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    Hello All,

    I am about to go ahead and upgrade my current system.

    I plan to buy a 'barebones' system consisting of Processor, Motherboard, RAM and a case (All fitted), and re-use the rest of my existing kit.

    I do however plan to upgrade my graphics card at the same time

    My budget is 300, and so far i have been looking at the barebones systems and graphics cards at novatech.co.uk.

    I am pretty sure that i am going to opt for a Nvidia 8600GT 256mb or similar, but my main concern is which processor do i go for?!!!!

    I have not been keeping up with recent developments in the market, and i have no idea as to which processors are better than others!

    The current system in my price range is as follows:

    "Barebones Bundles - Heatsink and Fan, 1GB DDR2 667Ram, Intel Pentium Dual Core E2160 Intel G33 Motherboard "

    I apologise for the wall of text, but no doubt you guys will be able to apply your expertise and offer me some useful advice.

    The upgraded system is going to be used to play games mainly.......Colin Mcrae DIRT, GTR2, RACE 07, Bioshock, Cyrsis, Eve-Online, TF2 etc etc

    Im not toooo concerned with the overclocking factor on the chips, what im after is your opinion on whether the above barebones system + graphics card will be a good gaming system, or whether it would be worth looking into better CPU's (whatever they may be!)

    thanks in advance for your help/advice

    bobby

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    Ok after a few views of this thread there are no replies

    Maybe the question im asking is too broad? Or is the system i proposed just THAT BAD lol.

    How about this..... ive got 300 to spend, what M'board, CPU and Graphics card could you recommend? (ive given it a shot below, see what you think)

    I can possibly stretch to 350, so maybe a bit more head room for higher spec, or maybe some RAM to throw in!? But ideally i would like to buy a new case to house this little lot

    Ill start off with what i currently have:

    M'Board = Im not sure! Im at work so i cant check.....its socket 939 :$
    AMD Atholon 64 3400+
    1GB DDR RAM
    Nvidia Geforce 5900FX
    Maxtor 200GB SATA HD

    What i propose to get with my very small budget:

    Asus P5N-E SLI 650I Motherboard DDR2 PCI-E Gigabit LAN 72.85

    Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 2 x 2.33Ghz 4Mb Cache 1333 FSB Dual Core Processor 105.75

    Novatech GeForce 8600GT SLI 512MB GDDR2 Dual DVI/TVO PCI-E 81.08

    It leaves me with 40... perhaps to put towards this:

    Corsair XMS6400 2GB DDR2 (2x1G 800Mhz Non-ECC 60.51

    Any comments on the above? will it play the games i listed in the 1st post decently?....Would you recommend a different CPU/graphics card/m'board?

    Any replies appreciated....even flames

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    thats a tight budget you have to work with there.
    i dont really like the current cards for mid range (both ati and nvidia), but it seems you really have no option. but i recomend dropping the 512mb version, it holds no advantage over the 256mb version and its cheaper. the cpu is ok, however i dont know if the mobo or the cpu will adjust its speed to the other (mobo: 266mhz, cpu: 333mhz).

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    thanks for you reply...

    I didnt spot the speed differences in the CPU/Mboard. Or should i say that i didnt realise i needed to lol

    Being a noob, i was under the impression that 512mb on a graphics card would be better than 256mb? - Are you saying that it wont really make much diffference?

    Maybe i could look into the next step up in cards....8600GTS?

    Indeed my budget is small, but i think it will provide a major leap in performance from my current setup.

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    well seeing you cant spend much i wouldnt bother with the GTS version, simply because there's not that much difference between the 2 cards to make it worth the buy. gt it will be ok till you can buy something pretty (from 8800 series)
    512mb ram would be good if you were running games with really high resolution, but even if the ram would be enough, the card would not, so its pointless really

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    Ok thanks for your input.

    I just found a nice little guide on 512mb Vs 256mb which was an interesting read.

    I figure with the suggested setup above, it is reasonably future proof, taking into account the extra SLI PCI-E slot, the 8GB capacity, and the capability for quad core processor.

    Maybe when having a girlfriend, mortgage, and an unhealthy obsession with all things alcohol becomes less expensive, ill get round to upgrading it further

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    Does anyone have any opinions/information regarding dual SLI GPU's?

    Is it worth me getting a board with 2x PCI-E slots, for future proofing etc?

    i quite like the look of this mobo:

    Asus P5W DH Deluxe WiFi 975x (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard


    i like the idea of having a remote control

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    try to look for a p35 mbo instead of 975x. the 975x chipset isnt very good for xfire or sli. as far as sli capabilities yes it is good for futur proofing but sometimes you may just want to upgrade your card in stead of buying 2. its hard to say whats going to happen i know a lot of people on this forum have sli or xfire ready mobos but i dont know what to tell you.

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