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Is an upgrade really necessary? I would like your opinions

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January 3, 2007 2:15:41 AM

Hey Guys, how much of a difference will I see over my old system if I buy a new one. I have been drooling over the core 2 duo's for what seems like forever now. I want a capable box without raping my wallet. (which the new one seems like a good price for what I'm getting). I'm wondering if I should just stick in there for a little while till prices drop slighty. I still want to leave my old system intach b/c I will still use it, plus I don't want to have any parts sitting in my closet going to waste. I have been needing something a little better for VMWare/Light Video Processing/Gaming anyways and now seems like an ok time to buy.

Some of my part choices reflect on my want for upgradability, overclocking, tweaking, and general love for certain brands. I am holding off on the additional hard drives until my bank account recovers. ha ha

New Build

From Newegg
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW Black/Silver Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower $49.99
COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power RP-600-PCAR ATX from factor 12V V2.01 600W Power Supply - Retail $84.99
CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 $274.99
Shipping $15.99
Tax $28.63
Total $453.60
From Tigerdirect
BFG GeForce 7950 GT / 512MB GDDR3 $249.99
EVGA nForce 680i SLI NVIDIA Socket 775 ATX Motherboard $249.99
Western Digital / Caviar SE 16 / 250GB / 7200 / 16MB / SATA-300 / OEM $84.99
Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 2.13GHz / 2MB Cache / 1066MHz FSB / Dual-Core / OEM / Socket 775 $225.99
Zalman CNPS9500 LED CPU Cooler $59.99
Sony DRU810A / 16x8x16x DVD+RW $44.99
Shipping $30.39
Tax $0.00
Total $946.33
Grand Total $1339.93

Still leaves room for (Raid Array 0/1/5)
Memory upgrade (2 open slots)
SLI (pop in another card if needed)
Moderate Overclocking (Quality RAM, CPU cooler, Nvidia nforce 680i Chipset)

Old Reliable

New Castle Athalon 3400+ (OCed 2.45Ghz)
Abit AV8 Socket 939 Motherboard with VIA K8T800 Chipset
Ultra 2GB DDR PC3200
Raid 0 (2x 200GB SATA)
BFG 7800GB OC 256MB (Oced to 488/1350)
Coolmaster ATX Case (2x 120mm fans)
eXtreme Power 600W Power Supply

Give me your opinions! Maybe there are some better deals I should buy instead.

Thanks & Peace

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January 3, 2007 2:33:02 AM

Well, you can always "just stick in there for a little while till prices drop slighty" month after month! I've learned that.

my 2 cents is in my post on "Rules of Thumb ----", and if I spent $1300, I'd want at a minimum a rather fast hard drive. If you don't buy the 74Gig Raptor, at least check your choice on Tom's Hardware guide charts vs the 7200.10.

but for the bigger question, when....I think it's when you are ready. Personally, I'll be waiting to go to Vista for a good while I think, and Vista isn't a factor yet. so it's when you want it.
January 3, 2007 2:41:02 AM

I was goona go Raid 0 + 1 eventually with the regualar 7200's. Maybe Raid 5 (it's got the processiong power and I heard only low write speeds are the issue). So booting and loading will be a peice of cake for it and I will finally have a safe place to store my crap. I've never had a raptor to call my own yet I was debating but I think I've already done enough damage. Gotta love the 5 year warrenty though. Thanks for the suggestions.
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January 3, 2007 6:54:09 AM

Well of you want my opinion I think you should wait for a bit longer but its just an opinion. If like to make the most of my system and use it to the very end of its life before throwing it away. ALso btw prices on c2ds are supposed to drop next week so Id wait and see, perhaps you could get the E6600 for the same price

Looking at your rig its seems to be good but I would get super talent ram instead for that price and also why not spend a bit more and get a 8800GTS
January 3, 2007 7:37:36 AM

You've got a pretty capable box. What can't it do that you want to do? You've got money burning a hole in your pocket?

First define your needs, then your budget, otherwise we can't help.

(BTW, almost no one at any expense maxes Oblivion... )
January 3, 2007 7:57:19 AM

If you do decide to upgrade, you might as well invest in a decent PSU

Nothing wrong with the ExtremePower600 but it is a budget PSU with only dual 12V rails

You are better off with the iGreen500 etc...
January 3, 2007 8:07:08 AM

Sell me your old system if you upgrade :D 

What resolution do you game at? The 7800 and the 3400+ in your old system should still be more than ample for today's games and programmes, especially if your don't move the all the sliders to the right.
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