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well, I guess I'm gonna go with the AM2 option, thanks for the Canadian links Chozart. I'm gonna go with the Brisbane and Biostar Tforce 550 you linked me, (although I could probably get the brisbane cheaper, I'd only save a few bucks tops and it just makes sense to get the mobo and cpu from the same place. But I'm gonna go with this instead of the ram and vid card you suggested...

$102.99 CDN - Kingmax 2GB DDR2 800MHz kit w/heatsink - http://canadacomputers.com/index.php...70&cid=RAM.835

$321.94 CDN - BFG GeForce 8800GTS OC2 580MHZ 320MB 1.7GHZ

ATI better bring down the price a bit one those HD2900XT's, the 8800 GTS 640's are much cheaper...The reason I have a little more cash on hand now is because, after tons of screenshot oggling, I decided to ditch the cheap PS3 altogether i think. If not, I'll just build a new rig, minus video card, use the PS3 for games for a couple weeks then splurge on the 8800 GTS, or maybe even an HD2900XT. As you can see I have trouble making up my mind.

So here's the upgrade list...

less a PS3...plus $300, so now $700 or so...

$ 79.99 - AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ 1.9GHz - http://www.directcanada.com/products...anufacture=AMD
$ 94.11 - Biostar Tforce 550 AM2 - http://www.directcanada.com/products...acture=BIOSTAR
$102.99 - Kingmax 2GB DDR2 800MHz kit w/heatsink - http://canadacomputers.com/index.php...70&cid=RAM.835
$321.99 - BFG GeForce 8800GTS OC2 580MHZ 320MB 1.7GHZ - http://www.directcanada.com/products...anufacture=BFG

$599!
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Originally Posted by Choggs396 View Post
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.
Wouldnt running 512mb RAM running on a 256bit interface be just as bad as 256mb RAM on a 128bit interface??
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No. the 256bit interface allows for higher bandwidth between memory and the GPU itself. Thus, it's better to have the 256bit bandwidth, no matter the size of the memory.
    
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E8400 @ 3.8 GHz DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R eVGA 8400GS 2GB Mushkin DDR2 800 (single stick) 
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250GB WD SATA None Windows XP Pro 32-bit HP Pavilion f1703 
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N/A Corsair HX520 Coolermaster Cavalier N/A 
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