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Old May 3, 2008, 12:49 PM
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Default Bad time to upgrade, need help.

Well it looks like my DFI Lanparty Ultra-D may be dead As such I'm looking at buying a new mobo, cpu and ddr 2. I really wanted to wait until the summer or fall to do this but my hand is being forced.

I plan to use all my existing hardware so I only need to focus on the best setup I can get for my money. I will be doing a lot of gaming but my wife uses Photoshop CS3 so that needs to be considered. I have two hard drives, 8800gts 640mb, audigy 2, corsair 620hx and ide optical drives.

I have been out of the loop for a while and I need your help. Preferably I would like to purchase through www.ncix.com or other Canadian retailer, and I have a budget of $700 Canadian. The problem is that I know nehalms are on the way but I need something now and I won't, repeat won't be able to upgrade next year besides a new video card if Im lucky.

I know the p35 boards are great but Im worried that if I don't buy a 750i/780i or a x38 that I will be limited from the pci2.0 etc. in a year or two. I don't foresee x-fire or sli but you never know.

So what are your thoughts people?
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Old May 3, 2008, 01:42 PM
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PCI-E 2.0 is a utter joke.

We still haven't even saturated PCI-E 1.1!

Get just a p35 board and call it a day.
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Old May 3, 2008, 01:43 PM
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$700 for a mobo, CPU, and RAM? I'd suggest DS3L, e3110, 2x2GB Muskin Redline, + cooler of choice. That works out to about ~$450 not including cooler. I hear what you're saying about the pci2.0 and SLI/CF but at that price the mobo could be considered disposable after a year or two plus I AFAIK one kick-ass vid card is better than two lesser cards in SLI/CF, that is of course assuming you dont have money to burn and are doubling up two topnotch cards.

I'm sure you'll get lots of differing opinions on this.
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Would I be safe for the next two years with only a video card upgrade on that system though and no pci 2?
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Would I be safe for the next two years with only a video card upgrade on that system though and no pci 2?
You can't predict the future of computer hardware but what biff said with something like a 8800gt would last you a LONG time.
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I know that a decent mobo, cpu and ram will keep me happy for the next two years. The critical thing I have found to stay current is the video card. I just want to be sure that I can use the next ati 4xxx cards and/or nvidia 99xx series with the mobo I buy now and not be bottlenecking it badly.

Like the title said, bad timing, if the next gen cards were out I would have some benches to compare and make a better decision. I will have to really think about how I want to do spend my money some more.
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Old May 3, 2008, 02:50 PM
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I think you'll be pretty safe without PCIe 2.0 for a couple of years at least, and as has been stated already, you can always sell a $100 P35 board for $50 to put towards an X38 or something similar when the prices come down.
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Ok thanks for clearing things up guys. Now I need to find some good deals.
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I second biff's choice of components, except the CPU. Go for a Quad, especially since PhotoShop CS3 is used. There is a definite difference between Dual Core and Quad Core. Add a good aftermarket HSF for the Quad and you're good to go, for a long time.
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I keep flip floping between the Q6600 or even a Q6700 as they are almost the same price now vs. a 8400. Again I'm battling with future software and games. I think either cpu will make me happy to be honest.

I need to stop worrying so much about the small details and just find a good deal on decent parts. Having lived this long on a amd64 3700 should teach me that much
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