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#1 cknox121

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 09:41 PM

Hi, These are my current specs.

Ram: 2GB
CPU: Intel Pentium D 2.80GHz (2 CPUs)
Motherboard: nForce 680i
GPU: Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS

I'm looking to start upgrading at least my cpu and gpu. Would it make sense to get another 8800 GTS and run SLI or just get a single newer better card? Any suggestions?

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 11:38 PM

Core 2 Quad
You might as well get a newer Nvidia single card like this one.

Do you play games?

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 17 December 2010 - 11:44 PM

Yeah I built it about 2 years ago for gaming. That processor looks good, but I would be willing to spend a little bit more money if its worth it. Is the motherboard worth upgrading?

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 12:25 AM

No, it's fine gaming motherboard.

Processor

You might as well upgrade your ram to 4GB. Take out the your current ram for this new ram and fit it in dual channel.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 18 December 2010 - 01:02 AM

There are a few things to consider. That Pentium is a lower-end CPU, even two years ago. Intel has, for some reason, kept the prices for certain LGA 775 Core 2's high and you may need to update the BIOS on your motherboard to accept newer CPU's. Spending $300 on a Core 2 is a waste in my opinion. I've considered replacing my Core 2 Q9450 with a higher clocked model, but pricing makes it pointless. You would probably be better off just getting a single high-end card instead of using SLI. Also, if you take killer's suggestion with regards to RAM, and you should, you will need a 64-bit operating system to see the benefits of using it.

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 01:20 AM

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit -$100

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 18 December 2010 - 10:45 PM

Yep, that's it. Remember, going from 32-bit to 64-bit, or from XP, is considered a platform upgrade requiring a clean install.

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 06:26 AM

Thank you for the advice.

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 06:56 AM

No problems and here is the final list of the upgrade parts.
Processor
Ram
OS
Graphics Card

Edited by killerx525, 19 December 2010 - 06:56 AM.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png





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