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December 12, 2006 6:24:03 PM

Need some advise on an upgrade. I have a budget of $1500. I need to upgrade processor and mobo, new monitor, video card and a dvd burner. The question is should I go ahead and upgrade all now or just he monitor and dvd and wait for vista dx10 to come out and have better support. I use almost exclusivly for gaming.

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December 12, 2006 6:43:41 PM

Could you post your current specs?
December 12, 2006 7:52:58 PM

AMD Athlon XP2800+ CPU 333FSB Barton Core

2 sticks Ultra 512MB PC2700 DDR 333MHz

Asus A7N8X Deluxe Socket A Motherboard

Antec SLK3700 Mid Tower Case w/350 PS

Not sure of the exact video card, but it is an old 64mb agp card.

I might also buy a cheap agp card to use until dx10 cards are cheaper.
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December 12, 2006 7:54:48 PM

oh forgot hd

Seagate 320GB Serial ATA HD 7200/16MB/SATA-3G
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December 13, 2006 2:55:27 AM

I say go for a complete rebuild. Going DX10 at this time is pointless. Vista is still a month and a bit off, and games that were written with the DX10 API's won't arrive until after that.... go for a high end DX9 card for now. Here are my suggestions:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3

RAM: OCZ Gold 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2-800

Video Card: eVGA Geforce 7900GT

Power Supply: Antec NeoHE 500W

Total (without taxes or shipping): $1025.96

If there is anything else you need, reply back and i'll give you a suggestion.
December 13, 2006 4:09:11 AM

The_Prophecy suggestion is great but as far as the DX10 cards go, there are currently two available. The Geforce 8800GTS and 8800GTX, both completely blow the 7 series out of the water in even DX9 games. Just check the reviews and such...

I would suggest going with a 8800GTS (here) over the 7900GT. It's $204 more, but in some situations can outperform 7900 SLI configurations on it's own.

Just my $0.02 :D 

Edit: Oops, pasted wrong link :oops: 
December 13, 2006 3:20:49 PM

Thanks for the help. I have a month before I can buy. So I will probably start picking individual parts then. I want this system for at least the next 3 years so I will probably try to get a dx10 card.
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December 13, 2006 10:00:10 PM

Alright.... If you want it to last 3 years or more... then definitly go for either of the 8800 cards.
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