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I don't think I really need to right now, but I was just curious, where do you think it would be best to upgrade my sig rig?
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What do you do with your machine? The answer to this question ought to point out areas of possible improvement.

For example, if gaming is your first priority, a better video card will improve the performance significantly. If you do lots of media encoding, then a faster CPU (or overclocking the CPU you already have) is a possible answer. If you need storage, getting a bigger HDD is another possible upgrade.

Lots of ways to do things.
    
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I'm actually sending in my video card tomorrow or the next day for a new one..same model, just a fresh card since my old one is running really hot and artifacts a lot. They told me they'd give me a free one back, so I figured what the hell.

It seems like if I wanted to get a better CPU (close to the top of the line, Intel i'd prefer), I would have to get a whole new mobo, PSU, possibly ram, and then the CPU. I mostly use the internet but I'm always up for a new game when it comes out. I kind of skipped over the Crysis error..I couldn't stand playing on all low settings lol. What would you say the best card for the money is right now? If I ever bought a new one I'd probably be wanting to spend around 200-250.

This build isn't too friendly when it comes to upgrading to the newest stuff is it?
Edited by 66gto - 6/26/08 at 5:49pm
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Hmm, though Intel does have the top end of the market locked up right now, I saw a good deal on AMD today. Check this deal out, an AMD X2 5000+ Black Edition and 2x1GB OCZ Platinum DDR2 800 for just $80. Pair that with a Gigabyte 770-DS3 motherboard ($90) and you'll be all set. That PSU is plenty for that setup.

This would modernize your rig with an AM2/DDR2 setup that can easily be overclocked to 3.2GHz (just adjust CPU multiplier and voltage). It also gives you a quality 770 AM2+ chipset so you have the option to upgrade to a Phenom at any time.

For $170 this isn't a bad upgrade. Investing that money in a better video card like the 8800GT will give you a bigger push right now, but investing in a more modern chipset, CPU and RAM will help keep your rig relevant for the next 2-3 years. Socket 939, nForce 4 and DDR is just too old. If you have more $, toss in an 8800GT and you'll be in good shape Your PSU would probably need to be replaced if upgrading the video card though. It has enough power (watts) but those older PSU's often skimped on the current (amps) provided on the 12 rail(s). I'd get a Corsair VX550W for about $80 on buy.com if you do upgrade the video card.

EDIT: I RMA-ed an eVGA 7900GT about 2 months ago and got back an 8800GTS (G80) 320MB. Don't get your hopes up, but the 7900GT is so old they might not even have anymore in stock, and if so, you get the next best thing
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I RMA-ed an eVGA 7900GT about 2 months ago and got back an 8800GTS (G80) 320MB. Don't get your hopes up, but the 7900GT is so old they might not even have anymore in stock, and if so, you get the next best thing
I was kinda praying that would happen to me

What you said seems pretty reasonable...I could even just get the new mobo for now (doesn't the AM2 board still support 939, I think I remember reading that). If I ever did that I would probably just get the mobo, and go straight to the Phenom. Then maybe I could get lucky, and BFG Tech will send me an 8800gt like they did for you. lol

Anyway, thanks for the options, I'm not 100% positive if I'm even going to do this. I haven't been keeping up on new hardware because I haven't had to buy anything for the past 2 years, but I've been itching to spend recklessly lately. lol
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i would upgrade the soundcard and shoot for a larger monitor.

22 inch LCD monitors are reasonably priced these days.

Sound card,,,the $30 Audigy SE or the $90 X-Fi gamer.

The video card,,is still decent,,not chest thumping brag-able but decent.
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I was kinda praying that would happen to me

What you said seems pretty reasonable...I could even just get the new mobo for now (doesn't the AM2 board still support 939, I think I remember reading that). If I ever did that I would probably just get the mobo, and go straight to the Phenom. Then maybe I could get lucky, and BFG Tech will send me an 8800gt like they did for you. lol

Anyway, thanks for the options, I'm not 100% positive if I'm even going to do this. I haven't been keeping up on new hardware because I haven't had to buy anything for the past 2 years, but I've been itching to spend recklessly lately. lol
Unfortunately, AM2 and S939 are completely incompatible with each other.
    
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Unfortunately, AM2 and S939 are completely incompatible with each other.

Scratch that idea then huh. lol

A new monitor would be nice too..

Damn, what I need is a totally new rig haha
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I was kinda praying that would happen to me

What you said seems pretty reasonable...I could even just get the new mobo for now (doesn't the AM2 board still support 939, I think I remember reading that). If I ever did that I would probably just get the mobo, and go straight to the Phenom. Then maybe I could get lucky, and BFG Tech will send me an 8800gt like they did for you. lol
As txtmstrjoe pointed out, socket 939 CPU's will not work in an AM2 board. Completely different number of pins and method of operation. However, an AM2+ CPU will work in most AM2 boards (with a BIOS update), perhaps that's what you're thinking of.

And as my post said, I got an 8800GTS (G80) 320MB card back from eVGA, not an 8800GT (G92) 512MB like you referred to. There is 0 chance you'll get an 8800GT, but a small chance you'll get an 8800GTS (G80) 320MB. eVGA was also plagued with tons of their 7900GT's dying around the 2 year mark, which is why they ran out of 7900GT's to RMA back and started giving out the G80 8800's. I'm not sure if BFG is having the same problem or not, so don't get your hopes up lol.

I think all your hardware is aging at about the same rate. The 939 X2 4800+, 2 gigs of DDR, a 7900GT, etc is all still ok for now, but will all be outdated shortly. It might just make some sense to wait another 6-12 months and redo the whole machine. Maybe wait until a part breaks then just rebuild a new machine and piece out the working parts of that rig here or on eBay. If you do that, just post in our Intel Build Logs section (or AMD Build Logs section, but right now Intel is king).
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