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  • Want to upgrade my rig ([email protected], 2gb,640mb 8800gts. Not sure with what

    I'm looking for some suggestions as to which path to take. Ideally I would replace everything with a much more up to date system , but my circumstances don't budget for that at the moment. So, which areas would I see most improvement? I mostly play BF2/Project Reality and flight sims although have added Dragon age to my games collection recently.

    Current System:

    Intel Core Duo6600 @ stock 2.39Mhz and stock air cooler
    Corsair HX 650W ATX Modular PSU
    DFI Infinity 975X/G
    2gb OCZ Ram
    840mb 8800GTS
    74gb Raptor (OS+some games) and 360gb HD
    Creative XFi
    Win XP Pro


    I believe both hdds are full and is probably causing everything to slow a little, so a new drive wouldn't go amiss (or I could stop being a lazy ass and delete a whole bunch of stuff!) If I were to buy a new hd I think I'd do a fresh system install of Win 7, or dual partition the new drive (500gb-1Tb F3 or WD blue) with win XP SP3 on one and install Win7 at a later date to save cost - would that be a feasible option?)

    I'm wondering where I would see the most improvement in games. Should I:

    A) Go for Mob, ram, CPU upgrade and keep the 840mb 8800GTS until I can afford a new Graphics Card? (ie i7 920, Gigabyte X58 UD5, 4gb ram)

    Or

    B) Try improved cooling(Corsair H50-1), a modest overclock (not sure my mobo is that great for OC) and a 275/280 or 5850/5870. Win 7 and new 1TB hd?

    C) go for new i3 with 4gb ram OC it to 4Ghz, H50-1 cooling, 4gb ram (dual channel) and a mid range GPU such as the GTX260 216p or Sapphire 5770 Vapor-X?

    Does Win 7 64bit offer any increase in gaming performance over an old install of XP pro 32bit?

    There may be other ways I can improve performance so open to other suggestions as you see fit! What would you do? :)


    Many thanks,

    Hugh
    Intel Core Duo E6600 Stock Cooler
    DFI Infinity 975X/G
    4GB (2x2GB) OCZ Gold XTC DDR2 6400
    BFG GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB
    Creative SB X-Fi XtremeGamer Sound Card
    Western Digital 74Gb Raptor
    Seagate Barracuda 320Gb
    NEC DVD+RW/DVD-RW
    24" Dell 2408WFP (Digital)

    Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3

    @ 2701Mhz (9x300) - BIOS 08/20/2007 - 47C Idle, 59C Load.

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    Re: Want to upgrade my rig ([email protected], 2gb,640mb 8800gts. Not sure with what

    Buy a better video card.

    You may be able to overclock your CPU on air, grab something like CPU-Z and check you temperatures.
    |TG-12th| Namebot

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    • #3
      Re: Want to upgrade my rig ([email protected], 2gb,640mb 8800gts. Not sure with what

      B) Buy a good gfxcard(5850/5870) now and overclock
      E6600 reaches 3ghz easily.

      Does Win 7 64bit offer any increase in gaming performance over an old install of XP pro 32bit?
      Only if you have more than ~ 3.2gb of RAM for obvious reasons.

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      • #4
        Re: Want to upgrade my rig ([email protected], 2gb,640mb 8800gts. Not sure with what

        i have a Q6600 and oc'd to 3.0 with one click (from266 to333) using stock fans, also it has an 8mb L2cache where most others have 6mb until you get to the Q9550 which has 12. There is no real good reason to dump your CPU. Mine is a G0 stepping which oc's better then the other Q6600.

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        • #5
          Re: Want to upgrade my rig ([email protected], 2gb,640mb 8800gts. Not sure with what

          Thanks for the replies. Somewhat bizarrely, i noticed that i already have 4gb ocz ddr800 ram (2x2gb) and it shows up in Post and cpuz-id etc but not in WinXP pro 32bit. I realise i won't get all 4gb in 32bit XP but i should be able to see 3-3.5gb in Windows??

          Would win7 on a new drive allow me the full 4gb?

          I've looked into OVerclocking my e6600 and with some improved cooling (Corsair H50-1) i should get 3.5ghz quite easily with anything above as a bonus!
          Intel Core Duo E6600 Stock Cooler
          DFI Infinity 975X/G
          4GB (2x2GB) OCZ Gold XTC DDR2 6400
          BFG GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB
          Creative SB X-Fi XtremeGamer Sound Card
          Western Digital 74Gb Raptor
          Seagate Barracuda 320Gb
          NEC DVD+RW/DVD-RW
          24" Dell 2408WFP (Digital)

          Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3

          @ 2701Mhz (9x300) - BIOS 08/20/2007 - 47C Idle, 59C Load.

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          • #6
            Re: Want to upgrade my rig ([email protected], 2gb,640mb 8800gts. Not sure with what

            That's how much windows supports total, you'll have to subtract for your 640MB video card.

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            • #7
              Re: Want to upgrade my rig ([email protected], 2gb,640mb 8800gts. Not sure with what

              Yep, understand that, yet still only 2048mb is reported in msinfo32, sorry doesn't look as if I mentioned that! :)


              Should add that I have it running at a very modest 2.7Mhz instead of the 2.39Mhz CPU clocks. (4-4-4-12) and that is so far limited by the stock cooler, badly applied thermal compound (I ran out, awaiting some more!) and my NB temperature. Temps are 47C idle, 59C load and a rather high NB @ 59C.

              I ordered the following this morning:

              Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit - OEM (to unlock all 4gb ram)
              Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB SATA-II 32MB Cache - OEM (short on HD space and want a clean install with Win 7)
              Corsair H50-1 High-Performance CPU Watercooler (Socket LGA775/1156/1366/AM2/AM3) (Essential replacement to allow safe overclock)
              Akasa AK-FN057 Apache Super Silent 120mm Fan - 4 Pin PWM (for Push-pull config of H50-1 CPU cooler)
              Arctic Cooling MX-3 Thermal Compound (reputedly the best thermal compound available now - some say better than Artic Silver 5 which is what I have always used previously)

              I should receive the bits tomorrow as I use overclockers.co.uk and they are usually VERY prompt, can't recommend them enough. Can't wait to see how close to 4MHz I get with everything stable. I realise my rig is no longer state of the art but I have a lot of potential here which I just need to unlock, any help or hints would be gladly welcome!!
              Last edited by Hugh_Jardon; 02-11-2010, 11:29 AM.
              Intel Core Duo E6600 Stock Cooler
              DFI Infinity 975X/G
              4GB (2x2GB) OCZ Gold XTC DDR2 6400
              BFG GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB
              Creative SB X-Fi XtremeGamer Sound Card
              Western Digital 74Gb Raptor
              Seagate Barracuda 320Gb
              NEC DVD+RW/DVD-RW
              24" Dell 2408WFP (Digital)

              Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3

              @ 2701Mhz (9x300) - BIOS 08/20/2007 - 47C Idle, 59C Load.

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