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Thread: Thinking hard about upgrading on a budget

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    Chewie's Avatar Chew E. Bakke
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    Not much of a budget, but I was looking at getting these on a finance option...

    Athlon 64 X2 3800
    ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe
    XFX GeForce 7800 GT 256 MB

    Just wondering what more experienced people thought about these.
    I'm going to move over my 7200/8MB IDE HDDs, 2x 512MB PC3200 DDR and the other lil' bits n pieces.
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    Virtualbody1234's Avatar Forum Star BT Rep: +2
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    What do you currently have and what will you be mostly using the new PC for?

    Or what do you want to do that your current PC doesn't do?
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    Chewie's Avatar Chew E. Bakke
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    My daughter would be playing her games - Sims2 & Tony Hawkes at the moment but my kids change their minds like I change my socks .
    I'll be encoding a fair amount of time and playing a few games to pass some time.

    What I'm thinking of is upgrading the current Sempron 2400+, Aeolus 6600 & Soltek SL75FRN2L to something more future-proof. Something to last the next three or four years before it becomes too outdated.
    The Soltek must be 5 years old now and has served me well. It'll go to powering up one of the kids' computers.

    I'm looking at that site because of the finance option.
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    I hear X2 computers aren't great for gaming. Why don't you go for a high end single core AMD 64?

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    Yeah I was going to say something similar. Just get a single core AMD64.

    You could also save by getting a motherboard without SLI.

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    Get the A64 3700+, it's probably the best single core gaming cpu (value wise) right now. Runs at 2.2 ghz, and with 1mb L2 cache, it's a great buy @ around 250 bucks CAD (around 210 USD).
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    Chewie's Avatar Chew E. Bakke
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    To be honest, I had thought that dual core was the way things were going to go with more software taking advantage of it. Gaming isn't the top priority, but I thought the current single core advantage was mainly due to games not utilising dual core advantages.
    You've got a point there though, so I'll take a lil' look at single core CPUs. Dual core compatibility on the mobo would be useful for upgrading the CPU in a few years though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chewie UK
    What I'm thinking of is upgrading the current Sempron 2400+, Aeolus 6600 & Soltek SL75FRN2L to something more future-proof. Something to last the next three or four years before it becomes too outdated.
    Define "future-proof" and "too outdated".
    It could be asserted (successfully, I might add) that the parts you are thinking of are already obsolete.

    I think it's much saner to approach such a move with the attitude that it will be a nice upgrade from your current platform and not agonize about whether it can carry you for the next "x" number of years.
    "I am the one who knocks."- Heisenberg

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    Chewie's Avatar Chew E. Bakke
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    Well, by 'future proof', I really meant utilising current technology and with upgradeability for the next few years. A mobo that supports dual core mainly.

    Anyway, my hand has been forced somewhat due to my current mobo failing on Monday morning.
    Fans whir but nothing happens - no beeping even if I power up with absolutely nothing on board... no gfx, RAM, CPU, IDE or anything.
    I'm currently looking for a cheap Socket A board just to get myself going again, but there's nothing but ECS and the like online so I'm off down to the computer fair on Sunday to see what I can snaffle.
    There isn't a bargepole long enough for me to work on [a Sony Viao] - clocker 2008

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