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Old 08-22-2008, 04:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am currently on the outs on whats coming up next in terms of computer hardware so I am unsure whether or not it is a good time to upgrade.
My mobo is AM2 socketed so I will only be able to grab a processor from amd that fits that socket.
I am looking to get one of those new ATI 4850's for GPU.
I am also looking to grab 2 more 1gb sticks of ram.

So my question is: Is it worth waiting a month or so to either see potential upgrades released in these areas, or waiting for a price drop because of newly released models? I would want an upgrade no later then late october.
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Old 08-22-2008, 06:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Depends, what Processor are you currently using, and what is it clocked at?
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Old 08-22-2008, 08:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm currently using an amd 4200+ clocked at normal speed. I'm looking to grab a 6400+ because I think it is the best I can get with my mobo. Not sure if they are going to add any to this line, or if they will price drop soon to compete.
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Get a 5400+ Black Edition, its runs cooler, consumes less power and is cheaper.

It can push to 6400+ speeds by raising the multiplier once
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Default Re: Is the time right to upgrade?

and it also depends on which motherboard you have....not all of them support the 6400, even with a bios flash.
take vern's suggestion.
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So there is no point in waiting and I might as well upgrade right now?
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i dont think there are any price drops scheduled between now and october. but, they do pop up unexpectedly.
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Ok, here is what my planned upgraded computer is supposed to be. New parts will be first.

AMD Athlon X2 5400B 2.8GHz Newegg.com - AMD Athlon X2 5400B 2.8GHz 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Radeon HD 4850 Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100242L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

+2 gig ram (unsure which to get)

Older parts

GigaByte GA-M55SLI-S4 nForce4 SLI Chipset GIGABYTE - Product - Motherboard - Overview - GA-M55SLI-S4 (rev. 1.0)

(Req.DDR2 MainBoard)2GB (2x1GB) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory (Not sure what type exactly but somewhere on this page) Newegg.com - DDR2 800 (PC2 6400), 2GB (2 x 1GB), 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM, OCZ Technology, Inc., Desktop Memory, Memory, Computer Hardware

NZXT 500 watt PSU


I need a suggestion for what memory I should get that works with my mobo. How would I go about raising the multiplyer once on the processor to get it up to 6400+ speeds? This is the first time I have ever installed something into my computer besides a second harddrive so I am a novice. Do I need thermal glue for something? Is my PSU good enough? Does everything work together? How long would one think this build could last me? Any help is much appreciated.
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I'm talking about this one:
Newegg.com - AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ Brisbane 2.8GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core black edition Processor - Processors - Desktops

Flash your BIOS to the latest version before throwing in this CPU
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Get this 4850 because it comes with a game: Newegg.com - PALiT AE/48500+T352 Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
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