Mistress of Support
23rd November 2005
I'm upgrading my computer so I can try some of these games I hear so much about. I was told months ago that I should get a socket 939 motherboard and an AMD processor. Is this still the best choice or should I get a Intel? Is dual or single core cpus better for gaming? Not to mention I also work from my computer so the dual core might be better for me, at least that's my reasoning. I am just lost and overwhelmed I can't afford to have to upgrade this piece of crap again anytime soon so I need to get the best for my money and longevity. I already purchased this video card, http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?Sku=E145-7858 I now need a motherboard, cpu, and maybe a sound card. Everything else I'm keeping from my old machine. I'm definitely trying to spend under $1000 and I'm not paying over $500 for just the cpu. Your help is much appreciated.
Horses for courses with Dual Core, AMD 939 are a bargain right now and AM2 is still to settle down. The best choice all round right now would be a Core Duo, even the cheapest ones overclock faster than almost all previous chips by both manufacturers and even without clocking them they just p**s on anything before them. The best soundcard one the market is a XI FI but unless you are some sort of weird game and music Vulcan you will probably need nothing more than a decent Audigy. Good choice of card i think, i wouldn't bother with an SLI/ crossfire MOBO with DX10 coming soon you probably wont get another 7600gt.
Just be sure to stick at least a gig of RAM on it (better with 2 gig) and if you arent planning on overclocking it dont spend a fortune on expensive RAM as it will eat a budget for just a few FPS in games.
Good luck. Let us know how you get on and what you settle on in the end.
Aye, Core 2 Duo processors are the most powerful stuff around. There are great bargains available on the AMD side of things, but Core 2 Duo starts at pretty reasonable prices so unless you're on a VERY tight budget go for that.
Core 2, or AMD. For quality for the price, go with Core 2. For great prices, look on the AMD side of the tracks.
To be honest , you can do an sli system with a 939 and so on. Yes it may not support dx 10 ... but that isn't out at the moment. If you are really worried about that, then now is not the time to build. I just got done building the following: Amd 3800 dual core sli 7600 gs on an abit kn8 sli motherboard. 2 gigs pc 3200 ram raptor 10k 74 gig drive the system was pretty cheap to build.
Why would you realistically want SLI at this stage, though? Surely it would be good to get a solid CPU and an ok graphics card now, and then get a better one (or SLI) when DX10 comes out; than it is to get a less powerful CPU and a graphics setup that will essentially be obsolete by next summer?
whatever you buy at this point archon is obsolete by next summer anyways... come now you must know this already ? lol ... Honestly , pc's are a hobby for me. I am right now pricing an fx system, because i can ..... But realisticly,you may be right. But in that case , as i stated, if you are that worried about the whole dx10 issue, NOW is not the time to build a new pc. Muddle through till it comes out, then build your rig. Pc gaming is not cheap by any stretch of the imagination. If you want to stay on top, you better have the funding. better to be a little bit behind, than broke i say .....
It takes years for processor types to become out of date, while DX10 is coming next year. Quite simply a replacement graphics card when DX10 comes out is cheaper than a replacement motherboard, processor and so on because you bought tech that was already old and performs a fair bit worse than the current range of Intels..
Bs|ArchaonIt takes years for processor types to become out of date, while DX10 is coming next year. Quite simply a replacement graphics card when DX10 comes out is cheaper
I agree, get a good performing CPU now, and upgrade the graphics card later. In the long run you will be happy if you do, as you will only have to upgrade to a DX10 card instead of like Archaon said, replacing the mobo/cpu, which will save you some money.
I say go for a higher end Core 2 Duo setup now with 2GB Ram, and forget SLI, at least for now. Since you have a 7600GT already, just leave it at that and upgrade to a DX10 card when they are released.
With a new high end CPU setup, your system can last through two or three generations of graphics cards just fine. Only upgrades that you will need is video cards and possibly ram depending on how much you get now.
I love my AMD, but even the cheapest Core 2 Duo performs really well, plus you'll be able to just get a better Core 2 Duo in the future without having to change the motherboard.
If your budget can withstand it, I think the e6400 is the best priced/performance Conroe right now: Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz 2M sharing L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor ($225)