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Time to upgrade?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Archangelus, 2 Feb 2006.

  1. Archangelus

    Wise Guy

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    I'm currently running a 2.4 northwood, Abit IC7 (875 chipset), 2gb PC 3200 kingston CAS 3, a Radeon 9800 pro, and a 160gb SATA hard drive. It's currently watercooled, so it's nice and quiet, but it's starting to show it's age, and I'm looking at upgrades. I don;t need anything too 'bleeding edge', as I mostly use my PC for online gaming, web browsing, and a bit of office work.

    What sort of performance increase could I expect from going to an AMD dual core 3800, Nforce 4 SLI board, and an X800XL graphics card? Looking at the comparisons on Toms hardware, the CPU would be between 20 and 50% faster, and the graphics card about 50%+ faster. Are these realistic figures?

    Also, how noisy are the stock AMD heatsink and fans, as I don't want to go back to having bleeding ears....
  2. semi-pro waster

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    Probably fairly realistic since it isn't solely down to sheer mhz anymore with the improvements in technology. I'd probably not be expecting anything quite so noticable in use as 50%, maybe a bit less but still quite an improvement.

    I don't find the heatsink and fan on my A64 noisy but coming from watercooling it is likely to be noticable so maybe look at a Zalman cooler or similar.
  3. mp260767


    Joined: 4 Feb 2003

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    i;d replace the stock fan to be safe, some people seem to think there fine, but mine was fairly noisy.
  4. Archangelus

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    thanks guys :)