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    Hardware comparison sites?

    I'm toying with the idea of upgrading my games machine but I don't want to spend a fortune on it. When I orignally bought my new motherboard I was under the (false) assumption that it would support the next couple of AMD processor iterations and I wouldn't have to upgrade for a while. When I come to look at components to upgrade the system with my head starts spinning; I just don't have the time or the inclination to keep up with this stuff any more.

    So, if anyone can recommend some great sites that are easy to navigate where I can compare hardware I'd be greatful. Perhaps you can recommend a next step upgrade, that would be even better. I'd much prefer googling reviews on two or three pieces of hardware than searching through everything.

    My current spec:
    ASUS Crosshair Motherboard
    Some DDR RAM - 3GB
    AMD Athlon X2 1.6GHz Dual Core
    Sapphire Radeon x1950 Pro Ultimate 256MB RAM

    There are a few newer games that don't run so well but really I'd just like Left 4 Dead (and probably Left 4 Dead 2) to run a bit smoother and DX10 support would be spiffy. I'm not set on replacing everything, I'm happy to upgrade a minimum of components as long as I'm not wasting money by doing so.

    Whatever anyone can suggest I'd be greatful for.
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    Member Schleicher's Avatar
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    Mebbe ask around for good computer shops around your area? A good one should give you techy guidance and even put the thing together if you dont wanna do it. Also not trying to sell you crap, heh.

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    This is nice > http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/

    But gotta look for stability on video cards too, I had/have alot of overheating problems with my Radeon 3870, full system locks while playing games, not fun. (Better now I have put on a Thermaltake Du-Orb). I have no idea how to look for which cards have most stability issues thou, googling I guess.

    http://service.futuremark.com/

    Furturemark ORB (Online Result Browser, I think) is somewhat useful for seeing what the hardcore player are using in terms of motherboard and video card makes.

    edit: Shopping in the real world sucks. Much safer to stay inside and online.
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    HardOCP.com (particularly like their video card reviews)

    sharkyextreme.com (Find thier weekly price listing useful)

    Newegg.com (find the user ratings/comments useful. Also find the more popular items are a good starting point)
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    Tom's Hardware

    Tom's Hardware is an essential site for information about upgrading and building PCs. Their charts and round-ups are great for comparison shopping. I have included links to Tom's Hardware's most recent "Best for the Money" recommendations for CPUs and graphics cards.

    http://www.tomshardware.com

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...card,2404.html

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...-cpu,2398.html

    It looks like the graphics card will be your main focus. You also might benefit from adding 1 GB of RAM (or more) if you are running a 64-bit OS.
    Last edited by TeeJay; 24th Sep 2009 at 04:22 PM.

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