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I would opt for more Ram. Your cpu is pretty decent and should hold you for a little while longer. Ive always liked having a good bit of ram.
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Vista is a memory hog. I agree with everybody else saying RAM. And get the good stuff. It's real cheap on the 'egg right now after rebates
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I would opt for more Ram. Your cpu is pretty decent and should hold you for a little while longer. Ive always liked having a good bit of ram.
I'm getting more ram regardless.

It's just that the 7750 is so cheap and tempting..

I run my X2 3600+ at 2.7GHz 24/7. 3GHz isn't 100% stable, so I will be getting a performance increase right off the bat.

Unless you guys recommend a cheap tri-core..

Edit-

Nevermind. The tri-cores are atleast $20-$30 more for a decent one. Not worth it IMO. The 7750 will do just fine.
Edited by Shift. - 12/25/08 at 9:13pm
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post #14 of 33
personally i dont think you need an upgrade if you are waiting for corei7 or PhenomII just save the $100 and it may buy something more useful when buying the i7/PhenomII
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personally i dont think you need an upgrade if you are waiting for corei7 or PhenomII just save the $100 and it may buy something more useful when buying the i7/PhenomII
I'm not necessarily waiting on the Phenom II's to upgrade right off the bat.

I wouldn't want to run a Ph.II on an AM2/AM2+ motherboard running DDR2.

Once I make the jump, regardless if it's AMD or Intel, it's gonna be all the way. And hopefully prices will be better by then. (DDR3 is hella expensive!!)

IMO, the premium I'd pay to be the first on the block with a Phenom II or i7 isn't worth it. At least for my needs. Consequently, the "Phenom X2" is priced extremely competitively (Beating the e5200 at stock), which makes for a good step-stone until the real upgrade comes.

I've felt somewhat bottlenecked by my X2 3600+ (Which has been more than great, btw..). And I'll actually be reusing it in a third rig I'm building, so the money isn't exactly going to a needless upgrade.
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post #16 of 33
That build plan sounds perfect, especially for what you're wanting to do with it. Looking over the rest of your sig rig... you dont really need anything else. You already have a sound card, a decent GPU (the same as mine actually), great PSU and HSF...

The only other thing that you MIGHT want to check out, is if you want to try out RAID 0 or something like that. Or perhaps a fan controller... but I think the way that you have it right now will give you the largest performance benefit, and should stick with that.

Good luck with whatever you do.
post #17 of 33
You could get a quad for $100: http://www.newegg.com/Special/ShellShocker.aspx. But if like most people you have no need for a quad, a dual core that will OC further would be a better choice.
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post #18 of 33
Upgrade the RAM, soundcard is you listen to music, and a CPU cooler that will be compatible with AM3.

Then upgrade the guts at the same time when AM3 arrives, they'll be some combo deals I bet
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Yea if your X2 is only running at 2.7GHz, I think you're bottlenecking that 9800 a bit. I'd pick up that X2 7750BE for $75 shipped and enjoy 3.2GHz or more. Use Promo Code Here's a good article comparing the performance gains of upgrading the GPU versus the CPU, and gives some good numbers to give you a rough idea of the performance increase you can expect. An Intel E2180 at stock (or an E2160 at 2.0GHz) is on par with your X2 3600 at 2.7GHz, so it looks like you might see a 10-20% increase in performance from your 9800GT if you get the X2 7750BE and overclock it to 3.3GHz or so.

I'd also pick up this 2x2GB OCZ Reaper kit to pair with your HZ's. They won't overclock as high as the HZ's, but honestly AMD systems don't see much gain from speeds over DDR2 800. Most of the performance gain is lost to the looser 5-5-5-15 timings. In Vista, and with an AMD CPU, you'll see a much bigger performance boost from running 5-6GB at DDR2 800-900 speeds and CAS4 than you will running 2GB at DDR2 1100 speeds and CAS5. Just be quick with your OCZ rebate, they don't give you much time to postmark that sucker.
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post #20 of 33
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Thanks guys! Great suggestions!

I just picked these up locally for $9.97. (With a rebate of course. )

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227269

I think I'll wait for the first batches of the Phenom II's to get the 7750, as prices are likely to drop substantially. Or maybe even a cheap Quad. Who knows.

I'll try overclocking this kit for now, and see how it goes. I'm at 900MHZ, 5-5-5-15-2T and 2.1v right now. I think they have alot more headroom left in em', especially with a bit more vdimm. I'm aiming for at least 1GHz.

Thanks again guys, and still open to more suggestions! +Rep for all those that helped!
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