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Need Help Upgrading

By Epif
Sep 22, 2007
  1. Hi. I just joined here today, hope you guys can help me figure out what to buy to upgrade!

    Right now I have an AMD Athlon 3800+ Socket 939 in an MSI K8n-Neo4 Platinum SLI mobo (never used SLI... heh) with 1 gb of DDR-400 value ram and an 8800gts.

    I figure I need to get a new mobo, processor, and ram. I want to spend less than $300 before rebates. I'm not afraid to overclock and plan to. I have some parts in mind already but I would like some feedback.

    For a motherboard I'm looking at the Abit IP35-E. Is this a good board that will allow me to overclock well? Will I be able to run both my PATA hardrive and cdrom drive on the single PATA port? Also, will I be able to upgrade to the new Intel processors that come out next year, or will that require another new motherboard?

    As for a processor, I've heard good things about the E2160 and E2180. Is it worth the $10 to get the 2180 instead of the 2160? Are there better CPUs out there at a similar price range? Also, how much can I expect these chips to overclock? Will I want to spend money on a separate heatsink and fan for them?

    I need 2 gb of ram. I'm looking at this, this, or this maybe. Any other kits in this price range would work out too.

    And finally, I need to know if all this will run with my 8800gts on my 500 watt Antec Basiq power supply. That should be powerful enough, right?

    Thanks!
     
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    The ABit is a good board. The E2180 is worth $10 more... there are better cpu's out there, but they require a more expensive motherboard, and different memory.
    The memory you posted is less expensive at www.zipzoomfly.com and shipping is free with no rebate hassel.
     
  3. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

    "And finally, I need to know if all this will run with my 8800gts on my 500 watt Antec Basiq power supply. That should be powerful enough, right?"

    Your psu has 27amps.
    Maybe, maybe not
     
  4. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Yes. that power supply is known to work well with that video graphics unit.
    If you need affirmation, download one of the power supply/video graphics calculators.
     
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    IMO, this RAM is the cheapest you can get.
     
  6. hynesy

    hynesy TS Maniac Posts: 389

    Just a tip with the PSU calculator, if the result is close to 500 watts then it is recommended to upgrade to leave a little head room for times of large power usage. Some say this is unnessary unless you are using a generic PSU, but I believe otherwise.
    cheers
    Hynesy:wave:
     
  7. Epif

    Epif TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the help guys. I've decided to go withthis
    for the ram. Also, can someone answer my question about the IDE drives? Will a DVD-RW run on the same channel as a hard drive or will I have to buy SATA drives?
     
  8. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    It will run, but you will may trouble burning.
     
  9. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Why would you be worried about that? SATA drives cost the same as IDE ones anyways. Is there any other reason? In any case, if you make the DVD burner run as slave drive to the HDD's master, it will revert to PIO mode, which will give you abysmally slow burn and transfer speeds. So it's not advisable either way.
     
  10. Epif

    Epif TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I already own the PATA stuff... that's why. I'd have to buy new SATA stuff then which costs $$$ heh... Thanks guys.
     
  11. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

    Thanks for the info. 1 amp would be too close for comfort for me (it being a Tier 3-maybe).
     
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