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    Hey guys,

    As you see ive done a little upgrading to my pc, new gpu and psu. But im looking to push my pc to the limits. So.... what should i do?


    - 2 256 pc 3200 ram sticks

    - new motherboard to unlock my overclocking potential

    - or a 7200 rpm hdd???
    Pentium 4 CPU 2.60GHz @ 3.4 ghz
    ABIT A17 Motherboard
    1 GB PC3700 DDR-SDRAM
    Nvidia Geforce FX 6800 GT core 400 mem 1050
    Watercooled CPU and GPU
    WD 80 GB 7200rpm HDD
    WD 250 GB 7200 HDD
    Atapi CD-ROM 48x
    HP DVD Writer 300n
    Realtek 6 Channel Audio
    Windows XP Professional
    430 watt Antec TruePower

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    Hmm, kind of a tough call. You'll see noticable differences with all of those, although generally the RAM and HDD will give faster loading and less "skips" during gameplay. The new mobo would be good, but unless it's severely limiting your performance, it's not necessary. It would only be worth it if you could get a boost of, say, 15-20%, in my opinion. Of course, if you're a hardcore tech-junkie, then every little bit counts.

    Perhaps you should go with the RAM just to make amd_man2003 happy. :D

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    ohhh i didnt see that forum but haha yeah i hear ya about the ram.

    but is it even possible for me to overclock my cpu if i got the new mobo? or would my slow RAM, limit the effacy of the overclock?
    Pentium 4 CPU 2.60GHz @ 3.4 ghz
    ABIT A17 Motherboard
    1 GB PC3700 DDR-SDRAM
    Nvidia Geforce FX 6800 GT core 400 mem 1050
    Watercooled CPU and GPU
    WD 80 GB 7200rpm HDD
    WD 250 GB 7200 HDD
    Atapi CD-ROM 48x
    HP DVD Writer 300n
    Realtek 6 Channel Audio
    Windows XP Professional
    430 watt Antec TruePower

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    getting some PC-3500 (at least), would give you some headroom i think.
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    how does this ram sound?


    Geil Value Series Golden Dragon 184 Pin 512MB DDR PC-3200 - OEM
    Specification
    Manufacturer: Geil
    Speed: DDR400(PC3200)
    Type: 184 Pin DDR SDRAM
    Error Checking: Non-ECC
    Registered/Unbuffered: Unbuffered
    Support Voltage: 2.55V-2.95V
    Bandwidth: 3.2GB/s
    Organization: 64M x 64 -Bit
    Special Features: Wafer Level Chip Scale Package
    Pentium 4 CPU 2.60GHz @ 3.4 ghz
    ABIT A17 Motherboard
    1 GB PC3700 DDR-SDRAM
    Nvidia Geforce FX 6800 GT core 400 mem 1050
    Watercooled CPU and GPU
    WD 80 GB 7200rpm HDD
    WD 250 GB 7200 HDD
    Atapi CD-ROM 48x
    HP DVD Writer 300n
    Realtek 6 Channel Audio
    Windows XP Professional
    430 watt Antec TruePower

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    and i know i probably sound like a broken record, but whats better for gaming performance, my ram/hdd or mr cpu speed?

    cuz im not sure if its worth the trouble of getting the new mobo so that i can overclock. Is my 2.6 too slow for quality gaming in doom 3 or is overclocking to say 3ghz worth it?
    Pentium 4 CPU 2.60GHz @ 3.4 ghz
    ABIT A17 Motherboard
    1 GB PC3700 DDR-SDRAM
    Nvidia Geforce FX 6800 GT core 400 mem 1050
    Watercooled CPU and GPU
    WD 80 GB 7200rpm HDD
    WD 250 GB 7200 HDD
    Atapi CD-ROM 48x
    HP DVD Writer 300n
    Realtek 6 Channel Audio
    Windows XP Professional
    430 watt Antec TruePower

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    Of course, if you're a hardcore tech-junkie, then every little bit counts.
    Why would someone like this but a sucked out hp in the first place?
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    Your 2.6ghz is fine, and that RAM sounds great. When it comes to gaming, overall ya CPU speed matters, but you've got that covered already

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    Basically we're still talkin' about a HP mini tower case and a standard HP mobo both of which have no business bein' in the overclockin' forum so out ya go. :hammer:

    If ya goin' to be serious about this then get a better case plus an ASUS P4P800 b4 goin' back to the overclockin' forum.

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    and if you're even THINKING of over clocking get PC3700 RAM, its pretty cheap and gives you alot of head room for o/cing. Right now I'd say getting some good RAM would be the best, as that PC2700 is crippling your speed. However, its not gonna do much more till you at least get a 7200RPM drive. So save for both :thumb: . : peace2: Mista K6
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