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Old 07-21-2005, 10:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question System Bottleneck..... ????? Advice thankyou

hi i built a system about nearly a year ago 9 months or so... i didnt know much about hardware then what do you think is the bottleneck to my system.... and what upgrades would be benificial... thank you


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P4 3.4 GHz Nothwood core... 512 mb L2 cashe
6800GT XFX card 256 MB
74 GHB Western Digital Raptor harddrive
1024 MB of sys ram DDR 400
motherboard is MSI 875 Neo P Series (MS-6758 (v2.X) ATX Mainboard)
Zorro PC case
400 PSU
standard sony CD/dvd/CDRW drive combo
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Old 07-21-2005, 10:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The 400W PSU and the P4? Northwood is even worse than prescott (speed wise).
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Northwood uses less power by far

Graphics card is probolly your largest bottleneck right now, even though your system is fine
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Graphics card the bottleneck man i got a 6800 GT.... its a pretty powerful card...
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6800 Gt is a powerful gameing card.... only a little slower than the 6800 ultra....
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003... erm i have got less L2 ram of only 512 KB what would u thing would be an approprite CPU upgrade
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If you really wanted a CPU upgrade getting an AMD would be better

You could get a 3200+ and overclock it (To around FX-55 speeds)

Or if you have some money you can get an AMD San Diego core 3700+

And if you are loaded, you can pickup an FX-57
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im low on cash to buy a new motherboard and amd cpu... if i had money i would have amd 64 bit sli motherboard with PCi express... and two 512 mb 6800 ultra sli mode... and a FX75.. but hey i dont have the cash... so i need a pentium cpu upgrate on my current motherboard
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You realize, that the 7800GTX is out, which beats two 6800 Ultras in SLI? IT would be wise to wait a little before doing anything, DFI is going to release their crossfire motherboard in two weeks, and the ATI r520/r530 graphics cards are comming out in august, and one R520 is susposed to beat two 7800GTXs in SLI. If you do upgrade, I would get the crossfire mobo, the cheapest pci express graphics card to tide you over till the r520, and an Althon 64 X2 4400+ Toledo.
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im low on cash to buy a new motherboard and amd cpu... if i had money i would have amd 64 bit sli motherboard with PCi express... and two 512 mb 6800 ultra sli mode... and a FX75.. but hey i dont have the cash... so i need a pentium cpu upgrate on my current motherboard
Thing is you can get a 3200+ and a DFI mobo for less than you can get a 3.6 ghz p4, and you can heavily overclock the 3200+ to reach FX-55 speeds pretty easy without uber cooling.
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