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    Where to go next?

    Basically I have a small dilema

    I built my PC about a year ago and it's been ok all this time. Now I've decided that it could do with an upgrade but the question is what do I go for next

    So far I've got:
    ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe
    AMD Athlon 64 3200+
    1024 RAM
    80GB Samsung HD080HJ Sata II (Primary)
    300GB Maxtor 6L300S0 Sata II (Everything else)
    Radeon X300 SE 128MB
    Windows XP 64bit
    17" CRT

    I've just added a new hardrive and keyboard & mouse. The next obvious step would be a decent monitor but what after that?

    What would you recommend and why?

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    What do you do with it..games, movies? etc..

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    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    What do you do with it..games, movies? etc..
    Good question, I always forget the important bits

    I use it for gaming mainly, the likes of WoW, Everquest and FFXI.

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    My honest opinion for your next upgrade would be a decent gfx card. If your monitor is decent and you don't need the extra room then I wouldn't see much point in getting a 17" tft for example, so if you were going for a new monitor then you'd want a bit bigger, with a bigger tft comes a larger resolution which your graphics card might not like.

    Daveham has a link to a £30 7600gs in the bargains section which would be a decent step up from your x300, then your next upgrade could be a 20" widescreen tft or something. Anyway that's my logic.

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    If it were me, the two parts that i would want to upgrade would be the CPU and graphics card (because I like playing games).

    Assuming that the Athlon you currently have in a socket 939-based one, you can still find 939-based dual core X2's such as this one:
    Athlon X2 4200+ £103.
    Sometimes you can find it for £10 or so cheaper, so keep an eye out. This is great for general windows / computing use, although the least valuable as far as gaming is concerned.

    For better gaming capabilities, the 7900GS (such as this 512MB model for £115) is a real bargain, although i'd be strongly inclined to change the fan for a quieter one (£16 for this Zalman).
    If you don't like the idea of changing your own, you can find some with quieter ones ready built.

    I'd also seriously consider a widescreen monitor, for general use.
    19" monitors are the best price for their size, with a 1440 x 900 resolution. £120 for this seems great value.
    A 20 or 22" monitor gives you 1680 x 1050 resolution, which i use and love. This one for £200 is also a bargain.

    Lastly, you may possible benefit from increasing from 1 Gigabyte to 2 Gigabytes of memory, depending on what you do. I was dubious of this at first, but can personally vouch for it with what I do (gaming, video editing, media streaming etc).
    PS whatever you buy, i strongly recommend Scan (as I have linked to) to buy from.
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    as MSIC says..

    Best CPU you can get for 939 is the x2 4200 ..its quite cheap and should give you a healthy performance gain.

    And Graphics card too. Plenty around depending on budget.

    7600gs /gt
    7900gs
    7900GT0 (£150 on scan)

    You might want another GB of ram..i wouldnt say its essential.

    If it were me i'd get the graphics card then save for a big upgrade if you can or will be able to afford it.

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    Thanks guys. I didn't realise my graphics card was so poor lol It was a quick buy as I didn't have one that fitted at the time though

    I quite like the look of the 7900GT0. Is it difficult to overclock it to the same speed as the 7900GTX? I'm not very knowledgeable in that area.

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    buy some more hard drives and let the raiding beginning! Muhahahaha


    mehh


    I have this thing about raiding my hard drives lately... :$

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metier9 View Post
    buy some more hard drives and let the raiding beginning! Muhahahaha


    mehh


    I have this thing about raiding my hard drives lately... :$
    lol

    The raid comes later when I build my VMWare server

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    No it isn't difficult to overclock at all. Plenty of programs you can do it with or simply flash the bios to a GTX one.

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    This month's CustomPC magazine has a round up of mid-range gfx cards which includes many 7600, 7800, 7900, and many ATI cards. One particular ATI card came out on top, I can't remember which one.

    Check it out in Asda or somewhere else like that.

    They also report how much you can O/C each card.

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    I would throw an OC on your 3200 and look out for a good used gto2 or 7600gt. I would not throw £140 or so at the 7900 gto, if you are in that price range you have to opt for the 8800gts 320 £185, but better check your psu first. You might also want to have a look at X1950Pro

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    safe?

    Bugger safe

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    It was Riva Tuner so I believed it... might give upping it a go, but TBH I'm not having any issues with any current games at highest settings at the moment (Well, cough cough, Oblivion)

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