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May 19, 2009 12:04:20 PM

Hi guys, I'm new to this forum, and computer modification/upgrading in general, so don't be too cruel. :) 

I want to upgrade my Pentium 4 Processor to something like a Dual Core or Core 2 Duo (isn't that the same by the way?)

I bought a quad core once, only to discover that my motherboard wasn't compatible with it, so this time I want to make sure I buy the right stuff, so I figured I might as well ask the people who knows a lot more than me.

I'm basicly looking for a dual core (or similar)with at least 3.0 GHz that is compatible with my PC, if it isn't then I hope you've got some suggestions for what I should get instead. I would prefer en Intel CPU btw.

Anyway; here's my computer summary:

Computer:
Computer Type - ACPI Uniprocessor PC
Operating System - Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
OS Service Pack - Service Pack 3
Internet Explorer - 7.0.5730.13 (IE 7.0)
DirectX - 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)

Motherboard:
CPU Type - Intel Pentium 4 640, 3200 MHz (16 x 200)
Motherboard Name - Dell XPS 600 (3 PCI, 1 PCI-E x1, 2 PCI-E x16, 4 DDR2 DIMM, Audio, Gigabit LAN, IEEE-1394)
Motherboard Chipset - nVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 Intel Edition
System Memory - 2048 MB (DDR2-533 DDR2 SDRAM)
DIMM1: Nanya NT512T64U88A0BY-37 - 512 MB DDR2-533 DDR2 SDRAM (5-4-4-12 @ 266 MHz) (4-4-4-12 @ 266 MHz) (3-3-3-9 @ 200 MHz)
DIMM2: Nanya NT512T64U88A0BY-37 - 512 MB DDR2-533 DDR2 SDRAM (5-4-4-12 @ 266 MHz) (4-4-4-12 @ 266 MHz) (3-3-3-9 @ 200 MHz)
DIMM3: Kingston - 512 MB DDR2-533 DDR2 SDRAM (5-4-4-12 @ 266 MHz) (4-4-4-12 @ 266 MHz) (3-3-3-9 @ 200 MHz)
DIMM4: Kingston - 512 MB DDR2-533 DDR2 SDRAM (5-4-4-12 @ 266 MHz) (4-4-4-12 @ 266 MHz) (3-3-3-9 @ 200 MHz)
BIOS Type - Phoenix (09/27/06)
Communication Port - Communications Port (COM1)

Display:
Video Adapter - NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT (512 MB)
3D Accelerator - nVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
Monitor - AG Neovo K-A19 [19" LCD] (01632)

Multimedia:
Audio Adapter - Creative CA20K1 X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity Audio Processor

Storage:
IDE Controller - Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
Storage Controller - AJCPJLCR IDE Controller
Storage Controller - NVIDIA nForce4 Serial ATA RAID Controller
Storage Controller - NVIDIA nForce4 Serial ATA RAID Controller
Floppy Drive - Floppy disk drive
Disk Drive - Seagate FreeAgentDesktop USB Device (465 GB, USB)
Disk Drive - ST3160023AS (160 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA)
Optical Drive - HL-DT-ST CDRW/DVD GCC4482 (DVD:16x, CD:48x/24x/48x DVD-ROM/CD-RW)
Optical Drive - LITE-ON DVDRW SHM-165P6S (DVD+R9:8x, DVD-R9:4x, DVD+RW:16x/8x, DVD-RW:16x/6x, DVD-RAM:5x, DVD-ROM:16x, CD:48x/24x/48x DVD+RW/DVD-RW/DVD-RAM)
SMART Hard Disks Status - OK

Partitions:
C: (NTFS) - 149997 MB (27420 MB free)
K: (NTFS) - 476937 MB (69 MB free)
Total Size - 612.2 GB (26.8 GB free)

Input:
Keyboard- HID Keyboard Device
Mouse - HID-compliant mouse

Network:
Primary IP Address - 10.0.0.5
Primary MAC Address - 00-14-22-30-04-B4
Network Adapter - D-Link DFE-538TX 10/100 Adapter
Network Adapter - NVIDIA nForce 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet (10.0.0.5)

Peripherals:
Printer - Adobe PDF
Printer - hp deskjet 960c
Printer - Microsoft XPS Document Writer
FireWire Controller - NEC uPD72873 IEEE1394 OHCI 1.1 2-port PHY-Link Controller
FireWire Controller - Texas Instruments TSB43AB22 1394A-2000 OHCI PHY/Link-Layer Controller (PHY: TI TSB41AB1/2)
USB1 Controller - nVIDIA nForce4 SLI (CK8-04) - OHCI USB 1.1 Controller
USB2 Controller - nVIDIA nForce4 SLI (CK8-04) - EHCI USB 2.0 Controller
USB Device - Generic USB Hub
USB Device - USB Composite Device
USB Device - USB Human Interface Device
USB Device - USB Human Interface Device
USB Device - USB Human Interface Device
USB Device - USB Mass Storage Device
USB Device - USB Printing Support

I hope you guys can help.

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May 19, 2009 12:57:50 PM

long post but you missed out on what you use your computer for which might dictate what CPU you should get.

Price range?
Gaming?
Overclocking?
Multitasking (video encoding, etc)?
Are you using any applications such as the ones in the Adobe Creative Suite 4? (Photoshop, etc)

May 19, 2009 1:05:26 PM

I would be willing to spend $500.

I do play video games, but I want to upgrade it for video editing primarily. I've been playing less and less games anyway.
I know absolutely nothing about overclocking, so I'm not 100% comfortable with it.
I use both Photoshop and Premiere on almost a daily basis. But also 3Ds Max.
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May 19, 2009 2:09:35 PM

sorry for the double post, can't edit the previous one.

I just figured out the model id of my motherboard, that might help: 0GC375
After a bit of research it seems like this motherboard is not compatible with core2duo or dualcore - any truth to this?
May 19, 2009 3:10:01 PM

After a brief look at the dell website

http://www.dell.com/content/topics/topic.aspx/global/pr...

this does seem to be the case yes...

It supports Pentium Dual Core but not Core 2 Duo.

With your budget you could afford a new motherboard (P45 chipset) and a new dual core easily. If you want to save some money then maybe go for a E8400 @ 3.0GHz, but if you want to get the best of the bunch go for the E8600 @ 3.3GHz, both will overclock well and very easily if you ever fancy it. I am guessing that from the activities you do on your computer you will benefit from the higher clock speeds.

Its not essential but renders in 3Ds Max would benefit from a quad core processor....which you can afford. Its your choice....

EDIT: I am not actually 100% on whether your current MoBo will support Core 2 Duo, it isn't list on the Dell site, but both the Pentium Dual Cores and the Core 2 Duo chips are LGA775 sockets. Maybe someone else could pitch in on this?
May 19, 2009 4:51:23 PM

^ it would make more sense for him to get one of the cheaper x48 boards and a Q9550 with some 1066mhz ram so he can OC.
May 19, 2009 5:22:58 PM

True but he is not that interested in Ocing so buying a CPU with a higher clock out of the box might be the best option for him. Also, the Gigabyte EP45-DS3P is only about $100 plus 4GB of Corsair Dominator PC2 8500 is only $80.

That is a lot of cash left over for the best dual core, granted even the best quad core you can get.
May 19, 2009 6:12:00 PM

Okay, new motherboard then. Got it. But isn't changing a motherboard somewhat complex? I have to make sure that everything I've already got fits, it would be a shame to order a motherboard only to find out the ram or something doesn't fit.
If I want to explore for other motherboards, what would I have to look for?

The Gigabyte Ep45-DS3P does seem very affordable however. (seems like it's got two ddr2 ram slots. Does one with 4 slots exist? otherwise I'll end up with only 1 GB of ram)
May 19, 2009 6:44:40 PM

hence why I said to get some more ram with it, try my idea, it will be more future-resistant than peaks idea and you get more and faster ram with a better motherboard.
May 19, 2009 6:57:12 PM

I'll check those out, but here's the battleplan so far:
Gonna buy this Gigabyte EP45-DS3P motherboard. Then I'm going to buy the E8600 processor. Next I would have to invest in a new ram block (because 1GB isn't enough for me); I'm going to buy a 4GB block - then later I might consider buying yet another block so I'll end up with 8GB of ram.

It's gotten a little more expensive than I expected but there's no rush, I'll save it up.
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May 19, 2009 7:27:59 PM

well...honestly i dont why you are so concerned with clock speed, but correct me if I am wrong, there are some core 2 dou or core 2 quad processors with like 1-2ghz clock speed are far more powerful and can outperform you processor anytime :)  Clock speed means a lot but its not everything. Architecture and type of processor determines its power greatly.

1: You dont want to get a dual core as they are outdated now
2: get a core 2 duo or higher
3:Since your processor is highly unlikely to cost $500(unless you buy it at best buy or something), i would personally upgrade to more ram with a higher speed. If you have any left overs and have an SLI motherboard and your PSU will support it maybe smack another 8800gt 512mb into your system as it cost 100 bucks right now and will make you a very nice graphical editing workstation :) 
May 19, 2009 7:29:58 PM

also the 8600 is more expensive than the 9550 and will last no where near as long due to only having two cores, since 4 cores will be the industry standard by Q3/Q4 this year.
May 19, 2009 8:26:03 PM

I'm not terrified about overclocking, it's just unknown territory for me, so I'm just a little cautious, that's all. I don't mind overclocking it a little bit.
SLI is also unknown for me, don't really know what it is. But I think my motherboard supports it.

And I understand that I should stay away from Dual Core processors since they're outdated. So I should go for a quad instead? (which one would you guys suggest? I'm thinking about the Intel Core 2 Quad Model Q9300 or 9550)

I'm a bit confused now by the way... The suggested motherboard (Gigabyte EP45-DS3P) is still fine right? Or is there a better alternative in regards to ram upgrades?
It's still a bugger that there's only two slots, but as long as I can support 16 gigs om ram I'm happy.

I understand, or at least I think I understand, that my current type of ram (DDR2) isn't as fast as other types. I don't know what those types are though. Is there a better type of ram that fits with this motherboard?

Of course I could also look for another motherboard, but then I'd have to start this questioning all over again; does that motherboard support my current hardware, what type of ram is most beneficial to me etc.

I'll try to sum this post up:
Is my the gigabyte motherboard the best option for me or is there another alternative?
What kind of ram should I buy for it or the alternative?
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May 19, 2009 9:46:28 PM

Unless I am missing something here, the OP's computer is a Dell.
Basically, all this upgrading and buying parts is kind of useless, you really need to start all over with a new build, or go buy a new Dell.
The problems you are going to run into if you try to start changing parts in that Dell are going to snowball fast.
For starters, your OEM verson of Windows will no longer work. You will have to buy a complete FULL retail version of Windows if you change your board, if you CAN change the board and get everything to plug back into it. That is just to get the ball rolling......there is much, much more to overcome if you want to go down this road.
May 19, 2009 10:12:15 PM

jitpublisher said:
Unless I am missing something here, the OP's computer is a Dell.
Basically, all this upgrading and buying parts is kind of useless, you really need to start all over with a new build, or go buy a new Dell.
The problems you are going to run into if you try to start changing parts in that Dell are going to snowball fast.
For starters, your OEM verson of Windows will no longer work. You will have to buy a complete FULL retail version of Windows if you change your board, if you CAN change the board and get everything to plug back into it. That is just to get the ball rolling......there is much, much more to overcome if you want to go down this road.



OK, First, hes already decided to replace the motherboard, so essencially hes only recycling the GPU, case, and PSU.

Second, you CAN use OEM versions of Windows on different machines, please stop speading this FUD. You will have to do phone activation, but trust me, it can be done.
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May 19, 2009 11:13:01 PM

B-Unit said:
OK, First, hes already decided to replace the motherboard, so essencially hes only recycling the GPU, case, and PSU.

Second, you CAN use OEM versions of Windows on different machines, please stop speading this FUD. You will have to do phone activation, but trust me, it can be done.



Okay mr know it all, take a Dell OEM CD and just try, since you are so damn smart, just try to install it on another motherboard. Yep you just go right ahead and try it.
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May 20, 2009 1:26:20 AM

I've done it. It works (It was a vista ultimate CD, shipped with an XPS M1710 laptop).
May 20, 2009 2:03:42 AM

jitpublisher said:
Okay mr know it all, take a Dell OEM CD and just try, since you are so damn smart, just try to install it on another motherboard. Yep you just go right ahead and try it.


The CD itself may be locked, but thats no reason to run out and buy a new copy. All you need for activation is the LICENCE.
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May 20, 2009 2:27:59 AM

B-Unit said:
The CD itself may be locked, but thats no reason to run out and buy a new copy. All you need for activation is the LICENCE.

If it is a Dell OEM cd, you aren't going to get to the activation part, because it will not install. As soon as put the disk in, and it starts, it is going to give you a message that says this software will only install on a Dell computer. It checks for a code in the Dell Bios. If you don't have a Dell, HP, Gateway, or whatever Bios it is looking for, it will abort the install. Now I am not sure about Vista, or laptops. Could be your laptop shipped with a "retail" version of Vista. (You have that option when buy a PC, either the OEM version, or the retail version) But I have tried it with XP, Dell, Gateway, (and Gateway laptops) and HP's and I can tell you the install disk simply will not work if it does not find the corresponding BIOS.
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May 20, 2009 2:43:58 AM

jitpublisher said:
If it is a Dell OEM cd, you aren't going to get to the activation part, because it will not install. As soon as put the disk in, and it starts, it is going to give you a message that says this software will only install on a Dell computer. It checks for a code in the Dell Bios. If you don't have a Dell, HP, Gateway, or whatever Bios it is looking for, it will abort the install. Now I am not sure about Vista, or laptops. Could be your laptop shipped with a "retail" version of Vista. (You have that option when buy a PC, either the OEM version, or the retail version) But I have tried it with XP, Dell, Gateway, (and Gateway laptops) and HP's and I can tell you the install disk simply will not work if it does not find the corresponding BIOS.

It's a Dell OEM Vista Ultimate disk, and it very definitely will install on any system you want it to.

Maybe this was different with their XP disks, but with Vista, they definitely have not limited the disks in any way.
May 20, 2009 6:48:34 AM

I think I'm gonna have to check wether my version of Windows XP will install. It is a Dell version though and I do recall having some trouple with it once. But I'm pretty sure I did install it on another pc once.

But even if the Dell cd doesn't work, I can still use my dad's windows xp cd to install and then activate my own license over the phone right?

However, I have to consider wether I should upgrade my current pc or just wait a little longer and save up for a new non-dell pc. I depends on what would be most beneficial to me in the long run.
May 20, 2009 8:28:55 AM

I am not sure about Vista but with XP doesn't work. If is the OEM version that came with the dell system, you are stuck. You can't transfer the license to another pc. The disk is designed to run only on that specific system.
May 20, 2009 8:38:01 AM

Tobias, besides the OEM Dell XP CD probably not working, you will also probably have to buy a new, better power supply along with the MB, CPU & RAM. There's a good chance you will also have to buy a new case. As you can see, it's probably better just to plan on building a whole new computer.
May 20, 2009 8:44:19 AM

Yeah I've been thinking about when I would be required to buy a new power supply anyway.

I think I'm going to build a new one though, unless I can find a good offer.
My grapics card and sound card is pretty good, so I don't think I have to replace those.
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May 20, 2009 2:37:38 PM

The dell machines may have a BTX motherboard. You need to check that a standard ATX motherboard will fit.

It looks to me like you could put in a Pentium D 840 (3.2). You can get one on e-bay for about $40.

May 20, 2009 2:40:53 PM

jitpublisher said:
If it is a Dell OEM cd, you aren't going to get to the activation part, because it will not install. As soon as put the disk in, and it starts, it is going to give you a message that says this software will only install on a Dell computer. It checks for a code in the Dell Bios. If you don't have a Dell, HP, Gateway, or whatever Bios it is looking for, it will abort the install. Now I am not sure about Vista, or laptops. Could be your laptop shipped with a "retail" version of Vista. (You have that option when buy a PC, either the OEM version, or the retail version) But I have tried it with XP, Dell, Gateway, (and Gateway laptops) and HP's and I can tell you the install disk simply will not work if it does not find the corresponding BIOS.


I understand that, but take a non Dell XP CD and use your Dell XP licence and it will work fine.

Seems pretty stupid to spend $100 to buy another XP licence when you dont need to. Learn2BitTorrent
May 20, 2009 2:45:34 PM

Doesn't work. It will say that the serial key is incorrect.
May 20, 2009 2:52:19 PM

It does work, Ive done it with at least 3 Dell OEM keys, 1 Gateway OEM key, and 1 Vista OEM key from newegg.
May 20, 2009 3:01:03 PM

I really don't think you need to go as far as building a new machine, $500 is not gonna cover that lol.

The tech specs on the Dell site say that is is SLI compatible so I would think that the PSU is sufficient for a new MoBo, CPU and RAM. You could probably squeeze all that out of your budget maybe another $50 - $100 might be required.

Like B-Unit and cjl say, you will be able to reinstall your OEM version of windows, and even if not I am pretty sure that you can use your dads with another activation code.

The main thing you need to make sure is that your chassis will fit the new MoBo in...which ever one you decide to go with. Then I would say that as it stand (today) a core 2 duo would be fine for what you require, but as Helloworld_98 said, 4 cores will be industry standard soon, but that still doesn't mean a good core 2 duo will not suffice.

upgrading to 4GB of faster RAM (maybe PC2 6400) will really speed your computer up so defiantly think about doing that. Plus DDR2 is so cheap at the moment and even though it might have a lower bandwidth to DDR3, it has tighter timings which helps with speed. Plus DDR2 Motherboards are a lot cheaper.

May 20, 2009 3:07:30 PM

I also tried this and it didn't work. I know that are 2 types of OEM licenses so it's possible. After you've installed this, did you manage to update xp/vista without having problems?
May 20, 2009 3:07:59 PM

If you want a new build, have you considered these offers?
(maybe this should go on the new build section now)

MOBO and CPU combos ~ $200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

and if you need a cheap case, psu and the works here is a very cheap combo with a good earthwatts PSU and free dvd burner ~ $93

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

and then get 2x2GB of PC6400 or 8500 RAM ~ $40 (good for video editing)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total ~ $360-380

Also have you considered Window 7 beta - maybe someone has already mentioned that it is free at the moment (haven't studied all of the above posts)

And then transfer the GPU, HDD and soundcard from the old build.

This is just a suggestion - btw are you from the US or Denmark (DK often means denmark - was just curious because newegg isn't much good in DK - then there are cheap retailers in Germany or Sweden)
May 20, 2009 3:13:14 PM

Just tried to look at your combo deals and they say they are not available any more :s

But this is a really good suggestion...if they are decent CPU and Motherboard suggestions...I cant see them!!!! :) 
May 20, 2009 3:15:43 PM

Damn the AMD Phenom II 720 X3 just sold out - well well, I shall look for some other good bang for the buck offers
May 20, 2009 3:15:59 PM

TobiasDK said:
Okay, new motherboard then. Got it. But isn't changing a motherboard somewhat complex? I have to make sure that everything I've already got fits, it would be a shame to order a motherboard only to find out the ram or something doesn't fit.
If I want to explore for other motherboards, what would I have to look for?

The Gigabyte Ep45-DS3P does seem very affordable however. (seems like it's got two ddr2 ram slots. Does one with 4 slots exist? otherwise I'll end up with only 1 GB of ram)

Im pretty sure it has 4 ddr2 slots look here: http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/articles/2008/08/0620111...

Im about to buy it aswell.
May 20, 2009 3:21:22 PM

Ok here is a good dual core CPU and MOBO deal - AMD 7850 BE and 790X gigabyte MOBO -$150:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Even if you want a phenom II X4 it is almost worth getting this deal, then flogging the 7850 on ebay and getting a new CPU - lol

Otherwise here are some Phenom II 940 X4 deals that are great:

$260 with special "chinese-english" manual (lol):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

$270:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
May 20, 2009 3:28:28 PM

Peaks said:
It does and it is a damn good board for the money.


where do they sell the DS3P in the US? All I can find is the UD3P in the US - but the DS3P is a great deal in the UK
May 20, 2009 3:28:55 PM

Peaks said:
It does and it is a damn good board for the money.

*Phew* I was a bit worried for a second :pt1cable: 
Buying the Q9550 with it so it should make a good system :D 
May 20, 2009 3:39:40 PM

hmmm it was available on newegg.com the last time I looked but it doesn't seem to be there any more.

turnitdown where are you getting it from?
May 20, 2009 3:41:32 PM

Peaks said:
hmmm it was available on newegg.com the last time I looked but it doesn't seem to be there any more.

turnitdown where are you getting it from?

Scan.co.uk
Guessing your all from the U.S?
Im from England so its available here
May 20, 2009 3:45:34 PM

turnitdown said:
Scan.co.uk
Guessing your all from the U.S?
Im from England so its available here


I am from the UK also. Thought I was the only one :) 
May 20, 2009 4:00:38 PM

Peaks said:
I am from the UK also. Thought I was the only one :) 

:)  Im a first time builder. Ordering the Mobo in 2 weeks, Cant wait to get started!! :D 
May 20, 2009 4:21:32 PM

I'm from Denmark myself. I've found some really good offers for prebuilt computers for about 10.000 DKK (that's just about $2000 or £1200) (www.topdata.dk)
It's a lot more than my original budget, but I thought I was only going to upgrade my CPU :p 
My $500 budget was more or less only for the CPU, but it seems to me like I would be better of in the long run getting a new build.

I could upgrade my current Dell, but it seems like I'm going to be limited in one way or another at some point. I figured I might as well start over and build a nice, new, rock-solid pc.
I'm not going to buy a prebuilt pc if I can save a major load of money by doing it myself.
However, I'm going to use some nice prebuilt pc as a "blueprint", but I'll modify it to suit my needs. I can save a bit of money, by using the sound- and graphics card I've already got.

Before I order anything though, I'll present the build for you guys, so we can make sure that everything is compatible and will work.

I wanna think this more through however, it's not a decision I wish to rush.
May 20, 2009 4:25:31 PM

TobiasDK said:
I'm from Denmark myself. I've found some really good offers for prebuilt computers for about 10.000 DKK (that's just about $2000 or £1200) (www.topdata.dk)
It's a lot more than my original budget, but I thought I was only going to upgrade my CPU :p 
My $500 budget was more or less only for the CPU, but it seems to me like I would be better of in the long run getting a new build.

I could upgrade my current Dell, but it seems like I'm going to be limited in one way or another at some point. I figured I might as well start over and build a nice, new, rock-solid pc.
I'm not going to buy a prebuilt pc if I can save a major load of money by doing it myself.
However, I'm going to use some nice prebuilt pc as a "blueprint", but I'll modify it to suit my needs. I can save a bit of money, by using the sound- and graphics card I've already got.

Before I order anything though, I'll present the build for you guys, so we can make sure that everything is compatible and will work.

I wanna think this more through however, it's not a decision I wish to rush.

Good idea.
I started the build im doing now by taking a blueprint from a magazine i read.
The only thing left from it now though is the PSU xD
May 21, 2009 12:52:46 AM

TobiasDK said:
I'm from Denmark myself. I've found some really good offers for prebuilt computers for about 10.000 DKK (that's just about $2000 or £1200) (www.topdata.dk)
It's a lot more than my original budget, but I thought I was only going to upgrade my CPU :p 
My $500 budget was more or less only for the CPU, but it seems to me like I would be better of in the long run getting a new build.

I could upgrade my current Dell, but it seems like I'm going to be limited in one way or another at some point. I figured I might as well start over and build a nice, new, rock-solid pc.
I'm not going to buy a prebuilt pc if I can save a major load of money by doing it myself.
However, I'm going to use some nice prebuilt pc as a "blueprint", but I'll modify it to suit my needs. I can save a bit of money, by using the sound- and graphics card I've already got.

Before I order anything though, I'll present the build for you guys, so we can make sure that everything is compatible and will work.

I wanna think this more through however, it's not a decision I wish to rush.


Building yourself is generally a lot cheaper - however it has its downsides as well, like a lack of tech support and maybe a lack of warranty depending on the parts you buy. Therefore I suggest that you read up on it as much as you can be bothered - you will definitely benefit from it. Consider what you use your computer for and what the most demanding things are. For most people these are games, however if you use demanding applications or don't game then your pc build should probably look pretty different. I would check proximon's stickie in the new build section for starters:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/257075-31-guide-choos...

Also if you have never built a pc from scratch before then it can be helpful to see videos of this, here is a good source:

http://www.3dgameman.com/
Building a kickass gaming rig:
http://www.3dgameman.com/content/view/4040/40/
the hardware on this is dated, but the assembly and tips are good.

If you are concerned about getting the most performance for your money over time then I would recommend reading this:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/264181-31-best-bang-b...

TOMs is a great site for hardware guides and reviews, but here are some other good sites I have found:
http://www.bjorn3d.com/index.php - all the daily reviews from a number of sites are listed here - good for general searching and news.
http://www.madshrimps.be/ - great for tutorials and reviews on overclocking and crazier projects like case modding
http://www.guru3d.com/ - one of the best graphics websites - overclocking guides for many GPUs
http://www.youtube.com/user/MonsterMawd - one of the best sources for case modding
http://www.anandtech.com/ - duller layout, but otherwise carbon copy of TOMs - very good GPU articles

Also if you live in Denmark then it might be cheaper for you to buy from Germany, here a few retailers, but if you're German is better than mine you might be able to find some better ones as well:
http://www.tweakpc.de/
http://www2.hardwareversand.de/2Vx_4ZtFObxE6e/articlese...
http://www.mindfactory.de/index.php/cat/c5_PC-Hardware....
http://www.pixmania.com/pc-komponenten/dede9_103_pm.htm...
http://www.litec-computer.de/index.php?cat=258&sort=&fi...

Also a price watch site in Sweden:
http://www.priskoll.nu/

Lykke Til med Kjøpet
May 21, 2009 10:09:40 AM

Thanks for the info, I'll read it right away. I'll post here if I have any questions.
By the way, If a mod happens to stumble by; I think this thread can be moved into a build section.

Here a question; I've decided I want a p45 motherboard and not a x58. Which RAM should I use? DDR2 or DDR3?
Also the rig will be mainly for video editing but also for a little gaming now and then.
May 21, 2009 10:51:13 AM

You would only want x58 if you are going with an i7 processor...so I guess you dont want one of them?

I would personally go with dual channel DDR2 with a p45 board. Cheaper and can be just as fast if you get the timings tight enough.
May 21, 2009 10:55:49 AM

that's right I don't want a i7 processor so I'll go with the p45 that supports quad cores (wauw, studying this actually paid off :p )

What's the difference between dual channel ddr2 and regular ddr2 blocks?
May 21, 2009 11:02:12 AM

Then why don't you go with Phenom II 940? Cheaper and better.
About the ram, instead on writing data on just on stick, the processor will be able to write data on the same time on 2 sticks.
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