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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Ream, 27 Oct 2011.

  1. Ream

    Ream What's a Dremel?

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    First off i need to say i have very little money and cant wait to save for a i5 2500k.

    I currently have a e6750 with 2gb@800mhz ram in a p5k premium wifi asus mobo with a 1gb 460GTX running vista home premium 32bit.

    The two options i have are put in a q8400 and another 4 gig of ram and have a little money left over or buy a phenom 2 955 with mobo and 8 gig of ram.

    Budget is a unchangeable £220.

    This is to play BF3. Please help me.
     
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  2. Bloody_Pete

    Bloody_Pete Technophile

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    Personally I'd just continue to save :) Just drop the setting in BF3 and it'll be fine, if it works on the 360 it'll work on your PC :)

    If you save another couple of hundred quid then you'll be able to go straight for SB, anything else is just wasting money really...
     
  3. Ljs

    Ljs Modder

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    Well...

    I don't think that upgrade is really worth it in the long run unless you will have more money obtainable in 6-12 months.

    e6750 BIN on eBay = £35 (-10% fees = £31.50)

    P5K Premium WiFi BIN on eBay
    = £75 (-10% fees = £67.50)

    2GB DDR2 (unspecified type) BIN on eBay = £15 (-10% fees = £13.50)

    £112.50 + £220 = £332.50

    i5 2500k = £161.75

    Asus P8P67 LE = £78.80

    8GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 = £40.99

    = £281.54

    20 posts = free delivery

    £332.50 - £281.54 = £50.96 change to do with what you will, probably buy a cooler for a nice easy OC.

    Also, look on Today only, fridays on Scan to shave off an extra few quid.

    Good times?
     
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  4. j4mi3

    j4mi3 What's a Dremel?

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    dont bother going down the amd route. save until you can afford the 2500k or dont buy a proc
     
  5. mrbungle

    mrbungle Undercooked chicken giver

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  6. debs3759

    debs3759 Was that a warranty I just broke?

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    I had an E6750 until a few days. I'm the middle of a trade for a P4 E6600, which is faster and has more cores. I got the beter side of a trade on another forum, with someone who bought a processor that his motherboard doesn't support. I'm just waiting for it to arrive :)

    Another 4GB ram would do justice to your system if you use a 64-bit OS, otherwise you can only use 4 GB. What speed is your existing ram?

    If a used processor is as good for you, there is currently a Q9400 on ebay for less than the price of a Q8400. Even better, but you'd have to contact the seller about international shipping (and possibly look up USPS options online to make a suggestion, could save you quite a bit), there's a US seller with a couple of QX9550 at £125 each. Just do a search on eBay (that's currently among the best prices for processors of that age) and you'll find them and other options (eBay even offers suggestions of similar chips to search for).

    For less than £200 you can get a Q9550 and 4 GB PC2-6400 new on eBay.

    Of course the other suggestions that would help you get a 2500K for the same price or less are better if you aren't waiting to get a specific more expensive motherboard.
     
  7. Bloody_Pete

    Bloody_Pete Technophile

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    Its not worth it though, the only reason I got a QX9650 from a Q9450 is that is only cost me £20. SB is where you want to aim.
     
  8. debs3759

    debs3759 Was that a warranty I just broke?

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    I agree. But as the OP didn't give much info (speed of memory, OS he uses, whether he is looking at a specific SB motherboard, etc) so the more info he has the more choices he has :)
     
  9. Parge

    Parge the worst Super Moderator

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    Screw that, sell the E6750, buy a Q6600 for £50, sell the GTX 460, buy a 560ti.

    The whole thing would cost you about £80.
     
  10. Ljs

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    Or this ^

    And a cooler if you dont have one and OC the Q6600 a bit.

    Q6600 are a bit more on eBay tbh, and you don't have access to the marketplace here (and they are getting a little rare there also).
     
  11. Ream

    Ream What's a Dremel?

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    Sorry forgot to post i have Vista home premium can use either 32 or 64 bit and my ram is 2x1gb cruicial ballistix 800mhz.
     

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