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Old 05-19-2006, 10:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i am currently using an agp card and want to upgrade to a PCI-E...which means i have to buy a new motherboard and im also planning on getting a new cpu as well.. i would like some help for picking the right parts...my budget for the cpu, motherboard and Graphics card is around $1000 Aud.
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which do you want to spend more money on, the cpu or graphics card? i suppose graphics card. you could get something like an opteron 144/146 or an athlon 3000+/3200+, a 7900gt and an nf4 dfi lanparty ultra-d. personally though i prefer getting a powerful cpu but i'm not a very heavy gamer.

edit: if you are more like me you could get a 7600gt, x2 3800+ and lanparty ultra-d which should fit the budget more or less perfectly
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Yeah, I agree with nitestick. However I would like to add on. AMD is releasing their new socket real soon (a week?), which could lower prices tramendously. Also, in a month (or 2?) Intel is coming out with its new processors, dubbed Core 2. Core 2 is supposedly going to top the highest Pentium D by 40%. In reality it's probably closer to 30%, but still amazing. Either way those are somethings to think about.

If you cannot wait, get the NF4 DFI Lanparty Ultra-D and 7900GT like nitestick said. But I would get a Athlon X2 or dual core Opteron. If you are into overclocking, the Opteron will do you much good. If you are not interested in overclocking get the Athlon X2.

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Ok heres the situation...ive been looking into a the am2 cores a bit recently and they are already out here...also have read some reviews about them and they say that they wont have a big difference compared to the socket 939. Im not so sure about the opteron precessors and why people are so into them..are they a pain in the *** or very user friendly when it comes to overclocking?

And aslo what brands would you reconmend for the video card??
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in case you didn't see my edit.......

" if you are more like me you could get a 7600gt, x2 3800+ and lanparty ultra-d which should fit the budget more or less perfectly"

should come to about $1000 australian exactly . check out nintek.com.au
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Oh, sorry didn't see that you are from Australia.

Earlier I didn't mean you should get an AM2, they aren't adding much except DDR2. I meant that it'll probably push down the prices of current Socket 939 processors and boards.

I recommend eVGA for Nvidia video cards.
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The only probelm is i ant get evga cards in australia... so im basically stuck with bfg, leadtek, MSI etc...
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I like BFG and MSI.
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aznboi88, look at the dang site!!! yes you can get evga in australia. nintek carries them and so do other retailers. try staticice.com.au a good site for finding products

http://staticice.com.au/cgi-bin/search.cgi?q=evga
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