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    Currently my system is:

    CPU: AMD 64 3700+
    Cooler : Noctua NH-U12P CPU Cooler (Socket AM2/LGA775)
    Mobo: Gigabyte GA-K8NS-939
    RAM: 1GB 3200 OCZ
    Gfx: Leadtek AGP 7600 GT
    Case: ThermalTake Tsunami
    PSU: 520W Corsair
    HDD: 320gb SATA Maxtor
    Monitor: 22" IIyama Vision Master Pro 514

    My budget for upgrading is around £1000 but a bit flexible. I will use the system mainly for gaming but also watching downloaded TV/Films, would also be interested in streaming live TV to a PC (don't know how easy this is?) and eventually hooking up a PS3.

    My current thoughts are:
    CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Pro Q6600 2.40GHz
    Cooler: Xigmatek HDT-S1283
    Mobo: Asus P5Q-E Intel P45 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard
    RAM: Corsair 4GB DDR2 XMS2 Dominator PC2-8500C5 TwinX
    Gfx: Leadtek GeForce GTX 260 896MB GDDR3
    Case : Antec P182 Super Midi Tower Case - No PSU
    PSU: Continue to keep my 520W Corsair
    HDD: 2x640GB WesternDigital HDDs (WD6400AAKS)
    Monitor: Acer G24 Widescreen Gaming LCD Monitor - Orange/Black

    A friend of mine said the 8500 RAM is not necessary and 6400 would do just fine, could anyone explain why? . Also unsure about the make of GTX 260 to get, noise being a concern really!

    Any input appriciated and if you think its time to upgrade now or hold on a little while .

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    Re: Upgrading!

    i've got that gfx card, and i'm pretty sure it isn't too noisy hehe. it's a good card, someone on here has quite a few ledtek cards

    oh, and i would defo get mroe ram, it will help alot.

    also, a 22" monitor still isnt bad... o_O

    so you might not really have to spend £300 on a monitor, heh.
    Last edited by fastxfurious; 06-09-2008 at 07:14 PM.

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    Thumbs up Re: Upgrading!

    are u goin' to raid,
    if not, a terrabyte may be the way to go

    I say go seagate for 5yrs warranty (I can't say it enough)

    Go for 2GB sticks,
    and ur friend is correct 800MHz clocks to 900 on a good setup, but most 850 (8500) are only good 800's locked to min 850

    800MHz DHX 64bit corsair 2GB are good and cheap from scan

    maybe £1000 is overkill in money terms, as a gaming etc rig is dooable for £700 easily
    you could invest in a NAS for your Modem
    and change UR harddrive for a raptor for O/S ans a 500GB for Gamedata and still have change
    (don't go solid state please)

    you could just blow £125 roughly on GFX
    and go SLi or Crossfire
    and when needed add the second GFX

    have a look for dudes on here who have recently built and message them (or me) we are friendly...

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    • Powderhound's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P5Q-E
      • CPU:
      • Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 2.66GHz under a Xigmatek HDT-S1283
      • Memory:
      • 4GB OCZ Reaper HPC 1066MHz
      • Storage:
      • 750GB Samsung Spinpoint F1
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Powercolor ATI Radeon HD 4850
      • PSU:
      • Corsair TX650W
      • Case:
      • Antec P182
      • Operating System:
      • Windows Vista Home Premium, Ubuntu 8.10
      • Monitor(s):
      • Samsung T220 22"
      • Internet:
      • Broadband Your Way Option 2

    Re: Upgrading!

    That PSU *might* struggle a bit with that; you might want to go 600W to be on the safe side.

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    Re: Upgrading!

    Well the core system will probably be around £700, £300 being for the monitor.

    Will go for the 4GB 6400 RAM then .

    As for Hard drives, was considering the possibility of RAIDing them yes, but would a raptor OS drive + 1TB data drive be a better idea?

    Graphics card, whats the advantage of buying 2 cheaper cards and SLi/Crossfiring them? I'm a fan of Nvidia as i like the digital vibrance setting!

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