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Hambone 05-20-08 08:13 PM

Should I upgrade anything at this point?
 
My hardware is almost one and a half years old now (last touched - Dec 2006). I have a PS3 & 360 and haven't played a game on the PC in a year it seems, but I just started a PC phase again.
-EVGA 680i
-E6600 C2D
-EVGA 8800GTS 640MB
-4GB Patriot DDR2-800
-Vista Home Premium x32

My hard drive is failing (clicking noises on bootup all the sudden). I'm going to go out tomorrow and buy two new ones and an OEM copy of Vista 64 to get some use out of the 4GB
-Raptor 150GB for Vista and Ghost images of the Vista
-Segate 1T (sale at Frys for $179) for games and everything else


I haven't looked at PC hardware since I built this system a year and a half ago. It seems like there's nothing I could really do to get any better game performance without getting areally small return on my money (I mean like $800-1200 and ending up with 10% better game performance).

I don't mind dropping a a few extra hundred. Would anyone touch my current rig right now? This original Nov 2006 EVGA 680i board I have will take a Q6600 I've read - and honestly I need to do a good spurt of video editing soon. I'm not sure if I could do any better for gaming - like if it would take a E8400.

If you were me would you just buy the drives and wait another 6-12 months before looking at the hardware again?

Thanks!

methimpikehoses 05-20-08 08:29 PM

Re: Should I upgrade anything at this point?
 
I would stick with that CPU for a while until you need a quad... and the new GPU's are coming in a month or so.

Revs 05-20-08 08:36 PM

Re: Should I upgrade anything at this point?
 
Yeah, I would hold out until at least these new gfx cards come out (about a month, hopefully) and maybe think about a E8400, especially if you overclock.

You have a good PSU? Sounds like we're gonna need one with these GTX280's, etc

Hambone 05-20-08 08:58 PM

Re: Should I upgrade anything at this point?
 
Thanks. You know I've slowed down a lot but I've been building my own systems since 1994 and I use to rebuild every 6 to 12 months. This system I'm on right now seems to have the best longevity. I tried BioShock earlier @ 1680x1050 with all the graphics options at max and it ran perfectly smooth (no idea what frame rate I was getting). The only thing is, I did buy and try Crysis when it came out and it ran so bad I gave up 5 minutes into playing. I think that's when I got frustrated and dove into console gaming.

-------------

I tried to get a good quality PSU when I built the system. The model I have doesn't seem to be made anymore but it's this one:

http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews.p...cer_s75eps_psu

PC Power & Cooling 750w Silencer S75EPS PSU
• 750W @ 40C (825W peak)
• 90% less noise per watt
• EPS12V / nVidia SLI certified
• 83% efficiency with .99 PFC
• 12VDC output @ 60A
• 24, 8, 4-pin M/B connectors
• 2 PCI-E and 15 drive plugs
• Automatic fan speed control
• Copper finish (Black on request)
• 3-year warranty and support

wolfgar 05-21-08 04:13 PM

Re: Should I upgrade anything at this point?
 
I'll agree with the others so far. Thats a pretty good rig right now. I don't see much benefit in return from the probable cost of upgrading anything right now.

If you've got money to spend, what about other add-oncomponents? Display, case, keyboard, mouse, sound, ...

Definitely wait for the next gen video cards. they're only weeks away from making their arrivals. That NV280 sounds amazing. I may not be able to hold out till x-mas. :captnkill:

wolfgar 05-21-08 04:16 PM

Re: Should I upgrade anything at this point?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Revs
Yeah, I would hold out until at least these new gfx cards come out (about a month, hopefully) and maybe think about a E8400, especially if you overclock.

You have a good PSU? Sounds like we're gonna need one with these GTX280's, etc


The Yorktown Quads should be shipping again soon, at higher clocks and cheaper prices. As they are also 45nm (actually 2 C2D's on one CPU) they should overclock well.

XDanger 05-21-08 04:30 PM

Re: Should I upgrade anything at this point?
 
My HDD clickings have been PSU related, Too many drives and not enough pahwah.

ATOJAR 05-23-08 07:19 AM

Re: Should I upgrade anything at this point?
 
I only ever upgrade when i feel a part of my system starts to struggle with what im doing(mostly gaming)then i will usually just upgrade that part, right now i still feel my system hammers everything i throw at it! ... i play every game i have installed at 1920x1440 with x4 - x8 AA ... no lagging, no problems, I dont really give a damn about FPS as long as the game runs smooth thats all that matters to me.


Basically as the rest said, the new gfx cards & cpu's are coming out soon .... if i was you i would wait it out.

JaxMacFL 05-23-08 09:40 AM

Re: Should I upgrade anything at this point?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Hambone
My hardware is almost one and a half years old now (last touched - Dec 2006). I have a PS3 & 360 and haven't played a game on the PC in a year it seems, but I just started a PC phase again.
-EVGA 680i
-E6600 C2D
-EVGA 8800GTS 640MB
-4GB Patriot DDR2-800
-Vista Home Premium x32

My hard drive is failing (clicking noises on bootup all the sudden). I'm going to go out tomorrow and buy two new ones and an OEM copy of Vista 64 to get some use out of the 4GB
-Raptor 150GB for Vista and Ghost images of the Vista
-Segate 1T (sale at Frys for $179) for games and everything else


I haven't looked at PC hardware since I built this system a year and a half ago. It seems like there's nothing I could really do to get any better game performance without getting areally small return on my money (I mean like $800-1200 and ending up with 10% better game performance).

I don't mind dropping a a few extra hundred. Would anyone touch my current rig right now? This original Nov 2006 EVGA 680i board I have will take a Q6600 I've read - and honestly I need to do a good spurt of video editing soon. I'm not sure if I could do any better for gaming - like if it would take a E8400.

If you were me would you just buy the drives and wait another 6-12 months before looking at the hardware again?

Thanks!

I'd wait on the on the cpu and gpu. In a couple of months I'd look real hard at a E8600 and nvidia 280 or ati 4870x2 for gaming. In the mean time I would seriously consider upgrading the os to x64.

Hambone 05-23-08 05:06 PM

Re: Should I upgrade anything at this point?
 
Thanks for the replies. Vista Home Premium x64 is on the way. An idiot at Fry's said they had the $99 OEM version in stock but when I got there they didn't. Aside from that it doesn't seem possible to find a x64 version of Vista any where retail. $98 from Newegg for the OEM SP1 version is a pretty good deal though.

JaxMacFL 05-23-08 05:53 PM

Re: Should I upgrade anything at this point?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Hambone
Thanks for the replies. Vista Home Premium x64 is on the way. An idiot at Fry's said they had the $99 OEM version in stock but when I got there they didn't. Aside from that it doesn't seem possible to find a x64 version of Vista any where retail. $98 from Newegg for the OEM SP1 version is a pretty good deal though.

I bought vista business x32 and two weeks later decided to go x64. I ordered the business x64 dvd from microsoft for $9.99 (shipping) and got it 2-3 weeks later. All you need is the Product Key from the 32 bit version. They also do that with home premium.

Here's a link: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/pro...ons/64bit.mspx

:)


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