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Upgrade Time? - Opinions Appreciated.

Postby Medicine Man » Tue Jul 24, 2007 2:39 pm

Hiya all,
Upgrade time is creeping around once more as we are on the verge of some fine releases in the coming months. This time I don't want to be caught short, but also don't want to be shafted buying before some big price drop or something. Although we do have Bioshock peeking round the corner and with some biggies waiting in the wings its time to fatten that rig now!
My current set-up which I have been adding to over the last year and a half is...

Athlon 64 3700+ - San Diego
2Gb PC3200 Ram
256mB 7600GT @ 580/1500
Soundblaster LIVE! 24bit
120Gb WD Caviar HDD
Hiper Type-R 480W

Now my initial thoughts were 256Mb 7600GT out, 320Mb 8800GTS in. Slap in an additional 500Gb HDD (which I need anyway tbh) and then LIVE! out and a X-Fi Xtreme Gamer in. I think I'm fairly happy with that little lot for £300, unless someone can convince me otherwise with alternatives. Although a concern is my PSU, will it cut the mustard with that little lot?

This leaves me in a pickle about the CPU, I reckon I have 3 options. Overclock the 3700 for free, sink £70 and get a x2 4200 or splash £105 for the x2 4400. What do you reckon? I'm leaning to the 4400, bigger cache and better difference in performance over the other 2 options, which are fairly similar benchmarkwise.

So that would dual core and DX10 my ass for 400 notes delivered. Deal or can anyone do better? Please bear in mind that this will probably be the end of the line upgrade wise for this rig, so changing the mobo, RAM etc isn't an option at the moment. Gotta make the best out of what I've got.

Thanks

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Postby Rogue Soul » Tue Jul 24, 2007 3:00 pm

If you want a decent dual core CPU, go for the Core 2 Duo ones. Cheap, and quite overclockable, I've heard.

How big is your screen? If you have a 22 inch + screen then you'd be safer off going for the 640MB 8800GTS

Edit: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showprodu ... =HD-084-SE

The Seagate 7200.10 should do you for HDD space, it's excellent.

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Postby Medicine Man » Tue Jul 24, 2007 4:39 pm

In any other situation I would go C2D all the way, but it would require a new mobo and RAM, which is a couple of hundred bucks out my reach at the moment. I'm really looking to beef up my skt 939 rig to tide me over until DX10 and quad core are common place. Hopefully the upgrades I have in mind will last me until then.

The 640Mb might be overkill for me I don't think I can justify an extra £60-70 when I'm just running a 20 inch widescreen.

Good call on the HDD though.

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Postby Tank » Wed Jul 25, 2007 10:34 am

Apparantly in november nvidia will be releasing there 9000 series soon so prices may drop again soon...

I have the 8800 gtx and its a monster, i cant see me needing anything much more powerful for a long time...i can highly reccomend them, specially the bfg oc model, it comes pre overlclocked and it has a free lifetime warranty...
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Postby Me » Wed Jul 25, 2007 10:54 am

There's a new WD HDD that pastes the Seagate .10 now, can even go toe to toe with a Raptor in certain situations.

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Postby Medicine Man » Wed Jul 25, 2007 12:06 pm

Ah, cheap!

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showprodu ... =HD-144-WD

Sadly out of my reach for the moment. :(

The 500 can't be much worse though can it?

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Postby Me » Wed Jul 25, 2007 12:24 pm

Aslong as its the same model I'd assume it would be the same. But I don't know the model name ¬_¬

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Postby Medicine Man » Thu Jul 26, 2007 10:59 am

WDxxxxAAKS?

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showprodu ... =HD-144-WD

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showprodu ... subcat=940

Same?

Sounds about right to me. That's some cheap ass storage right there. I remember buying a 8Gb HDD back in the day that cost a scandalous amount of money. Happy days!

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Postby Me » Thu Jul 26, 2007 11:02 am

It would appear so, yar.

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Postby Boomshaka » Thu Jul 26, 2007 1:48 pm

Tank wrote:I have the 8800 gtx and its a monster, i cant see me needing anything much more powerful for a long time...i can highly reccomend them, specially the bfg oc model, it comes pre overlclocked and it has a free lifetime warranty...


Yeah, you say that, but how much does the flipping thing actually cost?

:D

If its true about the price drop, and it hits maybe something in the 300 region, I might get one. 500 wingwangs may be quite a burn to some but for me its a near impossibility.
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