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Upgrading my system, have a couple questions.


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OK, about 3 years ago I built my brother a computer. He uses it primarily for gaming. However, it's very out of date, and doesnt really run most of the newer games out.

The specs are XP 1900, Geforce4 Ti4200, 512mb PC2700, etc etc etc.

Anyway, his budget is pretty limited right now, and I configured the following upgrades for him..

AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 939 socket
Leadtek 6600GT video card
1gb ddr400 memory
chaintech vnf4-ultra mb

My question is, will this computer be able to run most of the newer games out without problems? He's worried that the 200mhz increase won't do much and he will still have problems. I think he is wrong, but what do i know.

Also, how much of a performance increase will be seen with socket 939 over socket 754? For an extra 70 dollars, he can get a 754 64 3700+ cpu, and would probably be happier.
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Well the computer would be very nice and run alot of games, but with the 939 you can take advantage of the dual channel memory...i though use the 754 and i see no problems with it....you can always overclock the 3000+ if you want
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what exactly is the difference between dual and single channel memory?

not really understanding it, lol.

he wont be upgrading it for probably 2 years, and besides even when i do upgrade, i always replace the mb anyway, so i will probably go with the 754.
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If you get a 754 you wont really be able to do much upgrading its an old pin type thats why its cheaper. Mind you i dont see why his current one cant play new games mines is by far worse than that and plays hl2 fine.
It will run newer games alot better than the one he has now by a very significant bit the 6600GT isnt the best card but it will play everything fine.
Dual memory has double the bandwidth and makes for a much faster pc.
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yea, it plays hl2, but most of these games require the settings to be on medium or low otherwise they lag pretty badly.

plus, battlefield 2, which hes been waiting to get for months now wont play on the older graphics cards. the game wont even load.
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Stick an AGP 6 series in and it will go fine and it will play battlefield 2 ok.
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