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post #11 of 26
Personally I'd build the new rig first, and then get the video card later (for Christmas from the family?). Also Most AMD X2's will overclock to roughly the same (3.2-3.4ish, depending on the chip) but the BE is really easy... just change the multi and poof, your at 3.2.
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Personally I'd build the new rig first, and then get the video card later (for Christmas from the family?). Also Most AMD X2's will overclock to roughly the same (3.2-3.4ish, depending on the chip) but the BE is really easy... just change the multi and poof, your at 3.2.
will the performance of a x1300 be worth the gain of x2 and DDR2?

or the new vid card on a single slot DDR rig?

also I plan to get most of this in August for the back to school sales
    
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It all really depends on what you want for right now. If you go with the new build and sacrifice the new video card (for now), you should still run games better than you did before, then you can save up and get the new video card later. I myself am not a hardcore gamer, so I would chose to suffer with the graphics for a while, but enjoying newfound system speed the time that i'm not gaming, rather than the other way around.

I know almost nothing about video cards, so i cant help you there, but it only seems to make sense (to me) to build the new system first, and then get the card later.
post #14 of 26
If I was in your situation, I would redo the computer. Get an AM2+ mobo, a x2 5000BE, 2GB DDR2 800, and maybe a ATI HD 3850. That would run about ~$400.
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tell me about it... why do you think my rig is so cheap
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$250 is the very cheapest you will be able to build a complete system.

I would recommend against getting the video card or the mobo/psu/ram/cpu, because either way you will have an extremely bottlenecked computer.
Unless of course you plan on saving up another $200 dollars relatively soon, in which case I suggest getting the mobo/ram/cpu/psu first, and getting the vid card later.

Heres my proposed build if you cant.

Foxconn A78AX Socket AM2+ 770 Motherboard - $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813186147

AMD Athlon 4400+ Brisbane 2.3ghz - $59
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103213

Sapphire HD3650 512mb Video Card - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102726

Hec 585watt PSU (Like the one you suggested but this one has a 6pin PCIe connector) - $22
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817339012
My friend has had this exact PSU running an overclocked E2160, 2gb DDR2667, and an 8800gs for 4 months now with no problems, its heavy, and the build quality is superb for its price, HEC is just one of those up-and-coming brands who is trying to get their foot in the door by keeping their prices low, much like how Rosewill started out

Total: $245.04 Shipped to my address

And those not a bad computer at all, the 3650 may not be top-of-the-line but its a whole hell of a lot better than the x1300, and will run most games at medium-high. I would put it at about the same level as an X1800XT

Edit: Just saw that you said you might be able to save up $300 for this build, and if you can, get this instead of the 3650:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161228
Its a HIS Radeon HD3850 512mb for $120 before MIR which brings your total to $305 shipped to my address.

But it has a $30 Mail in Rebate which brings your total down to 275$, which, considering what you are getting (a complete, AthlonX2/3850 build) is a damn nice price.
Edited by HugeDink - 6/30/08 at 10:44pm
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post #18 of 26
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Sapphire HD3650 512mb Video Card - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102726

the 3650 may not be top-of-the-line but its a whole hell of a lot better than the x1300, and will run most games at medium-high. I would put it at about the same level as an X1800XT
The X1800XT kills a 3650
http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards....=326&card2=554

But the 3650 is better than a x1300
http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards....=349&card2=554
post #19 of 26
I vote for a dual-core Opteron + HD 4850.
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no, it really doesnt... you cant go by specs alone, especially since the card you linked is the 256mb model.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/P...D_3650/16.html

Some real benchmarks that show the 3650 performing right in between the X1900XTX and the X1950pro, which just about exactly where the X1800XT lands.

And don't try to tell me its not as good because at higher res it gets beaten.

If this guy thinks hes going to be playing at anything higher than 1280x1024 on a $250 dollar computer, then he deserves to have it blow up on him.

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I vote for a dual-core Opteron + HD 4850.
Wait, is he on Socket 939? I assumes he was on 754 or something because all it says is AMD 3000 lol.

If you are on Socket 939 Ares, then my vote also goes for spending your $300 on a $100 939 Opteron, and a $200 HD4850.
Edited by HugeDink - 6/30/08 at 11:02pm
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