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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by CaptainMitchell, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. CaptainMitchell

    CaptainMitchell New Member

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    Hi Guys ,
    This is my old system specifications :

    + Gigabyte 915P PX Turbo Edition ( Main Board )
    + BFG 8800GTS 320Mb OC ( VGA )
    ( I can OverClock my VGA Core too 700MHz ) Stable !!!
    + 1Gb Of Ram 667MHz CL5 5-5-5-15 OCZ Value Series
    + Intel CPU 3.00GHz OC'd @ 3.76GHz ( HT )

    Can Anyone help me with upgrading my PC ,
    I think I should Upgrade My Ram + CPU + MB ,
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    Upgrade to this system :

    Intel CPU Q6600
    4Gb Of Ram G.Skill Pi Series 800MHz
    abit IX38 Quad GT Or Elite Group X48 Black Edition


    Is there any need to Upgrade my VGA !??
    I chose GTX260 !!!
    does this VGA upgrading make a difference?
  2. BarbaricSoul

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    if I was gonna run a x38 or x48 motherboard, I would get a ATI 4850 or 4870 for crossfire as a future upgrade.

    The q6600 is old, I would recomemnd a q9450 over a q6600.

    Your selection of RAM is good.

    About your VGA, that depends on your monitor and what resolution you usually run. If you run a res of more than 1920*1200 or more, I would get atleast a gen92 8800gts(it blows your gen80 8800gts away),the gtx260 would also be good at 1920*1200 or more, same with a ATI 4850 or 4870. If you run less than 1920*1200, your 8800 is fine.
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    q6600 is still a quality choice for mid level gaming computers. And vga u can stay their like he said if u run at lower res's otherwise look at the 9800gtx or the ati 4850
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    A q6600 at stock is plenty for a modern gaming rig...not many games utilize all of 2 let alone 4 cores as many expect they would by now. I run mine at 3.6 stable and within specs on air, the point to going with a more expensive and newer quad is more for those who want something that's the "new next best thing"...sure you might hit 3.8 or 4.0ghz...doesn't make as much of a difference as going from 2.4-3.0 does at least in terms of real world gaming results. At that point the ammount of RAM and the power and buffer of the modern GPU really kicks into play. I've tried games at stock, 3.0 and 3.6, I saw a 1-3FPS difference between stock and 3.0 AT MOST, and maybe a 1-2 at most FPS difference from 3.0 to 3.6...yet tossing in a GTX260 compared to a 9600GT was almost jaw dropping for me!

    I'd say go with a cheaper q6600, 4GB of ram (2x2gb kits are popular, get 1000 or 1066 speed of planning on overclocking, less hassle in the end), even an older P35 chipset would suffice, depends on your budget and what you expect out of it. Look at my system specs actuall, q6600, 4GB of ram I got for about $90 shipped 2x2gb from newegg, GTX260, my system runs great...I really have no need to upgrade since the upgrade I wanted I just did (260).

    You don't necessarily need the newest and the best, that's where some overclocking can come in handy, but even a Q6600 at stock would be sufficient for most every game out there right now, one at 3.0-3.2 should be fine for quite some time, years maybe..in the future with games being able to utilize more cores, four of them at 3.0+ would be a healthy ammount of power.

    I almost went with the PI G.Skills, but got the cheaper and older 2x2GB kit with the light-blue heatsinks, it looks better in person btw, but they run great, DDR1000 @ 2.0v, 5-5-5-15, sure nothing amazing, but stable, solid, and I'd rather have more memory than faster memory for overall gaming and use, toss in x64 OS like Vista, and I have a stable and damn good gaming rig that does an excellent job.

    But it all depends on what you plan to do...an x38/48 would be better if you were planning on CrossFire...I like single card/single gpu solutions myself, less power consumed, less heat created, less hassle to deal with, things just work more often than not in comparison to multi-card/gpu setups...my GTX 260 is proving to be quite the powerhouse and I have yet to OC it!

    Yeah you can go for the newest DDR2, the newest and last of the 775 intel quads (are they the last? I'm assuming so...), or you can get something that fits in the budget a bit nicer, gets the job done just as well, and just flat out works. The new stuff works great, but unless you're truly hardcore and need something that newer stuff provides, you may be wasting your money. Get what you need, mix in a little of what you want for a tad better, and call it good. That's my suggestion.

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    Hi..on the motherboard i would go DFI.....JUST THE BEST...i think you will find a good board....stay away from Foxconn...the tech support sucks..
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    Got a budget to work with? That seems to bring the answers flying in.
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    Thank U Guys...
    I always run games on 1280*1024 Resolution...
    I'm also thinking about a Play Station 3. !!!
    If I choose PS3 I Have to Upgrade my PC System less than the past ...
    for example I just can buy another OCZ 1Gb 667MHz...
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    1280x1024? Bout the same as what I game at.

    If you plan on sticking to nVidia graphics-
    Mobo:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130175

    If you want to switch over to ATi graphics-
    Mobo:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138123

    Some RAM to look at:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145034

    Almost anything e6xxx/e8xxx on cpu would be tons better. A good cpu to look at though is this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115052

    That leaves your budget up in the air for a new VGA if you so wish. Have fun!

    PS: What psu are you currently running?
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    I'm going to buy a NZXT 800Watt Active PFC

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