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Upgrade advice:CPU & MoBo - £270 budget

HookeyStreet

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Hi, Ive managed to get up £270 to upgrade my CPU & Motherboard and Id like to know what you guys suggest ;)

I would like to go AMD this time, possibly the 'AMD 64 X2 3800+' (which retails for about £200 @ Overclockers.co.uk)

But Im unsure of what motherboard to go for :confused: Im probably looking for something in the £70 region and it must be compatible with the rest of my setup, Dual Channel DDR400, PCI-E x16 etc (please see system specs for more details)

Thanks in advance guys :respect:

EDIT

Ive justfound this mobo & CPU, what do you think?:

http://www.ebuyer.co.uk/UK/product/106100

http://www.ebuyer.co.uk/customer/pr...2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=94640
 
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gR3iF said:
must it be dual core?
because that one is not faster than this cpu
http://www.ebuyer.co.uk/UK/product/88107/rb/19113706056

im my opinoin buy this cpu:
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/90949/rb/19113838743
and that board:
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/101177

that would be best for you
I was only thinking of Dual Core to future proof myself.

Would the CPU & MoBo you suggested perform better for gaming than what I suggested :confused:

I also do quite a bit of video encoding and I thought that the Dual Core would help this also.
 
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Well, when more dual-core apps and games do get supported, it will almost be time for a new CPU. So just get a processor that can handle you games and everyday things. Unless you really want dual-core, go for it then. The only games I know as of now that support dual-core is Quake IV and Call of Duty 2
 

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Hookey, I would go for this:

Gigabyte GA-K8NF-9 nForce4 Skt 939, FSB1800, PCI-E, DDR400

I have been on the hunt for a really good overclocker that is value for money, this comes in at about £54, I read 3 comparison reviews, each with a dozen socket 939's and this one came equal first in every one with the DFI Ultra D, it has hugh overclocking ability for example 3.2V on DImms, upto 1.75/1.85 on the core etc etc, it really did almost match the DFI for overclocking . Gigabyete are known to be rock solid stable, E buyer are out of stock at the moment but MicroDirect is about the same price:

http://www.microdirect.co.uk/ProductInfo.aspx?ProductID=8281&source=Kelkoo

and here's a link to a review:

http://www.ocinside.de/go_e.html?/html/results/mainboard_gigabyte_ga_k8nf9.html
 
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This is kind of like asking " what do you want for dinner?"

Everyone wants something different...

For me Dual core is if you game and edit music at the same time. I am old so I am only able to do 1 thing at a time. I would go for a 3700+ (single core, GREAT OCer, 1MB cache)

and for the mobo depends if you are ever going SLI or Crossfire.

For SLI- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813123246

For Crossfire- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813136009 (expensive but the other crossfire boards are soso)

For 1 Videocard- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813136152
 

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:D my suggestions :D^^
i guess its best for your money