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post #11 of 30
You don't need a new mobo to run a g80 card, as long as you have an empty PCIe slot you're good
    
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Originally Posted by tubnotub1 View Post
I have heard nothing about needing a new motherboard in order to support directx10, where did you hear that? As far as I know the only things needed for DX10 are a DX10 capable video card, and vista (and a computer that can run vista...).
Whew! He said it, not me.

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Additionally, I don't think any 939 boards run off of the nVidia 500 series chipset or higher, which is what you need for running DX10 cards (I am of the understanding that only the 680i chipset will run DX10 cards, if this is wrong please correct me and make me look foolish.
EDIT: I don't plan on the G80, here I come R600!
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How can you even make such a claim? It's absurd x infinity

s939 is dead. Nothing new is coming out on it and ddr prices are rising...

I'm debating whether I should buy an 8800GTS or build myself a mid-range AM2 rig :/
    
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really? damn...i was hoping that i could use DX10 on my lanparty
Where did you hear that you need a 500 chipset or higher??
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939 still has PLENTY of life in it. I was planning on staying with it for another year+, but I was given free stuff.
    
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The main issues I see are the cost of the RAM. Since you plan a new CPU and RAM, you might as well consider upgrading the socket, so that at least you have DDR2 RAM. You can opt for a cheapo mobo for now, and get a high end one once you go R600

For 939, I'd recommend this:
AMD Opteron 165 Denmark 1.8GHz Socket 939 $159.99
Patriot 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 500 (PC 4000) $234.99

The costs for AM2 will be about the same for the CPU and RAM, and then just add a mobo:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Windsor 2.0GHz Socket AM2 OEM $148.99 (could not find retail right away)
Crucial Technology 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM $229.99
BIOSTAR TFORCE 550 Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 550 $79.99

The cost for upgrading to AM2 in this example would be $63.99

Notes: if you stay single core, cost will decrease with about the same amount for each socket. Also, do NOT add two sticks to your current RAM; this will result in a performance hit. Do replace with a 2x1GB kit.
    
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I didn't mean to upset so many people with my post. Sorry. I honestly don't remember where I heard it, but it was somewhere on here. Someone said (maybe they were confused as well) that you needed the 680i chipset to run the 8800GTX, or perhaps to run SLI 8800's. It seemed absurd as I wrote it, but figured in case it was true I would throw it out there.

I, ofr one, am keeping this rig until I can get an AM2 Opteron rig (CPU/Mobo/RAM), then I'm going to go 4x4 and R600 once I get a crapload of cash.
    
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Does anyone feel as though there arent any definitive boards to run AM2 right now? or even conroe that dont see, to have been plagued with several different issues?
     
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post #19 of 30
Oh, I think most boards are plagues with issues.... mostly by us (the user ).

Seriously, I don't think there are that many serious problems with Core 2 Duo boards (although mine has its own will... ). Don't know too much about AM2, but I have not heard too many complaints, so I am guessing all is within reason.

The tForce series has a good reputation for being a nice board that overclocks well at a reasonable price.

Do note that if you want KoreTooDuuo you'll be spending more than for AM2. E6300 is $183, and the Gigabyte S3 (cheapest recommendable mobo) is $116. Thus, you'll be spending $59 over the AM2 parts I listed below (assuming the same RAM), and $123 over the socket 939 parts.
    
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DDR400 RAM is EXPENSIVE but I find DDR500 is WAY CHEAPER for some reason...
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