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post #1 of 19
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as the title states, i am debating wether i should stick with socket A and get a faster cpu mobo, and this stuff is cheaper so i would be able to get a new video card too!

my system i have now can play F.E.A.R. with medium physics, max effects, particle bouncing max, with all the shaders turned off and DX8 shaders forced and get a good 22 fps average suprisingly, it looks as smooth as 35 fps so it doesen't bother me exept for some parts with lots of lights and scenery it will drop to 12. (doesen't really matter because slowmo makes the game easy when it gets laggy, more time to aim. i pretty much play the game in slowmo only lmao)

so i was thinking,
the fastest cpu out there (socket a)
a new mobo socket A
a gig of ram (maybe 2 if i save lots of mucha)
maybe a 6600LE then flash it to a 6600 (maybe even a 6800LE or 6800GS)
new 400 or 500w PSU

and the rest of the parts i will keep from the rig i'm on now.

what i am getting to is maybe i actually don't need a 64 bit and spend all that money when an upgrade like that will make it like 2X faster because the system i am on right now only really needs a gig or 2 of ram and a video card.

whaddaya guys think? reasonable upgrade to play most games well these days? i certainly think so.

all i am looking for is suggestions or reasons to change my mind OR if what i am getting at is true.
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post #2 of 19
Hey, nothin wrong with gaming with a socket A board, lots of people still do it, I say get the best CPU you can and a new vid card .
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post #3 of 19
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NICE, cuz 64 bit only has newer technology, and most things don't even use all of its power. it is truly all i really need i guess, but i jsut want a 64 bit so bad. i just can't decide, i think i will sleep on it until tomorrow
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post #4 of 19
Honestly, I truly dont see 64bit coming into serious play until maybe 07...
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post #5 of 19
I had an XP2600 mobile with an Abit NF7-S ver2 board. It ran all my games fine. However I got it in my head to upgrade. So I got what is in my sig now. Let me tell you, I could not have been happier with the boost in performance. My 3700 San Diego at stock speeds of 2.2 ghz is faster than my mobile at 2.6ghz! So from that stand point I would upgrade. But thats my experience, if your wanting to go to Amd64 then take the plunge and go for it!
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post #6 of 19
The 64 bit chips are much faster than their 32 bit counterparts at normal 32-bit processing as well. Go for an Athlon 64 chip as well as a 6800GS or higher graphics card.
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post #7 of 19
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see that is what is stopping me, i don't want to upgrade for at least 2 years or something (my system can run new games and its about 2 years)

and ut2007 is going to need 64 bit and a 7800GT, so i am getting worried about that.
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post #8 of 19
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OH, can you get a PCI-E motherboard with a socket A CPU?
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post #9 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hp_Pavilion
OH, can you get a PCI-E motherboard with a socket A CPU?
No PCIe Vid cards for the socket "A".
You could consider the very inexpensive $70 Chaintech VNF4 Ultra, add in a 3000+ Venice Retail and you have a good OCing system.
    
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post #10 of 19
I would wait until socket m2 comes out in spring before upgrading. No socket a proc will be much better than your 2600+. I love my 2800+ in my second rig.
     
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