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Hi,

Im new to this forum so sorry if this is in the wrong place (i couldnt find anywhere else to put it)

Basically i have £90 to spend and im looking to upgrade my pc in the most noticeable way (if that makes sense). I was thinking of spending £50 ona 500Gb harddrive and then the rest on a cpu cooler but im not sure if that will actualy make much difference. (i just want better performance tbh)

thanks in advance

andy
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post #2 of 32
Either An AMD ATHLON 64 6000x2 (pref black edition for easy overclock) or get your self an Nvidia 8800GT, 9600GT, 8800GS or an ATI 3870 (you could get any of those for around the £90 mark if you shop around) if your into gaming then any of those will be a massive boost over your 7600.
Also if you get a better CPU then you can get an articcooling Freezer 7 cooler from overclockers.co.uk or yoyotech.com for about £12.

Ram would be pointless as your running XP.

A SATAII harddrive would give some performance boost but not as much as a faster more overclockable cpu or a newer Graphics card.
Edited by cptjharkness - 5/16/08 at 8:07am
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post #3 of 32
if you need storgae then you should get the 500GB if not maybe get a new graphics card, and yes you should upgrade your CPU cooler if you have money look for the 8800GS is a great card for the money
    
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post #4 of 32
Video card for sure.......

However, what PSU is that? Sounds like junk....
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Originally Posted by Odinsangel View Post
Hi,

Im new to this forum so sorry if this is in the wrong place (i couldnt find anywhere else to put it)

Basically i have £90 to spend and im looking to upgrade my pc in the most noticeable way (if that makes sense). I was thinking of spending £50 ona 500Gb harddrive and then the rest on a cpu cooler but im not sure if that will actualy make much difference. (i just want better performance tbh)

thanks in advance

andy

I know I am gonna get AMD Flak for this:

But for £90, I believe you can get a decent p35 motherboard and an "older" Core 2 Duo CPU like an e6600.
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post #6 of 32
Depends on what you use your computer for and what type of performance you're looking for. If it's gaming performance you want, then a better graphics card will give you the biggest performance jump, followed by a faster CPU. If you work with a lot of files and want better storage capacity, along with faster load times, a bigger and faster HDD will do a better upgrade. Better/more RAM will also help your program load times and could increase your gaming performance a bit (depends on the type of game), but having more RAM is always a good thing (think of it as an all purpose upgrade).
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post #7 of 32
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I use my PC mainly for gaming but, im starting a degree in computer games design in september so i may need lots of space for storage aswell..
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how about http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/s...tml?NOV-86GTS5
8600gts 512mb £71.67

and http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/s...tml?AC-FREEZ64
arctic coller freezer pro 64 £17.04

total: £88.71?
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post #9 of 32
If you're looking for raw game performance, these cards would do better:

HD2900GT
HD3850

Also, the cooler. Do you really need it? Are you overclocking? Do you plan to overclock? If not, and your temps. are reasonable (anything below 60*C is fine) then I would save the money and skip the cooler.
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post #10 of 32
If your not overclocking then forget the cooler and spend the extra on an 8800GS - great card, great price.

The 8600GTS is ok but you can get ALOT better for only a little more money.
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