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January 26, 2007 1:30:37 PM

I'm thinking of upgrading my current rig. I need so future proofing but not expecting to get too much in the way of extra performance.

Have
AMD FX-53 940 socket (bad choice, especially socket!)
ASUS Sk8n Motherboard
Gefore 6800Ultra (AGP)

considering
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Socket 939
ASUS A8N-SLI SE, NF4 SLI motherboard
512MB XFX 7300GT PCI-E (will Sli with a second in a month or so)

The rest of my components are slow but compatable
cost £373

Any thoughts on how much performance I'll gain?

Basically I need to upgrade as my systems falling apart! I want PCI-E and dual core. I know that to really get more performance I'll need at least a different graphics card. At least this will keep me up to date enough to upgrade the graphics later or at least SLi.

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January 26, 2007 1:40:44 PM

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I'm thinking of upgrading my current rig. I need so future proofing but not expecting to get too much in the way of extra performance.

Have
AMD FX-53 940 socket (bad choice, especially socket!)
ASUS Sk8n Motherboard
Gefore 6800Ultra (AGP)

considering
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Socket 939
ASUS A8N-SLI SE, NF4 SLI motherboard
512MB XFX 7300GT PCI-E (will Sli with a second in a month or so)

The rest of my components are slow but compatable
cost £373

Any thoughts on how much performance I'll gain?

Basically I need to upgrade as my systems falling apart! I want PCI-E and dual core. I know that to really get more performance I'll need at least a different graphics card. At least this will keep me up to date enough to upgrade the graphics later or at least SLi.
You're not going to gain anything on single-threaded apps/games. In multi-threaded apps/games, the difference will show nicely. Spending that much money on "basically" outdated tech will leave you little room for upgradability. If you can grit your teeth, and wait..saving for a newer platform would be your best option. GL :) 
January 26, 2007 1:58:35 PM

My main problem is that I am stuck.
To get a good forward looking system I'll need a minimum of processor, MB and graphics card.
The other problem I have is memory.
The 940 socket restricted me to DDR(1) EEC RAM. This means that any board I buy will need to take this memory, or I'll have to add RAM to this list!

What I want is something that will give me at least the current level of performace with a little headroom for the future.

Anyone know a Core2 Duo motherboard that'll take DDR1 EEC memory!
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January 26, 2007 2:13:03 PM

Cool idea!

How about this then

Intel Core 2 Duo E4300
Asrock 4CoreDual-VSTA VIA PT880 Ultra
(Keep 6800ultra)
4x512MB Major, DDR2 PC5300 (not great but replaces the 2gb EEC DDR1)
January 26, 2007 2:24:44 PM

It's a strange board. I'll checkt that. Looks like 4 sockets. 2 DDR2, 2 DDR.
I wonder if it'll take me DDR EEC.......
(Runs off to check sites)
January 26, 2007 6:22:55 PM

OK, I think I'll go for what I said above but add 2 1gb mem sticks. Not fast but willdo the job.

Think I'll get a performance boost?
January 26, 2007 9:33:10 PM

Great. I've been able to up my budget a little. Thinking about
Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4ghz - Skt775 Fsb1066 4mb Cache

Should be a little more punch
January 26, 2007 9:54:43 PM

Here's the final, final, final possible list :lol: 

Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4ghz - Skt775 Fsb1066 4mb Cache

ASRock 775DUAL-VSTA SKT 775 VIA PT880Pro/ultra with conroe support AGP PCI-E 7.1 channel audio ATX

Kingston Valueram 1Gb 667MHz DDR 2 None Ecc Cl5

Antec Nine Hundred - Gaming Case with 200mm Top Fan

Antec Basiq Power 500W ATX 12V PSU

£462 delivered
January 26, 2007 10:02:34 PM

Sorry, I missed a detail. Thats with 2gbs of ram!!! :twisted:
January 26, 2007 10:33:41 PM

OK, it's on order,
Fingers crossed!
!