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Which computer part should i get first?

by mrbananapants / December 19, 2007 3:42 AM PST

i want to spend my Christmas money on upgrading my emachine T6542 computer. i want to get an AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000 processor and a 512mb video card. right know i have an AMD Athlon 64 3500 processor and a 256mb Nvidia GeForce 7300 GS video card. I might not have enough to get both so i was wondering what i should get first. any help is apreciated. thx

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Re: what to buy
by Kees Bakker / December 19, 2007 5:22 AM PST

The first thing to find oout is if your motherboard supports this CPU. If not, your choice is clear.

If you really have something to choose it depends on what you use the machine for. It could even be that adding RAM would be better investment of your money.
There's no general advice possible.

Kees

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by Edward ODaniel / December 19, 2007 5:45 AM PST
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do WAY more research.
by juclark50 / December 19, 2007 11:29 AM PST

as said above, figure out if your mobo has an am2 socket and if the bios will support that chip.

as for the video card, figure out weather you have an AVG slot or a pcix16 slot. if you have a pci x16 slot, then you could consider a video card. otherwise forget it. If you do have a pcix16 slot, then you need to do more research on video cards. There is a GREAT deal more to a video card than how much onboard ram it has. consider the core clock, mem clock, stream processors, mem interface, minimum power requirements (can your current power supply handle this new vid card?), mem type....

consider this comparison::
7300GT 512MB pcix16 card

7600GT 256MB pcix16 card

the 7600GT would eat the 7300 for breakfast due to it's other less limiting factors. the 7600gt has GDDR3 instead of GDDR2, 12 pixel pipelines instead of 4, 570MHz core instead of 350MHz, and 1450MHz mem clock instead of 532MHz mem clock, pixel shaders, etc...

you see where i'm going with this. You get what you pay for. go to tomshardware.com and look at video card bench marks.

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