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a while back i built up my very first rig purly for the purpose of gaming and music production. When i built it The Dual core Cpu's were all over telly and there was a huge hype on how great there were so at the time i just bought it without really looking into it further and what intel an amd etc are developing for the future. But basicly i wanna no if my rig will be able to play games on full still in say another years time when games start to incorperate dual core or even quad core more then some are.

Here is my rig in detail.

Mobo: Biostar GF7050V-M7 (775 LGA socket, With one PCI-e x16, one PCI-E x1 and three PCI sockets)

CPU: Intel Pentium Dual Core E2180 @2.0GHZ (not OC'd but has been successfully to 3.0)

Ram: 4Gig DDR2

Video: ATi Radeon HD 2600 xt (GPU RV630, 256mb DDR3 ram bus width 128 bit, Directx 10 supported)

sound soon to be: Asus Xonar D2X

All advice would be great, like on any upgrades needed to make it future proof or how long you think itl be able to play the newest games without any form of problems on the highest settings

cheers ste
 

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Hmm, I don't think your rig is really future proof at all. Your cpu is OK for now, but honestly that 2600 xt will not get you very far on todays games, let alone tomorrows.
 
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it seems to be copeing quite well but yes i can she wat you mean with the new ATi cards lol
Im more concernd about my mobo is it compatable with quad cores or the 17 or i7 thing ive heard about?
 

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No. You can't even play the nowadays games to the fullest with that setup. The problems are the CPU, but that can be partially solved with heavy overclocking, but the biggest problem is the graphic card. It's not bad, but it's not very good with highend gaming.

But I'd say sit tight at least until early 2009. There are some nice things coming up and by then the prices have probably settled a bit.

EDIT: And oh, isn't the i7 pretty much the enthusiast CPU?
 
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i onestly dont no what it is i was hopeing to find out:p
 

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Really that rig isn't cut out for much gaming at all (at higher image quality levels). What resolution do you play at?
 
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What res will you be playing at?

I think all your need to do is Oc that cpu to 2.8-3 ghz (higher clock speed is better for gaming)

AND

get yourself a 9800gt if you're on a budget or better still if you can afford a 4850 or 9800gtx+
 
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Your board chipset supports the 45nm Duo's and Quads so I would upgrade the CPU and your video card. Seeing you have a 400W Crap box, I mean PSU, I would also recommend a PSU upgrade.
 

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Also, just looked at your hard drives in your system specs. 68gb all up? Games will suck that up like a vacuum cleaner lol.
 

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I think my steam folder is bigger than that.

I guess i would also say,oc the chip,get a 4850 and a new psu.Should be ok for rest of this year at least then.
 
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what you need is at least a 500gb drive and a new graphics card, get a 4850 or even an 3850/70 ati

some users on the forums should be selling graphics cards

get a new cpu cooler and overclock it a little 3ghz minimum is what youd need
 

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My Games folder alone is 120gb, not counting the few other games not installed on that hard drive. Also thats not including all of my downloads and DVD rips (~8gb each)...
 
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right ok well i play at 1024 x 768 on a normal moniter
 

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How much are you willing to spend??
 
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to be onest i dont no i mean how much would the cards ur on about set me back? and as little as possible but id rather spend more if it will last longer then a year
 
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1024 x 768 youd still need at least a ati HD3850

id get a 4850 just because you can keep it and sue it for a new system later on plus it will last a lot longer than other cards
 

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i really don't think there is such a thing as a "future proof" gaming rig, they don't really exist. On that, The more money you dump into a rig, realistically, the less worthwhile it becomes. You spend around 2k on a machine and two years down the road you have to spend another 2k?? Alternatively, you could spend half that, maybe less, and then on your next build you would have saved over 3k. That said, having bleeding edge tech is awesome, but its not very frugal, at all.
 

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I think your biggest gain would come from a new vid card and a new monitor.

Sapphire 4850, $150 after rebate (assuming you're in the US): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102770

That will keep you going well into next year, maybe even longer, depending on if you upgrade you monitor. You'd need a new PSU as well, a quality Corsair will work wonders (help with OCing as well).
 

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nVidia 9600GT - Antec Neo Power 430W PSU <- All together about $150...not a bad price and NOT overkill like a ATI 4850 would be to game at 1024x768...plus it wont cost you $200 alone for a gfx card lol
 

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nVidia 9600GT - Antec Neo Power 430W PSU <- All together about $150...not a bad price and NOT overkill like a ATI 4850 would be to game at 1024x768...plus it wont cost you $200 alone for a gfx card lol
Yes but the 4850 is bit more future proof than a 9600GT, which is what the OP is looking for.
 

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It may be more future proof but with the rest of his rig is lacking (mainly in the mobo/CPU area) its pretty much a waste of time, he may as well save his money and buy something like what I posted and then buy everything fresh again when the 9600GT cant take gaming at 1024x768 anymore in the games he likes to play...and I'm pretty sure that'll be a while as the 9600GT is pretty damn good, even if he plays CoD4 and so on :)
 
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hey
cheers for the answers n stuff, u say that its not just my graphics card thats at fault here well what else would i need to upgrade?
I mean uve mentiond mobo and cpu but what should i upgrade them to?
 

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ste2425, read my first post and it pretty much tells you the best value for money upgrades that wont be a waste of money and give you the best performance for your cash ;)



Edit: I'll post it here again... nVidia 9600GT - Antec Neo Power 430W PSU <- All together about $150
 
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true but how long will that last before id have to do a whole rig overhall?
 

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The 4850 would last you longer in the long run, you'll have to get a new PSU no matter which option you go for. Would you consider a new monitor also? 1024x768 is getting a little dated.