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darkrider01
01-08-07, 11:27 AM
I have some money burning a hole in my pocket, and I'm toying with upgrading. My existing PC is in my sig below. Would it be really be worth it to upgrade to the PC below? Things to keep in mind when commenting is that the most demanding game I play is BF2142 (@1680x1050) and I do plan on getting Vista.

Core 2 Duo E6600
2GB of PC6400 (800MHz) Link (http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820144028)
Abit AW8D 975X mobo (I'm done with SLi) Link (http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813127235)
Zalman CNPS9500 Heatsink
Evga 8800GTS Link (http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16814130071)

I'm looking at a total cost of around $1200. That's really all I have to spend. Would it really be worth it to upgrade?

dsessom
01-08-07, 12:01 PM
The AW8D isn't compatible with Core2 Duo. There is a known issue with it.
But the rest sounds like a very worthwhile upgrade.

LORD-eX-Bu
01-08-07, 12:05 PM
I had the AW8... good board... I would go with 680i... I haven't had any issues with it at all:D

darkrider01
01-08-07, 12:06 PM
The AW8D isn't compatible with Core2 Duo. There is a known issue with it.
But the rest sounds like a very worthwhile upgrade.

Man...I didn't even realize that. Thanks for pointing that out.

Maybe I'll substitute in the Abit AB9 in it's place Link (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813127005)

K-1
01-08-07, 12:14 PM
I think you should stay with what you've got. The upgrade you've got planned is freakin nice for sure, and you won't have to deal with SLI anymore, but performance wise I don't think you'll get that much of a jump, numbers wise, sure your benches and such will be higher, but in game I don't think you'll see that, especially in BF2142. You aren't having any problems with BF2142 now, are you?

I'd wait it out, a few more months if you can. There's Core 2 Duo price drops coming (in 6 months or so?) and the 8 series refresh (not to mention R600). Besides there's nothing that great coming out anytime soon, game wise. Maybe take the $1200 and invest it for now or something :D.

stncttr908
01-08-07, 12:59 PM
I'm with K-1. For what you're doing now your rig is plenty powerful.

Toss3
01-08-07, 01:24 PM
I'm with K-1. For what you're doing now your rig is plenty powerful.
Agreed. There is also a price cut coming Q2 this year, along with the new quad-core 6600. So I'd just wait for the quads to become more mainstream. :)

Single Player
01-08-07, 02:26 PM
Asus 650i SLi (supports Quad-Core CPU) (http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=247123)

Cyant
01-08-07, 03:30 PM
You should wait on the motherboard/cpu front. An opteron 170 is still pretty good (hell I run a un-overclockable Opteron 165 and a 8800GTX and it's great).

You could switch right now to a 8800GTX and wait in spring/summer for the motherboard and an affordable quad-core CPU. Big price war between Quad solutions from AMD and Intel in the coming months.

SH0DAN
01-08-07, 03:42 PM
Agreed. There is also a price cut coming Q2 this year, along with the new quad-core 6600. So I'd just wait for the quads to become more mainstream. :)



I would echo the above in saying you should wait.