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Debating to buy a new comp, If so gaming rig

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August 3, 2008 12:43:25 AM

Hello members of Tom hardware fourms!

Well i was wondering as i will son buy a pc anywhere from Sept-Jan.
Most likely a gaming computer under 800$ max 1000$ But would love to get a Gaming comp for 800$
But another choice is having an upgrade under 250$
My computer right now plays crysis at medium settings with 20-30fps with physics and game effects on high. (1440x990)
Call of Duty 4 on maxed settings 30-70fps (1440x990)

Here are my specs....

8600gt 512 ddr3 oced to 650mhz core, 810 memory
Pentium 4 3.2ghz (i know old peice of junk)
A peice of junk motherboard - MSI- MS- 7058-i915p-82801FB-PCI express x16-Intel socket 775 LGA
2 Gigs ddr2 667mhz
600 W PSU
500G Hardrive

Im wanting to upgrade my video card and/or my processor.
If i upgarde im looking for these...
Intel core duo2 E2200 2.0ghz http://www.directcanada.com/produc [...] ture=INTEL
9600gt 512mb oced to 675mhz core http://www.directcanada.com/produc [...] acture=BFG

Or a whole new computer
Im wanting to play crysis warhead on very high settings
The new fifa 09 next gen maxed out
Call of duty 5 World at War maxed out or nearly

Im from Canada, so I'm looking at sites like Directcanada.com Or CanadaComputers.com
For a whole new computer...

36$ = P4 ATX Middle Tower Case with 500watt Power Supply
20$ = LG (GDR-H30N) 16X DVD-ROM Drive
5$ = Zalman ZM-F1 80mm Case Fan
43$ = Zalman CPU Fan CNPS8000 Ultra Quiet Low Profile CPU Cooler 92mm
135$ = Intel Core 2 Duo E7200
70$ = Hitachi Deskstar 500GB 3.5" SATAII 7200rpm 16MB
54$ = OCZ (OCZ2G800R22GK) DDR2 PC2-6400 800MHz Gold Gamer eXtreme XTC Edition Rev. 2 2GB (2x1024MB) Dual Channel Kit
93$ = Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L Socket 775 Intel P35 + ICH9 Dual-Channel DDR2 1066/800/667/533Mhz GigaLAN 8-Channel Audio Support 1333Mhz FSB
28$ = Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1 Surround 24 Bit 96KHz EAX2.0 Sound Card
110$ = Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 32-Bit
147$ = XFX GeForce 9600GT XXX nVidia 9600GT Chipset (700Mhz) 512MB (2.0Ghz) GDDR3 Dual Dual-Link DVI PCI Express 2.0 Graphics Card

Total = 741$
August 3, 2008 12:54:17 AM

The psu that comes with the case is not recommended, would go with a high quality psu or risk losing your investment with a **** psu. Mobo looks fine, video should be fine as well, would recommend the wd 640 it isn't that much more (www.infonec.com)
August 3, 2008 12:57:09 AM

you dont need a new hard drie as you already have one and the 4850 is a better card than the 9600GT for around the same money.
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August 3, 2008 1:01:32 AM

Thanks, um what kind of case/PSU would you recommend?
August 3, 2008 1:02:25 AM

oky, so the 4850 would be better? Thanks Ill check on that.
August 3, 2008 1:05:18 AM

I agree with Shadowthor about the power supply. Need a good quality Power supply. to me this is the most important item in your computer to keep it running steady and working good.
August 3, 2008 1:11:43 AM

Look at this site to help choose a power supply http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=10...

and as far as a case just get one that meets your needs. and is the price you want to pay..

I never buy a case and power supply together. The power supply is usually bad in these.
August 3, 2008 1:19:17 AM

+1 for better PSU. I recommend PC Power & Cooling and Corsair. Also consider getting a XIGMATEK S1283 (+ bolt in kit). For your needs a Corsair 450VX or better would work.

Also I highly recommend you read this too:
GUIDE: Overclocking On P35-DS3L
:) 
August 3, 2008 1:23:08 AM

so would this help?
Cooler Master Extreme Power 650W ATX 12V V2.01 Silent Power Supply 20/24PIN 120MM Fan
For PSU
August 3, 2008 1:28:16 AM

How do you have a Pentium 4 but a socket 775 mobo? My pentium 4 uses socket 478
August 3, 2008 1:28:44 AM

yeah i got a 775 LGA socket mobo
According to my Cpuz,
My p4 3.2ghz HT inside uses a Socket 775 LGA
August 3, 2008 1:40:29 AM

BUY a new board Intel 915p chipset does not support Dual Core chips... It doesn't even support cidar mill processors. It has something to do with VRM...

Would be great getting Intel P35 based board...

Get the new system... its your only choice...that board aint receive upgrades with Dual core chips...
August 3, 2008 1:43:14 AM

blerb: intel 9xx series chipsets are socket 775 and PEG already since its release
August 3, 2008 1:45:22 AM

If that board will take a newer psu, i would get the 4850,the e2200,2more gigs of memory, would come out a lot cheaper
August 3, 2008 1:47:08 AM

Oops, didnt know yoiur board didnt supoort core 2, may as well get the new system. Btw, that gigabyte board is aswesome, i will only bu gigabyte after using this one i have
August 3, 2008 2:06:55 AM

meh, i can save 100$ more and get a better vid card when e5200 comes out and the prices go down a bit more.
Or wait till Nov or so till i get more money to buy a 1000-1500$ pc, which i probably will do.
Or Just buy this one, whichever works.
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