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Upgrade dilema, help and advice please

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Showboat, 12 Sep 2009.

  1. Showboat

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 11 Sep 2009

    Posts: 2,036

    Location: UK

    Hey all, i have been tearing my hair out over a possible upgrade, i have a 3-4year old pc that was got as part of the pc4home initiative and it seems to play games ok, the pc currently is as follows:

    Fujitsu Siemens Sacleo T p4 660, 2gb ram, nvidia 8600GT, Sceleoview T19-2 monitor, it gets 3500 score on 3d mark 2006 (free version)!

    Now the monitor only goes to 1280x1024, whereas the gfx card will go to 2560x1600! apparentl (on the box).

    At 1280x1024 games look ok, i mainly play fps (cod4,hl2 and wow). So i'm wondering do i really need an upgrade, i looked at some hardware reviews (tomshardware and extreme-tech) and if i can see 2 possible upgrades.

    1st upgrade - big budget (rough prices)
    24" dell ultrasharp - £400
    Intel i7-920 £210
    Mobo for above - £150
    6Gb corsair ram - £120
    Nvidia 275 gtx - £150
    Case - £50
    PSU -£50
    WD Raptor hard disk £150
    Other bits and pieces (cd drives etc) £100

    Total without monitor is close to £1000

    2nd upgrade - biggest improvement for the £
    22" Dell ultrasharp - £200
    Intel Q8400 - £125
    Asus P5Q - £90
    4Gb ram - £50
    Nvidia 260GTX - £115
    Case £50
    PSU - £50
    Re-use old Hard drives and other bits.
    Total without monitor is less than £500

    Am i correct in thinking, no matter how good your system is, if you dont have a decent monitor you won't see it for all it's glory?
    I don't want to buy a 22" monitor only to be wanting a 24" in 3-5yrs time, may as well spank the money now and go 24" now.

    Any pros with thoughts / advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Oh, i dont like to overclock, had some bad experiences a few years back with some AMD kit, hence the Intel route for this PC.
  2. 95thrifles

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    Joined: 15 Nov 2008

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    Hi, if I were you Id aim for this sort of level, more than capable , rivals your first spec, but cheaper

  3. Showboat

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 11 Sep 2009

    Posts: 2,036

    Location: UK

    Woo, didn't even think about the samsung monitor, very nice suggestion. And overall price is nice as well. Thanks for the advice.

    I was tempted with the WD raptor as i heard a few reviews saying it was the best / fastest for gaming (10k rpm) not sure if the difference would be noticable and if it merits spending £150 on it just for the extra speed. I am coming down with hard drives so wouldn't need any other one.

    Is that motherboard one that has the tri-channel ram! (Even a phrase!?) i.e. could get 6gb ram in and working at a good speed, or is that only the i7 mobos?
  4. paininlife


    Joined: 14 Jul 2009

    Posts: 514

    Location: Birmingham

    onli i7 socket 1366 have tri-channel ram, even i7 on socket 1156 hav dual channel :)


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    Not far off the above but still a bit less.