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Old 02-26-2007, 02:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Upgrade or Rebuild?

Hi - I am a racing-sim gamer and recently added a Triplehead2Go to my setup. It actually runs OK at minimal settings with my current CPU/GPU, but I am thinking about an upgrade. My idea was to get the best of the 939 processors while they were still available, and move to a DX10 card. I thought this would give me a big performance boost with my current OS and games and get me 2-3 more years out of this rig as I could go to Vista and DX10 eventually. I am actually eyeing this package:


However, having done a bit of research, I am now getting worried that my motherboard will cause a problem (Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe, not the "32" version.) I have read at least one story where it appears the MoBo was a problem...


So, what do you think? Will that upgrade work for me, or will it just end in tears. I think my options are to either upgrade the MoBo (then I need to figure out what can use my memory, etc. and also what socket type to invest in) or to save my pennies for another year or so and then build an all-new Vista/DX-10 rig when there are more options in the market.

My current setup is:

Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe NF4 Motherboard
AMD 64 3500+ (socket 939)
3Gb Corsair RAM
Samsung DL DVD burner
74 GB 10k rpm primary drive
250 GB storage drive
Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZS
Antec True550 power supply
Leadtek TV2000XP tuner card
EVGA 6800 Ultra graphics card
Second generic 6800 in an unsuccessfull SLI setup (use the second card just to drive a 3rd monitor for non-3d)
Matrox Triplehead2Go (for gaming across 3 monitors)
3 x Samsung Syncmaster 204B (20 inch 1600x1200 LCD)
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