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I will order the above parts first.. put them in an old case and use my current monitor until I can afford the case, monitor, and accessories I want. First I will need to sell my Sig rig to fund this upgrade (Minus my GPU).

Cases I am leaning towards:

Antec P182SE $179.99

or

Raidmax IceBerg $144.99

(I am also kind of waiting to see how much the NZXT Tempest will be.)

and the monitor

Acer 22" AL2216WBD $229.99

What do you guys think? Anything I should change or swap?
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post #2 of 15
Consider the Thermaltight Ultra Extreme 120 as an alternative CPU cooler to the Tuniq. They are both good with the TRUE being marginally better but more expensive since you also have to buy the fan or fans for it.
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post #3 of 15
I wouldn't bother with any sort of upgrades to your current rig at all. The X2 6000+ is a very respectable processor, your power supply is equally excellent, you've got plenty of RAM, your case is nice, and you've just generally got a good all-around build. Maybe just pick up a nice aftermarket heatsink and thermal paste (the ones you picked out are fine), the SATA DVD RW drive (not a big deal, but I'll just let you know that I've had bad luck with ASUS optical drives - they're zero out of three with me), and a bigger hard drive if you need more space.
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post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by RayvinAzn View Post
I wouldn't bother with any sort of upgrades to your current rig at all. The X2 6000+ is a very respectable processor, your power supply is equally excellent, you've got plenty of RAM, your case is nice, and you've just generally got a good all-around build. Maybe just pick up a nice aftermarket heatsink and thermal paste (the ones you picked out are fine), the SATA DVD RW drive (not a big deal, but I'll just let you know that I've had bad luck with ASUS optical drives - they're zero out of three with me), and a bigger hard drive if you need more space.

Yes, respectable, but he's upgrading to a Quad-Core.

That PSU seems a little high-priced to me.. Yes, it's a top-notch PSU, but........... There's a number of others available for less that are as good (maybe better). Take this with a grain of salt though because you could ask 10 people & get 10 different answers.

I'm not familiar with the MOBO, but I think you could do better there as well.

Maybe take some of the savings & purchase 2 x 250 Seagates instead & place them in a RAID0 configuration to gain a little speed boost.

Can't argue with most of the other choices. I've never used that TIM, but I won't stray too far from AS5 personally.
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post #5 of 15
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The power supply is more expensive due to it being modular. I will not go back to standard power supplies as they make too much of a mess.

I have read up quite a bit on the LanParty Dark and there is a club thread in the motherboards section of this forum about it. It seems to be a very good overclocker with quite advanced Bios settings.

If you have any motherboard suggestions I am completely open.

As for why I am upgrading my build, well my motherboard is horrible and I want to go to Intel due to AMD's current stance in the market and performance spectrum. I have done numerous calculations and found that it would cost me more to upgrade one or two components and sell them off then to just sell my entire rig and start fresh.
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post #6 of 15
Then start fresh with Nehalem, LGA775 is very nearly dead. It'd be one thing if you had a single-core 939 system, but your current machine is honestly not that far from the top of the pile. Quad-core is still pretty much useless for most current applications, and while it is a good option to future-proof for someone building a new rig, it's not necessary over an X2 6000+. I'm sure your motherboard is far from exceptional, but you're not going to overclock much with a stock cooler anyway, especially not with an X2 6000+, which is damn near capped out as far as air cooling goes on AMD chips.

With that being said, the system you've picked out is great, you've got excellent choices across the board. The Q9450 would be nice if you can squeeze it in, but the Q6600 for that price is far from terrible. I believe prices on the 65nm Core 2 Quad line will be dropping sometime this month though, so that is probably worth waiting for.
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post #7 of 15
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Yes I know my system is good, and it runs all the games I want to play anyway. It's just something about this hobby that makes me want to upgrade constantly. I never feel my system is adequate. You say just start fresh with Nehalem, but when will that be brought to the desktop market? I don't know, I've just heard to not hold out for new technology constantly as it just continues to upgrade. Either way, thanks for the suggestion, this upgrade would be a few months from now as it is and perhaps by then I will just decide to save my money for a larger overhaul upgrade when DDR3 and the new Intel socket are released.
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post #8 of 15
Howdy!

I can speak of personal exp for the Acer 22. I own one and it's great. Never had a problem and the image is fantastic. I would buy it again. Hope this helps
    
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post #9 of 15
All things in moderation - never hold off too long (I was running an Athlon XP and GeForce 2 Ultra all the way into 2006 because I kept putting a new build off), but upgrading too soon can be a big waste of money. Picking up a bleeding-edge system over a high-end system just isn't a good way to upgrade if you ask me.

Nehalem won't be available in its desktop form until early 2009 last I heard, but even so, your X2 6000+ should still be able to fight the good fight until then. And hey, by that time that 8800GTS might be ready for an upgrade as well, and you can keep what you've got as a fully functional backup machine (which is invaluable to have around if you build your own machines), and have an all-new machine by this time next year.
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post #10 of 15
Greatest Thing Progression Chart
Fire -> Wheel -> Sliced Bread -> Nehalem

As you can see above, Nehalem will be the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Your computer is currently pretty top notch.

I went from 2.75GHz AMD to my current E6750, and for general computing I saw minor gains. In fact my old AMD was further optimized through XP, such that I believe it was running faster than I am now. From a fellow upgrade itch-scrather to another, unless you're heavily into video encoding, I suggest the wait may be worth it.
    
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