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post #11 of 32
If you see yourself sticking with XP for a good while then yes an X1950 should give you better performance than a 8600GT in DX9
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well i only really play games if im honest nothing else,so unless vista is going to make them better then i see no reason to change at the moment..

which would you go for.the intel cpu or the 3200 one in those 3 i listed?

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post #13 of 32
well the big thing Vista has for gamers is DirectX 10, which you cannot get in XP (dastardly MS) which basically makes games look much better, better textures, better lighting etc.

There isnt a whole lot to choose between the 3600+ and the E4300. The Intel is probably better right now, but with AM2 you have the option to upgrade to AMD's new processors later this year which should outperform Intel
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ok i see thanks,well i only have a 17" lcd monitor and max resolution is 1200 so i dont think vista would do anything for me hehe..unless i get another monitor that is

i wont be wanting to upgrade in a long time..ive had this setup for about 3 yrs


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post #15 of 32
honestly you would be fine in DX9. There arent gonna be any DX10 only games for a while, even the behemoth that is Crysis will have both DX9 and DX10 modes
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ok nick thank you very much,very helpful,now its just toss a coin to see whether amd or intel lol..my head hurts!!

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post #17 of 32
the simple way is that the Intel is better now, but in 6months or a years time you could upgrade the AM2 system to a K10, which would be better than an Intel.

The Intel is probably best right now, but if you see yourself in a years time dropping another £1-200 on a new processor then I would consider going AM2
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If you are up to the task of overclocking then either the 3600+ kit you listed or the E4300 kit would be great for a budget system. Both chips will pull 2.8ghz or so, perhaps even more.

What budget did you have in mind for a graphics card?
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post #19 of 32
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well if the cpu would be the weak link in my system in 12 months time then maybe i would,but i couldnt afford to buy a new gpu to match a new cpu if you know what i mean.

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post #20 of 32
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well im sure you guys would give me help in overclocking if i needed to,i dont mind giving it a go but all i want is nice stable system that doesnt overheat etc..i dont want it in the back of my mind that i have to keep checking temps because its overclocked a lot.

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