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    Re: 4+ year old gamin rig - Need upgrade advise

    Can I just add, you might need more than 72GB (I'm assuming you don't have the Raptors in RAID?) of storage if you're gonna be installing meaty games.

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    Re: 4+ year old gamin rig - Need upgrade advise

    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzen View Post
    Ackrite.
    The Q6600 will still be useful long after the E8*** series CPus have been forgotten.
    The ONLY thing these E8*** CPUs have going for them is their overclocking ability (albeit at stupid voltages that kill them anyway).

    Regardless of their clockability, when all said and done, they are only Dual Core CPUs.
    I'd agree with that,

    unless he wants to upgrade again within the year there is little point building now with the intent of upgrading as intel's socket will change next year, therefore any upgrade will no doubt be CPU, mobo and possibly RAM (depending on what you get this time)

    Given the stupid prices of DDR2 right now, I would hedge my bets on this system lasting a good few years and just stick with a DDR2 setup.

    X48 I would stay away from, as well as the 790i motherboards. There is little need for SLi with cards like the 9800GX2 and ATi HD3870X2 floating around at fair enough prices (as well as the the next gen cards we have coming out in the next month or two)

    I would either stick with P35 or a decent X38 board (retaining DDR2 but keeping crossfire if you really want it) or wait for the newer P45 board which is the last board to be on the 775 socket. If you wait for that you might as well wait for the next graphics cards (or vice cerca whichever you really want to wait for)

    If you like raptors which I'm sure you do it may be worth actually selling what you have and perhaps getting one of these
    Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB 10000RPM SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (WD3000GLFS) (UK link sorry)

    It's bigger, faster, and runs almost silently from what I have read. Expensive it is, but with the sale of your other raptors i'm sure it would take some of the sting out.

    I think everyone here knows the sort of PC I would build given your budget, I like to stick to midrange as it offers the best value for money and gives 80% or more of what you can achieve with a lot more money.

    That would be along the lines of

    Q6600 + decent cooler (TRUE is good, scythe's range are great for the money)
    4GB DDR2
    P35/X38(at most) board
    500-600W Decent brand PSU (Enermax, corsair/seasonic)
    VelociRaptor would be kool if only for bragging rights

    and then what you deem a necessary graphics card. At your resolution, one 9800GTX or 8800GTX would be enough for now and save you a lot of money you don't need to spend.
    We all know that the upper end cards of next year are going tear something like the 9800GX2 apart so you might as well spend half the graphics budget now and then the rest then.

    Just my thoughts

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    Re: 4+ year old gamin rig - Need upgrade advise

    I think everyone here knows the sort of PC I would build given your budget
    I dont.
    Please tell me

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    Re: 4+ year old gamin rig - Need upgrade advise

    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzen View Post
    I dont.
    Please tell me
    looks remarkably like you pc

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    Re: 4+ year old gamin rig - Need upgrade advise

    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    looks remarkably like you pc
    .........you have disappointed me now

    (must admit though, with this X38, im seriously considering going XFire).

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    Re: 4+ year old gamin rig - Need upgrade advise

    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzen View Post

    (must admit though, with this X38, im seriously considering going XFire).
    With what, X2's?

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    Re: 4+ year old gamin rig - Need upgrade advise

    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post

    I think so yeh.
    They arent that dear and my card should still fetch around £130 at least.

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    Re: 4+ year old gamin rig - Need upgrade advise

    I want to create a new (if it hasn't been done already) acronym SWPC - still won't play crysis

    That would be pretty awesome though.

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    Re: 4+ year old gamin rig - Need upgrade advise

    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    I want to create a new (if it hasn't been done already) acronym SWPC - still won't play crysis

    That would be pretty awesome though.
    Crysis is a bit of an odd one though dont you think.

    I bought it.
    I played it.
    I sold it.

    After all the hype it was such a disappointment. Graphically it was amazing. Shame they sacrificed the gameplay for looks though as it was god awful boring

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    Re: 4+ year old gamin rig - Need upgrade advise

    Certainly I agree. I never even went as far as to buy it. Played it at a mates for an hour and was so bored I turned it off.

    xfire X2's will certainly keep most games happy for a long time.

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    Re: 4+ year old gamin rig - Need upgrade advise

    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    Certainly I agree. I never even went as far as to buy it. Played it at a mates for an hour and was so bored I turned it off.

    i played it at my brothers, and 5 mins in it crashed (i was making sure the turtle was dead ), and i couldnt be bothered to start the game up again... thats how good it is


    I'd say:

    Go ddr2 (as everyone else seems to be saying also, the price for a small performance increase for ddr3 is'nt justified)
    i'd go with the q6600 if it were my money, and i'd whack a scythe mine or a TRUE on it
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