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post #1 of 15
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Hi, Ive been out of the computer stuff for about a year now. My pc below is kinda like a slug now. What can I possibly do with £300 and what speed improvements can I see? Also can you guys lecture me with whats the must have hardware and is the C2D still on top of AMD? Also whats up with Ati?

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post #2 of 15
new gpu, new mobo, new cpu.
rest is fine
i suggest upgrading to AM2
post #3 of 15
Upgrade your mobo and your CPU definitely. The P35 boards from Gigabyte and DFI are very nice for the price you pay, and the E8400 is a great 45nm for the price, as well.

The Core 2 chips are better than the AMD chips nearly across the board at the moment. ATI's cards in comparison to nVidia's aren't as good, but there is very little difference between the cards you would be looking at based on your price range. For now, I'd say to upgrade your mobo and your processor, then save any extra cash for a higher end graphics card. The 8800GTS 512mb is kickass and it's only been getting cheaper since the release of the GeForce 9 series. If you think you can wait a bit longer, I'd hold off until we get more reliable benchmarks from the new 4870s by ATI. They look insane.
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post #4 of 15
c2d is still ahead leaps & bounds....

u need a new board & cpu no point upgrading anything else till u have a decent start point
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post #5 of 15
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How much improvement will I see? It takes like 20mins to convert a 1.5 hour movie at the moment.
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post #6 of 15
Well if you do a lot of video editing/movie conversions, I'd recommend getting a Core 2 Quad instead. The Q6600 is a very good processor, although the Q9300 is the 45nm derivative with a smaller cache. If you can get a good price for either one in comparison to the E8400 or other C2D processor, it's totally worth it.

I can't say for certain how much your performance will increase, but I'd think the conversion time would be cut up to 50%, but don't quote me on that.
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post #7 of 15
If you mean like dvd shrink... I can now do encode a movie etc in 4 mins.
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post #8 of 15
He is still using DDR so he will need new RAM as well.

Ballistix 2GB DDR2 - £35
E7200 - £93
DFI DK P35 - £82
ATI 3870 - £104

£314

It's a start buddy

You want links let me know
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post #9 of 15
^^dam i was going to suggest just that...but dont get the ballistix, they arnt double sided anymore, get g skills or ocz..and if you really want it under 300 get a HD3850/8800gt 256mb or 8800GS.
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post #10 of 15
u could get Asus P5K which has Crossfire feature for £66
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