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Old 08-13-2007, 12:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

So basically I'm looking to upgrade my PC before I head to college. I'm looking for a new motherboard, CPU, and Graphics card. Right now I'm running a Gigabyte motherboard, Pentium 4 3.4 HT processor and an eVGA GeForce 7800GT. I'd like to step up to a dual core and/ or 64 bit CPU.

I've been out of the computer world for a while so I'm wondering if AMD or Intel is the way to go? Are the Athlon 64 FXs still any good? Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks!
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Old 08-13-2007, 01:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Motherboard : Gigabyte P35-DS3R
CPU : Intel Quad Core Q6600 - G0 Stepping
VGA : 8800GTS 320mb 500MHz
RAM : Crucial Ballistix - DDR2 800 PC6400

Well, those are the main components you should look forward to. What is your budget by the way?
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Old 08-13-2007, 02:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Oh yeah, by the way, figure a budget of about $500. Current mobo is LGA775 and PCI-E.
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y do you need to change your mobo sounds decent to me
yeh quad core is good
but you might not need that gfx card if u dont use it for gaming
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What Gigabyte motherboard do you have? Well we'll just suggest the 8800GTS for now.

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y do you need to change your mobo sounds decent to me
yeh quad core is good
but you might not need that gfx card if u dont use it for gaming
he's gonna change the board because i doubt even the old socket775 board supports a quad-core.... u need a new board
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The old motherboard's with an LGA775 only supports like Pentium 4 or Celeron.
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CPU: Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 Conroe 2.33GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail
RAM: Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
MOBO: Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Total comes to $363 without shipping. That leaves $140 for your video card. That won't get you much. I would keep your 7800GT for a little bit longer. It'll still play every game out there, just not on Max-Ultra-Uber settings.
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Question: Will the 2.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Quad processor be as fast at single applications (like games) as my single core Pentium 4 3.4 Ghz processor? Basically, I know it'll multi-task like no other, but is it fast on single tasks as well?
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Question: Will the 2.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Quad processor be as fast at single applications (like games) as my single core Pentium 4 3.4 Ghz processor? Basically, I know it'll multi-task like no other, but is it fast on single tasks as well?
It's way faster. CPU Charts | Tom's Hardware
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