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Should I Upgrade now.. or wait it out?

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January 15, 2010 4:08:15 PM

Well I've been a lurker around the forums for awhile now.. I finally decided to join. I thought I'd ask everyone's opinion on a subject I've been thinking about for awhile now.

I'm an avid gamer, I also do internet marketing as a career so I'm on the computer all day. I like to take a break from work about an hour each day and play a game. Recently I've noticed my current system cannot handle the newer games.

When I was 13 I designed and built my first computer... it was a simple gaming build. Pentium 4 3.0ghz overclocked to 3.6ghz with 2gb ram and a 9800pro graphics card. It was pretty expensive at the time.. I had to mow so many yards to afford it.

I've had that for 6 years now.. I'm actually on it now. (I'm 19 btw)

I've been contemplating selling my old system on ebay.. while its not too overly outdated and upgrading. Would now be a good time to do that? Or would I be better off waiting till things get a bit cheaper. I haven't been keeping up with how fast pc stuff becomes outdated.

I wouldnt have a lot of money.. I wouldnt want to spend more then $500-$700 for a gaming/work pc. I'd like to be able to use it for at least 3-4 years before needing another upgrade.

So I guess I'm asking: When it comes down to it would I be better off waiting it out and buying the new stuff as it becomes outdated or just doing it now and possibly making a bit of it back by selling my current pc.



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January 15, 2010 4:11:07 PM

I bought a sony optiarc dvd burner with lightscribe and I think my power supply is too weak. Its only a 350w psu. That is what got me fed up and thinking about an upgrade.

The pc will turn on kind of, never shows a screen and auto restarts and does that in a continuous loop.
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January 15, 2010 4:30:25 PM

lol.. I was afraid of that :p 


WoW.. Lineage 2.. CoD Modern warfare2.. Dragon Age Origins.. Command and Conquer
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January 15, 2010 4:40:51 PM

I'm just a bit tight on money and I want to be sure what I get will last awhile.. Whats the consensus on Core 2 Duo vs Quad vs i5 vs i7?
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January 15, 2010 4:46:51 PM

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C2D is discontinued and not upgradeable. C2Q is discontinued, overpriced and not upgradeable. Do you really want to build on a non upgradeable discontinued motherboard?

i5 and i7 are way out of your price range.


I guess I'm way outta the loop.. I used to be able to keep up with all this.


No I dont want to base a build off a non upgradeable discontinued mobo..

I'm pretty much looking for the greatest bang for the buck with future upgrades.
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January 15, 2010 4:49:12 PM

If you want a higher performing CPU for the same price consider getting a 550BE. More often than not you can unlock the extra cores using ACC and end up with a Phenom II X4 @ 3.1ghz per core.
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January 15, 2010 4:54:27 PM

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For another $120 Keep everthing the same but change mobo/cpu to this:

http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingCart.aspx?sub...

The 550BE would only be higher performing because of clock speed, which is negated by the fact that he is going to overclock.

If you want a pc that last you a few years, you dont want to go dual core. Unlocking the extra cores is a crapshoot, and even if you are succesful, they may not work right, which is why they were disabled for a reason.



Thats a link to your shopping cart lol
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January 15, 2010 4:58:24 PM

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I prefer WD blacks as well, however the F3 is faster and cheaper. Remember your on a budget.


Arent the two Hard drives basically the same price?
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January 15, 2010 5:05:19 PM

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For another $120 Keep everthing the same but change mobo/cpu to this:

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

The 550BE would only be higher performing because of clock speed, which is negated by the fact that he is going to overclock.

If you want a pc that last you a few years, you dont want to go dual core. Unlocking the extra cores is a crapshoot, and even if you are succesful, they may not work right, which is why they were disabled for a reason.


Slightly better than a crapshoot with 80%+ success rates on AM3/DDR3 boards. But even as a dual core its a great gamer for the price.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/balanced-gaming-pc,...
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January 15, 2010 5:09:04 PM

I'd probably be overclocking to squeeze more out of everything. I think you recommended me that quad core at 2.6ghz... Could I get that up to 3.0/3.2ghz?
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January 15, 2010 5:43:38 PM

Some words of wisdom based on my very similar build (Antec 200 case, OCZ Fatal1ty 550W PSU, ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO Mobo)....

While I like my Antec 200 case (2 large quiet fans and well priced when on sale), a few points to consider:

1) Top mounted case fan & bottom mounted PSU
Two things to point out. First, you'll need to invert your PSU, which means the SATA power cables to HDD & DVD need be inverted too.. This make cable management a bit more difficult and a bit more "stress" on the connections since things have to bend more. Secondly, it's a straight down shot from that top mounted fan to CPU cooler & fan, to an add-on GPU, and to the PSU fan. Wouldn't want to spill a drink on it or have kids (assuming you don't any) drop object down there. A spilled drink might give a whole new meaning to liquid cooling.

2) Case front audio jack locations
These are at the top of the Antec 200 & 300 case. You may want to look at the online mobo manual (www.asus.com) to see where the audio connectors are. My connector (though slightly different mobo) is at the bottom left of the mobo and the wires just made it (but only because I have no video card [using onboard]). You may need to mitigate that. The AC97 wires are a bit longer than the HD wires.
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January 16, 2010 1:37:43 PM

I would prefer a Quad from the start.
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January 17, 2010 12:12:03 PM



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January 24, 2010 2:20:26 AM

Best answer selected by classicrocker978.
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