my budget. Anymore and the mrs will kill me!

    Please let me know if u think this will be a worthwhile upgrade!

    Thanks in advance!
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    It would be an improvement, but not enough to warrant the money if you ask me.
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    TheCrow New Member

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    Do you not think it would kick the arse of my current system?
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    no you wouldn't ^^
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    Well, it would be faster no doubt. But that x2 you have ain't bad at all, and unless your doing a lot of benching the difference would be minor. Go for a new vc this time, 9600gt perhaps, then further down the road upgrade to intel (like when nahalem hits, prices go down, and you can get a quad).
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    at this point a cheaper/more effective upgrade would be a 790FX mobo and a 3850 512mb
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    I would also consider the Geil memory sticks for the intel cpu's over OSZ don't know what anyone else thinks
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    nix the case and get an E8400/E8500 and OC to 4+ GHz... now THAT would be an upgrade...

    although that is a sweet case.
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    Definitly nothing wrong with the case as I have it's brother and would recommend this case to anyone.
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    i love the case, I have a Coolermaster in the mail atm, great design and look... plus that case is a monster.

    Im just saying that it *might* be better to hold off on the case and REALLY upgrade the CPU and mobo... function first, then form...

    But it really is a matter of preference, I assume that's why the case is there in the first place.
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    Very good case choice but i think as already stated use the GEIl ram as it is optimized to run with Intel CPU's..

    You would see a performance increase in loading times aswell as CPU intensive programs like World in Conflict or anything with loadz of explosions and physics..

    The E6750 is a very good CPU, overclocks to 3.4 on air easy.

    I also agree with the motherboard upgrade the 790FX models have quite a performance increase..

    Just my 2 cents :)
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    I'd spend an extra £20 and get an E8400, if you can find any for sale that is.
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    Scratch the case and the ram. Then look around for a better 680i + e8190-8400 OR 680i+e4700+ a second 8600GTS for SLi.
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    SLI is the way to go although I dont have one. :cry:

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