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Old 11-14-2007, 08:56 PM   #1
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Question Christmas Upgrades...

I can't figure out what I want for Christmas, so I'll ask for your opinion on what you would upgrade on my computer so I can see if its worth it or not. I have $700.
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Old 11-14-2007, 09:02 PM   #2
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upgrade the motherboard to something with quad core support, 45nm, and 1333mhz bus. then upgrade the video card to a 8800GT. no need to spend all 700$ on upgrades.

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also if you only have a raptor, you should buy a 500GB sata drive, i thought i would never use up my 40GB back in the day, now im almost full on my 200GB one
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Hows your speakers? Everything looks good as far as your current build. I'd just either ask for money since all the new product lines are on the horizon or pick up some nice speakers like the Logitech Z-5500's.

Maybe some watercooling blocks for your chipset.
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Old 11-14-2007, 09:07 PM   #4
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Oh yeah, the Z-5500's are amazing!
I wish they were better for music though. I mean, there very bassy, but not as clear sounding as I'd of hoped. My ears are very sensitive to stuff like that.

Playing through optical and not analog like most sound cards does improve things a hell of a lot though, quality wise.

You could get an 8800gt if you were inclined
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upgrade the motherboard to something with quad core support, 45nm, and 1333mhz bus. then upgrade the video card to a 8800GT. no need to spend all 700$ on upgrades.

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also if you only have a raptor, you should buy a 500GB sata drive, i thought i would never use up my 40GB back in the day, now im almost full on my 200GB one
P5B's will support a quad.

Your PC is fine, possibly a graphics card upgrade.
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I've got X-540's, the thing is I don't really need any computer parts my computer plays everything I want on max...I just don't know what else to get, I don't use much HDD space either clean it out regularly and don't do much downloading, so I have like 30GB left right now.
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The 8800GT would be nice though, and you could probably sell your 7600GT for a bit too.
Since your happy with performance though, maybe this isn't the best thing to do yet.

Also, people have suggested to get a new motherboard so you can support quad (even though I think that can support Quad)...
Anyhow, what i was going to say was, if you have a dual core, you will probably skip the quad war altogether to tell the truth. I can see that they'll probably bring out experimental 8 cores soon, that we'll all be jumping on to, that or 6.

Reason I think that is, I had a single core for a VERY long time, and decided not to go for dual, and instead opted straight for quad.
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i can remember when people were getting faster, and faster single cores. then dual cores came out and people were like wtf, 2 cpu's on one die, must be a scam. now just a couple years later were talking about octo cores.

i think my next cpu upgrade will be a tri core. (YES, amd is making some, im not just making this up)
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3 cores?... interesting...

I seriously do hope the Crysis release, or possibly a patch makes use of all cores effectively though.

I did hear that the Intel line up is going to be for servers first of all, and not for home use.
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8800gt 2gb more = 4gb
crysis was built for multi core wasnt it?
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I would wait until January. Intel has their 8 and 9 series CPU's coming out.
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CPU's eh? I think you mean GPU
But yeah, I may go for one of them, but I'm not going to be daft this time...

I'm going to let them play the field, until they do what they have with the 8800GT... because I spent double on my card, and its...not as good? What?!
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Just don't spend it on your PC...save it up for a car or something. Your computer is already plenty fast.
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Yeah, spending it on something that means more to you in the long run, may proove to be better.
I know a computers worth while in the short run, but in the long run, it's upgraded and forgotten about, etc. A car is a good example for something that'll last longer, and be loved for longer.
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Ya, I asked if I could save it for a down payment but my Mom said no because he wants me to have presents on Christmas...but I guess she can't force me to spend money lol, never thought I'de be saying that!
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Just ask for like a few small things and then money towards a car, that's what I'm doing. Some CDs, a 360 game or two...
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Or if your talking about a PS3 game, only 1 in most places... so expensive...
360 games are around 40-45 here. PS3 games are around 45-50 and even 55 here... Ouch!

I may do the same thing, as were officially not getting a Wii as a group present any more
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Your mom is forcing you to spend your own money? My parents are trying to get my brother just to save money... He has about $20 to his name... I'm better at saving, though I splurged on my LCDs, I am going to reimburse all that money and more by selling 3 PCs when I can. Same thing I did when I bought my new build. I had $800 in cash, bough the system, then reimbursed my bank account w/ the cash. No more spending for me though. The rest of the money I get from now on from selling PCs and work will go toward my new car (used but newer than my '92 Tempo).
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Once I leave for college, I'm selling my PC and spending the rest of the money on my car. Hopefully my parents will buy me a laptop for college...
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Hmm... I've wondered wheather getting a laptop would be a good decision for me, especially when making music and modelling. I find a get more inspiration in different rooms. My room's rather bland, and what I create in it tends to be bland too... Then just use the main PC to render, etc.

Good luck with that plan
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