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Alright well I've been running this rig to death for a while, it's still chugging along though maxing out all my basic games (WoW, CS, and a few newer games as well). Even though I haven't been on OCN in a long time, I've still kept up with a respectable amount of news from the world of overclocking.


So, since I feel like I kind of want to get back into gaming and stuff again I figured I would start upgrading again.

Now of COURSE I'm strapped for cash guys =P

My first question: ***@PCI-e 2.0!? I'm assuming it's not alot more than more efficient architecture and bandwidth usage? Or maybe it's a completely new chipset. Are these cards still compatible with my 939 board, with relatively few issues?

I thought about perhaps purchasing an 8800GT and a 2 gig module of some DDR, put together with perhaps trying to max my 3700 out.

However the obvious thoughts of bottlenecking and being an entire chipset behind is still daunting, mostly because I know that I'm just delaying the inevitable purchase of a new mobo, ram, cpu, plus cooling -- and I've become torn.


I could pull of a sub 250 dollar upgrade that would (hopefully) keep my rig afloat for a while, but I know that games are going to suffer due to my ever-aging singlecore :[



So yeah, open for suggestions yo!
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The new 8800 series cards will run fine in your system, they are backwards compatible. I think the single core processor will prove the most bottleneck in your system. See if you cant find a good clocking dual core opty for a decent price.
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The new 8800 series cards will run fine in your system, they are backwards compatible. I think the single core processor will prove the most bottleneck in your system. See if you cant find a good clocking dual core opty for a decent price.
True. You might want to consider a RAM upgrade too, 1GB isn't enough these days (I'm running 1.1GB with no major programs open (3 users active)).
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Yeah a cheap opty might do me well. If I could find like a ccbbe that wasn't outrageous...

hmmm

how bad would the bottlenecking be if i could maybe get the 3700 up to like 3ghz?
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True. You might want to consider a RAM upgrade too, 1GB isn't enough these days (I'm running 1.1GB with no major programs open (3 users active)).

Yeah I had calculated ram into that price estimate, a good 2x1gb DDR set is only like 60-70 bucks right?
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Yeah a cheap opty might do me well. If I could find like a ccbbe that wasn't outrageous...

hmmm

how bad would the bottlenecking be if i could maybe get the 3700 up to like 3ghz?
Well with my opty 170 at 3.0, and my 8800gt at 803/1998/950 I score 10500 3dmarks. At anything below my 3.0 on my opty I get game lags and stutters, so our systems are dating pretty quickly. But all this said I have a native resolution of 1024x 768 but I run 3dmark at its stock resolution, but I heard lower res is more cpu dependent.

I saw a major difference jumping from my sandy to my opty, these lcb9e have been known to be good clockers, some average 2.8 I was lucky and hit a max 3.25 but only got 3.0 stable.
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Yeah I play WoW at 1440 widescreen (which is like 1080i equivalent i believe)

I've been seeing more and more dualcore sys reqs recently for games >_<''



But I mean, let's say I go through with this and get those two upgrades, that 8800 will tide me over until I can afford a new mobo, DDR2, and a cpu right?



and the only thing that hindered my overclocking the first time was my RAM I believe... never really got past 2600 stable and with my multi at 11 i was just kind of stuck. so maybe double my ram up, acquire a newer gen video card, and push this 3700 to its limits?
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Yeah that should get you by. DDR is expensive now, and I recommend finding a quality ddr500 2gig set. It will aid you in getting close to if not achieving you're goal of 3.0. Best of luck my friend.
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For the price that you are saying, I'd recommend a dual core Opteron 165 or 170, and a cheap generic kit of DDR400 (2x1GB) with tight timings. GSkill makes some great valueRAM that has red heatspreaders on it.

If after those two upgrades you still have cash to burn, invest in a better GPU. HD 3870 would be a great choice, as would a 9600GT or 8800GT. Just matters on what your budget will allow .
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Double post on accident. Ignore please.
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