my computer, what should i upgrade?

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  1. IceMurder

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    Mobo - K9N Sli Platinum

    Video - Geforce 7900 GS KO

    Ram - 2 sticks of 1gb generic ram

    CPU - AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+
     
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  2. piratepenguin

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    Let me make a suggestion:


    Nothing.
     
  3. IceMurder

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    so u think it's good then?
     
  4. Wolf68k

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    I've got the exact same case.
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    Clean up your wire routing a bit more :big grin:
     
  5. IceMurder

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    but im lazy :hs:
     
  6. IceMurder

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    if i got 2 more sticks of ram would i see a difference? or if i switched to name brand ram?
     
  7. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    No on the 4gb.

    No on the better ram unless you're wanting to overclock.

    If you don't really need to update, wait until late July when the Q6600 quad core is going to come down to @ $270.
     
  8. Wolf68k

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    Are the 2 sticks the same? Was it a 2x1GB kit or what?
    4GB of RAM might make some of the latest, RAM hogging games happier, but I doubt overall performance would improve. Video and 3D editing would like it as well.

    I'm not sure what upgrading the CPU to a Q6600 would do in your case since you have an AMD and the Q6600 is Intel.

    What is your budget for the upgrade?
     
  9. IceMurder

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    well this is actually a brand new computer i just built, i was just getting opinions if anything could be better with what i have


    but yea the ram is just 2 1gb sticks of generic stuff
     
  10. Create

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    E6400 or E6600 on an Asus or Intel board.

    Intel has the price/perf sweetspot right now. between when you built and now, the E6420 has been released.
     
  11. Doc Brown

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    You just built the computer? :uh:

    Then why second guess yourself? :slap:

    That one's fine.
     
  12. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    BTW, what case is that?
     
  13. AzN1337c0d3r

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    Buy a nice watercooling system and overclock it. (Best price/performance upgrade right now)
     
  14. deusexaethera

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    Watercooling is never economical. A refrigerated watercooler like what some IT departments are equipping their server racks with is one thing, because the refrigerator can store energy by cooling the water off so it can absorb more heat later (like when the system is running in the middle of the night), but a desktop computer cannot benefit from a watercooler because it still has to dissipate the heat into the air. It doesn't matter whether the air comes in contact with a heatsink or a radiator -- it will dissipate the same amount of heat either way.
     
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    i see a maxtor.. get rid of it.
     
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    Antec Performance One P160W
     
  17. Wolf68k

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    I could have said the same thing about the WesternDigital, but I didn't.
    Everyone has different experiences with each HDD brand.

    You don't like Maxtor, so be it. But don't tell someone to think other wise if they find Maxtor to work perfectly for them. The same can be said for every brand of HDD, CD/DVD drive and so on.
     
  18. Doc Brown

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    Pretty cool looking case. I'm surprised they didn't make a series of those like they did
    with the 180's, and the NSK's.

    Speaking of the 180 Series, have you seen the double psu version?

    1200 watts total. They're calling it a P190.
     
  19. mobbarley

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    I wouldnt say never. Sure a refrigerated solution is better, but will cost a lot more in dollars and size.


    :ugh:

    So having a single, large, externally venting radiator over multiple smaller radiators (heatsinks) venting internally isnt a benifit?

    How about being able to share the benefit of a single, large, quiet fan over all of your computers components vs multiple smaller ones?

    How about a larger thermal mass (water reservoir vs heatsink) to disapate heat into and thereby reduce transients?


    So the law of the conservation of energy applies? who would have thought!.

    Hmm, lets add an only moderately efficient refrigeration solution to disapate considerably MORE energy as heat.
     
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    Mine's a 2600+ 374mb ram machine which I'd describe as good.

    shouldn't look for upgrades.. upgrades should look for YOU! lol
     
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    at least 2GB of RAM, new graphics card (might need new PSU as well), new mobo + cpu.
     
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    the x2 4200+ that i bought 4 or so months ago was at $400 on NewEgg... now, it's at $99

    >.<
     
  24. AzN1337c0d3r

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    1. Water is a better thermal carrier than air (heat is transferred to water faster)
    2. Water has a higher specific heat than air (more energy is needed per unit volume of water to heat it up 1 degree)
    3. You are running all this water through a radiator with a fan, which has a larger surface area than your typical heatsink (thus energy can be disposed of from the system faster)

    Now the question becomes whether it is economical? If the OP does not have wads of cash to blow on buying a new system based on the Core 2 Duo architecture, there is really not that much to upgrade. Maybe switch to a 8800 GTX and buy the A64 x2 5000+. If one watercools their system, the speeds obtained via overclocking should begin to approach of performance of both those upgrades without the huge expense incurred.
     
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  25. Doc Brown

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    You can see threadstarter's 7700 series Zalman, so water cooling is moot.
     

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