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Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by limelight, Apr 26, 2005.

  1. limelight

    limelight Regular member

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    Im pretty good with PC's and such, but ive come to a dilemma: CPU or graphics card? Im expecting many of you to say CPU, but heres my system thus far:

    Pentium 4 CPU 2.4ghz 800fsb
    128mb ATI radeon 9600 Pro
    1280MB DDR memory
    80GB 7200 HD

    The situation is like this: my motherboard can go up to a 3.0ghz, and my graphics card is an AGP slot. I built this pc about two years ago. The reason i want to add this is for 3d gaming, also movie editing, converting and burning. In my situation, would it be better to get the extra 600mhz processor or go for a more powerful graphics card? Whats your picks for graphics cards too? I dont have a ton of cash so something in the 175-200 dollar range would be ideal.
     
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    GrandpaBW Active member

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    Quite the dilemma. I don't know about the games, but if you are going to do video editing, which means encoding, you are going to want a bigger processor. Video editing is CPU intensive.

    You also need a good video card, which you have already. If your intent is to do alot of video editing, you will also want a large hard drive, which you may or may not dedicate to video productions.
     
  3. Liez4Love

    Liez4Love Regular member

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    I am not to familiar with the radeon cards, but from what i do know, that sounds like a really good card. I would spend my money on the CPU. however i am a newb, and i am not even sure how you buy CPU? how do you go along buying 600 mhz ?
     
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    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    i'd go for the video card as possibility motherboard won't take the prescott cpu so check board site to see if compatible
     
  5. furkew

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    maybe a stupid suggestion, but what about upgrading both by buying used products, and the re-sell your old video card and CPU.

    I have always subsidised my upgrades by selling the old components, and there are a lot of people out there that have upgraded from P4 3.0 to something higher.

    same again on the card, upgrade to a 9800Gt or someting like that. A lot of gamers upgrade frequently. Maybe there is somebody reading this thread that has one of the components for you for a " nice " price
     
  6. limelight

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