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Ok here is another "what should I upgrade thread" . I’m in confusion about what I should upgrade next, Ill have about $700~ in my pocket and I want to upgrade either 3 of these:

CPU: Currently have an E6600 @ 3.2GHz stock voltage, runs like a charm. I’m considering upgrading to an E8400 and achieving a 4.0GHz OC.

GFX: Currently have an 8800GTX. I’m considering upgrading this to a 4870. Also a note on this, the 'generic' brands (Gecube, MSI etc), are they any good compared to ASUS etc?

RAM: Currently have 2GB (1GBx2) OCZ DDR2 800 Vista Upgrade Edition. I’m considering upgrading this to 4GB (2GBx2) G.Skill-PI DDR2 800 or 4GB Kit (2x2G) G.Skill-PI DDR2 1066 if I have the money. Also on another note, how well would this RAM overclock? (the 2GB sticks G-Skill RAM that is)

Sound Card: Currently using motherboards on board, dont mind the sound quality at all. If I were to upgrade this it would be most likely an XFi XtremeGamer.

What I really want to upgrade is my CPU/GFX/RAM because I really just want the boost in performance. Just need some opinions because some others have said my RAM is fine, get the sound card etc.

Thanks!
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Go with the e8400 or e8500 for your cpu they are good overclockers and you should be able to reach 4.0ghz.

gfx- the 4870 1gig's are nice. I dont know much about GeCube but i have heard that the MSI cards work well. The gtx 260 216cores have a good price for performance as well.

RAM- G Skills tend to be binned aggressively, meaning that they dont have room for big overclocks. If you want to upgrade to 4gigs of RAM however you are going to need to go up to a 64bit OS. Between the vid card and RAM you will end up losing out on memory that isn't going to be used by XP thus wasting money.
post #3 of 12
1. Overclock your E6600 WAYYY farther
2. Buy 2x2GB set of DDR2 1066

With those upgrade you'll be set.
Your CPU is a good one and I would be surprised if it almost does 4GHz. As for your GPU, it's still a champ

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Cheers for the reply.

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RAM- G Skills tend to be binned aggressively, meaning that they dont have room for big overclocks. If you want to upgrade to 4gigs of RAM however you are going to need to go up to a 64bit OS. Between the vid card and RAM you will end up losing out on memory that isn't going to be used by XP thus wasting money.
So would you recommend say OCZ or Kingston (Hyper-X) over G-skill atm? Ill most likey be upgrading to a 64bit OS.

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1. Overclock your E6600 WAYYY farther
2. Buy 2x2GB set of DDR2 1066

With those upgrade you'll be set.
Your CPU is a good one and I would be surprised if it almost does 4GHz. As for your GPU, it's still a champ

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Ive tried to push my E6600 past 3.2GHz put its taking quite abit of voltage to do for such a small overclock (3.2GHz to 3.4Ghz). Id rather just get a E8400 and get a decent OC from that . Ill also sell my E6600 to a mate for abit more cash to spend .
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I am not sure what are some good overclocking RAM is. I have used G Skill in all the builds i have done and haven't done much by way of OCing RAM. Mainly because they are friends PC's and I dont want them to have an unstable system.
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With $700 you can buy yourself quite alot.

The jump in performance from a Q6600 to an E8400 shouldn't be that noticeable, unless you're benchmarking. In fact, you might lose some performance, since you're going from 4 cores to 2. Regardless if the 2 are faster than the previous 4. It'd be a minimal gain, and only in some cases.

IMO, if you want to upgrade your processor THAT much, wait for Phenom II's. Hopefully i7's will drop a bit to compete, and you may find yourself a deal. That would probably be the most worthwhile upgrade you could do for the cash involved.

Obviously that would mean a new mobo and ram, but $700 should give you enough room for that, some and then some. Perhaps a 4870 will suit your needs.

Or you could buy some SSD's and call it a day?
Edited by Shift. - 12/22/08 at 9:05am
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post #7 of 12
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With $700 you can buy yourself quite alot.

The jump in performance from a Q6600 to an E8400 shouldn't be that noticeable, unless you're benchmarking. In fact, you might lose some performance, since you're going from 4 cores to 2. Regardless if the 2 are faster than the previous 4. It'd be a minimal gain, and only in some cases.

IMO, if you want to upgrade your processor THAT much, wait for Phenom II's. Hopefully i7's will drop a bit to compete, and you may find yourself a deal. That would probably be the most worthwhile upgrade you could do for the cash involved.

Obviously that would mean a new mobo and ram, but $700 should give you enough room for that, some and then some. Perhaps a 4870 will suit your needs.

Or you could buy some SSD's and call it a day?
Read the post. He has a E6600, not a Q6600.

But yeah, for $700 you have PLENTY of funds to upgrade all you listed and more.
Get a E8500 - you'll probably get a E0 stepping of it, so that's 4.0GHz guaranteed.
2x Sapphire 4870 1GB - You are already equipped to run crossfire, so go for it.
4GB DDR2 1066 G.skill RAM - I have this set and they work great, can't really say much about overclocking though as I haven't tried it. I don't view RAM overclocking as necessary or effective though.
Creative X-Fi Xtremegamer - I also have this and the improvement over integrated audio is noticeable, though I did get this card for ~$45.

TOTAL: $815.95 w/o shipping

Since you can sell your E6600 and 8800GTX, you should still fall under your $700 budget. Or you could just drop one of the 4870s and get it later.
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Read the post. He has a E6600, not a Q6600.

But yeah, for $700 you have PLENTY of funds to upgrade all you listed and more.
Get a E8500 - you'll probably get a E0 stepping of it, so that's 4.0GHz guaranteed.
2x Sapphire 4870 1GB - You are already equipped to run crossfire, so go for it.
4GB DDR2 1066 G.skill RAM - I have this set and they work great, can't really say much about overclocking though as I haven't tried it. I don't view RAM overclocking as necessary or effective though.
Creative X-Fi Xtremegamer - I also have this and the improvement over integrated audio is noticeable, though I did get this card for ~$45.

TOTAL: $815.95 w/o shipping

Since you can sell your E6600 and 8800GTX, you should still fall under your $700 budget. Or you could just drop one of the 4870s and get it later.
I wish I could get that much mate lol , I live in Australia . $700 AUS.
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I wish I could get that much mate lol , I live in Australia . $700 AUS.
Ahh, that really puts a damper on things...
    
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The price for a E8400 here is $258 AUS, price for a 512MB 4870 is $339 AUS and 4GB DDR2 1066 G.skill RAM is $145 AUS.

Another option I could do is get the 1GB 4870 which is $453 and the E8400?
Edited by shredzy - 12/22/08 at 9:58am
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