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updating to newer technology and seriously lost

By Masry King
Jul 23, 2005
  1. I already have an amazing PC but i want to update. The only things im keeping are the ram (kingston hyper x ddrs 677 mhz (or somthing like that)) and the hard drives which are two western digital 10,000 rpm hard drives. I'm a gamer and i want the best no matter what it costs.
     
  2. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Is that memory DDR or DDR-II ? It would seem like that latter to me.
     
  3. Masry King

    Masry King TS Rookie Topic Starter

    it is ddr2
     
  4. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    If you want to keep your Ram then you'll have to go with a Pentium 4/D/EE. The best one for gaming would seem to be the P4-EE 3.73. It has HyperThreading, loads of L2 cache & a very fast FSB. It costs a lot & I'm not sure about availability though. As for motherboard, it's down to preference as people will suggest Asus, other MSI, etc.

    For VGA cards, the very best would be either a 7800GTX (SLI eventualy) or a Radeon 850XT-PE. You had better start bidding your kidneys on eBay for such hardware though...
     
  5. Masry King

    Masry King TS Rookie Topic Starter

    is it the better choice if i lose the ddr2 and go with the amd
     
  6. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    If you could get a decent price for your DDR-II ram, I would think so. An Athlon64 in the 3800+/4000+ range is perfect for some intense gaming. If you want to go for the best then the Athlon64-FX 57 is what you need. But add your liver to your eBay bidding list as you'll need to sell that too to buy that chip.

    The only thing you would lose by going with AMD is the comfort HyperThreading offers when running lots of heavy applications together, other then that gaming performance will be much better & the noise/heat factor will disappear. ;)
     
  7. Masry King

    Masry King TS Rookie Topic Starter

    why how much is it going for
     
  8. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    For gaming I would get an amd64, it performs well for me.
    If you have the cash an fx chip would be great, but if you want to save some money you could get a lower model, like a venice 3200+ and try to oc it, although there're no guarantees on oc'ing.
     
  9. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    $1,109.00 at newegg right now. :p
     
  10. Masry King

    Masry King TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i can do that
     
  11. Masry King

    Masry King TS Rookie Topic Starter

    with the specs i already have what do i need and what do i have to lose
     
  12. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Well you need a case, a good PSU (at least a good brand 400/500w) & a motherboard. Add the CPU, the VGA card, the Ram, the HDDs & eventualy a sound card. Oh yes, a CD-Rom/DVD/Burner might come in handy too.
     
  13. Masry King

    Masry King TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ddr2 works on amd?
     
  14. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    DDR-I only.
     
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