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So as you can see from my system specs, I'm running an AGP board with a 3000+ AMD 64. I'm looking for a better performing system, so obviously i need a PCI-E board. So my question is,should I keep my current CPU but get a board for around 90 dollars with a 200 dollar graphics card (x1950pro or 7900GS) or go with a new intel proc, board, and memory but sacrificing video performance (another x1600 or 7600GS)? which would offer better performance in both games and apps? Im guessing the real question is, is it worth shelling out the dough for conroe if i need a new board either way?
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It would be cheaper getting an AMD system (socket 939) as you could keep your DDR and not have to buy DDR2 so thats like $200 for GOOD DDR2 + $180 for the C2D + $170 motherboard (good motherboards as spensive) when a AMD system would be like $80 motherboard + $160 dual core opteron and you keep your memory
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Basically I wouldn't keep that processor any more and go intel.

Pickup a Core 2 Duo e6300, motherboard and ram and sacrafice on the video card. You can always go with a 7600 GS from eVGA and OC it to hell and you wont void your warrenty. I'm not sure how good the motherboards are but ASRock has the dual compatibility motherboards that support 2 interfaces.

I know that the AGP and PCI-E interface motherboards are not a good ideal because the AGP runs just off a basic PCI interface so the memory allocation is not up to snuff as a standard 8x AGP slot. research the boards that support DDR and DDR2.

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DDR can't be used with Core 2 Duo only with P4's and even if you could the AMD would still be better/cheaper
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Amd All The Way!
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post #6 of 21
Sell your CPU, DDR RAM, and graphics card.
Get Core 2 Duo e6300, new PCI-E mobo, DDR2 RAM, cheap graphics card.
post #7 of 21
amd if your on a budget is the way to go
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post #8 of 21
sell your proc ($40 usd), sell your motherboard ( $30) and sell your memory ($60) for a total of 130 + the 300 you have to spend and get a C2D System.

If you can expand your budget, that would be great, look at my Budget Build FAQ in my signature.

happy building!
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http://www.overclock.net/faqs/36946-...-system-i.html

Sorry for double post, but take a look at the 500-600 range on my budget build guide ive just linked.
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post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by PaRaDoX View Post
DDR can't be used with Core 2 Duo only with P4's and even if you could the AMD would still be better/cheaper
DDR can be used with Core 2 Duo CPUs, if you have the right motherboard, like the ASRock 775Dual-VSTA.

What your upgrade path should be depends on how much your budget is now, how much it could be in a few weeks/months and how long you're willing to wait to upgrade.

Personally, I would go with a Core 2 Duo based system, PCI-E, some half decent RAM and a decent mid-range graphics card .

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