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    Best upgrade for this system...

    current specs:

    Duron 1 ghz
    ECS K7S5A mobo
    384 DDR PC-266 in 2 sticks
    GF2 Ti 64ddr
    80 gb barracuda

    atm I have 10-20 fps in CS:source and I want to have at least 60 constant at low details. I heard HL2 engine was mostly CPU reliant, so I thought about a CPU+mobo upgrade, keeping the RAM and GPU from the old system. My budget for upgrades = 100 pounds, up to 300 if it's worth it. Plz tell me what you would buy in my place, thx!

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    the fact that it so old means that you won't be able to keep the RAM and the old graphics card would be a bottleneck for a newer system. you will have to replace everything there apart from the hardrive.
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    You might want to have a look at my thread for recomendations DrMah. Its the HEXUS Project - Building a gaming rig.

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    I read every bit of it Vaul Currently I am considering:

    Sempron 2800+ (2.0 ghz)
    some nice socket A mobo (advice?)

    or

    Athlon 64 3000+ (2.0 ghz)
    some inexpensive socket 754 mobo (advice?)

    But is it worth paying more for Athlon 64 if I got slowish DDR? Wasnt A64 reliant on fast RAM? Help plz!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrMah
    I read every bit of it Vaul Currently I am considering:

    Sempron 2800+ (2.0 ghz)
    some nice socket A mobo (advice?)

    or

    Athlon 64 3000+ (2.0 ghz)
    some inexpensive socket 754 mobo (advice?)

    But is it worth paying more for Athlon 64 if I got slowish DDR? Wasnt A64 reliant on fast RAM? Help plz!
    Top man. Lets here what you thought in the thread then, any opinions you have.

    As for this, a Mobile Barton 2500+, 9800pro and NF7-S is a great combo. Will bury what you currently have, once correctly overclocked, and wont hurt that much, wallet wise.

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    but you will have to get some new memory as your just won't cut it. get some nice pc3200 memory and you will be fine
    Cheiftech Matrix/xp 2600@ 2.3ghz/ Abit NF7 v2/1gb GEIL value dual channel pc3200@ 2.5-3-3-6/XFX 6600gt/80gb Western Digital boot disk/80gb maxtor for storage and games/LG cdrw/Nec 3500A

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    • Thorsson's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASUS P8Z77-V PRO
      • CPU:
      • i5 3570k
      • Memory:
      • 2x8Gb Corsair Vengeance PC1866
      • Storage:
      • 256M4 SSD; 2Tb 7200RPM Barracuda; 2Tb Linkstation
      • Graphics card(s):
      • EVGA GTX970 SC
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      • Corsair HX650
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrMah
    I read every bit of it Vaul Currently I am considering:

    Athlon 64 3000+ (2.0 ghz)
    some inexpensive socket 754 mobo (advice?)
    AFAIK the only 3000+ is 'teh winchester' and that only goes with a S939 board.

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    • BenW's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASRock Dual SATA2
      • CPU:
      • AMD64 3500+
      • Memory:
      • 1GB Crucial DDR
      • Storage:
      • 160GB Samsung 8MB Cache
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    512 crucial ram will be fine for your budget, probably about £40 from crucial

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thorsson
    AFAIK the only 3000+ is 'teh winchester' and that only goes with a S939 board.
    There is a s754 newcastle core 3000+, which runs at 2ghz as opposed to the s939 winchester which runs at 1.8ghz.

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