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    Price check and upgrade advice pls?

    Hey guys and gals,

    Just wondering if someone can offer me some advice as well as a price check. Basically its been about 18 months since ive been in the PC upgrade scene. Since then I have noticed just how slow my PC is, struggling to run "newer" games. So im up for a CPU, RAM and MOBO change methinks, maybe even a new HDD and DVDRW if I can afford it.

    Here is what I have, if anyone can offer approx prices as to what id get for them?

    AMD64 3500+ Winchester fully boxed (not OEM)
    Akasa Evo33 heatink and fan
    ASrock Dual2 SATA Motherboard fully boxed
    2x512MB Twinmis Dual Channel Kit (3200 stuff)
    Creative Audigy 2 SB

    Now then, im looking for some expert advice on stuff to replace the above. Im looking at spending no more than around £300 (ideally) inc the cash I get for the above. Whats the lark with Intel Core2Duo vs AMD's AM2 dual core? I understand that ill need DDR2 for both of them, and a decent motherboard. Basically im looking for something thats fast enough so I can play my games, and something for general everyday/entertainment use.

    Any advice and help is appreciated,

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by chriswood_7 View Post

    AMD64 3500+ Winchester fully boxed (not OEM) £40
    Akasa Evo33 heatink and fan£12.50
    ASrock Dual2 SATA Motherboard fully boxed£35
    2x512MB Twinmis Dual Channel Kit (3200 stuff)£45
    Creative Audigy 2 SB£20
    That'd be my guess.

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    That sounds good to me,

    Id happily part with each of the above for the afforementioned prices...

    Is it worth going Core2Duo or AM2? I quite fancy a change from AMD but not if it costs too much? Also what chipset motherboard should I go for?

    Cheers

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    Hi guys,

    What would be best for the money?

    Ive seen two bundle kits on Komplett.co.uk and im tempted to sell my computer bits and go for it!

    Either an AMD kit:
    # 323807 - AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ 2.4GHz Socket AM2 1MB, BOXED w/fan (info)
    # 320520 - MSI K9N Ultra-2F, nForce 570, Socket-AM2 ,DDR2, 2xGbLAN, ATX, PCI-Ex16 (info)
    # 313834 - Corsair Value S. PC5300 DDR2 2048MB Kit w/two matched Value Select 1024MB (info)
    # 317429 - Antistatic Wrist band Blue including ground cord (info)

    Or an intel one, £10 more:
    # 322632 - Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 2.13GHz Socket LGA775, 2MB, BOXED w/fan (info)
    # 327806 - ABIT IL9 PRO, Intel 945P, Socket-775, ATX, SATAII, DDR2, GbLAN, PCI-Ex16 (info)
    # 313834 - Corsair Value S. PC5300 DDR2 2048MB Kit w/two matched Value Select 1024MB (info)
    # 317429 - Antistatic Wrist band Blue including ground cord (info)

    What you guys reckon? Im not really up on Intels atm, just want whats best value for money.

    Cheers

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    The Intel one would nail the AMD one. Easily worth the £10 extra.

    I wouldn't intend on overclocking it though - the 945P chipset certainly isn't as good as the 965P in the overclocking stakes - if you want to get some free performance perhaps it would be worthwhile checking out a decent 965P-based board instead of the 945P.

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    Go with the Intel Core 2.

    Just a quick question, are you going to overclock? If so get the 6300, it has the same cache as the 6400 and can clock to the same levels saving you about £25/£30.

    If not then stick with the 6400. For the extra few quid it's worth it at stock speeds.

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