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SO with this config I need to buy a new chip and motherboard what do you guys think wil be good, for a reasonable price -ie would like to spend around £150 or so for a chip (and not £600!) and a motherboard of around the same price...
Both ATI and Nvidia cards will fit as it's just PCI-Express. The only cards you can't use are AGP, so that should be fine. AMD CPU's clock faster than Intel CPU's, even though the quoted speed seems slower (it's a bit confusing) and AMD are preferred by people who build their own systems and gamers. I haven't used an Intel Core Duo, as mine is just a regular Celeron 2.4 GHz, but I'm sure someone who has used one will come in and add their comments on it.