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I was on the brink of a new build come payday next week, but I was offered a PS3 for a mere $250-$300 CDN, still pending, so I am kind of unable to go ahead with the new build now. Anyway, even with the PS3, I still need my pc for gaming, since all the best games are on pc, obviously. I will still have enough cash to do a little something with this rig, and I know you will all "hate" on me for wanting to upgrade such an ancient pc, but I've pretty much made up my mind that I want to upgrade, I just can't decide with what. It only has to get me through until the end of summer, when I've got enough for a new rig again. I was thinking so many things, it's getting a little overwhelming. First I was all "X1950 Pro AGP", then I was kinda into switching to a PCI-E 754 mobo and an 8600 GTS XXX, then I kinda figured this processor really has to go, it bottlenecks my x1600 for gosh sakes. But where to go from there? It's hard to even find anything 754 anymore...but I've been eyeing the Turions...but I'm liking maybe an Mobile Athlon 64 with the 1MB L2 (up from my Sempy's 128KB!). I don't know, help me out here, even though it hurts you all on the inside to not just say "build a new rig dammit!". Oh yeah, $400 (US) to spend, maybe a little more...plus I figured going PCI-E would at least allow me to move ONE thing over to the new rig, just add another GTS in SLI...
post #2 of 13
I know I am over budget (it's about $400 US before taxes, and I know your taxes are brutal), but ...

Total $430.18 CAD.

I believe they ship free...

I know the RAM is the weak spot, but heck... dual core CPU, pretty nice motherboard, and the video card you wanted

If you can spend a little more and hurry, you can get this OCZ kit...
http://www.directcanada.com/products...anufacture=OCZ
    
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I like Chozart's list, but personally I would go for the X1950Pro before buying the 8600GT. I think it's about on par if not better for overall DX9 Performance, and unless you want DX10 BADLY then it's probably a better value, with twice the RAM running at 256-bit interface instead of the 8600GT's 128-bit.

Pick one up at Newegg - Sapphire X1950Pro 512MB GDDR3.

It's also been receiving better reviews from customers for the most part.

Either card would work great, I personally would just pick the X1950Pro. PS: I am not a fanboy, I have two rigs - one Nvidia, one ATI.
    
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I was thinking about the Brisbane, but I'd like to save a bit of cash and not have to buy DDR2 just yet, are there any AM2 mobo's with DDR and DDR2? What would the performance of a s754 Mobile Athlon 64 (w/ 1MB L2) overclocked to about 2.6GHz be compared to with the X2 AM2 Brisbane at, let's say, 2.8-2.9GHz? I know much less, but how much? Just wondering as I can get the mobile for under $100 as well. And, like I said, I'll build a Quad core with 2xHD2900XT's or something come summers end, just need something to tie me over for now, so I think maybe the x1950 Pro would be a better grab after all. I've just noticed there is a 7900GS in AGP, I wonder if they overclock like their PCI-E counterparts?
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and I'm assuming since it was Chozart recommended that the Biostar mobo overclocks like a bat outta hell?
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There are no motherboards that I know of that support bot DDR and DDR2.

Biostar mobo from what Ive read is a monster overclocker. Peeps over here have easily achiever 2.8-2.9.

And about the difference between the mobile athlon to the brisbane: id say that the brisbane is about 100% better. Possibly a bit less
post #7 of 13
The Biostar overclocks very good for a budget board.

Choggs396: it's the 8600GTS... yes, the memory interface is 128-bit which does hold the card down a bit, but benchies are impressive enough for me.
Plus, no Newegg... he's in Canada.

And indeed.. no DDR with AM2. The memory controller is on the CPU die, and only supports DDR2.
    
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He could go Intel and get ddr and ddr2 support on the same mobo . Was upgrading my brothers computer and saw motherboards that had both.
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I would make the move to AM2 personally.

I think you have the following options:
1) buy AGP video card for your current rig. Will work, but somewhat a waste of money on older technology (although the card will hold decent re-sell value)
2) Look for a socket 754 board with PCI-E. They do exist (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=&srchInDesc=), but I could not find any from a Canadian vendor. My argument about spending money on older tech still applies, although that mobo will be cheaper than an AGP video card.
3) Go for a socket 939 platform. However, parts aren't easy to find, and it's a bit more expensive than AM2.
4) Move to AM2. It's within reach. If you are willing to, you might settle for an 7600GT and get the 2GB OCZ kit I linked.
    
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I kinda wanna resist the grain and be one of few to ignore Chozarts always great advise...still on the edge, and don't know where to go with it. And yeah, I was aware of the GTS' 128-bit, but benches don't seem to show it much when compared to the x1950 Pro, being only a tad slower. As much as I hate to admit it, nVidia is looking pretty good right now, until the end of summer when I get me some HD2900XT's or something anyway.
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