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Thinking of Upgrading to PCI-E!!

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by paul1980, 5 Mar 2006.

  1. paul1980


    Joined: 11 Nov 2003

    Posts: 391

    Hi all,

    I am seriously thinking of upgrading to a PCI-E setup. I currently have the following set-up:

    Leadtek FX5950 AGP graphics card
    AMD Athlon 64 3500+ (Newcastle) S939
    Abit AV8 Third Eye
    2x512Mb PC3200 DDR RAM
    AKASA 400W Paxpower PSU

    My question is on a budget of around £300 quid what is the best thing I can do for my money???

    Would my current CPU, PSU & Ram suffice, therefore just concentrating on a Mobo & Graphics card??
  2. Monstermunch

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 7 Mar 2005

    Posts: 1,597

    Location: Eating PI

    This is what I would buy:

    MB-046-MS MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum nForce4 Ultra (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-046-MS)
    £64.95 £64.95
    GX-048-PC PowerColor ATI Radeon X1800 XT 512MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-048-PC)
    £219.95 £219.95
    Subtotal £284.90
    VAT £49.86
    Total £334.76

    I think the rest of your equipment should be okay but I would suggest the next upgrade should be to 2gb ram (dual channel) when possible.

    Don't forget you could probably raise around £150 by selling your current Mobo, gfx card & ram.
  3. tuckenator


    Joined: 13 Jul 2005

    Posts: 704

    Location: Birmingham

    See sig for graphics and mobo, you could save money on the motherboard by downgrading to say as Asus A8N or Crossfire, but if you want to Overclock then i would suggest DFI. The G card is great value for money and def worth it.
    Your psu should be ok, but i would suggest upgrading to possibly a Hyper type R, Then all you have to worry about is RAM, but you can leave that a while, only a few memory hungry games will run best with 2GB of ram.

    Asus A8R-MVP Crossfire (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-129-AS)
    £82 inc Vat.

    Asus A8N-E nForce4 Ultra (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-088-AS)
    £72 inc Vat

    Connect3D ATI Radeon X1800 XT 256MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-044-CO)
    £229 inc Vat

    DFI LanParty UT NF4 Ultra-D (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-014-DF)
    £93 inc Vat.


    Joined: 17 Aug 2005

    Posts: 4,305

    As said, rest of listed gear should be fine, just get any decent PCIE mobo & this graphics card ... bang per buck goodness... PowerColor ATI Radeon X1800 XT 512MB (if that is out of your budget get the 256MB X1800XT instead - both are quicker than the 7800GTX).
    Last edited: 5 Mar 2006
  5. quadboi


    Joined: 28 Feb 2006

    Posts: 1,606

    Yes, the gfx card you currently have is eww.. lol.. But get a x1800xt