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*Previously posted in wrong section, sorry *

Hey guys, after moving from the UK to AUS I have a friend (student = no money) who has finally been introduced to the 21st Century and is ideally looking to upgrade the following in his current rig OR if necessary make a new build:

-E6550 @ 2.33Ghz
-ASUS P5K
-2gb DDR2 @ 1066 5-5-5
-8600GT

I won't specificy the rest as the above are the only components that are going to be changed. He is keeping the P5K due to budgetary constraints.

Budget - Does NOT want to spend this much if possible:
AUS - $1000
US - $877
UK - £563.42
Euro - $636

His needs are:
-Gaming (ideally like MAX settings, however, it is unlikely).
-Standard word processing/browsing/University assignments etc etc.

My questions
- It is my understanding that the P5K has 2 GPU slots @ x16/x4 and I was thinking of 2 x 4770 (great budget cards), would the performance be drastically reduced?
- I am unsure as to what processor to recommend on a budget so please feel free.

Summary - Prospective Purchases
Processor:
GPU: CF4770
Memory:

What do you think guys? What components should we go with on a budget or perhaps I should recommend a new build at the above budget? If so, feel free to suggest one.


Many thanks guys.
+ rep for any help.
Edited by iDeal - 2/9/10 at 6:53pm
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post #2 of 8
1. 10-15% difference in performance of x4 vs x16
2. if ur on a budget ur better off going with AMD
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So this is suppose to be in the intel section?
post #4 of 8
Processor either a e8*00 series or q9550, q6600.
SO thats, 120-230 USD
The GPUs will be fine, even at 4x. They arent bandwith hogs like the 4870x2, 5870... etc...

and id get a nice 2x2gb set of ram!


dont know which one is the right thread so I posted in both.
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You might want to specify the rest. The PSU, most importantly, will give us an idea of what kind of power overhead we have to work with. For the budget listed, it would be very easy to build a complete system from the ground up.
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Originally Posted by Aardobard View Post
You might want to specify the rest. The PSU, most importantly, will give us an idea of what kind of power overhead we have to work with. For the budget listed, it would be very easy to build a complete system from the ground up.
It's a 700w PSU. Basic system that was store bought basically a long time ago. He knows very little so it is difficult to glean information lol.

On the budget could I build a better rig than the one I am attempting to upgrade to? Odd question I know but I am just trying to see the best course of action here.
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post #7 of 8
i would go with a trusty Q9400, another 2GB 1066Mhz, and a nice price/performance 5770.

the 5770has nice gaming performance (most games max at 1680x1050 ~30-50 FPS) low wattage draw, and DX11 as well as eyefinity to top it off.

on that P5K, the Q9400 could hit a nice 3.2 or 3.6Ghz with ok cooling.

2GB DDR2 ram sets are fairly cheap as well.....

hope this helps....
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Assuming your friend uses his current case, Optical drives & Hard drives:

CPU : i5 750 $278
Motherboard: GA P55 UD3 $155
RAM: 2x2 GB Corsair 1333 DDR3 $134
PSU: Corsair 550W $185
GPU: XFX 5770 $235
Total $990 AUS

I included a new PSU in this budget because you said the current one is generic and old. PSUs age and their ability to push power wanes. The one you have may be sufficient, or it may not, either way you have it covered.

This is a build for the top end of the stated budget. You can do a lot of things between where you are and what is here. If gaming is a performance focus, you may not need to upgrade the CPU, but simply get the 5770 listed above and an additional 2GB stick of RAM. That's my low budget upgrade recommendation.
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