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My pc

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by runing.man, 22 May 2006.

  1. runing.man

    Hitman

    Joined: 20 May 2006

    Posts: 548

    Hi i upgraded my pc when half life 2 was released and it ran that ok but now with the latest games like oblivion and cod2 its having trouble running them, so im looking for a upgrade here is my pc spec now can any one tell me what will help run these new games.

    Standard Hard Drive 7.200 Rpm
    Standard Power Supply 450 Watt
    Sapphire Ati Radeion 9800 Xt 256Mb
    Amd Athlon 64 Processor 3000+ Socket 939
    Abit Av8 Uguru MotherBoard
    Sounblaster Audigy 2 SoundCard
    Windows Xp Home Service Pack 2

    Im looking For upgrades or a new pc for games my budget is 800 Pounds

    Thanks.

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  2. kmistry

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    Joined: 10 Apr 2006

    Posts: 1,089

    Location: Leicester

    Do you want to completely upgrade everything or are you looking to salvage anything ?

    EDIT : d'oh didnt read the question properly....
     
  3. runing.man

    Hitman

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    Any one ? :)
     
  4. Nix

    Capodecina

    Joined: 26 Dec 2005

    Posts: 19,841

    What RAM are you using?

    Have you updated to the latest direct x?

    Also, what do you want to keep / what's your budget?
     
  5. Messiah Khan

    Capodecina

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    Location: Scottish Highlands

    Sapphire Ati Radeion 9800 Xt 256Mb is the main part that is letting you down. But to get a new graphics card, you should really be looking at PCI express, and AFAIK, you motherboard only has AGP. The CPU isn't bad, its what I have at the moment. If you overclock it to about 2.4ghz or over it should do you fine for a while longer. As for the graphics card, it depends on your budget really.
     
  6. runing.man

    Hitman

    Joined: 20 May 2006

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    The ram i have is:
    GeIL 1GB (2x512MB) PC3200 Value Dual Channel Kit CAS2.5 (GE1GB3200BHDC) (MY-005-GL)
    GeIL Value offers outstanding performance levels at a very low price point, is compatible with all systems and backed up by a lifetime warranty. GeIL Value also has good overclocking ability.

    - 184pin, Non-ECC, Un-buffered, high performance DDR memory modules
    - GeIL 5ns 32x8 Density DDR Chip
    - 6 Layers Ultra Low Noises Shielded PCB
    - Optimized SPD for Dual Channel DDR motherboards
    - Blue Aluminum Heat Spreader
    - CAS 2.5 6-3-3 @ DDR400 PC3200
    - 2.55V-2.95V
    - Lifetime return to manufacturer warranty

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_GeIL_Value_318.html

    i would change anything i can my budget is £800
     
  7. kmistry

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 10 Apr 2006

    Posts: 1,089

    Location: Leicester

    here you go dude, i'm sure other experts will spec you a better system as im not as good at choosing PSU's !

    DESCRIPTION QUANTITY PRICE COST REMOVE
    CP-150-AM AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego 90nm (Socket 939) - OEM (CP-150-AM)
    £94.95 £94.95
    FG-000-AR Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro CPU Cooler (Socket 754/939/940) (FG-000-AR)
    £11.95 £11.95
    GX-047-CO Connect3D ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (3056) (GX-047-CO)
    £239.95 £239.95
    MY-007-GS G.Skill 2GB DDR ZX PC3200 (2x1GB) CAS2 Dual Channel Kit (F1-3200PHU2-2GBZX) (MY-007-GS)
    £129.95 £129.95
    CA-054-LL Lian-Li PC-7 PLUS Black Aluminium Midi-Tower Case (No PSU) (CA-054-LL)
    £48.95 £48.95
    MB-129-AS Asus A8R-MVP Crossfire (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-129-AS)
    £59.95 £59.95
    CA-024-EN Enermax Liberty 620W ELT620AWT ATX2.2 Modular SLI Compliant PSU (CA-024-EN)
    £84.95 £84.95
    Subtotal £670.65
    VAT £117.37
    Total £788.02

    EDIT: i think you could keep your current soundcard, or even use the onboard sound as onboard sound is now quite good.....

    also if you really didnt want to upgrade your processor (though i think it would better if u did for gaming) you could perhaps get the deluxe version of the motherboard, and perhaps a better choice of mem (though i think the one i have chosen is good)

    hope this helps :)
     
    Last edited: 22 May 2006
  8. Mikey1280

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    If you sell your current mobo and cpu then you would probably be able to stretch to an X2 3800 instead of the 3700
     
  9. runing.man

    Hitman

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    Hi Thanks you for your replys and the time taken to check all that, so if i did get those parts you say how would the performance be in oblivion and such ?

    Thanks alot :)
     
  10. Nix

    Capodecina

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    You'd have a high-end PC ;)

    If you got a duel-core processor, you'd have a whole generation above most users here too. I'd imagine pretty well :p
     
  11. kmistry

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    Yeah very true, you would have a high end PC capable of running all the latest and greatest games, also if you did get a dual core processor, there are many games releasing patches that utilise the dual core processor....good luck

    :D
     
  12. runing.man

    Hitman

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    thank you all again
     
  13. BigDom

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    Nice spec, I'd drop to a cheaper but just as good tagan modular PSU, Geil Value ram then replace the SD with a 3800+ dual core. Should come out to about the same money.
     
  14. dalex

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    Location: gatesheed(gods country)

    you could also buy the asrock dual sata 2 , upgrade to what ever chip you want and keep your 9800 xt until you can afford a top notch pcie graphics card
    dave
     
  15. Ender

    Hitman

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    he has 800 quid already :)
     
  16. kmistry

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    thanks :)

    don't really know my PSU's!
     
  17. BigDom

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    For your rig spec, anything of 430+W from Tagan, Enermax and a couple of others will be plenty.
     
  18. runing.man

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    Thanks for the help :)