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Upgrading my System

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May 22, 2011 4:12:40 PM

I think this is the right sub-category, if not I apologize. I have an old Alienware Area-51 that I am looking to upgrade. This is the system now(the video card has been upgraded).

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System Information
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Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.101209-1647)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: alienware
System Model: alienware
BIOS: BIOS Date: 06/24/03 17:36:41 Ver: 08.00.09
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 1022MB RAM
Page File: 637MB used, 1826MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)

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Display Devices
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Card name: Radeon X1650 Series
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
Chip type: ATI Radeon Graphics Processor AGP (0x71C7)
DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_71C7&SUBSYS_21001787&REV_9E
Display Memory: 512.0 MB


I am looking to retain my case and my CD/DVD/Floppy drives and my PSU(Xpower780 600w also an upgrade); everything else is getting replaced. So far I am looking at two possible paths to refurbish my system. One is an Intel system the other is an AMD system.

1)Intel System

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136795

$59.99


EVGA 01G-P3-1366-TR GeForce GTX 460 SE (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814130591
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$144.99


WINTEC AMPX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 3AXH1333C9WS4GK
Item #: N82E16820161279

$42.99


ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157229

$159.99


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Item #: N82E16819115072

$224.99


Total $632.95


2) AMD System

MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Model #:870A-G54
Item #:N82E16813130275

$99.99

EVGA 01G-P3-1366-TR GeForce GTX 460 SE (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Model #:01G-P3-1366-TR
Item #:N82E16814130591

$144.99

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
Model #:HDZ955FBGMBOX
Item #:N82E16819103808

$119.99

WINTEC AMPX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 3AXH1333C9WS4GK
Model #:3AXH1333C9WS4GK
Item #:N82E16820161279

$42.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:WD5002AALX
Item #:N82E16822136795

$59.99


Total:$467.95

Any suggestions/corrections/replacements I am also on the fence with the Intel motherboard. I can't decide if I want to go with the P67 or jump to the X68. And obviously I am on a budget here and want to keep it cheap without sacrificing too much quality/longevity. i.e. Will I have to upgrade the AMD system sooner?/and is the intel system really $165 better?

Thanks in advance Wandererdg

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May 22, 2011 4:20:53 PM

Yes, the intel system is much better and you will be needing to upgrade the AMD system sooner.

My suggestion would be a different gcard. The 460 SE is a weak version of the 460. For $150ish I'd go with the 6850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or if you want to stretch further the gtx 560 or 6870.

edit: ah I see you like the card for the $30MIR as well....well point still stands but will cost more :( 
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May 22, 2011 4:32:44 PM

Hold off to see what bulldozer brings to the tables?
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May 23, 2011 2:14:35 PM

I thought about holding off until bulldozer comes out but I don't really trust new tech right off the line and I have been putting this upgrade off for about 2 1/2 years.
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May 23, 2011 4:09:25 PM

Well then go ahead with the intel based system. Its much better than the AMD.
I would get a better video card tho that compliments the i5 better like a 560Ti or 6950.
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May 31, 2011 12:12:16 PM

Thanks for the input on the video card. At the moment I am leaning toward the EVGA GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) SSC+ as a more economical alternative to the 560Ti. As for the ATI I have had terrible luck with them in the past so I'm a little gun shy with them right now.
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