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    Default Upgrading my computer

    So im starting to think about upgrading my computer since my last upgrade was about 2 years ago and nothing i really play is too graphic intensive. But since a couple new MMORPGS are commin out i wanted to get a few pointers on what kinda upgrades i should be looking at. So i have about 600-800$ to work with and was wondering if anyone could give me a few tips on what to get

    ATM i need a new MB, Processor, Vid Card, Ram, and a couple coolin tips that would be helpful. I have a 600 watt powersupply i believe so im almost 100% ill be able to easily power everything in my case. My HD space isnt really a huge issue since this computer is for gaming only and i dont plan on DLin a lot of random grabage onto it. Also, i was wondering if anyone knows any good sites to buy from that can be cheaper then newegg and have a low DOA (dead on arrival) rate. This computer is really for gaming only. ATM my build looks like this

    MB:ASUS P5N-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

    Processor:Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail

    Ram: CORSAIR 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5 - Retail

    Vid Card: MSI NX8800GT 512M OC GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

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    Default Re: Upgrading my computer

    Forgot to throw up prices

    MB:ASUS P5N-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail 114.99

    Processor:Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail 275.99

    Ram: CORSAIR 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5 - Retail 74.99

    Vid Card: MSI NX8800GT 512M OC GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail 199.99

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    Default Re: Upgrading my computer

    Well, not sure what your working with at the moment, but that's a pretty decent setup your looking at. The one thing I might consider is going with a 680i MB, or if you can afford it, and your wanting to consider the future, maybe a 7 series MB. The main reason for the a 780i MB would be if you would ever want to run Tri-SLI for gaming.

    Also, if your wanting to use 4GB of RAM, your going to need a x64 bit OS. XP or Vista as long is it's 64 bit.

    As for your GPU, that's a very good choice, and that Q6600 is wonderful. You can really OC it, just make sure to have a good HS and keep it cool.
    Ultra Aluminus ATX Case
    MSI P6N Diamond MOBO
    Intel Q6600 Quad @2.4Ghz
    4GB OCZ Reaper PC-6400 4-4-4-15 2T
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    ASUS DRW-2014L1T DVD Burner
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    1 External FDD
    1 SOHOUSB Multi-Card reader (3.5 inch bay)
    300GB Seagate SATA 7200 HDD
    200GB Seagate IDE 7200 HDD
    2 500GB WD 7200RPM HDD"s (Raid 1)
    2 XFX 8600GT 256MB GPU SLI
    2 120mm Case fans, 1 80mm Case Fan
    ZeroTherm BTF-95 Heatsink
    Thermaltake Toughpower 850W PSU
    Acer P221W 22" Monitor
    MAG Innovision 19" Monitor
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    Default Re: Upgrading my computer

    Another question

    <DD>Intel Xeon X3210 Kentsfield 2.13GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562X3210 - Retail - thats a 775 processor but i wasnt sure on the fact that xeons are server based only.. i know they are a lot harder tested and for gaming, i saw a couple of the FPS uppers and they are about the same if not better then the q6600. as for price its about 50$ less... same socket type and about the same overclocking ability. so my mb and ram and others doesnt have to change think its worth the 50$ saving? like i said i got about 600-700 bucks to work with, and if i can save a little extra money here or there i can prolly get another 4 gigs of ram and max out my system with 8g or go with a better MB...</DD>

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    Default Re: Upgrading my computer

    Your motherboard may limit overclocking potential but i dont think it would matter too much.

    But ye to install >3.2GB RAM needs a 64bits operating system. Wether you are willing to accept less driver support in 64bit mode is your choice.

    maybe a fast dual core wolfdale may yield better performance than a Q6600, e.g the E8400 at 3.0GHZ since quad cores are a bit underrated atm.

    You should try to wait for the 780 SLI series chipsets to come out for true X16 PCI-e and TRI-SLI support

    I think 4GB is enough, unless you want to remove the page file to help speed up your computer.
    Asrock P55-Extreme
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    Default Re: Upgrading my computer

    Quote Originally Posted by randomness View Post
    unless you want to remove the page file to help speed up your computer.
    trying to BSOD your OS are you?

    do not do this, it will not work well, even if you have 30 G of ram. you will not speed up your computer.

    the Swap file is so integrated into the OS without it you will get weird problems.

    if you want to speed up your swap file and you do have 30 G of ram you can load the swap onto a virtual drive but its awkward and is not recommended.

    btw if you have 30 G of ram send me 6 G or so :D

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    Default Re: Upgrading my computer

    Sorry
    Are you an AMD or Intel fan?
    Sorry to steal the thread but I can use this tread also.
    I started with AMD and still with AMD. Now that randomness says the q6600 is a good overclocker wat about AMD's 5000+ black or 6400+ black. How is it compared to the q6600. BTW 5000+ black is $100 on newegg. Then you can spend the Extra $100-$150 on a better AMD board also. I dont mind going over to Intel if the q6600 outperferms the AMDs

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    Default Re: Upgrading my computer

    Personally im an AMD fan, but intel right now seems to have the edge on core 2's and quad cores... but im looking at a build right now with an amd phoenom black and was wondering if anyone could answer a quick question for me...

    with the socket am2 work with a phenom or would i have to get a 2+? since i am going to be sli'ing 2 8800's or 2 9600 gtx's id really like to know whether i should get the amd which would run me cheaper and i would be able to SLI 2 cards for better graphics, or if i should get the intel which would cost me about 100$ more for a better processor, but a weaker motherboard then the one im lookin at...

    so i guess my questoin would be would any socket AM2 motherboard work for the phenom or would i have to limit myself to the AM2+'s which have no SLI boards out that are affordable for me?

    The later makin me go with intel on a CPU.

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    Default Re: Upgrading my computer

    I find it hard to answer you. Guess in this case its "you get what you pay for". So I'll tell your my upcomin build after reading and researching a little.

    MOBO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188024

    Intel's Q6600
    http://clubit.com/product_detail.cfm?itemno=CA1938452

    2 MSI OC 8800gt
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127329

    And so on with the rest............
    Antec Sonata II
    Asus M2NPV-VM
    AMD X2 4200+ (OC@ 2431MHz)
    Noctua NH-U12P (22C idle 33c load)
    2Gig Kingston+2Gig Curcial(32-bit)
    @270MHz 4-4-4-12-16 1.9 volts
    EVGA 7600GT KO

    New car so no new build.......YET!

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