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About Kwarizmi

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  1. A hearty thank-you to everyone who has replied. I'm doing my research and think I'm on the right track. 939 Opterons are definitely the way to go. Thanks for the heads-up. I'm still conflicted on the video card tho. An 8800 will almost surely require a new PSU (thereby upping the initial investment even more).. X1950XTs are less power-hungry but not readily available (newegg has 8 makes and models available but most of them have a bunch of negative reviews).... and 8600s are just two weeks away.... :confused: My budget for this upgrade is $500 and I'd like to have some of that left over for a bigger SATA drive.... but it's not essential.
  2. My video card recently gave up the ghost, so I'm looking around for a new one, plus any other upgrade that might be needed. I'd like some advice as to high bang-for-the-buck upgrades for my 2 year old machine. Priorities: Gaming: I want to be able to play Oblivion, Company of Heroes, M:TW2 and FEAR at 1280x1024 with decent eye candy Vista and DX10: It's not "here" yet, but it's coming. Don't want to have to upgrade again when a game comes out that just demands DX10 Value: I don't mind spending if the investment is good, but I'm not planning on buying and entirely new machine just yet. "Sweet spot" is the word. Here are my specs: DFI Lanparty NF4 Ultra-D Socket 939 Athlon XP 3200+ clocked at 2.01 GHz with a Zalman copper HSF. 2 GB G.SKILL DDR400 (this is the card that died) Rosewill ATI Radeon X800XL 256Mb OCX ModStream 450W PSU With a limited budget, what would you buy to update this setup?
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