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#1 evilmonkeyz

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 10:19 AM

Ok, so over the last month I have done about 50 hours of overtime at work so I am going to put that to a significant computer upgrade. I just have a couple of questions.

I am thinking of getting an Intel core 2 Duo processor (probably the E6700). The thing is that I have an AMD at the moment so I will be doing a motherboard swap too. The motherboard I am thinking of is the Asus P5B Deluxe. Ok, here come the questions:

1) Is this a good motherboard and can anyone offer any alternative better ones?

2) At the moment I have a Geforce 7600gt, but will be wanting to upgrade in a few months to maybe a 8800GTX, will this board support it?

3) The board has an integrated sound card (like most), would it be worth getting a separate soundcard and do they offer any sort of performance upgrade? (MY pc is connected to about 1000 worth of hi-fi, but the hi-fi is a music hi-fi, so only has 2 speakers.)

4) I am going to be buying 2gb of RAM as I consider that to be a minimum for gaming, bearing in mind I am running Vista Ultimate, would it be worth getting 4gb?

Thanks in advance and sorry about all the questions. I built my computer myself so have a very good idea how things work, it's just the choosing and compatibility that is a bit challenging. :thumbsup:
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Posted 21 May 2007 - 01:40 PM

1) Yes, it's a good mobo, but I'm not real familiar with it.

2) Yes, it'll support it. But make sure that you've also got a power supply that will handle it.

3) If you want more sound options, I'd invest in a separate sound card.

4) 32 bit versions of Windows won't recognize the entire 4gB of RAM - on my system it was 3.25 gB when I had 4 gB installed.
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Posted 21 May 2007 - 02:13 PM

Thanks, I will hopefully be ordering the parts on Friday. I won't bother with more RAM then.

Cheers.

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 02:59 PM

Sounds like a great machine to me :thumbsup:

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 03:08 PM

It hopefully will be, although I have the fight of getting my oem version of Vista on another pc. Posted Image
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