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Cheap quick upgrade?

Discussion in 'CPUs' started by ja5on, 8 Jul 2006.

  1. ja5on

    Associate

    Joined: 27 Mar 2006

    Posts: 50

    Location: Weston-super-Mare

    My pc needs a bit of a boost

    Currently i have:
    AMD XP2000+
    Asus ...600 (forget the full model) 8AGP etc etc
    1024mb DDR PC2700 333MHz
    80Gb HDD
    Saphire Ati Radeon 9600pro

    now i'm thinking of doing just a quick upgrade for maybe another year or so until i can go all out and build a decent gaming rig..
    i was thinking of

    AMD Sempron 3000+ 64 Bit Edition Retail Boxed inc Fan, skt 754
    OR
    AMD Sempron 3100+ 64 Bit Edition Retail Boxed inc Fan, skt 754 (256 cache)
    Asus K8U-X AMD Skt754 ULI M1689 +SATA RAID +LAN SPDIF +6Ch.audio ATX

    teamed up with my current bits and bobs..... rough cost £80

    At the moment i get about 30-40 fps on cod2 (dx7), 25-30 fps on fear both running in 1024 res, would these new bits make much of a difference? I'm not expecting the earth just a small increase

    what do we reckon then chaps, is it worth £80? :p
     
    Last edited: 8 Jul 2006
  2. cavemanoc

    Mobster

    Joined: 23 Mar 2005

    Posts: 3,617

    You'd see a bigger boost by spending the cash on a newer GFX card - get something like a 2nd hand 6800GT and you'll be amazed!
     
  3. NightmareXX

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 12 Aug 2005

    Posts: 1,025

    Location: Team 10

    Looking at your system, it was almost the same as mine.

    I had:
    AMD XP 2000
    1GB DDR PC2700 RAM
    ATi X700 Pro 128MB AGP


    The AGP card was running in 4x AGP mode as the mobo was really bad but I could quite easily play FEAR and in my books, a computer that can play FEAR is a good computer.

    Spend it on a new GFX card, it'd be much better :)
     
  4. ja5on

    Associate

    Joined: 27 Mar 2006

    Posts: 50

    Location: Weston-super-Mare

    cheers guys...

    wouldn't the new gfx card be bottled necked by the current spec?
     
  5. cavemanoc

    Mobster

    Joined: 23 Mar 2005

    Posts: 3,617

    probably - but it'd still perform better than it does now - I loved my 9700 pro - but bang for buck you can't do better than an new card ;)
     
  6. pegasus1

    Soldato

    Joined: 27 Dec 2003

    Posts: 5,015

    Location: UK PLC

    FEAR is very very GFX dependant, and as to the earlier post, play FEAR at 1600x1200 with 2 x AA/AF with all game settings at max as a minimum to fully appreciate the game, playing on a 9XXX ATI or 5xxxnvidia doesnt do it justice.