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#1 Aug 31 2010 at 6:07 AM Rating: Decent
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Sorry for flooding the forums with yet another computer parts thread, and sorry if i missed a thread devoted to these questions.

I'm looking for the most gain for the least pain (money), although I do have a very reasonable budget I'd prefer not to waste anything.

Anyway my current setup is:
Processor: Intel Core 2 Q8200 @ 2.33GHz (quad core)
Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX+ (1024mb Vram)
Motherboard: Intel DP33FBV (to my dismay it appears you cannot overclock while using this motherboard)
4gb of Ram
Windows XP Service Pack 2

Would be much appreciated if anyone had some idea of what most needs upgrading in this day in age.
#2 Aug 31 2010 at 6:20 AM Rating: Decent
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As I'm not too knowledgable in this all I can do is direct you to relevant threads:

just a few of them, there is more if you go into old threads.


#3 Aug 31 2010 at 6:35 AM Rating: Decent
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To make matters worse Sandy Bridge is coming in a few months which introduces new sockets.

LGA 2011 will supersede LGA 1366 as the "enthusiast" socket. (although not until late next year)

A new LGA 1155 with a faster DMI interface will supersede the existing LGA 1155 and 1156 as the low to upper midrange socket. The new 32nm quad cores may offer backwards compatibility with the existing 1155 and 1156 sockets. If this is true then DMI bandwidth on P55 and H55 motherboards will be slower than on the new chipset with these CPUs. However that shouldn't affect PCIE or memory, only SATA, USB etc (DMI is used to connect the CPU to everything in the system that's not PCIE 2.0 or memory, PCIE 2.0 and the memory channels come straight off the CPU) The reason DMI is being increased in speed is because on current P55 and H55/57 chipsets SATA 3.0 must steal PCIE lanes from your graphics card when running at 6gbs.

Edited, Aug 31st 2010 10:05am by Lobivopis
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