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ViN86
10-16-08, 07:21 AM
i want to upgrade my computer at the end of this year, but i dont know what i want to do yet. i am going to either upgrade to a fast (hopefully 12MB cache) Quad core chip, or i am going to go the cheap route and upgrade my RAM so i can OC my processor to 4GHz.

so, which do you guys think would be a more practical upgrade?

Tr1cK
10-16-08, 07:25 AM
Quad is smoov like butta.

Toss3
10-16-08, 07:25 AM
i want to upgrade my computer at the end of this year, but i dont know what i want to do yet. i am going to either upgrade to a fast (hopefully 12MB cache) Quad core chip, or i am going to go the cheap route and upgrade my RAM so i can OC my processor to 4GHz.

so, which do you guys think would be a more practical upgrade?

You won't see much of an increase going from 3,6Ghz to 4,0Ghz(and it's not even a given that you'll even reach those speeds even with faster ram).

So I'd definitely go for the quad core if you have to choose between the two! (Not that you need it anyway, as a 3,6 Ghz C2D8400 is plenty fast enough for today's games.)

a12ctic
10-16-08, 07:26 AM
If you don't have a reason to upgrade besides wanting to, don't. You're not going to get a major performance boost either way.

That being said, I'd probably go with the quad.

ViN86
10-16-08, 07:35 AM
If you don't have a reason to upgrade besides wanting to, don't. You're not going to get a major performance boost either way.

That being said, I'd probably go with the quad.

im not expecting a 20% performance boost or anything :lol:

i usually do a minor upgrade every year or so and a major upgrade every 2-3 years. prices have fallen through the floor on both of these items, so i was wondering which one people liked more.

Marvel_us
10-16-08, 07:48 AM
If it's for gaming why not use the money for a gpu upgrade.

If that's not an option for you then I'd choose the quad.

Tr1cK
10-16-08, 08:01 AM
If it's for gaming why not use the money for a gpu upgrade.

If that's not an option for you then I'd choose the quad.

Good point. Get a GTX260.

mullet
10-16-08, 08:05 AM
If it's for gaming why not use the money for a gpu upgrade.

If that's not an option for you then I'd choose the quad.

Took the words right out of my keyboard, NEW CARD Vin. 3.6 for 24/7 is perfect.

mailman2
10-16-08, 08:20 AM
Get a GTX260.


You dont need memory or CPU, I agree with above...that 8800GT is a huge bottleneck. I've never used DDR2 800 that didnt do ~900 mhz. OCZ stuff ocs well. Push the CPU up more, I'm sure the ram can take a bit more. Sure you cant run 9 x 450? that would give you 4ghz.

Blacklash
10-16-08, 08:27 AM
Price vs performance HD 4850 Crossfire for about 300usd-

http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=MTU1OCwxNSwsaGVudGh1c2lhc3Q=

http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=MTU1OCwxNiwsaGVudGh1c2lhc3Q=

If price doesn't matter grab an X2. IMO your ram and CPU are fine. If you prefer single GPU the below HD 4870 1Gb for 270usd after rebate would be good. Currently it's OOS and should be back-

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121277

If you want to stick with nVidia get a GTX 260 and OC it or a GTX 280 and do the same.

CaptNKILL
10-16-08, 10:48 AM
Another vote for a video card. That is definitely the bottleneck of your system right now.

Unless you have other plans to upgrade that soon, I'd go for a GTX260.

Otherwise, the quad core is your best bet. A Q9550 would be my choice, though the multiplier is lower so you'd lose a couple hundred Mhz unless you're feeling brave enough to overclock your memory (which I don't recommend).

H3avyM3tal
10-16-08, 12:51 PM
Lol! It was me! Can't let the other options stay all alone.

Seriously now, it won't be a huge upgrade with either of these, so I am with them fellas on the GPU upgrade. A much better choice.

Heinz68
10-16-08, 01:13 PM
Definitely video card, specially for the 1920x1200 res, native on your display.
I should also mention the ATI 4000 line scales better at higher res and higher AA.
My choice would be HD 4870 1GB but for more money the GTX 280 is also great deal.

H4yd3n
10-16-08, 01:37 PM
If it's for gaming why not use the money for a gpu upgrade.

If that's not an option for you then I'd choose the quad.

+1

ViN86
10-16-08, 02:19 PM
hmm, i just got my 8800GT last christmas. all im really playing atm is Source and a few other Steam games so it's not really holding me back.

im getting more into programming and virtual machines and such. that's why i was considering a quad core.

will my PSU be able to handle that card though? id probably need a new one :(

ViN86
10-16-08, 02:20 PM
I'd say the psu. Just my suggestion=]

yea, that may be where im heading. since even if i do get a GTX260 my machine wouldnt be able to hack it :lol:

ATOJAR
10-16-08, 03:57 PM
My next upgrade is another 4GB memory & a new 24" monitor, without spending silly amounts of money & some overclocking i don't think there's a lot i can really upgrade at the moment to notice a "real" difference.

Personally i would choose the quad core if i was you, had mine for over a year(or there about)and still not showing a single sign of weakness, by far my best upgrade investment to date.

nekrosoft13
10-16-08, 05:13 PM
hmm, i just got my 8800GT last christmas. all im really playing atm is Source and a few other Steam games so it's not really holding me back.

im getting more into programming and virtual machines and such. that's why i was considering a quad core.

will my PSU be able to handle that card though? id probably need a new one :(

in that case, quad core and more memory ;)

ViN86
10-16-08, 06:17 PM
in that case, quad core and more memory ;)

heh, yea.

im starting to think i should get a new PSU. mine is 4 years old :(

CaptNKILL
10-16-08, 06:28 PM
Get a 1000-1200W with a single 12v rail and you should be good for a while. It'll cost $200-$300 but it'll be nice knowing you can put just about anything you want in your PC for the next several years.

BronzeGod
10-16-08, 06:35 PM
You need a good CPU to get proper results from a good video card. Go with a Quad and 8 gigs of RAM, then get the video card later.

CaptNKILL
10-16-08, 06:56 PM
8 gigs? yeesh... :lol:

Xion X2
10-16-08, 10:23 PM
8 gigs? yeesh... :lol:

Total and complete waste of money.

Absolution
10-16-08, 10:26 PM
A PSU don't affect performance directly unless it isn't supplying enough power to components. You'll find yourself wondering why you bothered when your system doesn't even max your current PSU out (I sure did). 4G of ram is plenty until you go to the new socket+ddr3. I have never seen any benchmarks that proved games are bandwith limited (unless you downclock to like, 667MHz or lower). Most DDR2-800 ram can do 1066 easily too, with 5-5-5-12 timings.

Get a new video card, you'll notice a performance difference, even from an 8800GT I noticed a substantial performance difference. You don't need a quadcore if your talking about games and it will probably slow you down unless you overclock it over what your dual core is at right now.

Things that will affect your performance:
Faster CPU (not more cores)
Video card

Things that you'll be wondering why you upgraded 6 months from now:
PSU
Ram

nekrosoft13
10-16-08, 11:18 PM
more cores will affect performance in certain applications, OS it self will not run faster doing normal task. but it will finish more task at the same time.

plus it will help great deal with virtual machines.