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Thread: 2.6C or 2.8C, memory + mobo (Merged threads)




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    Hello, this is my first time on this forum.
    Well I am looking at updating my current Computer.
    I already have a nice Video card (9700 Pro) and sound card (SB Live 5.1). and I want to keep my case, Harddrive, DVD-Rom and burner.

    I just want to update my CPU, Motherboard and Ram.

    I am looking at getting the Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000 Pro 2 AUD$154.00.

    and now the problems comes in. I dont know which P4 to get. it is out of the 2.6C or 2.8C. The 2.6C costs AUD$271.00 and 2.8C costs AUD$328.00.

    I am on a budjet and I don't want to spend too much. so is it really worth paying the extra $60.00 to get a 2.8C? or is the performance difference very small?

    The PC will basically be used for work and games. 2 games that I really want to run well are Doom 3 and Half Life 2. so with that inmind is the 2.6C ok, or should I go for the 2.8C.

    Please remember I am on a budjet and once I have got the motherboard and CPU I have to get some PC3200 Ram, which isn't cheap.

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    go for the 2.6c. your graphics card and memory will probably make more of an impact than 200mhz of CPU speed. If you ever find its not enough, there are plenty of people on here that can help you overclock it. If you have a budget, the 200mhz is a minimal difference:thumb:
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    So will a 2.6C be good for playing Doom 3 and Half Life 2?
    I was just thinking about it and the difference between the 2.6C and 2.8C is about AUD$60.00. I might save the extra and get the 2.8C. Will eaither processor be good for Doom 3 and Half Life 2?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sciacca_paul
    Please remember I am on a budjet and once I have got the motherboard and CPU I have to get some PC3200 Ram, which isn't cheap.
    If you ain't gonna overclock the system then cheaper 3200 modules will do, they aren't expensive at all. I'd say go for 1 gb if you want smooth performance in the upcoming games you mentioned. 512Mb won't be enough.. :2cents:

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    Quote Originally Posted by sciacca_paul
    So will a 2.6C be good for playing Doom 3 and Half Life 2?
    I was just thinking about it and the difference between the 2.6C and 2.8C is about AUD.00. I might save the extra and get the 2.8C. Will eaither processor be good for Doom 3 and Half Life 2?
    As I already stated, the processor speed does not matter very much when playing games. Go for the 2.6C, as you can spend whatever you saved on more memory. Also as stated in my previous post, spend more money on video card(as you already have) and memory, rather than processor speed.

    ONE LAST TIME:
    Get the 2.6C, and more memory
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    Thermaltake Lanfire case w/ 420w PS
    Logitech z-640 speakers
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    Thanks. I will go for the 2.6C then. what ram should i be looking at getting. I know it is PC3200 but like what company? Kingston, Samsung, Generic.

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    If you're not going to be overclocking, almost any old memory chip will do. Kingston is very good, Crucial is another good quality name. OCZ offers a lifetime warranty on all products and if you planned to O/C in the future OCZ would be able to handle it.
    Theres a ton of memroy out there. Just be sure that if you're not overclocking you get the cheapest kind that brand makes, or you'll just be wasting money.
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    Well I might overclock. I don't really know how to to be honest. Like I know how to go into the bios and stuff and change the FSB and stuff. I herd the 2.6C is a very good overclocker. So I might. So with that in mind. Should I just go for kingston? are Samsung anygood?

    I can pick up

    512MB PC3200 Kingston for AUD$143

    512MB PC3200 Samsung is AUD$123

    512MB PC3200 Hyundai is also AUD$123.00

    512MB PC3200 Generic for AUD$98.00

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    Ok well I am planning on updating my PC. I will be keeping everything to do with my PC. EXCEPT my Motherboard, CPU and Ram.

    I am getting the P4 2.6C. And my current motherboard is a Gigabyte and I have no complaints about it. I told to eaither get this one or some other ASUS or ABIT one, but they cost a little bit more. and I don't have money to throw around.

    here is the link to the board:

    http://tw.giga-byte.com/MotherBoard/...000%20Pro2.htm

    So what do u ppl think? is it cool? or can I do better? I can pick it up for AUD$154.00.

    and with that along with my new 2.6C which is AUD$260

    so already I am spending AUD$414.00

    and then I have to get PC3200 RAM.

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    Gigabyte is fine if ya only goin' to be runnin' at stock speeds but if ya goin' to overclock then get one of the other two as they'll do the job better.

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