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post #1 of 36
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I just found these forums and I think they are GREAT! I have one question before I begin my overclocking. My mainboard is only a 4x AGP board. Should I replace it? Is it worth the money for the performance boost I will get? Or should I scrap what I have and move up? I really don't like the thought of how much a full system upgrade will cost me, so here is my plan:

a: Get the heatsink/fans/thermal paste you recommend, as well as the ddr400
b. get a geforce 6600gt to replace the 5900xt.
c. possible motherboard replacement if I get enough feedback stating it will be worth the cash for the gain.

Thanks,
Mike
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WELCOME! I'd say it would deffinitely be worth the money to upgrade. But what would the main use of the system be? It would be much easier to recommend parts to you that way. Have fun here
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post #3 of 36
Welcome!

Well, Before recommending an upgrade on the mother board, Could you run this program and take a screenshot? It will tell us all the details of the CPU.
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hey welcome to OC.net

you will definately want the 8X agp slot, so ne mobo.... then the 6600gt is a good card, but i recomend the 6800gs or the 7800gs is even better for agp!the new heatsink should be a thermaltake big typhoon, or zalman 9500(your choice)...
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Will do once I get home from work. My goal is to get pretty good gameplay at the lowest cost possible to me. I am married so the budget for things like this are...well, small at best. I put this sytem together over a year ago, and it handled what I played quite well at the time, but the new games just don't play well enough for them to be enjoyable. (ie I want to grab COD 2 but I know it's going to play terribly) I have a few items I'm going to sell off to try and reclaim some of the money I spend.

p.s. I just noticed you have a DOD:source server, thats the game that just prompted me to take action I think that game is more so net lag than anything else. Plays fine with 8 players or less for me, above that...forget it.
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welcome aboard mate!!! enjoy the ride.

post that pic and we will move on from there shall we.
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The move from 4X to 8X on an AGP textural graphics transfer will be minimal as the textures on your card will be stored on the video board's ram. Thus AGP 8x vs AGP 4x is really of minimal benefit even with 128MB of onboard dram as your video card will necessitate you dropping the quality down to a 128MB level anyway.

AGP Textural transfers were created at a time when most video boards had at maximum 64 and usually 32 or less MB of on video board dram.

This necessitated a method of transferring the graphics textural data quickly and with a proprietary interface. Thus AGP was created.

If you look at the PCI-e standard you will not find the textural transfer as it is now realized that there is no need for such a transfer with 256/512/1GB of dedicated video ram that is now faster than the system ram.

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post #8 of 36
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Ok, heres the info you requested.
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post #9 of 36
ahh, the good ol' 2.4 P4 Northy. You should have some luck with that with some decent RAM. Good luck.
post #10 of 36
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cool. I'll order the ddr400 and the cooling needs tonight/tomorrow and get the ball rolling.
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