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new gaming upgrades to replace aging atholn 64 pc

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July 8, 2008 8:16:29 AM

well all the time as come to do major upgrades to my gaming pc here's
what she is now and what i'm thinkig about getting to upgrade:

Current Pc:
AMD Athlon 64 3800+ (single core CPU)
Asus A8v (socket 939 MB)
XFX GeForce 6800 (Agp gpu)
WD 500 Gig (ide HD Drive)
Kingston 2 Gigs (DDR Ram)
No Name 500 watt (Psu)
Antec 900 (gaming case)
Acer 22" (widescreen HD Lcd Mointer)

Possible Upgrades:
AMD Phenom X4 9850 (Quad Core CPU)
XFX nForce 750a SLI (Socket AM2+ MB)
XFX Geforce GTX 260 (GPU)
Antec TPQ-850 850 watt (PSU)
Patriot Viper 4GB (DDR2 800 Ram)

well Thats What i thing i will be upgrading to for know. will be upgrading HDD to sata later on sinch my current list of upgrades costs me $1,010 shipped to me.

any comments or ideas on my parts i choose to upgrade to?
July 8, 2008 8:43:22 AM

HD 4870 is much better
July 8, 2008 8:48:02 AM

I see you want to go with an AMD processor. You should check out the benchmarks of the new X4 Phenoms vs the Core 2 Quads from Intel, then make a decision from there. Most people here will tell you to just go Intel, because it's pretty common knowledge that they are faster clock for clock.

For the motherboard, if you don't know anything about Intel, I suggest you do some research on that. Look at P45 chipset based motherboards, as they are relatively cheap, feature rich, and mostly overclock better than Nvidia based motherboards.

For the graphics, save yourself some money, get an ATI 4850, it's much much better price/performance than the GTX260. In fact, it near matches that card in most benchmarks.

PSU: PC Power & Cooling 610w Silencer will be perfect.

RAM: that stuff is fine, use a 64bit OS to make use of all 4GB.
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July 8, 2008 8:48:14 AM

+1 for 4870
July 8, 2008 8:49:59 AM

+1 PC Power & Cooling 610w Silencer will be perfect. U don't need a 850W PSU. Think of the environment!
July 8, 2008 10:54:20 AM

Paul_gren said:
U don't need a 850W PSU. Think of the environment!


Could you explain this a little better? Didnt got your poing here.
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