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I'm looking to upgrading my PC. What should i do first?

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April 11, 2009 10:43:30 PM

My PC is about 4yrs old. I recently did some upgrades and need some advice on the changes I made.

This is what I was running for the last 4 yrs.

Tower--Ninja (478x260x540mm)
ASUS Crosshair 940 pin motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 x2 dual core 4200+ 2.21 ghz
BFG Geforce 9500 gt 1gb ddr2
2 gb
372 gb harddrive
450w power supply
Vista 32bit

This is what I am running now with about $275 worth of upgrades: Could I have done better?

Tower--Ninja (478x260x540mm)
ASUS Crosshair 940 pin motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 x2 dual core 5600+ 2.91 ghz---$65 (Frys)
XfX Geforce 9800 GTX + 512 DDr3---$119 (TigerDirect)
4 gb---2gb $20 (Frys)
372 gb harddrive
Rocketfish 550w power supply--$70 (Frys)
Vista 32bit

Could I have done better?

Thanks for all your input.



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April 11, 2009 10:48:21 PM

I Would Have Ran A 64-Bit OS Because With That Your Wasting Usable RAM, But Other Than That Nice Build
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April 12, 2009 5:57:04 AM

What I don't like about it is that Rocketfish 550w. They ain't the best or more reliable and for $70 you could have gotten a decent Antec (the 500W Earthwatts was pretty cheap for a while)or spend a little more for an FSP or Corsair. Also, you could have gotten an Athlon 5400 X2 BE from New egg for less and overclocked the crap out of it, well with a good cooler anyway. Otherwise a good build.
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April 12, 2009 1:16:45 PM

No, you didn't do too bad.
But then, we are not you....do YOU think you did alright, and how does it get the job done for YOU? That is what is most important.
April 12, 2009 2:29:30 PM

1922717,2,58319 said:
I Would Have Ran A 64-Bit OS Because With That Your Wasting Usable RAM, But Other Than That Nice Build[/quotemsg


Thanks for the reply Hella. The 64 bit really makes that much difference?
April 12, 2009 2:37:23 PM

megamanx00 said:
What I don't like about it is that Rocketfish 550w. They ain't the best or more reliable and for $70 you could have gotten a decent Antec (the 500W Earthwatts was pretty cheap for a while)or spend a little more for an FSP or Corsair. Also, you could have gotten an Athlon 5400 X2 BE from New egg for less and overclocked the crap out of it, well with a good cooler anyway. Otherwise a good build.




Thanks for the reply Megamanx00. I know the Rocketfish was a bad buy. But my other power supply all most torched my PC. It got way to hot and started to smoke. So to get my PC running quickly that was the on I could get the quickiest. With the Athlon 5400 X2 Be why can I overclock that CPU but not my 5600 + 2.91ghz? Also I don't have any idea how to start a build with a cooler system! You did mean water cooler, right? How much does it take to get a cooler system started?
April 12, 2009 2:40:14 PM

jitpublisher said:
No, you didn't do too bad.
But then, we are not you....do YOU think you did alright, and how does it get the job done for YOU? That is what is most important.



Thanks for the info Jitpublisher. Over all I like my build but sometimes when I am on Crysis. It gets a little giltchy? I believe it's the processor that is causing it to run this way?
April 12, 2009 2:56:50 PM

So I was wondering my motherboard seems to be out dated. My motherboard is a 940 pin. What is a better processor than the one I have, that will fit a 940 pin? Or, is it better to return the processor (AMD 64x2 dual core 5600 2.91) and purchase a new motherboard and a better processor, that will fit my tower. Like a Intel Quad Core or Amd Phenom? Any suggetions?
April 12, 2009 3:06:15 PM

your motherboard is 941 pin.

940 is a server socket.

also you have a nvidia chipset board. Get a new mobo with am2+ capabilities and an amd chipset. You'll lose SLI but at least it won't be as rubbish as your current mobo.

that'll also let you get a P2 processor which will own your current athlon.
April 12, 2009 5:44:08 PM

Helloworld_98 said:
your motherboard is 941 pin.

940 is a server socket.

also you have a nvidia chipset board. Get a new mobo with am2+ capabilities and an amd chipset. You'll lose SLI but at least it won't be as rubbish as your current mobo.

that'll also let you get a P2 processor which will own your current athlon.




Why not get a mobo with SLI capabilities? Also what do you think about Intel's Quad core cpu's?
April 12, 2009 11:44:04 PM

s1lent said:
1922717,2,58319 said:
I Would Have Ran A 64-Bit OS Because With That Your Wasting Usable RAM, But Other Than That Nice Build[/quotemsg


Thanks for the reply Hella. The 64 bit really makes that much difference?
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Yes, In Order To Access More Than 3 - 3.5GB You Need A 64-Bit OS, And The 64-Bit Versions Of Vista Seem More Stable Than The 32-Bit Version, The Same Thing Applys To Windows XP
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