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How would I make a jump onto the PCI express bandwagon?

By wallabing
Sep 30, 2006
  1. .....For the least amount of money?

    I currently have Pentium 4 630 socket 775
    2GB (2 x 1GB) PC3200 Corsair DDR dual channel mode
    Geforce 6600 256MB AGP

    After trying to find all possible motherboards, it turns out I am forced to abandon my beloved memory, and video card I worked so hard to get because all the newer motherboards dont use them anymore. I can, however, keep my cpu because all the next generation Core 2 duo boards support my Pentium 4, So I'm a bit happy there.

    If I get this board, I can reuse my memory and save me a load of money

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813135023

    But it has questionable quality

    Anyone recommend a good solid Conroe motherboard under $100?

    and DDR2 Memory brand and speed?

    and a good video card under $150

    This is my first time making the big expensive switch to PCI express.

    Any help appreciated
     
  2. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    I would stick with what you have for right now, I mean you have a very decent video card as it is. You would be throwing alot of memory away also.
     
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    I have to agree with cfitzarl here.. What do you need PCI Express for?
     
  4. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    yeah your video card is pretty good now, I got PCI and a decent video card but I'm thinking of just building a new computer anyways and getting PCI-E or getting a computer from newegg because their stuff has all the stuff I want and I could always add stuff.
     
  5. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,019

    Not going to happen. You truly want a good chipset (Intel), dual-channel DDR2-800 memory support, and good BIOS support if you're going to spend any money.

    DDR2-800, Cas4 (or lower) from OCZ, Mushkin, Corsair or Crucial, and in pairs to retain dual-channel ability.

    There are plenty of great videocards under $150 US for PCI-Express that would be a measurable upgrade from your 6600.
    X800GTO - $105
    X850XT PE - $119
    X1650 Pro - $125
    7600GTS - $125
    6800XT - $129

    Now with all that from above, I'd have to agree with other posters here. If you're planning on making the move to PCI-Express and future upgradeability, I'd wait until you can do so right and with the correct parts for best results.

    You have a pretty decent system as-is right now, so I'd save your pennies for a bit then set yourself up with some quality, matched hardware.
     
  6. wallabing

    wallabing TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 69

    But I really have this irresistable urge to play World of Warcraft on the highest resolution with max settings.
     
  7. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    Get socket 939 and save your money on RAM and buy a pwnage video card. An Athlon 64 or Athlon 64 X2 are good 939 gaming processors, and you can find awesome 939 motherboards for under 80$.
     
  8. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Posts: 716

    You should be able to run WoW on your system on max settings... Maybe you have spyware or some other resource hogginf utilities such as NAV...

    Regards,

    Korrupt
     
  9. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    You should REALLY ba alble to play WoW on full settings... You're system is faster than mine and I can at 60fps always (Vsynch). I know it says 6800 in my sig... but my 6800 is a VERY strange and VERY VERY crippled 6800. Its somewhere in the range of a 6400 if there was a such thing (like halfway between a 6200 and 6600.
     
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