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    Aradiel is offline Senior Member Long Time Member
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    Default Advice on an upgrade?

    Well, I may as well ask here - get as much advice as I can.

    Recently I won a Gigabyte ATI Radeon X850 XT, but it is PCI-Express, so I will need to upgrade my motherboard (and therefore processor)

    I've decided to get an AM2 motherboard, but then I'm stuck for choice within that group.

    So, here are my questions:

    1) Out of the following list, are there any known compatability problems I would encounter when using this card with the board?
    Gigabyte GA-M51GM-SG2
    Gigabyte GA-M55PLUS SG3
    Asus M2N32-SLI DELUXE
    Asus M2V
    Asus M2N-E
    Asus M2N-SLI DELUXE (though this may be the first board, DABS lists it as a seperate product)
    Asus M2NPV-VM

    2) I will likely need to upgrade my power supply as well - how exactly do i determine which power supply I'd need?
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    Hmm for # two, use this power supply calculator
    http://journeysystems.com/power_supply_calculator.php
    hope this helps.

    btw you can also sell your video card, I hate unnecessary upgrading hehe
    Last edited by flash; 06-28-2006 at 01:54 AM.

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    Aradiel is offline Senior Member Long Time Member
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    Unnecessary? I'm currently running on a Riva TNT2 Ultra - this upgrade is compulsory.
    "Beer is the mind killer. Beer is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my beer. I will permit it to pass over me and through me, and when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. When the beer has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."
    Make beer, not war.

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    hohoho I didn't know it is that bad.

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    this doesnt show any of the components that im buying
    i think this is a better one http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculator.jsp

    however it tells me my +12v should be at least 26A...i have this:
    +12V1 = 16A
    +12V2 = 18A
    +5V = 25A
    ...
    so i should probebly get a new psu or what?

    * Gvaz hopes not
    Last edited by Gvaz; 06-29-2006 at 10:22 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aradiel
    Well, I may as well ask here - get as much advice as I can.

    Recently I won a Gigabyte ATI Radeon X850 XT, but it is PCI-Express, so I will need to upgrade my motherboard (and therefore processor)

    I've decided to get an AM2 motherboard, but then I'm stuck for choice within that group.

    So, here are my questions:

    1) Out of the following list, are there any known compatability problems I would encounter when using this card with the board?
    Gigabyte GA-M51GM-SG2
    Gigabyte GA-M55PLUS SG3
    Asus M2N32-SLI DELUXE
    Asus M2V
    Asus M2N-E
    Asus M2N-SLI DELUXE (though this may be the first board, DABS lists it as a seperate product)
    Asus M2NPV-VM

    2) I will likely need to upgrade my power supply as well - how exactly do i determine which power supply I'd need?
    1) I think that the Asus M2N32-SLI DELUXE is the best one up there for your motherboard choice. Of course it is the most expensive but you get what you pay for. It's a high quality motherboard and I think it will last you a long time. Plus it's x16 dual SLI if you ever plan on getting two video cards.

    Note that the average user doesn't need that expensive a motherboard, only if you are extreme about playing games and stuff. Asus M2N-SLI DELUXE is good and any of the ones up there are good for the normal user.

    2) If you computer is old (Could be 3 years maybe?) then you probably don't have the new 600W+ power supplies out there. Depending on what you are getting for your computer (Like four hard drives, brand new video card/processor and the whole deal?) you probably will need a new power supply.

    If you have a barely sufficient power supply then your computer can experience problems and crashing, maybe not even start up. (Example, you bought a 800 dollar video card and your power supply cannot handle it. So you get like 5 frames per second when you should get 50+.)

    Gvaz<= If it tells you that your 12v has 16A and 18A and you need a 26A I am pretty sure the 12V rails add up to each other? So 16+18= 34A? I am not sure I forget...but you might not need to replace. I'll update when I remember...

    Edit: Yeah I am pretty sure they add up. If you do need to replace though there are some very cheap PSU for like 60 bucks that have more amperage than should be on 12V..example is Enermax E365. It says 350W on it but it has 26A on the 12V rail.
    Last edited by Gensoku; 07-13-2006 at 02:43 PM.

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    WHY THE FUCK WOULD YOU WANT AN AMD PROCESSOR WHEN INTEL IS RELEASING CORE 2 DUO IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS!?
    Take the E6700 Core 2 Duo for example; it's about at least 10% faster in games than an FX 62 and costs only $530 compared to the FX 62's $1000 price tag.
    WTF IS WITH THE CHOICE OF GOING THE AMD WAY THEN!?

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    because its cheaper NOW. and besides, i dont wanna pay that much for just the cpu. i got a single core 3800+ athlon 64 and it was $150.
    unless i become made of money i dont think i would ever spend that much on a cpu.

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    Gaming? There isn't much reason to buy a Core 2 Duo for gaming. For some heavy multimedia shit, hell yes! (I just have to say that again... HELL YES!) For gaming... ah no. The difference just isn't there, judging from the few recent test reviews I've seen. Unless your playing at some low-ass resolution, your performance is GPU limited... not CPU limited.

    If you want a Core 2... I recomend waiting a few more months till the next generation of video cards come out. Then I'm sure you will see a niiiiiiiiiiiiice performance boost.

    Also... I think AMD is supposed to have a big price slash at the end of the month to counter this new offering from Intel (possibly up to 50% on a X2, according to some asshole... that seems high to me, but I don't want to go looking). Got to do something till they get some new offering up (although... I guess they still have servers).
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    its about 10% better than a fx-60. and cooler than most p4s. and cheaper.
    the conroes look niceeee...

 

 
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