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Best Bang For Buck Upgrade

Hi, this is my first ever post and i need some expert opinion as to whether this upgrade is worthwhile. I don't want to spend a fortune but future proof my current system for another 2 years, specifically used for Gaming, FPS and Flight Sims. Current specs as follows - GAP35-S3 Rev 1 MB , E6750 CPU, 2GB DDR800 Ram, Ge Force 8800 GTS 640Mb, Thermaltake Toughpower 600W PSU, AOC 22" Monitor 1680 x 1050. Win XP home as OS.

Proposed upgrade - E8400 CPU which I believe my current MB will support but maybe Bios Upgrade required?
Galaxy Ge Force GTX 275 896Mb & extra 2GB RAM

All up this will cost me approx NZD$800 but if this future proofs me for another 2 years for gaming I will be happy. Oh and not interested in overclocking, everything will run at stock.

Regards :)
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  1. I would stick with the same CPU for now or better yet upgrade to a quad core. Other than that the GPU and RAM sound good.
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    Not worth upgrading the cpu . Apart from a die shrink + a bit more cache theyre identical . Just add a cooler and OC your one to 3+ GHz to match the e8400

    The gfx card is the place to spend money , and in NZ for some reason the Radeon 4890 is very cheap at the moment . Much cheaper than a GTX 275 and just as good
  3. Thanks for the reply outlander but as I stated I did not want to overclock. I have never attempted to overclock a CPU as I don't feel I have the technical expertise, especially when fiddling around with voltage settings and memory timings. Will an E6750 overclock to 3Hz relatively easily and can you recommend a good place to get the step by step instructions for a first timer as the last thing i want to do is fry the CPU. Sure if I go down this path I save some bucks.
    With regard the video cards I can't see the ATI as being cheaper than the GTX. This is the Galaxy card I looked at and this ATI card looks good as well, would you recommend the ATI? If I overclock I presume I will need better cooling than stock fan , maybe this Artic Freezer pro. http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=7098
    http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=8991
    http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=9789

    Regards
  4. When learning to overclock, look around the internet and read multiple guides. And im a big fan of the 8800 series, but you should definitely upgrade your gfx card, go with the one with the best performance for the price.
  5. wow, you built my old computer, piece for piece.

    i kept the cpu, overclocked it to 3.68 (you can expect 3.4ish) and upgraded my videocard.
  6. reggy29 said:
    Thanks for the reply outlander but as I stated I did not want to overclock. I have never attempted to overclock a CPU as I don't feel I have the technical expertise, especially when fiddling around with voltage settings and memory timings. Will an E6750 overclock to 3Hz relatively easily and can you recommend a good place to get the step by step instructions for a first timer as the last thing i want to do is fry the CPU. Sure if I go down this path I save some bucks.
    With regard the video cards I can't see the ATI as being cheaper than the GTX. This is the Galaxy card I looked at and this ATI card looks good as well, would you recommend the ATI? If I overclock I presume I will need better cooling than stock fan , maybe this Artic Freezer pro. http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=7098
    http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=8991
    http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=9789

    Regards



    there is a very good set of OCing instructions pinned to the top of the OC messageboard on this site
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/240001-29-howto-overclock-quads-duals-guide

    Once you have read it its going to take you less than 5 minutes making a simple change in BIOS to equal the performance of the e8400


    For coolers
    http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm
    But not all will be available in NZ .

    I am using a Scythe Ninja on an e7300 , and its clocking along very nicely at 3.33 GHz and topping out at about 35C which is very cool by processor standards
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