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CPU/Mobo/Ram/Vcard upgrade - want opinions,advice - thanks!

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November 21, 2006 1:34:29 PM

Hey, I'm currently running:
p4 2.4ghz
1.5gb ddr(266)
ati x800xt AGP :oops: 
and some Abit mobo

I've been wanting to upgrade for a 'lil while now :)  Anyways this is what I'm thinking about for a gaming rig thats has a good $$/performance ratio:

ATI Radeon X1950 XT -- ($270)
Core 2 Duo E6400 -- ($200)
OCZ ddr2 800(2 x 1gb) -- ($250)
(Need advice on mobo) Something with:
Socket LGA 775 that supports Core 2 Duo -- ($150)

I would appreciate opinions, advice, suggestions. The prices I listed aren't exact they are estimates from what I've seen online.
November 21, 2006 2:31:58 PM

Good mobo. The Gigabyte DS3 is another good one.

If you're getting decent 800 RAM, ditch the 6400, get the 6300 and OC it to 3.0 ghz without breaking a sweat. I know it's only $40 extra, but you could put that into a better case or CPU cooler ;) 
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November 21, 2006 3:47:48 PM

hmm, after reading the C2D OC guide looks like the Gigabyte DS3 fits perfectly into my price estmite and is recomended for OCing :) 

Thanks :) 
November 21, 2006 4:20:20 PM

On a DS3 (or even S3!!!) and 6300, you'll hit 3.0 no problem. Use the $$ from a 6400 instead to get a decent CPU cooler ;)