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I am going to have some money around Christams time to do some computer upgrades. I don't know if I should go ahead and buy a new motherboard, ram, processor(Intel? or AMD?) or if I should just continue to upgrade my socket 939 with the X1900xtx and the FX-60(which I don't have the money for)? I know that 939 is going out very quickly and I feel that AM2 or even the soon to be M2 socket will be the next top of the line. What do you think I should do, I am becoming pretty good at overclocking and working with temperatures and feel that I wont need to spend an arm and a leg to buy a very good computer part but I don't want to buy a piece of junk that wont be very fast. I would like to know what you guys think. I know one thing, I'll probably spend a good $500-$700 dollars because my relatives think that I'm going to buy a $700 LCD TV but have decided to put the money else where. Thanks for any responding posts.
    
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17 inch monitor? Forget the second X1900. Not worth it.

My take, go Core 2 Duo:Subtotal: $529.48

If your set on AMD, then get this:Subtotal: $505.98

The Intel set up will beat the AMD set up easily, and that E6300 overclocks very well.

Given your current rig, I don't recommend the AMD move... I'd either go Core 2 Duo, or just wait things out. alternatively, buy a nice monitor (20", for a bit under $300 or so), and then add a video card if budget allows.

Why not the TV you're relatives think you're getting?
    
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17 inch monitor? Forget the second X1900. Not worth it.

My take, go Core 2 Duo:Subtotal: $529.48

If your set on AMD, then get this:Subtotal: $505.98

The Intel set up will beat the AMD set up easily, and that E6300 overclocks very well.

Given your current rig, I don't recommend the AMD move... I'd either go Core 2 Duo, or just wait things out. alternatively, buy a nice monitor (20", for a bit under $300 or so), and then add a video card if budget allows.

Why not the TV you're relatives think you're getting?
If he is gonna get an AMD he might as well get an FX or atleast a 4400+
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4400+ probably, FX is too much money for too little performance improvement.

I vote Core 2 Duo, or leave his rig alone, and get a nice monitor/TV and / or a DX10 card.
    
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I would also vote get a good monitor/TV now, and then upgrade the computer later.
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yah my vote goes towards improving the monitor
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I want to be able to play the new splinter cell on high settings as well as some of the new upcoming DX10 games!! I know that I am going to fork out alot of money in order to do this, but it is going to happen sometime and why not this Christmas when prices are down. What do you all think? What do you think the best socket is? and I am kind of leaning towards Intel now because AMD is really falling behind on technology for now and it doesn't look like a good ride for them.
    
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Also, what Core 2 Duo processor would you say is the best at overclocking with the best overall value and gameplay performance because that is really what I'm looking for out of a computer?
    
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C2D right now is the best

Don't expect G80 prices to go down during Christmas

The build Chozart put together provides everything you mentioned in your last post
    
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