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Old February 11, 2008, 05:45 PM
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I have Hit a canundrum. I am thinking about what I should get or do with my $600 That I would like to further invest into my system for an upcomming lan this march break. So far I have threw some ideas around of just upgrading my memory from 667mhz value ram, to some high speed 1066mhz gaming ram. Also replacing my aging 8800GTS 320mb I was thinking of purchasing an 8800GT, But then I consider the option of the 3870. I know they are fairly close in performance, although I would favour the 8800GT because of E-VGA's step up program that could help when the 9000 series release. Finnally I would like to upgrade my case (Ultra peice of sh*t) to better suit my new hardware setup.

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Old February 11, 2008, 06:13 PM
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If you're overclocking, some better RAM with more headroom would be a great benefit, particularly compared to the DDR2-667 stuff you've got now. Your processor and motherboard will definitely be happy to go past 2.66 GHz. But if you're not overclocking, just the RAM by itself is going to offer pretty lousy improvement/$$$.

Either an 8800GT or a 3870 will be a definitely step up, especially since there are a couple games starting to choke on only 320 MB of video memory. Unless you're partial to one brand or the other, I'd probably lean towards the GT, which tends to edge out the 3870 on the whole. Plus, the step-up program might come in handy down the road.

The Antec 900 gets more than few criticisms here, I know. Seems to get its airflow from a brute force approach, rather than particularly good design. I'm sure it'll do the job, but there are probably better options out there. I'm extremely happy with own Sonata III, but it's a little cramped to work in and won't hold video cards that go beyond the motherboard.
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Old February 11, 2008, 06:14 PM
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Id go with the case (not the 900) and the GT. A good case will make a massive difference.

Im no expert but the CM690 or one of the Lian cases is where I would be looking. BTW What you cooling the cpu with?
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Old February 11, 2008, 06:52 PM
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I would go with the GT, and the CM690. Mind you I have both of these and really glad I got them. Friend of mine has the Antec 900 and is not to happy with it. But some peolpe do like them and some don't. If you like Antec go with the P180 series.
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Old February 11, 2008, 08:35 PM
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If your dragging this computer around to LANs, you might want to consider getting an all-aluminum case, although it will cost you more, but it'll weight less.

If your not overclocking a ton, then DDR2-800 would be fine, could go 4GB if you run a 64bit OS.

The 8800GT is probably the faster card, though I've been looking at the HD3870 ICEQ3 from HIS. I too have a 320MB 8800GTS and it's getting sluggish in games at 1680x1050. My motherboard has Crossfire support so thus I'm somewhat leaning towards ATI.

Might want to get a Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme for your CPU too if you are going to do some overclocking. The Noctua NF-P12 fan works nicely on it too.
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Old February 12, 2008, 04:20 AM
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well you could get...
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...nufacture=eVGA $262.86
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...acture=Patriot
$69.99 x 2 139.98
or some other type of ram.
so total would be
$402.84

that would leave room for a 150 dollar case before taxes and shipping.
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keep the case if it still functions. if you sell your processor, vid card and RAM, you could get:

C2D 8400 w/ free Lost Planet- shows aprox 3-7 frames over the 6850 in most game tests I've seen, so should beat yours by a good margin.- $220 @ NCIX on sale

Crucial BallistX-$70/ 2gb @NCIX on sale

Evga 8800GTS 512mb w/ free Crysis- $320 @NCIX on sale

Thats $610, huge upgrades and 2 free games. with the money you'd get for selling the old parts, you could probably still look for a case. Just decide today to get those prices. Have Fun
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Old February 12, 2008, 09:10 AM
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with $600 I'd say keep the 6750.

1) Buy a good heatsink
2) Buy the CM 690
3) Pickup some Crucial Ballistix DDR2-800 memory if you aren't overclocking
4) Grab a evga 8800 GTS 512
5) If you have money left over grab a e8400
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Old February 12, 2008, 01:50 PM
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I forgot to mention that the $600 includes the memory and video-card trade ins. Also I checked out the case you mentioned..CM 690.. and I do not find it being very stylish. What I want is something that looks nice, is of high quality material, and can perform well. So far I Am leaning toward the Antec p180, which I had thoughts about before. In terms of the video card, I Have now made up my mind in purchasing the 8800GT instead of the 3870. That is because the 8800GT has the step-up which I could possibly use, considering there might be a new 9000 series coming around the corner. The #1 thing is that I want to show off my rig at the lan. So I would probably OC my rig too, maby just moderatly to 3.2ghz from 2.66ghz. With ddr2 800 memory would help. So I want to get some high-quality Corsair XMS2 800 moduals. and for the hs/f, my current aftermarket would help quite abit over stock, and alot of people got over 3.2 on stock cooling.

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Old February 12, 2008, 01:55 PM
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I forgot to mention that the $600 includes the memory and video-card trade ins. Also I checked out the case you mentioned..CM 690.. and I do not find it being very stylish. What I want is something that looks nice, is of high quality material, and can perform well. So far I Am leaning toward the Antec p180, which I had thoughts about before. In terms of the video card, I Have now made up my mind in purchasing the 8800GT instead of the 3870. That is because the 8800GT has the step-up which I could possibly use, considering there might be a new 9000 series coming around the corner. The #1 thing is that I want to show off my rig at the lan. So I would probably OC my rig too, maby just moderatly to 3.2ghz from 2.66ghz. With ddr2 800 memory would help. So I want to get some high-quality Corsair XMS2 800 moduals. and for the hs/f, my current aftermarket would help quite abit over stock, and alot of people got over 3.2 on stock cooling.

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Not stylish? Wow what on earth are your expectations? The CM 690 is probably one of the nicest looking cases on the market today unless you want to get into the TJ09 cases which I think are too big and bulky.

Second the CM 690 is built very well and may not use materials used in a $200 case but it does perform VERY well.

The 690 runs CIRCLES all day around the 900 in regards to style, cooling, and workability.
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