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    Your best/cheapest upgrade?

    Just curious to see if anyone has managed to upgrade their PC for a bargain price?

    I had:

    Athlon 64 X2 4600 @ 2.6Ghz
    Asus A8N-SLI Premium
    2GB OCZ Gold DDR3200
    256MB 7800GT PCIe

    Sold for total: £210


    Upgraded too:

    Intel Q9450 2.66Ghz @ 3.40Ghz
    Asus Maximus Formula X38
    4GB OCZ PC2-8000 Platinum
    768MB 8800GTX OC

    Bought for total: £310


    For ~£100 it was a pretty huge upgrade


    Only the 4GB ram I purchased was actually new, the other parts were picked up second hand but well worth it though. Anyone else managed to upgrade any components in their PC for next to nothing?
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    Re: Your best/cheapest upgrade?

    move from 8600GTS to 8800GTX for £70.
    but you got one hell of a deal lol my bedroom rig was 260 minus gfx card..
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    Re: Your best/cheapest upgrade?

    Who on earth bought that old rubbish for £210

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    Re: Your best/cheapest upgrade?

    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    Who on earth bought that old rubbish for £210
    LOL

    Well individually;

    X2 4600 939 - £100
    A8N-SLI Premium - £50
    2Gb OCZ 3200 - £40
    256MB 7800GT - £20

    Anyone with a dual core socket 939 athlon, NOW is the time to get rid of it over on the bay. They go for absolute silly money


    Q9450 + Maximus Formula - £210 (both used but retail boxed with everything)
    Freezer 7 Pro - £12 (new)
    4GB OCZ PC2-8000 - £40 (new)
    8800GTX OC - £70 (used- retail boxed with everything)
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    Re: Your best/cheapest upgrade?

    Quote Originally Posted by vmong View Post
    move from 8600GTS to 8800GTX for £70.
    but you got one hell of a deal lol my bedroom rig was 260 minus gfx card..
    Have to say the 8800GTX is awesome, it runs all the games I have tried on highest settings at 1920x1200 easily.
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    Re: Your best/cheapest upgrade?

    just wondering if you guys knew the soloution to the following problem. basically i was playing cod, it got pretty intense. with 4 people playing etc. not i play games on my gaming rig (in my sig) and it was becoming laggy which i have not experienced for a while. what could be the cause?? i was thinking the ram, although at one poing my gpu reached 100 ^C i am using air cooling as well.

    or was it the ram??
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    Re: Your best/cheapest upgrade?

    Going from 2 to 6GB of RAM - £40
    Vista Ultimate - £40 (Student Deal)

    Best £80 spent tbh.

    Though did rely on the other bits of the system I'd bought about a month previous....

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    Re: Your best/cheapest upgrade?

    Slight cheat as it involved a little selling:

    From an Abit NF7-S 2.0 and AMD Barton XP3200 with 2gb of 400mhz DDR1
    To a Gigabyte 945 S3, Core2Duo e6300 and 2gb of 533mhz DDR2

    For: A profit of £30!

    Reason: Ebay. NF7's were going for more than their original retail price, as was the Barton 3200 - DDR1 was at it's premium 2nd user price. Right place, right time
    And the major cheat really was acquiring the e6300 for nothing! (coincidentally also my current e6600 and q6600 cost nowt too )

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    Re: Your best/cheapest upgrade?

    Quote Originally Posted by e36Adz View Post
    LOL
    NOW is the time to get rid of it over on the bay. They go for absolute silly money
    word is bond - my plan is to get some ebay stuff going asap with those prices

    trying to make a similar upgrade atm but want at least a 4850 gfx card with it

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    Re: Your best/cheapest upgrade?

    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    And the major cheat really was acquiring the e6300 for nothing! (coincidentally also my current e6600 and q6600 cost nowt too )
    ooh, do spill...

    It's 4.98*

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    Re: Your best/cheapest upgrade?

    Quote Originally Posted by dave87 View Post
    ....Vista Ultimate - £40 (Student Deal)
    Where did you get that from mate? Good buy, cheapest I've seen it for is around 55 quid.

    Quote Originally Posted by e36Adz View Post
    Just curious to see if anyone has managed to upgrade their PC for a bargain price?

    I had:

    Athlon 64 X2 4600 @ 2.6Ghz
    Asus A8N-SLI Premium
    2GB OCZ Gold DDR3200
    256MB 7800GT PCIe

    Sold for total: £210


    Upgraded too:

    Intel Q9450 2.66Ghz @ 3.40Ghz
    Asus Maximus Formula X38
    4GB OCZ PC2-8000 Platinum
    768MB 8800GTX OC

    Bought for total: £310

    For ~£100 it was a pretty huge upgrade
    Bloody good upgrade, although I've never been tempted to buy second hand, can't seem to get over the risk that I might be sold a dud, like my first car. Where exactly do you get them from for peanuts? Ebay?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Your best/cheapest upgrade?

    Quote Originally Posted by UseItNow View Post
    Bloody good upgrade, although I've never been tempted to buy second hand, can't seem to get over the risk that I might be sold a dud, like my first car. Where exactly do you get them from for peanuts? Ebay?

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    I can safely say I haven't had any problems with any second hand PC parts I've bought over the years, I always try and make sure I buy from someone with good feedback history.

    Register on a few PC hardware sites and most of them have a 'For Sale' section, I never buy PC parts off ebay, just sell them there

    I was very lucky in this instance though, I advertised on a site that I was after a Intel Q6600 and a motherboard and some guy offered me his Q9450 and Maximus Formula, he was about an hours drive away from me and had very good feedback history, went down and got both items for £210 which was a steal as these CPU's alone fetch ~£170+ all day long on ebay.
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    Re: Your best/cheapest upgrade?

    Going from a 9500pro to a 6800LE for around 70 to 80 quid on my old Athlon XP system!! The 6800LE was unlocked to 16 pipelines and was a decent overclocker!! It was nearly as fast as a 6800GT when a VF900 was added!!

    Also got Vista for free from MSDNAA!!

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    Re: Your best/cheapest upgrade?

    Quote Originally Posted by e36Adz View Post
    I can safely say I haven't had any problems with any second hand PC parts I've bought over the years, I always try and make sure I buy from someone with good feedback history.

    Register on a few PC hardware sites and most of them have a 'For Sale' section, I never buy PC parts off ebay, just sell them there

    I was very lucky in this instance though, I advertised on a site that I was after a Intel Q6600 and a motherboard and some guy offered me his Q9450 and Maximus Formula, he was about an hours drive away from me and had very good feedback history, went down and got both items for £210 which was a steal as these CPU's alone fetch ~£170+ all day long on ebay.
    I agree. I have had an issue once or twice but most items have been OK!

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    Re: Your best/cheapest upgrade?

    Quote Originally Posted by UseItNow View Post
    Where did you get that from mate? Good buy, cheapest I've seen it for is around 55 quid.
    theultimatesteal.co.uk - you do need a .ac.uk email address however

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    Re: Your best/cheapest upgrade?

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterStoba View Post
    ooh, do spill...
    Box full of them come in at a place I used to work at, all due to be scrapped. So I made a good home for it, obviously

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