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December 2, 2007 9:24:22 AM

Hello

I am new here.

I have finally decided for a complete upgrade of my computer.

Presently, I am running

Videocard: SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 ATLANTIS
Processor: AMD Athlon XP, 1215 MHz
Mainboard: MSI KT4AV (MS-6712)
Memory: 512 MB + 256 MB + 256 MB = 1 GB DDR/SDRAM

I would be updating in April 2008. I would like to know, should I go with Core Duo 2 or Quad Core.

I am a heavy Multi-Tasking user, so I need a powerful computer. I also play games occasionally.

My budget = $1,200 - $1,500 (Only the CPU)

Is it worth buy Quad or to save money and buy Duo

Can anyone list the names of the specs.


December 2, 2007 10:55:19 AM

Wow, that is still a nice little computer, hope you can hand it off to a girlfriend or a relative!

Well, I would only point you in the direction of a Phenom Quad when the L3 Cache bug gets revised next stepping.

All the gear to go with it, from any vendor, will serve you extremely well, so next post give us some board makers you like so we can start researching.
December 2, 2007 11:22:53 AM

I have read reviews that Phenom is not that good.

So I would like to move to Intel this time.

My present AMD system is 3 years old.

Interested:
Processor : Intel
Graphics : nVidia

The rest I would like to get advice.
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December 2, 2007 12:12:22 PM

Core 2 Quad wouldn't hurt. I have a Core 2 Duo, and it's a sweet processor, but more never hurts if you have the money. I'm weary of AMD. My mum is a stock broker and she won't invest in AMD as they are making bad business decisions. Intel is a safe bet.
December 2, 2007 12:29:50 PM

I am looking for the following parts:
  • CPU
    CPU Cooler
    CPU Fan
    Motherboard
    RAM
    Graphics
    Hard Drive
    Case
    Power
    DVD-RW
    December 2, 2007 12:36:08 PM

    How about this setup:

    CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
    CPU Cooler: Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme
    CPU Fan: Scythe S-Flex SFF21F
    Motherboard: MSI P6N SLI Platinum
    RAM: PDP Patriot PC2-6400 PDC22G6400LLK
    Graphics: EVGA GeForce 8800GTX
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar RE2 WD5000YS
    Case : SILVERSTONE TEMJIN SST-TJ02SW
    Power : AeroCool ZERODBA-S620
    DVD-RW: Sony NEC Optiarc 7170 SATA


    Is the above setup good ? Would you repalce anything ?

    I am thinking about Motherboard = MSI P35
    December 2, 2007 12:47:49 PM

    If im correct, SLI gives you the option of having 2 graphics card placed on the motherboard ?

    If yes, then I go not need SLI
    December 2, 2007 1:29:37 PM

    Come back around March if you are buying in April as things will be completely different.(for the most part)
    December 2, 2007 1:52:10 PM

    So it would be better to go for 45nm processor rather than 65 nm.
    December 2, 2007 1:52:53 PM

    I'm with Adam j. Prices and products can change dramatically in 4 months. Besides your configuration may be $100 cheaper by then and if DDR 3 prices come down enough by then you could slip into that.
    December 2, 2007 2:03:10 PM

    better yet dont come back in march, come back when you are ready to buy it. You can not pick out your build 4 months before you are buying it. nvidia will have the new 9 series by then which is a fact because its comming in febuary and if it is pushed back its not going to be too long because your buying in April. Intel, idk wtf they are doing will most likely have something better/newer than the Q6600 and could be around ~300 also. So wait, if u wanna start picking stuff out pick out a cpu cooler, though thermalright/scythe/the others may have a newer better one that could drop the temps by another 1-5 degrees than the best one can do now. X38 mobo prices may drop a bit which could be good if you are not going for SLi or maybe thye will support SLi, idk. Just wait, and dont worry about it until the time comes


    I guess you are 1 second faster than me
    December 2, 2007 2:03:11 PM

    Yes it the 45nm would be better to go with. However it was just released about 2 weeks ago and it is just becoming available. I would price a quad core 45nm 2.66GHz at around $300 - $350 for at least the next few months with a possible $20 price decline around the time you are ready to build.
    December 2, 2007 2:08:44 PM

    Well since adam and I are on the same page with the same answer, there ya go.

    PS I dont know adam.... LOL
    December 2, 2007 2:16:06 PM

    Thank you for your humble advice :) 

    I really appreciate it.

    I will certainly wait and come back. In the meantime, I will try and get up to date with the tech.

    Also, one last request. Do you know of any online store which ships Internationally to United Arab Emirates.
    December 2, 2007 2:24:42 PM

    Did a quick google check for you and I cant find anything.
    give newegg a check and tigerdirect. zipzoomfly also. I really dont know if they do.
    December 2, 2007 3:13:52 PM

    i checked newegg and togerdirect. Both do not ship international.

    i havent heard about zipzoomfly.

    will give it a try
    December 2, 2007 3:43:49 PM

    Hi Ibn, You wanted to check if these online shops ship in UAE?. Well not really.they dont.

    But i guess whatever u need from mobo, gfx and cpu point of view. Everything is available in Dubai - Al Ain Centre Bur Dubai.
    December 2, 2007 3:57:02 PM

    Hello biggy

    Thanks for the headups.

    Do they carry the latest hardware ?

    What is the price difference between their price and online stores.
    December 4, 2007 5:03:07 AM

    Hi . Well most of my friends in UAE use Aramex Shipping systems to ship from online sites. Newegg doesnt ship to Aramex anymore. From what i know.

    The prices in dubai arent as tasty as those on online sites. But if you add up shipping costs etc etc. You will come to realise its better to buy locally.

    I just bought my system from Dubai 2 weeks back. Here is a small example. I bought the Q6600 Quad Core Processor for 300 USD. Its around 20 USD more expensive then online sites.

    ... We do have a middle east hardware forums online. You could join up and maybe the guys there can help you out with your purchase decision and the local UAE prices as well. Just post your query there and maybe we can help.

    www.tbreak.com/forums

    I dont know if i can advertise another forum here , So Mod, if i am breaking the rules...just delete the forum name, My apologies.




    December 4, 2007 6:57:58 AM

    Hello biggy

    Thanks for the reply and the link.

    I will definitely join the forums.
    December 4, 2007 7:17:39 AM

    What part of the United Arab Emirates are you located? If I'm not mistaken from what I've heard...Dubai's computer parts are EXTREMELY cheap....you can get so much for your money it's ridiculous. At least this is what I've heard. But then again you're probably not in Dubai ^.^
    December 4, 2007 10:30:58 AM

    Quality and Branded Parts are expensive in Dubai , Not very expensive, but 10 - 20 USD only.

    Unbranded parts are cheap, For example you can get a chinese brand Power Supply there for around 13 USD. Or maybe an Epro casing for just 19 USD. with power supply.

    So what i mean to say is for good quality price, dubai isnt cheap.
    December 4, 2007 11:38:00 AM

    "Or maybe an Epro casing for just 19 USD. with power supply."

    Don't skimp on the PSU. That could force you to re-spend all that cash for another rig if/when it fails on you :(  IMO that's the most important quality part you should buy above mobo and HDD. A HDD won't kill your $550 video card when it burns out lol.

    Also you might want to consider an 8800GT if they're in stock at that time. Can be up to $250 less, and with a factory overclocked GT (good ones for around $330 right now), you can match or beat the performance of a GTX.
    December 4, 2007 12:26:29 PM

    dude checkout after 4 months,so much can change over those months . . so keep in touch with reviews and buy what will suite you when you are ready
    December 4, 2007 12:42:57 PM

    Leo2kp, I was not advising the guy to buy a 19USD case with pSU, i was actually just clarifying what he asked as to if computer parts in dubai were dead cheap.
    So was just telling him that good and branded parts are expensive than the US, and there are some dirt cheap parts as well like the one i mentioned.

    I have to agree with lolitha, the only way one can guide you with the best build, is when u are ready to build. After 4 months things can change alot, for example the 45nm Intel are rumoured to be out in January. And so are the next series of nVidia graphics card.

    Cheerz
    May 13, 2008 2:31:01 AM

    AdamJ said:
    better yet dont come back in march, come back when you are ready to buy it. You can not pick out your build 4 months before you are buying it. nvidia will have the new 9 series by then which is a fact because its comming in febuary and if it is pushed back its not going to be too long because your buying in April. Intel, idk wtf they are doing will most likely have something better/newer than the Q6600 and could be around ~300 also. So wait, if u wanna start picking stuff out pick out a cpu cooler, though thermalright/scythe/the others may have a newer better one that could drop the temps by another 1-5 degrees than the best one can do now. X38 mobo prices may drop a bit which could be good if you are not going for SLi or maybe thye will support SLi, idk. Just wait, and dont worry about it until the time comes


    I guess you are 1 second faster than me



    Hello All :) 

    I took AdamJ's advice and I am back.

    I am ready to buy a new computer :) 

    Can anyone get me up to date with the new technologies.

    Whats the review on 45nm processors ?
    Which Graphics Card is the best bang for the buck.
    May 13, 2008 12:48:50 PM

    Since no one has replied.


    I just found out this specification

    http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/CyberPower_Gamer_Inf...

    Specs:
    CASE: NEW!!! CoolerMaster Cosmos S Gaming Full Tower 420W Case w/ Transparent Side Panel

    CPU: (Sckt775)Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E8400 CPU @ 3.0GHz 1333FSB 6MB L2 Cache 64-bit

    MOTHERBOARD: (QX9650 Support) Asus P5N-D nForce 750i SLI Chipset LGA775 FSB1333 DDR2 Mainboard

    MEMORY: (Req.DDR2 MainBoard)2GB (2x1GB) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory (Corsair or Major Brand)

    VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 16X PCI Express (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)

    LCD Monitor: 22" TFT Active Matrix LCD Display (Sylvania SK2201W WSXGA 1680x1050)

    HARD DRIVE: Single Hard Drive (500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD)

    Data Hard Drive: NONE

    Optical Drive: (Special Price) LG 20X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW DRIVE DUAL LAYER (BLACK COLOR)

    Optical Drive 2: 16X DVD ROM (BLACK COLOR)

    SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO


    How does this sound ? It comes up to $1495.00
    !