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Upgrading my Gaming Rig

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Sleepy_Sentry, 30 Jun 2008.

  1. Sleepy_Sentry

    Sleepy_Sentry What's a Dremel?

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    I have a Dell desktop computer with a 256 MB Nvidia 7800 GT/Pentium 4 3 GHz/1.5 GB RAM/520 watt OCZ Powerstream PSU. I would like to bring it up to my dorm, but would have to put it in a more portable case. Because of Dell's proprietary standards, this would entail getting a new motherboard. Here are my options:

    1. Keep the Pentium 4 CPU and get a new motherboard.
    This would be my cheapest option.

    2. Switch to AMD and get a new CPU as well as 2-4 GB new RAM. The CPU I had in mind was the Athlon X2 5000+.
    http://www.newegg.com/product/produ...hBargains-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA&Item=N82E16819103194

    This is the case I'm looking to get:
    http://www.xoxide.com/lianli-v350b-microatx-minitower-blackcase.html

    Is the Pentium 4 still fast enough for gaming, or should I get the AMD? Is there a better alternative for a cheap gaming CPU? My budget is $300 or less for the CPU/Mobo/RAM together.

    I mainly play games like BF2, Civ 4, and Oblivion, but plan on trying out a few new ones like BioShock or Grid.
     
  2. sotu1

    sotu1 Ex-Modder

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    out of interest, why choose to switch to and amd cpu? intel are currently winning their battle quite well. or is it to keep your old ram sticks?
     
  3. Sleepy_Sentry

    Sleepy_Sentry What's a Dremel?

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    Cost. Look at my budget.
     
  4. Matticus

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    You could buy a pentium dual core e2xxx series. Very cheap and overclock very well.

    You will most likely need a new graphics card, as I imagine your 7800 is agp (I could be wrong) and most if not all motherboards that support e2xxx or the X2s will have PCIe slots.

    Also I think the standard X2 5600+ is the sweet spot of the bunch. Its still got the 2x1mb cache same as the 6000+, but I seem to remember it having a better core and clocking very nicely. I don't know if the black edition is really worth it, that is unless its a lot cheaper.

    I just had a thought, why not just live with the big ol' dell case for a few months, save a nice bit of cash and build a whole new system. Going for an X2 5000+ or a pentium dual core now is a bit pointless unless you plan on either upgrading again soon, or you don't wish to play the latest games, which you have said you do.
     
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  5. Matticus

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    Memory:
    2 of these
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231119

    Mobo:
    Micro atx, like you wanted.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128076

    Cpu:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116070

    So far thats $220 + shipping

    Plus one of these, this isn't a "great" card, I would personally go for a 4850, but I was trying to keep in your budget.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121231

    $299.95

    Your psu will be fine, you didn't mention the case being in your $300 budget so I didn't include it. You didn't mention anything about new hdds or optical drives, so I assume you are sorted for them.
     
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  6. sotu1

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  7. Sleepy_Sentry

    Sleepy_Sentry What's a Dremel?

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    7800 is PCI-Express.
     
  8. Matticus

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    Well then your sorted. Get a better cpu than I qouted before. Some sort of core2duo and then you will have a pretty nice system. It will be much better than your current one.
     
  9. TTmodder

    TTmodder Hammertime

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    Why not a slightly less expensive case and better hardware?
    it´s a dorm and everything flashy just ends up broken at some point ;)
     
  10. sotu1

    sotu1 Ex-Modder

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    so so true...
     
  11. rls669

    rls669 i can has dremel?

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    Screw the 8600, you can find 9600GTs for less than a hundred bucks after MIR. Twice the card for an extra $20.
     
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