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Upgrade advice

Discussion in 'AMD Overclocking' started by Tazz, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. Tazz

    Tazz Guest

    Hi all,
    I'm looking for some help/advice/information on upgrading my PC. First,
    let me state that I have not kept up on the computer hardware scene
    since I installed and overclocked my AMD XP2500+ @ XP3000+ (Barton). So
    I don't fully understand the hardware that has come along since then.
    Feel free to correct anything that, to you, don't make any sense.

    I don't mind being a few steps behind the newest and greatest. I was
    thinking of a Phenom x4 9650, a Gigabyte GA-MA78GPM-UD2H motherboard, a
    Gforce 9400 GT videocard and OCZ Gold XTC PC2-6400 4GB DDR2-800 RAM.

    I already have a 500W power supply with the 12v connector. If I'm
    reading the description correctly, I can use my IDE Seagate HDD and DVD
    burner.

    Is there anything that I'm missing or that won't work together?

    Thanks.


    </Tazz>
     
    Tazz, Mar 21, 2009
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  2. Whether your 500W PSU will do the job is an open question. Look at the
    rating(s) for the 12V rail(s). If it's 18 or better (or 16 for each of
    multiple rails) you have a shot. Also, is your video card PCI-E or AGP? As
    you mentioned an XP CPU, and many XP motherboards had AGP video card slots,
    if your current video card is AGP, it will not work in a PCI-E slot. Other
    than those potential issues, you're in a safe zone staying with DDR2 and
    AM2+ (instead of going to AM3/DDR3), IMHO. You should really enjoy the
    performance boost, once you have it all set up :)
     
    Peter van der Goes, Mar 21, 2009
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  3. Tazz

    Tazz Guest

    I'm thinking of a Gforce 9400 GT videocard. What does PCI-E16 and -E1
    mean? Also what is the recomended PSU?


    </Tazz>
     
    Tazz, Mar 21, 2009
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  4. Tazz

    Augustus Guest

    I'm thinking of a Gforce 9400 GT videocard. What does PCI-E16 and -E1
    A 9400GT is a poor choice for gaming any modern 3D title. For things like
    WOW it would be fine. Strictly a budget card with pretensions of 3D
    performance. A 9600GT is a far better performance value card and will run
    any modern DX10 title with eye candy at moderate (1280x1024 or 1440x900)
    framerates. If you are thinking of running modern 3D games on large screen
    real estate, the level of 3D ability needed by the card has to go up. Think
    9800GTX+ or HD4870 level and above. To give you an idea how craptacular a
    9400GT is, on a Core2Extreme Quad core QX9770 it got less than 5fps in
    Crysis at 1280x1024 and got 14 fps in Bioshock at 1280x1024 on that same
    system. Default 3DMark06 run came in at 3100. A worthless card for gaming.
    http://www.motherboards.org/reviews/hardware/1824_10.html
     
    Augustus, Mar 21, 2009
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  5. Tazz

    Tazz Guest


    Thanks for that. I will look into the 9600GT.


    </Tazz>
     
    Tazz, Mar 21, 2009
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  6. Tazz

    Tazz Guest


    OK, I've changed motherboards. Instead of a Gigabyte GA-MA78GPM-UD2H,
    I'm going to try a ASUS M3N78-VM SLI. I read a lot of bad reviews of the
    Gigabyte board.

    The Asus comes with GeForce 8200 on-board. If I get a GeForce 9600 GT
    will it mess the drivers up? The board has a 8200 chipset and the video
    card is in the GeForce 9 series. I'm guessing that the driver installer
    will only install what is needed.

    Also, what is the PhysX System Software and do I need it?

    Sorry for all the questions, but up to now I've been an ATI guy.
     
    Tazz, Mar 27, 2009
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  7. kaptain krunch, May 17, 2009
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