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Old October 29, 2007, 03:03 AM
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Default time to upgrade

well i think it is time to upgrade and stop putting it off i have amd right now but i want intel just looking for mobo,cpu,and ram i have done some looking on my own and this is what i have found




so i do plan to overclock just not right now i just have enough money to get it running any input is good

so this is what i have right now specs

AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800 (2 CPUs), ~2.0GHz OCED 2.6GHZ

2046MB RAM samsung x4

320 GB

NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 640 MB

NEC MultiSync FE991SB

Realtek Digital Output (Realtek AC'97 Audio)

home theather\Logitech Precision PC Gaming Headset




Windows Vista™ Ultimate (6.0, Build 6001) Service Pack 2 (BETA)


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Old October 29, 2007, 07:21 AM
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If you are buying in the near future check out the sales that ncix run,
here is the link (in case you didn't notice the banner on the side of your pages/ or you have adblocker blocking them) you can usually get some better deals simply by clicking a different URL for the same part.

I would recommend getting a ultima 90 heatsink + a Scythe F fan if you plan to OC.

For about the same money as the Xeon(via the sale) you can get a Q6600. It also comes with FREE shipping on the entire order....always nice bonus. It runs at 2.4ghz so thats the same as a mild OC on the Xeon. Plus not all boards play nice with Xeons. I have no first hand experience with OC'ing a xeon on this board so will not comment on its potential or even if it will work (proly would)

When I build systems I use Abit for "budget" ones and Gigabyte or Asus for everything else. For your price range the Gigabyte is a nice choice...as long as you can live with the Fisher Price color scheme.

Recently I had a bad experience with Patriot so I AM biased when it comes to them. I can say that for the same money you can get Mushkin HP2-6400 ram. Mushkin has always been my first choice as they OC very well AND have great customer service.

Another good choice in your price range is the Crucial Ballastix. While no one can guarantee that you will get Micron D9s w/ the Mushkin HP line you WILL get Micron D9s with Crucial. Crucial IS Micron and they OC amazingly well. To me either would be fine as you will most likely "hit the wall" becasue of your CPU long before you hit the upper end of either brand rams OC'ing potential.

You didn't mention what Power Supply you plan on using. To many people over look this when they are building and it comes back to bite them. Where you are planning on OC'ing I recoemend a GOOD one such as the Corsair 520 (if you are not into gaming and don't need a 8800) its on sale for 87 bucks! Or the Corsair 620 also on sale.

YMMV but that is my 2 cents worth.

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Old October 29, 2007, 08:03 AM
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Buy the cheapest processor now with the best performance and then wait till the beginning of 08 for the Penryns.
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Old October 29, 2007, 08:10 AM
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System looks good, might want to consider this for the mem though:

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Old October 29, 2007, 12:51 PM
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How about that ncix essentials cooling kit for the processor?
At least you'll be able to overclock it without any worries.
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Old October 29, 2007, 02:58 PM
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well that is all good but i have a budget of $500 and all those links come to $500 including the taxes besides the cpu but i am getting a deal on it
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Old October 30, 2007, 08:04 PM
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The Xeon X3210 is just as good, if not better than a Q6600. 3.2GHZ with 1.25V right now, friggin awesome.
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