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New CPU advice - please help!!

Discussion in 'CPUs' started by damian44, 8 Mar 2006.

  1. damian44

    Gangster

    Joined: 26 May 2004

    Posts: 154

    Hi,

    At present i am running a pentium 4 3.4 processor and a 6800 ultra gfx card - running on an agp mobo.

    From my very basic knowledge i haver found out that in order to update my mobo to a pci express one i will need to change my processor too as it will not fit in a 775 intel board so that got me thinking about changing to an athlon cpu instead - I use my pc primarily for gaming and am not that interested in overclocking - so could someone advise me on a good Athlon cpu that is the equivalant or more powerful than my current intel one?

    I am also looking at getting a new gfxcard too in the shape of a x1900.

    thanks
     
  2. volt9291

    Hitman

    Joined: 2 Feb 2006

    Posts: 615

    how much do you want to spend?
     
  3. damian44

    Gangster

    Joined: 26 May 2004

    Posts: 154

    About £700 but I am open to suggestions on the cpu and gfx card - was also looking at 7800gt card but not too sure what performance upgrade I would get over my exsisting 6800ultra
     
  4. Squidge

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 2,185

    If your not into overclocking, I'd go for a Athlon 64 X2 3800 or X2 4400 depending on how much you want to spend. Would be quite a bit more powerful than your current intel one.
     
  5. volt9291

    Hitman

    Joined: 2 Feb 2006

    Posts: 615

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3800+ (Socket 939) - OEM
    £159.95
    Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro CPU Cooler (Socket 754/939/940) (FG-000-AR)
    £12.95
    Subtotal £172.90
    VAT £30.26
    Total £203.16


    Leaves you £497 for Gfx and mobo, Do you need ram?

    Btw if you did want to overclock 2.4/2.5Ghz should be done easy.
     
    Last edited: 8 Mar 2006
  6. damian44

    Gangster

    Joined: 26 May 2004

    Posts: 154

    Would an x2 3800 cpu be alot faster than a ntel p4 3.40ghz?
     
  7. Livestrong

    Hitman

    Joined: 24 Mar 2005

    Posts: 864

    Location: KENT

    your " pentium 4 3.4 processor and a 6800 ultra gfx card " is still very fast, if you can hold out for a couple of months there's new stuff from both Intel and Amd.
     
  8. volt9291

    Hitman

    Joined: 2 Feb 2006

    Posts: 615

    Yes + its dual core

    Even better if you overclock :)
     
  9. damian44

    Gangster

    Joined: 26 May 2004

    Posts: 154

    I know but we have a baby on the way (in a few months) and I need to do this asap before all my spare cash gets used else where!! :D
     
  10. Squidge

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 2,185

    I think you'll be impressed by the 3800 X2. If you overclock it, it can be made to run the equivalent of double the speed of a 3.8Ghz P4 :) But then again, if your overclocking, I'd recommend the Opteron 165 or 170 instead, as they are better for overclocking.