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Old 09-25-2007, 09:38 PM   #1
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Hey guys since Xmas is coming soon, I was thinking of upgrading my PC somewhat, what I need is new processor/mobo and videocard (i have a AMD Atalon 3700+ -socket 939-, ASUS AN8 SLI Deluxe and a PNY Geforce 7600GS)

what I was thinking of is getting a AM2 socket Atalon X2 and a new ASUS mobo, but im not shure what to get... now here comes the biggie, i need a new card, regardless, of if I upgrade the cpu/mobo or not, im looking for something good but not as expensive as the current DX10 cards, I was thinking the BFG Tech 7950GTOC card but im not shure..

my budget is about $300-$450 max

any suggestions would be helpful

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Old 09-25-2007, 10:06 PM   #2
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Okay first off a 7950GTOC is not going to be a huge upgrade.

Also if you replace your motherboard, and replace it with an AM2, you need new RAM, new processor, new motherboard and likely a new PSU. Not a huge difference.

What I recomend is puchasing an AMD X2 4200+ dual core for your socket 939 and getting a 320MB 8800GT. You will spend less money and get better peformance.
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Old 09-25-2007, 10:37 PM   #3
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Yeah, after I looked at everything and added it up and with the specs and all I ended up with the same thing..... thanks.
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Old 09-26-2007, 12:45 AM   #4
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$450 max for motherboard, CPU, video card? You might as well throw in some RAM too. I'll pitch you an alternative to AMD:

XFX PVT84JUDD3 GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150229

Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115029

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231065

Foxconn P35A-S LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813186124

I went bold and chose that Foxconn motherboard. So how much is that total?

$570. Ok, not good. Stick with AMD .
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Old 09-26-2007, 06:29 AM   #5
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Nah, he can upgrade his for much less. I recommend what Chris said. It is FAR more logical to rather spend for a totally new PC.
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The reason why I prefer him a new build is because his specs and my specs are nearly identical. We're both from the same era as far as computer technology is concerned. I can feel his needs. I also attempted to upgrade my PC just as he's planning to do too. It's not worth upgrading. First of all, the RAM. DDR cost more than DDR2 now and it's older and slower. Unless he really need the RAM upgrade, he can spend the money. Second, there's no CPU replacement suitable for his needs unless "maybe" he can get an X2 with his socket 939. A more powerful video card would just render a lot of bottleneck in his system so it's not worth upgrading there either, unless he goes with something like a 7900GTX or an 8600GT, possibly 8800GTS.

If he does go with the new motherboard route, he will have to REPLACE EVERYTHING!!! Except for the hard drive and things like that. Socket AM2 requires a new motherboard, CPU, and RAM combination just as DJChris pointed out. So it's more like a new build (new PC)...............
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