What would you upgrade to?

  Jimmyh 12:44 06 Mar 2006
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I'm looking at two possible upgrade paths.

Either:
AMD Athlon 64 3700+ Socket 939 1MB Inc Fan
Crucial 2x1GB 184Pin DIMM PC3200 Non-ECC Unbuffered
Asustek A8N SLI Socket 939 nForce 4 SLI PCI-E ATX

Or:
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Socket 939 512KB Inc Fan
Gigabyte GA-K8NF-9 Socket 939 nForce 4-4X PCI-E ATX
Crucial 1GB 184pin DIMM PC3200 DDRRAM NP Unbuffered CL3.0

Other Equipment:
Gainward GF 6600GT 256MB PCIE TVO DVI-O
Hitachi Deskstar 7K80 80GB S300 8MB
NEC DVD+-R/RW 16x Dual Layer Black - Drive Only
BenQ 17" Benq FP71G+ 8ms Silver/Blk LCD TFT.

The difference in price is about £120, so do i go for the cheaper option or the slightly more expensive faster specs?

Cheers.

  johndrew 14:22 06 Mar 2006

Your choice should depend on what you are using the PC for, how concerned you are about performance and how long it is likely to be before you feel you must upgrade again. General advice I was given was to go for the `best` spec I could afford as it reduces the `want` factor when technology progresses.

  Jimmyh 14:35 06 Mar 2006

Well £700 is my max, but if I went for the cheaper cpu, mobo and memory, could I then get a better gfx card.

I'm also using a non branded PSU, so i would probably be good to upgrade that as well.

I'm a gamming person, x3, everquest2, age of empires.

  johndrew 20:20 06 Mar 2006

I know little of games I`m afraid but if those you mention run quickly enough with a 3200+ then I think you have just talked yourself into a spec? One warning though, AMD processors are renown for being a bit funny with some unbranded memory. I read this in a forum somewhere can`t remember where though.

  gudgulf 20:49 06 Mar 2006

The games you mention are all pretty demanding.....and all deserve a more powerfull graphics card.


Splitting the diifference wuth processors and going for an Athlon 64 3500+ would ensure plenty of cpu power and sticking with 1GB RAM should allow you to use something like a 6800GS click here and if you feel like stretching the budget a little bit there is a 7800GT for under £200 click here


Things to consider.......few games at the moment need more than 1GB of RAM and those that do only require it at the highest resolutions and image quality settings (but a recommended upgrade for the future.

Most games at the settings a 6800GS and higher graphics card will run are graphics card bound
(X3 falls into this category).....that is even a relatively modest cpu can send more frames to the graphics card than it can render at high resolutions.But not all of them are like this.....RTS games like Age of Empires can be very demanding of cpu power.

EverQuest 2 is just demanding....full stop

You need to balance the cpu power with memory amount,but for all the games you mention the best graphics card you can afford will make the most difference......well that's my opinion anyway.

  goonerbill © ® 22:52 06 Mar 2006

as the others have given excellent advice which i agree with, i would like to mention the dvd-rw. if you are getting the NEC dvd (excellent make, i have one) dont get the 3550 or 4550 models. the 3551 (uses all standard dvd +- r/rw/dual layer) or the 4551 (as 3551 plus dvd-ram) has NEC version of lightscribe (burn data one side and then burn image/text on the other) may be a few quid more but saves mucking about with pens.

  Jimmyh 09:16 07 Mar 2006

Well i went for the AMD 3700+ as it comes with 1mb l2 cache which would set me up for the near furture.

I have been told else where that a 6600GT in sli is almost as good as a single 7800GT, but 2 6600 256mb would cost be almost £240, and a single cheaper version of the 7800gt would be just under £200, but at the moment i cant stretch towards the 3700, 2gb and a 7800gt.

  Jimmyh 09:43 07 Mar 2006

@Goonerbill
That was actually the 3550 version of the NEC DVD writer, I've changed it for the 3551, which was only about £5 more.

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