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Would going from a S939 X2 to a E7400 or 8400 be a good idea?

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February 5, 2009 2:32:22 AM

Alright, i want to upgrade my system from my aging Athlon 64 x2, and i primarily play games and do basic surf the web stuff.

I've found a mobo/ram/CPU build that would allow me to get the E8400, 4 gigs of ram, and a $55 Gigabyte mobo for around ~$266 shipped. If i lower it even further to the E7400, the price will be $221 shipped.
The gigabyte mobo

Are either of those two choices good? Will i be able to throw in a quad core in there later on, or will the 775 quads be discontinued in the next 3 years?

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February 5, 2009 3:32:29 AM

From 939 to core2 duo is a good upgrade. personally I would opt for a quad core. the prices are way down and they are becoming more useful in everything. Farcry2 plays better on ( stock ) a Q9550 than it does on a ( stock ) 6850 dual core. Other things take advantage also.......... but the higher end set up is what I would buy. nothing is a good substitute for raw speed.

i got one of those mother boards for my sister. good for what it is.......... Good Luck.
February 5, 2009 4:07:27 AM

Would the Phenom II 920 be a good idea? I want this upgrade to be as cheap as possible while still giving good performance and great value.
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February 5, 2009 4:18:05 AM

What type of gamer are you?
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February 5, 2009 4:30:10 AM

I think the Phenom would also be a decent upgrade. I still like the idea of a quad core.

what do you have in the line of a graphics card ? A low end card will hold you back no matter what you get. .....what res too ?
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February 5, 2009 5:26:45 AM

For games and web stuff? What S939 do you already have? What video card? What res do you game at? A S939 X2 overclocked to 2.6-2.8 isn't that bad. You might be better off throwing that $250 into a new video card and more ram if you need it. If your video card is of the same era, a 4850 will run circles around that 7800GT.
February 5, 2009 11:36:21 AM

I was using 939 system before upgraded recently.

If I were you I won't add anymore RAM as suggested. I did that myself not so long ago, now after recent upgrade to PII940, the RAM have no use to me. Sure more RAM is nice, but it won't double your fps.

If you wanna keep your 939 system for now, just upgrade the vcard which can be of use when you upgrade to better system later on.
February 5, 2009 11:58:38 AM

My video card is a Geforce GTX 260 192-core version. I have 2 gigs of ram and a S939 Opteron 180 at stock(2.4 ghz).

I play FPS, RTS, and maybe some RPGs as well
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February 5, 2009 4:57:32 PM

Close enough to my "old" machine. The core2 duo 6850 and 2 extra gigs of memory along with that GTX260 will work a lot better.

Don't get me wrong, I use the 939 2.6 on a daily basis and think it's fine but I use another for DX10 and gaming. ( Intel ) faster
February 5, 2009 10:30:02 PM

will the 2 extra gigs help even on Windows XP? I don't want to get vista just yet.

Also, i'm considering the Q9550 since its got the same speed as the E8400 with the benefits of quad-core, but the Phenom II 920's cheapest build would run me $320, and a Phenom 940 build would run me $360 after shipping, whereas the Q9550 with the $100 gigabyte EP45-UD3L mobo and 4 gigs of G.skill ram will run me $430.

I know the Q9550 is a fast CPU, but is it $100 faster than the Phenom II?
February 5, 2009 10:50:58 PM

Yes, the extra RAM will help (but you'll only be able to make use of 3GB or so of it with a 32-bit Win OS). You should be able to sell your current sckt 939 x2 for some decent money on ebay (guessing $100?).
February 7, 2009 1:06:41 AM

Q9550 probably slightly faster than PII 940, but I'm pretty sure it won't be $100 faster.

I guess if you feel the need for a faster system, you should just upgrade to better system. You have beefed up enough for your current system.
Adding more RAM won't increase your FPS, probably just a bit smoother on loading game/application or switching between applications if you are multitasking.
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February 7, 2009 1:15:40 AM

LW07 said:
My video card is a Geforce GTX 260 192-core version. I have 2 gigs of ram and a S939 Opteron 180 at stock(2.4 ghz).

I play FPS, RTS, and maybe some RPGs as well

Ya, that's a huge CPU bound bottleneck... CPU upgrade! (will require new motherboard and RAM)