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 Post subject: PC Upgrade Advice Please
PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2004 5:20 pm 
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Here's my current gaming box:

CPU: Athlon xp 2500
Ram: Kingston 512 pc 2700 (2x 256)
graphics: Radeon 9600XT
Sound: SB Audigy 2 ZS Gamer
PSU: Antec 430 watts
Mobo: Soyo KT-400 Dragon Ultra

Here's the planned upgrades:

CPU: Intel Pentuim 4 3.0 GHz (800 FSB, Hyper Threading)
Ram: 1 gig Kingston pc 3200 (IF I have extra $$ I'll get 2 gig)
graphics: ?????
Sound: SB Audigy 2 ZS
PSU: Antec 430 Watt
Mobo: Soyo SY-P4I865PE Plus DRAGON 2
Optical Drives: Reuse from current box

As for the Graphics card I'm torn between the Radeon X800 Pro and the GeForce 6800, both cost the same, have the same number of piplines, and seem to perform indentically within the margin of error for benchmarks.

The case is a PC Power & Cooling Mid Tower, the older model, before the front mounted usb ports were added.

So what do you guys and gals think about my planned box. Any advice, compliants, or whatever welcome.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2004 5:29 pm 
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Get the 6800GT.
No need getting 2gig of ram. Since in a few more months the switch will be on to DDR-II


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2004 5:31 pm 
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That's a very solid build. Based on your current system, however, consider if it's really necessary to do a platform overhaul. Your best option may to be simply slap a 3000+ cpu into your current build and decide on a video card.

Barring that, however, if you're set on doing an overhaul, is there a budget you're working with? Abit's IC7 Max3 would be my first choice in a mobo, followed by some PC3500-PC4000 RAM and OC the beast. If sticking to a springdale board though, look at Asus' offering, P4P800.

In regards to your video card choice, I'm not going to touch that one. BOTH have pros and cons and you're liable to get thread hijacked into an ATI vs nVidia debate instead of helpful upgrade advice. PS3.0, power requirements, PCI slot space, benchmarks-yada yada yada, both are worthy additions to any gamer's rig.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2004 5:38 pm 
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i wouldnt get a SOYO. i have had problems with them in the past (clock speed doesnr read right)

i would go with an ABIT. i have IC-7 and love it


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2004 6:28 pm 
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Thanks for all the replies.

I would like to stick with my current mobo but the fastest cpu it supports is the xp 3000 333 fsb only. So going from a xp 2500 (1.83 ghz) to an xp 3000 (2.17 Ghz) wouldn't be a very good use of my money. At least to me, I may be wrong. Asus mobos have good reps and I may go with one of them, the asus 800 delux I think it's called looks promicing.

The goal of my new box is to play UT 2004 and Half Life 2 (hopfully Doom 3) with all game details maxed out, have max antialsing and antropic filtering enabled with a res of at least 800x 600 - 1024x768+.
The absolute lowest framerate would be 60, even with instence firefights and expecially during ONS matchs.

The budget for this is $2500, I'm saving a few hundred dollars by reusing my case, psu, sound card, and optical drives. Due to another project that I have planned and $$ issues, the pc won't be fully built and running till december.

I think everyone will agree, a carport protecting your 2000 ford ranger from the bird crap and weather takes prioity over buying parts for buliding a pc.

Again thanks for all the replies.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2004 8:52 pm 
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Unforgiven wrote:
The goal of my new box is to play UT 2004 and Half Life 2 (hopfully Doom 3) with all game details maxed out, have max antialsing and antropic filtering enabled with a res of at least 800x 600 - 1024x768+. The absolute lowest framerate would be 60, even with instence firefights and expecially during ONS matchs.

The budget for this is $2500, I'm saving a few hundred dollars by reusing my case, psu, sound card, and optical drives. Due to another project that I have planned and $$ issues, the pc won't be fully built and running till december.


Have you considered buying a Socket 939 motherboard? That way you can use both the A64 and 64FX cpu's. Plus you won't need registered ram. They are just coming out, but you should have a few choices on 939 mobo's by December. I think that would be a far better upgrade, no?


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