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August 25, 2006 12:07:45 PM

The current system I have sucks. P4 2.66ghz, 846 chipset motherboard, ATI 9250 VGA card, DVD writer, 386 RAM, and Onboard sound. I'll be getting a new rig. But remember i won't be able to upgrade for a long time after i buy the new rig. The specs of the new rig-
Asus P5W DH mobo
Pentium D 805
@GB Corsait RAM
2x320gb Sata 2 hard disks
Creative X fi Elite
Logitech G5 mouse and G15 keyboard
X1950XTX Graphics card?
For how long will this hold me?
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August 26, 2006 9:16:50 PM

Firstly, your current system doesn't 'suck.' I know people who are just fine with slower systems than that. Get 1GB of memory and a decent GFX card (X800GTO AGP or something equivalent) in there. You don't need a whole new system to be happy with what you've got.

But in answer to your question, get rid of that D805 and replace it with an E6300 or E6400 C2D, you can balance out the price with the upcoming X1900XT 256MB card -- out on September 14th. It's supposedly going to be just as fast as the X1800XT but priced with the 7900GT at $280. In the gfx card market there's still the jump to DirectX 10 to consider, as most of the top of the line cards today don't support DX10. If you'd rather have a DX10 card when they come out, get a 7600GS or something for now and upgrade later. You really don't need to spend $300 on a motherboard either, the Asus P5B board does everything it looks like you'll need to for about half that.

Though everything kinda depends on your budget.

Good luck.
August 26, 2006 10:25:13 PM

I wouldn't go for a X1950 now. Go for a X1900XT, and that will hold you up well until games you play require a DX10 card.
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August 26, 2006 11:08:15 PM

Quote:
Firstly, your current system doesn't 'suck.' I know people who are just fine with slower systems than that. Get 1GB of memory and a decent GFX card (X800GTO AGP or something equivalent) in there. You don't need a whole new system to be happy with what you've got.

But in answer to your question, get rid of that D805 and replace it with an E6300 or E6400 C2D, you can balance out the price with the upcoming X1900XT 256MB card -- out on September 14th. It's supposedly going to be just as fast as the X1800XT but priced with the 7900GT at $280. In the gfx card market there's still the jump to DirectX 10 to consider, as most of the top of the line cards today don't support DX10. If you'd rather have a DX10 card when they come out, get a 7600GS or something for now and upgrade later. You really don't need to spend $300 on a motherboard either, the Asus P5B board does everything it looks like you'll need to for about half that.

Though everything kinda depends on your budget.

Good luck.


yeh hes right....def go core 2 duo....u'll be good with his suggestion
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August 26, 2006 11:57:47 PM

The X1950xtx's won't even be in stock for a couple weeks right. I wonder when we will see 256MB X1900XT's, and how cheap they will street price from the start.
August 27, 2006 3:19:10 AM

Thankx guyz for your replies.
I probably will buy a X1900XTX and I'll keep all the other componenets.
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