Trying to find peace of mind before I make the final moves :) (upgrade...)

By Schmutz
Oct 12, 2007
  1. My current system spec:

    Processor: AMD64 3500+ 2.2ghz
    RAM: 1gb RAM pc3200
    Board: Abit AV8-3rd Eye (Socket 939)
    GFX card: NVIDIA 6800GT 256mb

    After much research I want to upgrade to:

    Processor: Q6600 Quad core 2.4ghz
    RAM: 2gb OCZ Gold XTC DDR2 PC6400
    Board: Asus P5W DH Deluxe
    GFX: 8800GTS 640mb

    My budget is around 500 - 600 £ (1000-1200$)

    Primary reasons for upgrading are because I wish to do a LOT of Video editing in AE and 3d work (mostly in 3dsmax). I also want to be able to run the latest games ie. crysis/gears of war pc without problems

    Here are the questions I'd like to ask before I do this:

    1) How much of a performance increase will I see in After effects rendering times? From my understanding the quad core CPU will be capable of rendering 4 frames at once. Is it worth investing in 4gbs of RAM or will 2gbs be enough. I see 32bit OS can only use up to 3gbs effectively anyway

    2) Could you suggest any other motherboards or is the one I have selected fine? I am not clear about the benefits I'd see in (for example) Asus Striker Extreme board i have been looking at

    3) Is 7900GS 512mb a better option than 8800GTS 640mb? I'd like to be more confident in making a decision here. I believe the 8800gts appears to be the best value for money card available right now, but if I will be able to run games like Crysis and other existing ones say on par with the xbox 360 console with 7900GS then I'd rather get that seeing it is half the price

    4) I currently have a 400W PSU, will I need to look at higher Watt PSUs to support the new bits and pieces?

    Thanks a lot for any help :) I hope you can answer some questions as soon as possible because I'm ready to start buying right away
  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Try not to make two threads with the same problem. Just messes things up. Also, making your own thread is better than hijacking another thread. Look in your other thread for my reply. Howard, are you around? Got some work for you. ;)
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    I knew I had seen 2 Schmuks threads but then couldn't find them, until now. Closing this one. Link to other one is here:

    btw Rage - Howard isn't the only person on these boards that closes, merges, deletes, and moves threads.
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