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June 4, 2008 7:54:45 PM

Heya ppl :) 

I'm going to upgrade my old computer, (replacing almost all parts) seeing as its a old Intel p4 3.2Ghz its about time.
I have picked out a few parts and im hoping to get some feedback on the things.

i went with a amd cpu cause of my tight budget, not sure if i will lose a lot of cpu power from that or not, i will most use it for gaming.

Sparkle Geforce 9600GT 512MB PCIe
Gigabyte GA-MA770-DS3 AMD 770, AM2+
AMD Athlon64 X2 5600+ 2.8Ghz
2048MB (2x1024MB) DDR2 PC6400 CorsairXMS2 EPP
Enlight EN-4105 Silver ATX, 400W

Do you guys and gals think that this will work out ok for gaming?, most newer fps/rts/rpg games like "Oblivion/AoC/Crysis/R6 vegas".
I have no idea if amd is still good, been hearing allot about intel being the nr1 now, but i cant imaging that it would make a noticeable different in games, any input appreciated :) 

Thanks!

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June 4, 2008 8:50:40 PM

Yes Intel's CPUs are way ahead of AMD right now...yes an intel rig will make a noticeable difference in games....

ditch that mobo for the Gibayte GA-P35-DS3L...stick an Intel E8400 on it... and the 9600GT.

Not too sure of that PSU .... doesn't look too good. Get the Corsair 450vx instead.
June 5, 2008 4:58:38 AM

Afraid that going with that cpu would upset my budget, was pretty pricey where i live, ill take you up on that psu though, cheers :) 

How much performance in games would one lose out on by going for this amd cpu "AMD Athlon64 X2 5600+ 2.8Ghz " instead?, i mostly play my games on 1024*768 high settings but without all the gibberish AA and stuff.

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June 5, 2008 4:58:53 AM

mihirkula said:
Yes Intel's CPUs are way ahead of AMD right now...yes an intel rig will make a noticeable difference in games....

ditch that mobo for the Gibayte GA-P35-DS3L...stick an Intel E8400 on it... and the 9600GT.

Not too sure of that PSU .... doesn't look too good. Get the Corsair 450vx instead.

I have a hard time agreeing with the fact that you will NOTICE a difference in gaming with an AMD build. Its not like a 9600GT is going to be bottlenecked by a 2.8ghz X2, should be just fine actually.

If you have the money to spend, then go with the E8400. But its going to cost you about $70 more than the 5600+. Oh and I agree about the PSU, that is something you cannot skimp on nowadays. And I think you should get 4gb RAM, it can be had for less than $100 nowadays, and is so worth it.

On that note, my three year old single core 2.2ghz A64 runs crysis with vista 64, paired to an X800pro and 2gb RAM @ 1280x1024 (all settings low, of course), and it does so smoothly.
June 5, 2008 10:42:58 AM

Thanks for all the info :) , good to know that gaming wont be a problem on the comp at lest.

About what power of the psu do you guys recommend?
The 400W was bundled with a comp case, guess i can by a case without one and get it separate.

Also what would the consecvenses be if i went along with the 400W one?
June 5, 2008 10:51:42 AM

Doomturkey...check the difference when you overclock the E8400....moreover its futureproof since there would be more and more games that are CPU dependent ...Alan Wake for example.

Anyways Mustard..if you're gaming at 1024 that 9600 will make you very happy indeed. Regarding RAM, if you're on Vista , only then get 4GB... otherwise stick with 2GB for XP. That 450VX would serve you very well too.

Happy building. Cheers!
June 5, 2008 11:13:37 AM

oki, thanks for the help guys, been really helpful :) 
Going with the amd setup (Replacing the psu), will see how good it does, ill try and posts some tests once i get it, for fun :) 

Thanks again.
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