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    upgrade time - out of touch

    Hi Everyone

    It's upgrade time for my PC, and I really need some advice as I havent been keeping up to date.

    I currently have a socket 775 machine in a silverstone Sugo case (mAtx), and I want to upgrade my graphics and CPU - gfx is a 4830 and CPU is a 4300 Core2Duo. I have 2G of RAM

    Motherboard is a Gigabyte G33 DS2R

    What I'm not sure about is:
    should I go for a complete upgrade and move to i5, or get an 8-series CPU on 775 and 4G of DDR2 800 ram??

    I'm running Windows 7 64bit.

    What graphics cards will be a noticeable upgrade from the 4830? And will fit in my case?

    Cheers,
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    Re: upgrade time - out of touch

    Note: what has triggered my need for an upgrade? I have just bought a 25" monitor, and I'd like to be able to play some of the latest games at a decent res (it's 1920x1080 native)

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    Re: upgrade time - out of touch

    to play at that resolution you'd probably be looking at a min of a GTX 260 or 5830
    with those graphics cards your current system will most likely be a big bottle neck
    might be time for a system refresh and a step upto an i5 system which would last you a bit longer then just upgrading the cpu and memory

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    Re: upgrade time - out of touch

    Agreed. i5 750 or even i7 860 with 4Gb RAM and a 5850.
    Society's to blame,
    Or possibly Atari.

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    Re: upgrade time - out of touch

    Cool, I'll look into prices

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    Re: upgrade time - out of touch

    The Phenom II X6 is coming out next month so I would not upgrade now. Even you were stick with Intel it should help drive price down of the Core i5 and Core i7 if they perform well.


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    Re: upgrade time - out of touch

    Any uATX motehrboard recommendations for i5?

    Looks like there are lots of P55 uATX boards.

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    Re: upgrade time - out of touch

    The only price difference appears to be the motherboard cost, which is a little surprising. I thought the 8400 c2d would be cheaper...

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    Re: upgrade time - out of touch

    Gigabyte to a UDM/H which is supposedly a monster overclocker.

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    Re: upgrade time - out of touch

    Make sure you get a motherboard with at least an 8 phase VRM with cooling if you really want to do a large overclock.

    Loads of people seem to not fathom why keeping the VRMs on the motherboard cool is important in the long run.

    This Asrock looks a good motherboard:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/174565


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    Re: upgrade time - out of touch

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    Make sure you get a motherboard with at least an 8 phase VRM with cooling if you really want to do a large overclock.

    Loads of people seem to not fathom why keeping the VRMs on the motherboard cool is important in the long run.

    This Asrock looks a good motherboard:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/174565
    Not mATX :/

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    Re: upgrade time - out of touch

    Quote Originally Posted by nibbler View Post
    Not mATX :/
    Oops!!

    This mATX motherboard for around £101 has an 8+3 phase VRM with cooling:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/190025

    This one is even better:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173533


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    Re: upgrade time - out of touch

    Get the gigabyte for the parallel sata ports ^^

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    Re: upgrade time - out of touch

    Quote Originally Posted by nibbler View Post
    Get the gigabyte for the parallel sata ports ^^
    Edit!!

    You mean the fact the SATA ports are facing the front?

    I think the Moose is feeling sleepy!!
    Last edited by CAT-THE-FIFTH; 24-03-2010 at 10:41 PM.


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    Re: upgrade time - out of touch

    I mean parallel to the pcb

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