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08-30-06, 06:22 PM
Okay my current system (specs in sig) has been rendered obsolete after my recent purchase of a 19" inch LCD with a 1280x1024 resolution. My 6800 is starting to lag at high detail levels at this resolution. Hence, it is time to upgrade!

Item's I'm carrying over from my old system:

1GB TwinMOS DDR400 RAM - 'decent' for overclocking.
200GB Maxtor PATA HDD
CD-RW Drive
Hercules Gamesurround Fortissimo 7.1 Sound Card
350watt Enermax Whisper PSU
Arctic Cooling Freezer64 Pro
Old case
Floppy drive

New stuff (CPU, Mobo, Video Card):

S939 A64 X2 3800+

Abit AN8 32x
From what I understand this is a nice o/cing mobo. Plus I have to the option to go SLI later on. O/C potential is a huge part of my buying decisions in this upgrade. I like to OC =).

XFX 7600GT
It's got some nice stock clocks. Only reason I'm skimping on the video card is because my budget is very limited. 7900GT is too much money :(

An alternative to the 7600gt for $50 more would be an x1800xt 256mb. The OEM version goes for $199 at the egg. However, if i went with this card, I'd want to have the option to go dual cards if i need an upgrade later on. This would require me to change mobos. Are there any good (read: cheap and good at overclocking) mobos for s939 that support crossfire?

Maybe before I buy this system i will get a new case and psu. For case I was thinking about the Gigabyte 3d Aurora and for power supply the antec TPII 550watt with SLI certification.

What are your thoughts?
Any way to get a core2duo (that overclocks) for around the same price?

08-30-06, 06:50 PM
Even the E6300 beats the 3800+ at about $40 more and has decent enough overclocking room.

08-30-06, 07:13 PM
But the mobos are more expensive and i'd have to upgrade to DDR2, adding another $200 to the total cost of the build. A lil too rich for my blood..

08-30-06, 08:22 PM
But the mobos are more expensive and i'd have to upgrade to DDR2, adding another $200 to the total cost of the build. A lil too rich for my blood.. If money is the main object for sure the 3800+ and 939 mobo is the best way to go.
Thanks to Intel forcing AMD to reduce price, the 3800+ has now a great value :)

You should be able to get the Core 2 Duo mobo for about same money, probably not SLI so the huge extra cost is mainly the the DDR2 upgrade.

You should also think how soon and what you're planning to upgrade next. There is not much upgrade ability on Socket939 mobo since AMD is ending support for the platform soon.

So sooner or later you're going to be facing the new mobo and memory upgrade.

08-30-06, 08:23 PM
looks good, you may need a better ps though.

08-30-06, 08:46 PM
looks good, you may need a better ps though.

You mean my old 350watt enermax or the Antec TPII 550 SLI?

A little update:
What I'm now thinking of doing is first buying a new case and power supply. I figure its best to have a good base for my next system. Then perhaps I can incrementally buy parts until I have everything. but the waiting would kill me!!! =(

I was thinking about the gigabyte 3d aurora case. Or what about the thermaltake tsunami? Any good lian li's < $150?

As for C2D mobos...
What about the Asus P5B NON DELUXE? Is that as good an overclocker as the deluxe? if i go C2D im really gonna want to o/c the piss out of it (read: 3ghz). Im sure thats possible with e6300 and the right mobo.

DDR2 memory...
Ive heard good things about the 2gb 667 kits from Patriot. Are these compatible with the p5b? Ive heard of some picky memory issues with DDR2...
Heres linky to the memory:

08-30-06, 10:02 PM
I love my Antec P160W Silver Mid Tower (http://www.antec.com/ec/productDetails.php?ProdID=81602), the picture doesn't do it justice it needs to be seen live and installed and believe me i checked many cases before i bought this one :)
It has a very nice silver anodized aluminum finish.
The bottom 3 air intakes has a discrete blue LED light, on top there are two 2 LED temperature sensors of your choice.
Very easy access and installation with removable motherboard tray. The fans are 120mm, more quiet than some mobos with 80 or 90mm fans.
What I also love, no front doors to open for easy access to LCD or CD drives and the color-coordinated CD-ROM & floppy drive covers.
The bottom line is, the pricegraber (http://www.pricegrabber.com/rating_getprodrev.php/masterid=13098281/id_type=masterid) has the case as low as $93.25, so right a way you save some money that you can spend on the inside :), compared to the $150 you're willing to spend on the case.

Here I remembered a post about cases and it has an Antec p-160w picture (post12), but the case still looks much better live, also nice case there is Antec P180 but it's heavy and I hate the front doors plus it's more money.
You will also find few more case recommendations there.