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What is the best bang for buck CPU/MB/GC to build right now?

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August 17, 2006 9:23:19 AM

Been awile since I posted here at the Toms forums. I spent some time here when I was building my last PC. It was an ASUS P4P800 deluxe with a 2.4c CPU O/C to 3gig, 1 gig OCZ PC 4200. About 6 moths ago I had to rebuild the computer because of stability problems. I tried replacing the PSU. Then the CPU. Turns out it was the mother board which I also replaced. So I ended up upgrading a bit. I currently have an MSI 865PE Neo 2-V Mb with an Intel 3.0E with 1mb cash O/C to 3.5gig with One gig OCZ PC4200 and a ATI 9800.

Is it worthwhile to upgrade at this time? I should know this stuff but I'm not the computer gear head I used to be. I'm kind of an audio gear head now. I'm into tubes and vinyl etc. But thats another subject. I'm not up to date on the best current gear. I'm thinking dual core, 2 gig of ram and the best bang for buck grafics card. Or should I wait a bit?

Thanks

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August 17, 2006 11:04:56 AM

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Been awile since I posted here at the Toms forums. I spent some time here when I was building my last PC. It was an ASUS P4P800 deluxe with a 2.4c CPU O/C to 3gig, 1 gig OCZ PC 4200. About 6 moths ago I had to rebuild the computer because of stability problems. I tried replacing the PSU. Then the CPU. Turns out it was the mother board which I also replaced. So I ended up upgrading a bit. I currently have an MSI 865PE Neo 2-V Mb with an Intel 3.0E with 1mb cash O/C to 3.5gig with One gig OCZ PC4200 and a ATI 9800.

Is it worthwhile to upgrade at this time? I should know this stuff but I'm not the computer gear head I used to be. I'm kind of an audio gear head now. I'm into tubes and vinyl etc. But thats another subject. I'm not up to date on the best current gear. I'm thinking dual core, 2 gig of ram and the best bang for buck grafics card. Or should I wait a bit?

Thanks
You have the right idea, spec-wise.

Processor:
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

Motherboard:
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Graphics Card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

If you want/need a hard drive, these are awesome:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Your power supply will probably suffice, but if not this would do nicely:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

That setup would give you great bang for the buck.

Now is a decent time to upgrade, but if you wait a little, availability will increase,and prices will drop. GL :) 
August 17, 2006 8:11:06 PM

Thanks very much for the links.
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August 17, 2006 8:28:35 PM

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,2003031,00.a...

Just so happens that article gives a good build (atleast I thought it was the sweetspot for everything). You could change the case for a P180 and keep your 480watt Truepower! Actually that would make the exact same build im current waiting on :D 
August 17, 2006 8:43:43 PM

What do you use your computer for? If you want to play the newest games or edit video than you should probably upgrade now since for these tasks your computer is outdated. For older games and general use your computer can easily get you through another year.
August 18, 2006 12:25:36 AM

I have near the exact same system, Asus P4800SE(i865) with the Prescott 2.4/533 running at 30% O/C = 3.1G. Samsung ddr3200 512 x 2 @ 2-2-2-5, Geforce 5900 GPU, 80G sata hd, budget case & 350w ps.

It was a sweet machine. It is in my living room with all my music (digital output to A/V unit), downloaded movies, pvr / tv guide, online games (B1942, NFSpeed), internet browser, ect.

Problem is the CPU runs at 100% with PVR, Emule d/l & Netscape running and the Prescott gets smokin' very quickly. It hit 73 degrees celcius with those running, (never again) and will hit 65 degrees just with B1942 after 15 minutes. The stock cpu fan is also very loud and grinds mightily @ over 4000 rpm.

I probably should be upgrading. I would like the Core2 Duo 6400. But I don't like the thought of starting from scratch and reloading OS and dozens of finely tuned programs. I understand that Asus and Asrock have a revision of the i865 m/b to accept Core 2.

Could I buy a new Asus P5PE-VM $60, for instance, and a Core2 6400 $300 and reuse my ram, GPU, and slot it in my old case? And more imporantly keep the same Windows XP pro and all my h/d data...without a format & reloading all my programs?? :cry: 

If not, perhaps I should consider buying a decent 965 or Nvida 590 m/b with my Core2 and bite the bullit any buy new DDR2, PCI express GPU, hd, case, ect. Or possibly keep my old system intact as a music machine/pvr and buy the new computer for gaming, ect. So many options, but would rather get it on the cheap, but considering the multi-use (24 hrs a day) of the appliance, is $800 not a good investment?

Any thoughts??
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