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Is An Upgraded Cpu Worth It?


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#1 Jmoore

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Posted 04 March 2008 - 11:09 PM

Hey everyone, I was wondering if I could get your expert opinions on my system as far as the next best upgrade. Right now I have a 1.7Ghz AMD processor, 256 7600GS video card, 1 GB RAM, and running XP Pro. I'm looking to get some more power out of my system for gaming and was wondering what my best option is for an upgrade. My mobo is an MSI K7N2GM2-LSR (MS-7051G) if that helps. Thanks in advance!

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Posted 04 March 2008 - 11:17 PM

yeah, I think I would go for the processor upgrade, and maybe get some extra RAM while you're at it, since its so cheap anyways.

Since newegg appears to be down....

I'll just assume your mobo can handle dual core, and suggest that. You can get some pretty cheap ones these days, like even a medium speed brisbane or something would probably be lower than 120$.

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Posted 04 March 2008 - 11:37 PM

I'd just wait until you can get a new system. It really depends on what socket you have. If you have a Socket A, I really recommend you wait to get a new system. Remember many of the $400-$600 ones can beat that speed, and be dual core, and come with flat panels now.

I doubt you can even find a Socket A CPU now....

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Posted 04 March 2008 - 11:39 PM

You have a socket A.

http://www.msicomputer.com/product/p_spec.asp?model=K7N2GM-V

I dont think you can even still get a new CPU for that socket.

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 07:15 AM

That's kind of what I was expecting..any recommendations on a new system???????

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 02:58 PM

Build it yourself, for one.

How much are you willing to spend on it?

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 03:33 PM

Build it yourself if you are planning to spend over $1.5k on it. Systems less than that are usually cheaper to have someone else build it.

See these:
http://www.dell.com/content/products/categ...;l=en&s=dhs

I like dells, but thats my personal opinion. Yours may very ;)

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 07:29 PM

I've grown to dislike dells, even though i'm using an ancient on from back in 02.

You might just be able to upgrade the mobo and the processor at the same time, and still be able to use all of your old parts, but you'd have to check a lot of compatibility.

I would only go for a dell if it came with a good monitor, and had no video card, because they always rip you off on those no matter what, from what I've seen.

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 08:31 PM

Agreed. Dell is cheaper than building yourself for lower end systems (i.e., ones that probably wouldnt have good video cards anyway).

If its a gaming machine, yes, build it yourself ;)

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