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I have 300 bucks coming to me. I don't know what to do that would give me the best overall upgrade. So I'm asking around here. Throw up anything you think would make this old rig of mine better. Be it CPU, GPU, or a combination of anything. Go wild, just try to keep it near $300. Thanks.
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8800GTS 512mb
You'd be amazed at the difference.
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i say cpu mobo and gpu. E2160 DS3L and a 3870 under 300 and you can get a pizza or something

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...6036&Tpk=e2160
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1203815034383
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128337
Edited by microman - 5/31/08 at 11:29pm
    
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Hrmmm, didn't know the 8800 had gotten that cheap. I'll keep that in mind.
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Originally Posted by microman View Post
i say cpu mobo and gpu. E2160 DS3L and a 3870
I've intended to get this mobo changed out for a long time, due to the phenomenal amount of problems it's given me. I suppose I always could jump on the Intel boat. But I think I'll stick with AMD. Haven't given up on her yet!
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post #7 of 14
Microman's suggestion is pretty good too. You can OC the hell out of the e2xxx's. Especially with a P35.
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post #8 of 14
E21xxx is not enough of an improvement over a X2 4000+ to be worth it...

My suggestion:
Q6600 - $170
Used DS3L or Abit IP35 - $50ish

Left with $80ish

Sell your current CPU/Mobo/GPU and then add this to your $80... you should end up with $160+.... use this $ to buy a used 8800GT or 3870 and a Xigmatek HDT-S1283
Edited by killa_concept - 5/31/08 at 11:55pm
post #9 of 14
if wanting the most noticeable improvement for $300, then I agree with immortalkenny about the 8800gts... or any graphics card for that matter.

Unless you plan on actually running it in DX10... which means you would switch to Vista and need more RAM...
    
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5000+ Black Edition and 8800gts
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