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Old 03-20-2007, 10:50 AM   #1
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Default What would be the better upgrade?

Alright, I have some money to upgrade my pc, budget $450-500, and I wanna see some toughts from you guys on the following choices. Not for gaming, I just wanna have an overall faster computer. Also, If you have any other suggestions, they are very welcome. .

GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128012

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115003

$435.99

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Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136012

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145590

$403.00
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Old 03-20-2007, 12:31 PM   #2
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The first choice is MUCH better than the second.
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Old 03-20-2007, 12:36 PM   #3
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Exactly, go for the first one
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Old 03-20-2007, 12:50 PM   #4
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Definitely the E6600, it was a huge upgrade from an X2 3800+ to it, you'll see almost as much of a difference.
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Old 03-20-2007, 03:31 PM   #5
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Yeah definately the first one...But I personally don't like Gigabytes if you plan on overclocking...sure they handle it but they don't give anywhere near as many options as other brands do..just my 2 cents

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defiantly the first one. having 4 gigs of ram could create problems. besides. if you look at super pi times for the E6600, they are about 3x faster then your current system.
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u cant fully utilize 4 gbs of ram unless u use 64 bit operating system
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Go with the first setup. I'm guessing you'll use the ram in your sig so that should work fine but you may want to make sure its compatible with the motherboard your getting. Other than that 2gb's current should be more than enough unless your thinking of going to vista. Then I may recommend 4gigs sure it will run decent on 2gigs but it uses almost 800megs leaving you 1.2gbs free roughly.
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i agree with the first one but if he isnt gaming then i doubt you will ever need a E6600 unless you rip DVD's edit video or other CPU intensive things. i cant get over the new dual core brisbanes yet
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103046

with that lil guy you could almost afford both packages. it doesnt give off as much as performance as the E6600 NO WAY! but its a good chip cheap too and if you buy a good mobo and ram you can OC it up to 3ghz
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