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Old 06-01-2008, 09:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been doing a lot of research lately and the people on this forum have been outstanding in helping me picking out products, comparing them, and helping me fill in knowledge that I didn't have before.

When I first started my research, I wanted to do a couple of upgrades myself on my Dell XPS 700 now that I have some knowledge to start thinking about upgrading/building my own PC's from now on.

Anyway, the reason I wanted to upgrade were to improve performance in such new high-end games as Age of Conan, Lord of the Rings Online, Crysis, etc. I am trying to get to where I can run these games on the higher settings (maybe not Crysis) without any problems. The main 3 things I initially wanted to upgrade were my RAM, Graphic Card, and Monitor. (please note that I have never overclocked anything on my computer and everything is still stock settings - I did this as to not void any warranties, but now that my warranty is up... what the hey?)

What I am using before:

RAM - 2gigs(2x1) of whatever brand Dell uses on their gaming Rigs(more info at the end of post).

GRAPHICS CARD - Nvidia Geforce 7900 GTX 512mb

Monitor - 19" (non-wide) Dell LCD Monitor (max 1280x1024)

After much research, price hunting, and questions, I have decided to get the following setup:

RAM - - OCZ ReaperX HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
After viewing the advice that was given to a few people wanting to build high budget gaming systems, I saw this ram suggested over and over. With 2x2gb DDR2 1000 and its jut $80 with the rebate...the only downside is that I most likely would have to space out the cards in my 4 available spots because of the huge heat sinks. This would not allow me to upgrade to 8 gigs later if I ever choose to, but thats not likely. I also do not know if I can still run the 2 unit in "dual channel" if they are in say.. slots 1 and slots 3 of the 4 available. Can I)

I viewed some benchmarks and was completely blown away at the performance that x2 9600 GT in SLI provides. I ordered my computer a couple years ago and payed extra for an SLI capable motherboard but I have yet to use it. I know that the new cards are coming out in a few weeks, so I am going to wait and see what happens with the price of the 9600 GT. At the moment, I can get 2 cards from newegg for around $130 each.

My main reason for upgrading from my 19" to 22" wide is that I want to be able to get the most out of my other upgrades and finally run some 1680x1050 resolutions on the newer games (I would like to run 1920x with a 24" monitor but it's a bit out of my price range of low $200's for a monitor)
I decided that - Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP support 300 cd/m2 700:1 - LCD Monitors is the best I can get from newegg for the price (230 but shipping bumps it to 245 or so)
I found Hannspree - 22" Widescreen Flat-Panel LCD HD Monitor - HF-229HPB at my local bestbuy and it is on sale for $230 as well. I wouldn't have to pay a shipping cost either. I am still a bit undecided on these two.

Well, if I can get these things updated I think I will be well on my way to getting back on top of the game and play the new games on High settings once more. So after reviewing my post, are there any problems that you see in compatability or perhaps you could recommend something better for priceerformance than I have listed here? If there's anything else that I plan to update in the future, it is my processor. I have heard that the Core2Duo and Quad outperform the Pentium D by alot, but the upgarde would be a bit costly for me at the moment. I am sure that other parts of my system are slowly becoming outdated(I have had the computer for about 2 years now) but I have an excellent case and setup and I want to work off of it for as long as possible). I am going to upgrade the above first and see what kinda performance I can get. I want to hold off on upgrading anything else for awhile as price drops, but if anything causes too much of a bottleneck then I will look into it. Below is all of the remaining info I can get about my system from CPU-Z. If there is any other info I should get for the review, please let me know:

Intel Pentium D 950 3.40Ghz
Socket 775 LGA
nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition chipset
nForce 590 SLI
BIOS: Dell 1.1.3
Ram info according to CPU-Z: Samsung, Slot 1 and 2 filled with 1g, Samsung, PC2 5300(333MHz) 5-5-5-13
Windows Media Center Edition 2002 (its 32bit, but I plan on going vista 64bit in the future)

Thank you for taking the time to read my long post and also thanks to all of those who have helped me research these products. Once again, if there is anything that is missing, please just ask!!

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Old 06-02-2008, 04:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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not sure if your MoBo even supports DDR2 1000
I thought media center editions sucked? :P

that acer have free shipping right now
plus, @ bestbuy 230+ TAX would probably bump it up to about 240ish as well

Originally Posted by vernong1992 View Post
Pentium D's suck unfortunately, so they'll bottleneck your 9600gt's SLI

and I'm pretty sure thats your board:
ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
but you have many other treads asking the same question, I am sure you already know most of these answers?

I count 11 treads by you in the first 2 pages of this section

thought about replying to other threads, but since this says "FINAL"
so I replied to this one

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Old 06-02-2008, 05:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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His mobo doesn't support DDR2 1000. I've already told him on two other threads that DDR2 667MHz is the top he can support. As well as only 4GB max. And to use dual channel, you do skip and go every other slot. That's how dual channel works. Slots 1 and 3 are dual channel. Slots 2 and 4 are dual channel.

Also, your CPU shouldn't bottleneck you at all. I don't know much about the old Pentium D's, but with 3.4GHz and 4MB cache, that appears to be a very fast dual core cpu and you should not see any bottlenecking on your graphics card selections.

I have followed most of your posts, and while I appreciate your enthusiasm and high activity, I think it would be better for everyone and easier to follow if you try to limit the threads in the future and discuss more issues in a single thread. I hope this info helps

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Old 06-02-2008, 05:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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lol i was going to say that yeah u didnt need to create new threads
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah your CPU should not bottleneck you very much in the current games released, but it shouldn't last too much longer..
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