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jpph

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#1
so i got an 8600gt a while ago and recently games have been lagging and sometimes completely freezing which is apparently a sign of an underpowered psu. (can anyone confirm that?)


my current specs are:

athlon 3800 X2 2.0ghz

1gb ddr2 266mhz

evga 8600gt 128bit 256mb gddr3

so im thinking of this psu:http://www.dabs.ie/productview.aspx?...ationKey=11259

i dont know if it would fit my pc. i also have some qs about ocing and ram

1. would this psu be compatible? how do i find out?

2. would it allow me to oc my cpu and gpu and get a total of 2gb ram?

3. would it be futureproof for a mid range gpu in 6 months or so?

4. if i ocd my cpu or gpu would i need cooling?

5.would it be worth it, ocing my cpu or gpu? how much would it improve performance in say crysis?

6.should i get 2gb of faster ram or 1gb of the same ram? would there be a significant difference?

btw im not a TOTAL noob, i know i wont max out crysis or anything:D
oh and if anyone knows the answers to any of my qs, please post, im not expecting an answer to all of them!
all input much appreciated!
 
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#2
From memory if you are using the old 754 (3800 X2) chip then the best match of memory is DDR400 you are using much slower and thats probably the reason its running so slow in games.
Also you didnt mention the power of the current PSU - if you game on a PC then I would not get a PSU thats less than 400Watt.
and make sure that the BIOS settings are correct.
 
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#3
1. would this psu be compatible? how do i find out? - see if it has what you need i.e 20 pin for mobo and 4 pin ATX cable and enough molex and what have you for what you need.

2. would it allow me to oc my cpu and gpu and get a total of 2gb ram?
No you need to buy 2GB of ram and overclocking just makes them run faster but with OC you get much more heat and need more expensive components like faster RAM

3. would it be futureproof for a mid range gpu in 6 months or so?
8600 GT will play most games at 1024x768 maybe 1280x1024 and anymore you will struggle with AA and shadows etc

4. if i ocd my cpu or gpu would i need cooling?
Oh yes, as above!

5.would it be worth it, ocing my cpu or gpu? how much would it improve performance in say crysis?
If you look at the tech spec on the back of crysis its very high and the only card that I know that can smoothly play the game at 1680x1050 is the 9800GTXx2 and Its £340 :eek:

6.should i get 2gb of faster ram or 1gb of the same ram? would there be a significant difference?
if you get 2GB of DUAL CHANNEL then it will be faster (but check that the MOBO supports it)
2GB dual channel is as far as I would go in terms of gaming performance 4,8, and 16GB is more for serious video editing etc

Hope this answers all your questions :D