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Upgrade of components - need advise

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November 3, 2008 7:33:25 PM

Hello, i want to upgrade some components on my computer and i would like you to check and give me some recommendations if you see something wrong. Unfortunately money is an issue for me and i have to limit to a tight budged.

This is what i currently have

EVGA 512-P3-N873-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250620AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive


And this what i plan to buy to upgrade

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail

OCZ Fatal1ty Edition 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Let me know your toughts and recommendations please. Will this be a good combo?

November 3, 2008 7:46:00 PM

well thats a nice little set up but you didnt specify what it would be replacing. normally you dont need to get the PC2 8500 memory, PC2 6400 is usually sufficient, even for gaming.
thats another thing. what are you using this for and what is your buget?
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November 3, 2008 8:02:48 PM

Thank for the replies.

Im going to be using it for Gaming, Adobe Flash CS4, Adobe Photoshop, basically ... some movie encoding once in a while...

What i have right now is

Motherboard Asus A8N-E
Proc Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Manchester
2 x 512 Corsair XMS Memory
2 x 512 Kingston Memory
Evga 9800 GTX+
PSU Cooler Master extreme Duo 600W
Case = unknown, need to recheck

My budget is 350 Max (for mobo, proc and mem, but those 350.00 need to include bringing it to my country which is like 30$, therefore i have lets say that $320 for those 3 components)

November 3, 2008 8:08:01 PM

wow ya you defiantly need the new processor, i suggest the mobo aevm suggested, and the memory he suggested. if you can afford it the 4850 is an upgrade, but its not the most necessary upgrade quite yet.
November 3, 2008 8:34:20 PM

Which brand and model of the 4850 will you recommend? Is it better than the 9800GTX?
November 3, 2008 8:36:20 PM

9800GTX+ i meant
November 3, 2008 8:40:15 PM

yes its better than the 9800gtx+ (according to the benchmarks i posted earlier), the one aevm suggested i believe was a sapphire. the nice thing about that one is it has a dual slot cooler, which is nice cause the 4850 runs hot.
November 3, 2008 9:29:06 PM

Ok i managed to sold my card to a friend that was just gonna buy a 9800GTX+ like mine :)  ... So my final configuration will be:

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card


Any last recommendations?
November 3, 2008 11:41:44 PM

do you have a decent heatsink for your cpu? if you are going to overclock you wont get far with the stock heat sink.
November 4, 2008 12:44:12 PM

No, actually im not into Overclocking, im affraid i might damage something. I havent researched about OC lately, tho, i might get into that