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  • Yet another Upgrade Question

    I'm looking down the upgrade path. I have a fork in the road...and which path I take is going to be determined by selling or not my current rig which is currently for sale.

    Currently running a P4 3.0 and have 4 Gig of Corsair Xtreme XMS memory in two dual channel kits. Its PC3200 Memory. I have the AGP version of the ATI X850XT video card.

    Path 1 - (don't get system sold) available cash $350.
    Can I get up to the Intel Duo 2 and still use my memory and Vid card with PCI Express X16/DX 10 and DDR2 system memory capabilities down the road? My hunch is NO to that.

    Path 2 - (sell system) - available cash (hopefully) $1250.
    Whole new build. Intel Duo 2, 2Gig DDR2 800, 160GB Serial HD, DVD Burner.
    Questions here are of course related to Brand and Models. Mobo - thinking Asus not sure which one, Vid Card thinking ATI, Memory thinking Corsair XMS2 DDR2 800 2x1GB.

    So, got any MOBO/Processor/Memory/Vid Card combos you can recommend?

    Thanks

  • #2
    Re: Yet another Upgrade Question

    I upgraded recently to aan E6600 duo with a Gigabyte DS3 mobo. Works great and I'm very happy with it.

    I don't think you can get $900 for that system though...

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    • #3
      Re: Yet another Upgrade Question

      Originally posted by BHack View Post
      I upgraded recently to aan E6600 duo with a Gigabyte DS3 mobo. Works great and I'm very happy with it.

      I don't think you can get $900 for that system though...
      Probably not, but we'll see what Ebay has to say in a couple days. The 4GB of Corsair is pushing up the price. Corsair XMS PC3200 2 kits

      It has a good Asus MOBO and an Audigy 2 card. Its a good system for its era.

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      • #4
        Re: Yet another Upgrade Question

        Originally posted by BHack View Post
        I upgraded recently to aan E6600 duo with a Gigabyte DS3 mobo. Works great and I'm very happy with it.

        I don't think you can get $900 for that system though...
        But you can't use PC3200 nor an agp card with the MOBO right?

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        • #5
          Re: Yet another Upgrade Question

          A Pentium was good for it's era, circa 1993, but it won't fetch much today. :-p While the RAM is good, I'm not sure it will fetch much either. You already realize that it's hard to upgrade with RAM that isn't compatible with most new motherboards. I built my whole Core 2 Duo rig for less than $900. Hehe. I feel bad for the person who will pay $900 for a computer that was good 2 years ago.

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          • #6
            Re: Yet another Upgrade Question

            Originally posted by sordavie View Post
            A Pentium was good for it's era, circa 1993, but it won't fetch much today. :-p While the RAM is good, I'm not sure it will fetch much either. You already realize that it's hard to upgrade with RAM that isn't compatible with most new motherboards. I built my whole Core 2 Duo rig for less than $900. Hehe. I feel bad for the person who will pay $900 for a computer that was good 2 years ago.

            Perhaps it won't sell, but thats not the purpose of this post. If you have suggestions on the real questions here, please post away.

            Thank you.

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            • #7
              Re: Yet another Upgrade Question

              Originally posted by sordavie View Post
              A Pentium was good for it's era, circa 1993, but it won't fetch much today. :-p While the RAM is good, I'm not sure it will fetch much either. You already realize that it's hard to upgrade with RAM that isn't compatible with most new motherboards. I built my whole Core 2 Duo rig for less than $900. Hehe. I feel bad for the person who will pay $900 for a computer that was good 2 years ago.
              Could you post your specs Please. I see no way of building a decent system of that about of cash.

              thanks

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              • #8
                Re: Yet another Upgrade Question

                Sure Mot (rough estimate on the prices I paid late Sept./early Oct. RAM has certainly gone up in price),

                Core 2 Duo E6400 $230
                ASUS P5NSLI 775 +1MOBO $100
                Geforce 7900GS $140
                2GB GSkill 533mhz RAM $160
                320GB HD $95
                550watt MSI PS $50
                Total: $775

                Things I had prior:
                SoundBlaster Audigy 4 $50
                2 DVD-RW drives $30
                Case $60
                Total $140

                I did have some stuff salvaged from another computer and I got a great deal on the 7900gs, but it's been a great inexpensive system. I get 80-95fps running bf2 with settings on high.

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                • #9
                  Re: Yet another Upgrade Question

                  Originally posted by sordavie View Post
                  Sure Mot (rough estimate on the prices I paid late Sept./early Oct. RAM has certainly gone up in price),

                  Core 2 Duo E6400 $230
                  ASUS P5NSLI 775 +1MOBO $100
                  Geforce 7900GS $140
                  2GB GSkill 533mhz RAM $160
                  320GB HD $95
                  550watt MSI PS $50
                  Total: $775

                  Things I had prior:
                  SoundBlaster Audigy 4 $50
                  2 DVD-RW drives $30
                  Case $60
                  Total $140

                  I did have some stuff salvaged from another computer and I got a great deal on the 7900gs, but it's been a great inexpensive system. I get 80-95fps running bf2 with settings on high.

                  Newegg says about $870 today for those. Add a DVD+RW and Case and you're plus another $80ish for about $950 or a round $1 grand with shipping.

                  I've been an ATI fan for a long time. you really like the 7900GS? what manufacturer did you go with and what is the clock speed?

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                  • #10
                    Re: Yet another Upgrade Question

                    I'm surprised that RAM has become so much more expensive. I wonder what happened. I do like the 7900GS, although I can only compare it with a 6600GT on the old P4 2.4Ghz computer, which allowed me to play bf2 at 20-30fps on low/medium settings. It's made by MSI and clocked at 450mhz I think--slightly slower than stock retail but this is an OEM card I got on woot.com over the summer.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Yet another Upgrade Question

                      Thoughts?

                      What am I missing.....what just sucks in this?

                      CD / DVD Burners (RW Drives)
                      1 LG 18X DVD±R Super-Multi DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black IDE $30.99

                      ATX Computer Case
                      1 Eagle Tech ET-SW2-K Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 450W power supply W/ SATA, PCI express Power Supply - Retail
                      $30.00 Mail-in Rebate $59.99

                      Hard Drive
                      1 Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JSRTL 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Retail $59.99

                      Video Card
                      1 Open Box: POWERCOLOR X1950 PRO Extreme 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Extreme Edition Video Card With AC Cooling - OEM $201.99

                      Desktop Memory
                      1 G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual $229.99 -$20.00 Instant $209.99

                      Intel-compatible Motherboards
                      1 ASUS P5B Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - $128.99

                      Processor
                      1 Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6400 - Retail - $224.00

                      Total with shipping - $939

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                      • #12
                        Re: Yet another Upgrade Question

                        My recommendations:
                        • Ditch the Western Digital drive and go with a Seagate Barracuda.
                        • Consider purchasing the case and power supply separately. The power supply is a CRITICAL piece in your system and one that people overlook far too often.
                        Diplomacy is the art of saying "good doggie" while looking for a bigger stick.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Yet another Upgrade Question

                          cc :icon20:

                          Oh..and Hi Apo..ltns. :)

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                          • #14
                            Re: Yet another Upgrade Question

                            Do you have OS software?

                            I'd go with one of the 7900GS cards that have a mail in rebate on Newegg, to save up for a directx10 card in the new year. The x1950 pro extreme is better than the 7900gs, but I'm not sure by how much. And, you could save $50.

                            http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130056
                            $156 after rebate.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Yet another Upgrade Question

                              Originally posted by Mot73 View Post
                              cc :icon20:

                              Oh..and Hi Apo..ltns. :)
                              hehe.. Hey Mot! :)
                              Diplomacy is the art of saying "good doggie" while looking for a bigger stick.

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