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    PC Upgrade

    I'm thinking of upgrade my E2200 to something a bit more beefy. I like the mboard as it has DDR3 and can support something like a Q9850, so I'm thinking, do I get a nice i5 bundle or try and find a good 2nd hand quad core 775?

    Would also like to get a nicer graphic card so I could play BF3, don't really want to spend more then £400 on the whole thing. Defo don't want to replace the power supply - currently got one of those bundles - Coolermaster Elite 330 Case With Coolermaster Elite 460W PSU.

    Thoughts guys?

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    Don't see any harm in getting more out of your current rig, though top end 775 stuff can make silly money second hand. That budget should get you a fast quad core and a beastie graphics card. How much RAM have you got?

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    1x stick of 4GB

    Got my eye on one poss quad core at the mom on ebay, collegue at work has a q8200 which isn't too bad, just a question of will he sell it
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    Ooo... cpu actually a Intel E5400 - nice suprise

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    I've got a Q9550 and on some test it out performs Quad Core i5s (not usually i7s though) but games still arent great for 4 cores.

    As for GPU they are getting cheaper all the time for the "old" ones, circa 6 months.

    Get some more RAM though to, 1 x4gb is worse then 2x2GB as it wont be runnign dual channel, so get another matching stick if you can.

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    Assuming the CPU supports it!! Currently limited to 800MHz, if\when I get something better, I'll get another 4gb. Currently looking at a SSD as that's where I'm bottlenecking at the moment. Is RAID-0'ing a pair overkill? I think it is when I would need a sata3 controller. Still would be nice to have 1,000MBs read

    Really can't decide on the graphic card. I keep thinking about BF3, but it's like my XBOX doesn't get used enough now, so I'm not sure it would be a wise choice, but then I can't really get BF3 on the XBOX as it's really designed for the PC. Suppose I shouldn't as it'll up my electric bill and most likely take out of PSU

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    I just built a rig for a friend for £400 all told, not including Windows, so it's probably not that insane to build a new one:
    * Core i3 2100 (although the 2120 is only a £5 more, it turns out); i5's are about £50 more
    * Asus P8H67-V (although you'll want p67 or z68 for OC)
    * 8GB RAM (is £30. stupid)
    * AMD 6850
    * re-used HDD
    * case & psu that you don't need

    It is astonishingly good value to build a PC at the moment. If you re-use your case, psu and hdd, and there's no reason why not, you could easily get an i5 2500k, mobo and 6870, or even a 6950 if you play your cards right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    I just built a rig for a friend for £400 all told, not including Windows, so it's probably not that insane to build a new one:
    * Core i3 2100 (although the 2120 is only a £5 more, it turns out); i5's are about £50 more
    * Asus P8H67-V (although you'll want p67 or z68 for OC)
    * 8GB RAM (is £30. stupid)
    * AMD 6850
    * re-used HDD
    * case & psu that you don't need

    It is astonishingly good value to build a PC at the moment. If you re-use your case, psu and hdd, and there's no reason why not, you could easily get an i5 2500k, mobo and 6870, or even a 6950 if you play your cards right.
    Mate just got i5 2500k, mboard and 8gb corsair whatever it is - £270 from Scan as bundle, AMD 6850 was a £100 notes last time I checked... defo good time to upgrade. Really need a new PSU however as I don't want to smell a burnt-out psu anytime if I want anything that meaty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt40k View Post
    Mate just got i5 2500k, mboard and 8gb corsair whatever it is - £270 from Scan as bundle, AMD 6850 was a £100 notes last time I checked... defo good time to upgrade. Really need a new PSU however as I don't want to smell a burnt-out psu anytime if I want anything that meaty.
    I don't know how good the Coolermaster bundled PSUs are - I'd hazard a guess around "sufficient" - or how old your PSU is, but it'd probably manage ok to be honest. i5 2500k OCed to 4GHz, 6950, 2 sticks RAM, HDD, SSD, ODD, 3 fans comes out at 371W there, so you have ample buffer. If you're still not comfortable and not too concerned about fanciness (modular, 80+ etc.) though you can get a 600W corsair for £50ish.

    6850 is about £110 and 6870 £140 so if you're not absolutely strapped for cash, you may as well get the latter; 6950 is about £200 but a fair step up iirc. A 560Ti is a good option at about £170 as well. May as well look up benchmarks if you're building for a specific game, though.
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    If you raid-0 your SSDs just make sure the onboard raid doesn't stink else you'll have trouble copying files to external drives/devices I found.

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    BF3 is GPU heavy, I'd get a 1GB 560 for about £150. 4gb of ram for around £20! and give that a shot. if you're not happy with that boost then upgrade the CPU.

    edit: of course you could always OC your E2200 i got mine upto a 1066 bus with no extra voltage ran at just over 3ghz!
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