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Here is something you can't understand...how I could just kill a man!

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May 25, 2008 5:36:13 AM

I'm thinking of doing a small upgrade to my PC. Nothing major. Here are my thoughts:

MSI K9A2 Platinum 790FX Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ BE
2GB (2x1GB) Crucial Ballistix DDR2 800

I went with these parts because of their availability, low price, and in the case of the 790FX, the ability to upgrade to a Phenom FX once they are released by AMD. I'll probably save to get a better video card once ATi releases the 4000 series cards, but continue to run with my 7800GT until that time.

Yes, I will be overclocking the hell out of this processor and the real goal for me here is to be able to actually play Age of Conan....or whatever the hell else I decide to outside of FSX and Crysis. I'd also like to just finally be rid of my single-core processor. Any thoughts on this?

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May 25, 2008 6:26:18 AM

I would suggest 2x2gb
May 25, 2008 8:26:16 AM

YEah, I'll probably change to a 2x2GB set of OCZ SLI Edition.
May 25, 2008 8:41:24 AM

n get arctic freezer 7. i heard it is good price. n good performance.
May 25, 2008 8:52:02 AM

one time tried to come in my home take my chrome i said yo its on
take cover son or youre assed out
how do you like my chrome then i watched the rookie pass out
didnt have to blast him but i did any way
young punk had to pay
So i just killed a man
May 25, 2008 8:55:33 AM

night_wolf_in said:
n get arctic freezer 7. i heard it is good price. n good performance.


Sorry, only looking to upgrade RAM, mobo and processor currently. I already have a Xigmatek S1283 that I'll be using.
May 25, 2008 9:35:08 AM

good build...i think the cost of those 3 parts is very close to the price of just a x38 mobos, good cheap way to xfire. I would go for 8 gb of ram and taunt any future applications tat come my way.
May 25, 2008 11:47:19 AM

4 gigs are plenty for now. If you have 4 slots, going 2x2g will leave that option open for you later since money seems to be a priority here.

What psu do u have?
May 25, 2008 5:41:07 PM

In my sig, but I have a Corsair HX520W. Should be more than enough for this setup, but I'll probably need to upgrade once the 4000 series cards come out. When that happens, I'll probably get a PC&P 750.
May 25, 2008 6:11:50 PM

I'm just trying to consider all of my options here. I could pick up the following for the same prices practically:

Gigabyte EP35-DS3L
Intel Core 2 Due E7200 Wolfdale
OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800

The E7200 has 3MB of L2 Cache, whereas the 5000+BE has 1MB (2x512). On the other hand, the 790FX motherboard is PCI-Express 2.0 compliant and it looks like the EP35 board is using PCI-E 1.1 still.

Which would be the way to go here?
May 26, 2008 1:02:37 AM

The express 2.0 wont be a huge benefit. Most likely no benefit to you really so its your decision. I have switched back to intel for now but I still have the love for AMD.

I have a couple of AMD systems I still use and will continue to use AMD as long as they are around...
May 26, 2008 2:30:30 AM

I think the on CPU memory controler helps the AMDs compete with low cache.
I've heard AoC is set up to use 4 cores. I may be wrong, but if so, even a crappy AMD quad would spank a good dual core. the 9850be runs $235, just make sure your mobo suports it.
May 26, 2008 2:44:23 AM

you wont get a huge benifit from PCIe 2.0, but you will get some. its just more bandwidth between CPU and GPU. if you can, why not?

its probably good for 5-10 % frame rate boost. it may be worth more than that in the future
May 28, 2008 7:14:28 AM

UPDATE: I ended up buying the AMD setup, since I have an affinity for AMD and don't really like the Evil Empire that is Intel. The parts are scheduled to arrive on Friday. Woo hoo!
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