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Ok first off i'd originally planned on getting an AGP X850XT PE mainly because i'm 99% certain my mobo won't let me use PCI-E (correct me if im wrong about the mobo because i'm only 99% certain from what i read on the as-rock website)! Now having looked at prices for x850's i've realised that they are alot more expensive than better PCI-E cards on the market which i think is totally stupid but i can't do anything about the prices! So what i'm thinking is getting either an Nvidia or ATI which is better than the X850xt for less money and then purchasing a new mobo. Now this is the tricky part for me because i've never built a rig before or added/removed anything from my PC so i'm new to it all!

So Basically what i'd like to know is :-

1. Which card should i get around the £200/£250 mark ?
2. Which Mobo should i get for around £80/£100 ?
3. Will the parts I have on my current comp fit on the new Mobo, i mean like the RAM, will the PSU work with it, USB connections etc and mainly the processor ?
4. When connecting the HD back to the mobo will it need to be formatted beforehand ?
5. How easy is it to do all the putting back together ?

Any links to good priced cards/mobo's would be greatly appreciated and thanks in advance! I really want to make the jump to PCI-E and not waste money on an older GFX Card which is more expensive than the newer better ones but if you think i should save myself the hassle and stick with AGP just tell me as i don't really have much of a clue apart from i need a GFX card & i've got a budget of £300 and £350 max for the mobo & card & any other bits i might need!
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post #2 of 44
Well...I dont know about pounds, but i DO know the DFI lan party Ultra-D board would be a great board to buy, its an awesome OCer.

Yes all of your current things will fit in it, just not the video card because its PCI-E not AGP, heck id get the same deal i am if i were you a 7800GT + CoD2 for free? why not? Thats the route I would go.
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Well...I dont know about pounds, but i DO know the DFI lan party Ultra-D board would be a great board to buy, its an awesome OCer.

Yes all of your current things will fit in it, just not the video card because its PCI-E not AGP, heck id get the same deal i am if i were you a 7800GT + CoD2 for free? why not? Thats the route I would go.
Well mainly because I can get an X1800 for around the same price as the 7800 :/ I was gonna buy COD2 regardless of what i get so it coming with 7800GT is a bonus but i want to get the best possible deal for the money i'm spending even it if means spending an extra £20 to buy COD2 from the shops!
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Well if you OC a 7800GT chances are its gonna beat it out, from what ive seen the 1800 isnt that great.
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Originally Posted by metalkobra
Well if you OC a 7800GT chances are its gonna beat it out, from what ive seen the 1800 isnt that great.
Hmmm well the 7800GT is £224 so if you can tell me a card that's better that only cost's £25 more then please do otherwise i'll probably get the 7800 and i'm not too bothered about OC'ing it as i don't my PSU can handle it & i don't have good enough cooling for an OC'd card so it would be more money spent to get a little bit extra out of it which i probably wouldn't notice anyway being used to playing on lower end cards lol
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is your cpu socket 754, or 939?
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Quote:
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is your cpu socket 754, or 939?
Now that's a question i don't know the answer to! it's an AMD 64 3200+ and it's running off ASRock K8Upgrade-1689 mobo so i don't have a clue, but maybe you know ? why is it a problem if i have one or the other ?
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download a program called CPU-Z and take a screenshot of it then upload it here .

www.cpuid.org
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im guessing it's 754 then! is that bad ?
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post #10 of 44
its not bad but the dfi he's talking about wont work.

take a look at this page, any of these will allow you to keep your ram and cpu and buy a 7800gt or x1800. i would look at msi or dfi or the asus. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ubmit=Property

or you could buy a new cpu, mobo and video card.
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