Long lasting Upgrade

7 Oct 2005
Hey all,

Im looking to upgrade my PC from a 3.0ghz P4 1 gig DDR Radeon 9800 pro to a
AMD X2 3800+
Geil 2GB DDR Dual channel
Sapphire X1800XT 256mb

Im hoping this spec will last me a few years although i know future proof no longer exists with DX10 and Vista coming etc. but do you think this will play most games for a long time?
My current spec does pretty well, i can have medium settings in games like BF2 but at the current prices of these products im thinking it could be time for an upgrade.
Should i spend a bit more money on a 512mb X1800 or even a X1900?

I know Conroe is around the corner but im not sure i will be able to afford the chip and a decent set of DDR2 RAM to get the best performance out of it.

Any input would be great thanks.

7 Mar 2005
Eating PI
This will do you proud!:

CP-134-AM AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3800+ (Socket 939) - Retail (ADA3800BVBOX) (CP-134-AM)
£183.95 £183.95
MB-046-MS MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum nForce4 Ultra (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-046-MS)
£64.95 £64.95
MY-046-GL GeIL 2GB (2x1GB) PC3200 Value Dual Channel Kit CAS3 (GE2GB3200BDC) (MY-046-GL)
£101.95 £101.95
GX-048-PC PowerColor ATI Radeon X1800 XT 512MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-048-PC)
£199.95 £199.95
HD-018-SA Samsung SpinPoint P SP2504C 250GB SATA-II 8MB Cache - OEM (HD-018-SA)
£51.95 £51.95
CA-054-LL Lian-Li PC-7 PLUS Black Aluminium Midi-Tower Case (No PSU) (CA-054-LL)
£48.95 £48.95
CA-025-EN Enermax Liberty 500W ELT500AWT ATX2.2 Modular SLI Compliant PSU (CA-025-EN)
£61.95 £61.95
Subtotal £713.65
Shipping (City Link Parcel Next Day (Delivered Mon-Fri)) £10.95
VAT £126.81
Total £851.41

The thing to remember with the memory on Gfx cards is textures... The more you have i.e. high resolutions and AA & AF etc will push up the memory requirement. For the little extra I think the 512mb version is worth it.

This will run everything flat out for quite a while. You may need to update the gfx card in about a year to continue with the same sort of performance.
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