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January 18, 2006 3:21:24 AM

So again I return with yet another question about upgrading my computer, for I am a connoiseur of the electric art. Im thinking of upgrading my current computer
2800 Barton Socket A
1 gig ram
40 gig HD
9800 Pro 128mb

I was thinking of just getting another mobo that holds socket 939 processors and getting a new GFX and CPU. Is it wise to buy something that is 939 socketed right now? Are they about to change into a different socket? I wont to up the mobo so that I can hopefully keep it while doing another upgrade with HD and maybe Ram. SO basically should i go for the 939 or is AMD going to throw something out real soon that i Should wait for? The reason being is I am trying to upgrade my computer to play the newest games but as cheaply as possible.


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January 18, 2006 3:32:05 AM

Go for the 939, the M2 (new socket) isn't coming until May or so, and I've heard motherboard's BIOS are mostly bugged during the first months from the release date. A nice 3500+ or 3700+ should hold all games just fine.
January 18, 2006 3:44:03 AM

It may have been a vile answer, but it was the right one. You owe him your kingdom. (worth many hours on the throne, I'm sure)
If you wait, you will have to buy ram as well. You wont be any further ahead in the game game, just further behind in the pocket book.
With the San Diego 3700, you should be a happy camper till it's time to buy a new gfx card. At that point, you may want to look around for a dual core that fits your board. Upgrade after that will probably need a new mobo, chip, ram, and gfx card.
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January 18, 2006 5:16:32 AM

Well I am playing BF2 at Med sets 800x600 and it stutters a bit during the beginning of the game. or every time i load a map like the computer need to get 'used' to the map. I also want to play Oblivion TES4 game. Im looking forward to Quake 4 Enemy Territory

January 18, 2006 6:16:37 AM

If you're planning on playing Quake 4, and looking for good performance at a good price, try and find a GeForce 7800GS (cheaper than 7800 GT or GTX, but performance in Quake 4 is likely well above the 6800 GT at a similar cost).

You may be able to salvage your current RAM aswell (PC3200 DDR-SDRAM hopefully)....

Consider planning on a new PSU (and case ?) too, a 3+ year old PSU in a new system isn't always the best 'long term' plan.
January 18, 2006 6:40:20 AM

I think my PSU is ok....Ill tell you it
ENERMAX EG465P-VE(FMA). 431W Power supply for AMD K7 & Pentium4. Meet AMD K7 and Intel ATX +12V 1.1 and ATX 2.03 version

and I believe my ram is good 184 pin 1 gig 3200 Low Latency
January 18, 2006 6:59:30 AM

Yup your PSU and RAM should work fine in a 939 nForce4 with PCI-E :-)
January 18, 2006 2:13:24 PM

I haven't kept up tp date with latest BF2 patch, but I believe they still do use over 1GB when details are pushed to the max.

I've heard that too.
January 18, 2006 3:29:08 PM

Yea, BF2 can use over a gb of ram. I had all sorts of problems with my 3000+, 2x6800gt setup until i got 2gb. It would stutter all the it's smooth as silk...It also helped out my EQ2 gaming as well.
January 18, 2006 7:12:36 PM

I've got 1 gb of value RAM, and BF2 at highest quality, 1280 x 1024, slows down only for a few seconds after I've been in a new area in a map. However, it runs just fine after that for the rest of the game.
January 18, 2006 8:29:03 PM

I am going to keep the same ram I have now and throw it into the upgraded computer but I have a question maybe I can geta nother .5 g stix and thow in jsut for good measure but I have no idea what kind of ram i have. Besides this info
CORSAIR MEMORY XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series, Low Latency (Twin Pack) 1GB(2 x 512MB) 2x(64MX64) PC-3200LLPT With Platinum - Silver Heat Spreaders.Retail

I was told to get it on and I did. I heard that it is actually faster to have 4x512mb stix then 2x 1gb. Ill probably end up buying the game when it comes out trying it on my current cmoputer then decideing about the upgrade.....shit might even be cheaper then.

PS: I just ran the 3dMark05 and I got a 2783 on it... Ill probably end up having to upgrade regardless in 6 months anyway....
January 19, 2006 1:25:07 AM

I heard that it is actually faster to have 4x512mb stix then 2x 1gb.

Not true. With 4 sticks, you may have to go to 2T, or DDR333. Try to keep it to 2 sticks. Maybe see if someone will buy your old sticks. They are still great for non-gamers.