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Advice/oppinions needed on upgrade

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Cannaton, 3 Feb 2006.

  1. Cannaton

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 10 May 2004

    Posts: 1,084

    Location: Liverpool

    Alright dudes, need a bit of advice regarding an upgrade. My system atm, is as follows
    athlonxp 3200 @ 2.3ghz
    1gb Geil @ 210mhz
    6800gt @ ultra
    Asus Nforce 2 mobo
    160gb seagate barracuda pata

    I play alot of games such as BF2, dod:s etc and lately my systems really been annoying me with performance, some times several second pauses in BF2. Ive done all the usual system maintenence, and its still not up to scratch in most new games.

    Im thinking of Getting a San Diego 4000+ and keeping my AGP 6800gt, as i think its my processor thats causing the probs, and maybe getting another GB of geil ram?

    Anyway what would you guys reccomend for a budget of around £500? Obviously to increase general & gaming performance.

    Thanks alot in Advance
     
  2. benjo

    Capodecina

    Joined: 4 Sep 2005

    Posts: 12,779

    Location: London

    MB-088-AS Asus A8N-E nForce4 Ultra (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-088-AS) 1
    £61.95 £61.95
    CP-134-AM AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3800+ (Socket 939) - Retail (ADA3800BVBOX) (CP-134-AM) 1
    £179.95 £179.95
    GX-048-PC PowerColor ATI Radeon X1800 XT 512MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-048-PC) 1
    £234.95 £234.95
    Subtotal £476.85
    VAT £83.45
    Total £560.30

    A little over.. but should be good :p
     
  3. Cannaton

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 10 May 2004

    Posts: 1,084

    Location: Liverpool

    cheers dude for the quick reply, ill look into this option, anyone else got any ideas?

    Oh and would i achieve better performance with that setup (eg upgrading gfx too) than just buying a more expensive cpu?
     
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  4. Dirk

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    Joined: 20 Dec 2005

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    Kinda depends on what games you play and what else you use your pc for. If you mainly play fps games which BF2 does suggest, you should be aware that modern shooters are GPU, not CPU limited.

    What that means is you'll benefit more from a Gfx upgrade than a CPU one. (Unless your CPU is a Pentium ii or something else just as pants, which yours isn't).
     
  5. Cannaton

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    Joined: 10 May 2004

    Posts: 1,084

    Location: Liverpool

    righty ho, thanks for that, havent been too up-to-date of lately, would a single core 3700+ and a X1900 XT be a better bet then (for the money)?

    for example:

    Asus A8N-E nForce4 Ultra (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-088-AS)

    PowerColor ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-060-PC)

    AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego 90nm (Socket 939) - Retail (ADA3700BNBOX) (CP-121-AM)

    Subtotal £507.85
    VAT £88.88
    Total £596.73
     
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  6. Dirk

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    Well that certainly is a kick-ass rig and no mistake! ;) Does your monitor support resolutions that would do that setup justice?
     
  7. Cannaton

    Wise Guy

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    well 1280x1024 so should be a-okay, will 1gb o' ram deffinetly suffice though for say the next 6-12 months? I might get an extra gig tbh.

    How bouts this, or would it be better just getting the x1900xt?

    Asus A8N-E nForce4 Ultra (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-088-AS)

    AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego 90nm (Socket 939) - Retail (ADA3700BNBOX) (CP-121-AM)

    GeIL 1GB (2x512MB) PC3200 Value Dual Channel Kit CAS2.5 (GE1GB3200BHDC) (MY-005-GL)

    PowerColor ATI Radeon X1800 XT 512MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-048-PC)

    Subtotal £487.80
    VAT £85.37
    Total £573.17
     
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  8. Dirk

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    I'd stick with what you had listed and then go for some nice 1GB sticks later when you can afford to throw a bit more cash at the rig.
     
  9. Cannaton

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    alrighty then, thanks alot for the advice, will be purchasing the next few days.