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    Default overclock or upgrade

    This is my situation. I just recently purchased a Dell 2045 24" lcd(it is sitting in the box in my office right now). I have noticed that my graphics card is not keeping up anymore. I am tight on money right now now( jst spent $900.00 on the monitor). In November when I refinance my house I will have lots and lots of money(god bless the usa). This is my system right now

    Asus P4P800SE Mother Board
    Pentium 4 2.8 Processor
    MSI Nvidia GeForce FX 5900 XT
    Raptor 74 Gig and a 80 gig caviar hard drive
    Antec 350 watt power supply

    I am a eye candy guy with single players like Doom 3 and Riddick, and
    a FPS guy when it come to online games like MOHAA and Batllefield 2

    Is it worth spending I guess about $100.00 dollars to Overclock, or should I just wait (and suffer)until November to upgrade?

    Will overclocking give me enough to play at the higher graphic settings?

    I will be gettin jst about everything new in November. I will have about 3 grand to spend on the puter ( going to be lots of fun shopping there mate).

    Any advice would be appreciated. I am also thinking since I have oodles of money to spend AMD or Intel ?

    Best Regards............Dunpeal

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    Default Re: overclock or upgrade

    Maybe I'm missing something here, but why is it going to cost you $100 to overclock your machine?

    As to the performance gain with overclocking, that depends on how high an overclock you end up with. All chips were not created equally so your results may vary with what others have been able to pull off. But here is something to keep in mind. While overclocking can make noticeable differences in some games, in others (the ones that are very graphically driven), a newer video board will make an even higher degree of difference.

    Finally, with regards to your AMD -vs- Intel advice, get the AMD Athlon64 based processor, preferably the Socket 939 variety. These processors are kicking ass when it comes to gaming and have been breaking past Intel on several benchmarks that have been geared toward the Pentium line for years. It is the only real solution to consider nowadays until Intel comes out with something better, which they likely will sometime in the future.
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    The $100.00 is for extra cooling. I posted on overclock.com. there suggestion was to get a nvidia 6600gt oc instead of overclocking. I have some money to spend. I just do not want to spend to little so I do not get enough performance, but not to mush as I am going to build a new pc in Nov. By the way this dell is awesome, but this graphics card can barely handle it...

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    The graphics card would be a good start and if the BIOS on that allows then 3.2GHz shouldn't be a bad overclock with standard cooling but that size PSU may hold it back.

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    ok, here is what I have done. I have went over budget. but just a little, I ordered a BFG 7800 from dell ($554.00). I am going to buy a AMD Athlon 64 4000+ San Diego Integrated into Chip FSB 1MB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor, and a ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard Next Friday( That is about the time slow ars dell will get the video card to me). I plan o buying another 7800 in November. I need a value power supply to run this monster. Can I get some suggestions?

    I am only over budget by $1100.00 not bad right ?

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    dude, I would never pay $500 for a GFX card. It's gunna cost about $200 in a year or two. I thought u were on a budget. Y not just get like a $300 card and OC the hell out of it, with extra cooling. Also, I dont see much problem with your current PC. Just OC the proc to about 3.4ghz. I'm not sure what rams you got so... get good ones if you can. Just find high mhz (200 minimum) with 2-2-2-5 timings if you got DDR. With that $500, you can do all this. Doom 3 and Half-Life 2 and all those other games shouldn't even be a problem. Oh, get good PSU btw. Go to andantech if you want ot know which ones are good.
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    Default Re: overclock or upgrade

    I can build a good system for less than $1100 that can manhandle those games.

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    Most computer savvy folks could, but they wouldn't be on the cutting edge like the one shown above. Even a year or so down the line when you have to upgrade yours to keep up with the new games hitting the streets, this one will still be good to go.

    Way to go Dunpeal!
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    That's true. I did rebuild my entire system for around $550 (minus case and psu) not too long ago and I'm going to have to replace my video card come a few more months. Although I haven't overclocked it yet... I don't think that would make a great deal of a difference on my video card though. I'm thinking about going with an Nvidia just for the vertex shader 3.0. So "if" I had $1100 to spend, I would certainly get what Dunpeal has.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eat@joes
    That's true. I did rebuild my entire system for around $550 (minus case and psu) not too long ago and I'm going to have to replace my video card come a few more months. Although I haven't overclocked it yet... I don't think that would make a great deal of a difference on my video card though. I'm thinking about going with an Nvidia just for the vertex shader 3.0. So "if" I had $1100 to spend, I would certainly get what Dunpeal has.
    It's the old argument of buying a nice higher quality expensive part less often or buying the cheaper not as good more often. I think he made a good choice in his purchases.

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