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Well, my Bday is coming soon and it's a perfect time to get some upgrades for my pc

I was thinking on upgrading the PC and the GPU, what else would u consider needs to be upgraded??

And abput the CPU and GPU, well, I have decided to get the Ati HD4870 but i still dunno which CPU would be good for this rig...

I can get the following CPU's

ore 2 Duo E8200 2.66GHz

Core 2 Duo E8300 2.83GHz,

Core 2 Duo E8400 3.00GHz

Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz

Core 2 Quad Q6400 2.13GHz

Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.40GHz

Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.40GHz

Core 2 Quad Q6700 2.66GHz



Since my budget won't let me upgrade my motherboard, i'd like ur opinion of what needs to be upgraded on my PC, and if u like the idea of upgrading my cpu, which one would u choose?

BTW, do u think my current CPU will bottleneck the HD 4870?
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I'd upgrade the motherboard, and leave the CPU alone. The E6600 is a very capable CPU, and it won't give you a bottleneck (except in useless stuff like 3DMark, and possibly a few games... but in 95% of the games you'll be just fine).

The mobo is the weakest link in the rig (except the GPU, but you're working on that).

Now, before I advice a new mobo, do you plan to go Crossfire in the future, or just a single 4870?
Edited by Chozart - 6/27/08 at 5:34pm
    
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Your CPU is fine mate, i would have to agree the mobo is in need of a change. The 4870 is a very good performer from what i have seen so far. Good choice.

I know you didn't mention your memory but i would say changing your ram for 2x2GB modules would be a wise move. Having 4x Dimms can limit your overclockability as it puts more strain on the NB.
 
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Agreed that the RAM is up next after the motherboard... although DDR2 667 running at DDR2 800 isnt' all that bad
    
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Why the motherboard? I mean, I luv my mobo, it's a great mobo, it supports some of the 45nm CPU's, and as chozart said in other post, DDR3 is useless right now...

Besides, PCI-E 2.0 doesn't gives me soo many advantages and, because u guys tell me that it's not necessary to upgrade my CPU, I don't see the need of getting a mobo that is compatible with 45nm quad-core CPU's
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PCI-e 2.0 gives plenty of advantages, 1.1's x16 is equivalent to half of what 2.0 is.
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Sonds interesting, but, if I upgrade my Mobo, which one would u reccomend? (I would need it to have a lot of overclocking potential and that can use DDR2)
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You paln to use 4870. If you are really care about the pci-e 2.0, then x38/x48 is the way to go. Otherwise, p35/p45 is fine. What is your budget, Gigabyte X38-DS4 is a very good OCer.
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Total budget: $400 dollars

for GPU and motherboard
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