Future Computer upgrade

Discussion in 'Benchmarks & Performance' started by zapoqx, Jan 4, 2006.

  1. zapoqx

    zapoqx Striking Master

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    My dad is thinking of getting me an upgrade (and I'm thinking of helping myself a bit if the job I get when I get back to AZ works out). Here are some ideas of the upgrade...

    Current -> Upgrade
    MSI nForce 2 K7N2 Delta-L Motherboard -> ?? with SLI??
    AMD Athlon XP 2400+ 2GHZ -> AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Duel Core
    3x 512 MB RAM (1.5 GB) -> 2x 1GB
    6x USB Ports (2x Front) -> Same*
    nVidia AGP GeForce FX 5200 128 MB -> GeForce 7800 GT or Radeon X850XT*
    Sony 40x DVD-R drive -> Same
    Sony 32x24 DVD-RW drive -> Same
    3Com 3C905TX-Based Ethernet Adapter -> Same*
    Maxtor 80 GB Hard Drive (C:) -> 120-160GB HD*
    Western Digital 80 GB Hard Drive (D:) -> Same or upgrade to 120GB
    WinFast 2000 XP Expert TV -> Same
    (Power Supply Volts can't be remembered) -> 600 Watt+*

    * - Marks as unknown as of now.

    So, what you think and give suggestions please?
     
  2. mlakrid

    mlakrid OSNN BASSMASTER Political User Folding Team

    looks good except the ethernet adapter... use on-board if your mobo supports 10/100/1000, no need to add another peripheral....

    as for power supply the Amps not volts is what matters...
    and how many amps per rail...

    SO, If you upgrade your PSU: PC, power and cooling make the best power supllies on the planet but they aint cheap check out the PC,poer and Colling 850 SSI PSU
     
  3. zapoqx

    zapoqx Striking Master

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    Ah, ok. Thanks for the info.

    Ya, your right about the amps, sorry, mistake.

    Anyway, well I'm not trusting anymore with on-board ethernet adapter. Reason for this is my current system has an on-board ethernet but my system gets the BSOD if I try to do it. It even did it when I tried installing Windows from Scratch. Even my dad sometimes has problems maintaining his on-board ethernet so he got a ethernet adapter to fix that problem so he hasn't had ethernet problems ever since. That is why I'm leary about those on-board ethernets.

    I also looked at the cooling. Looks REAL nice, but judging from the price, I would REALLY hope to get a job to get that (I think I saw that power supply in the computer show I was at over the weekend for like... $300?).
     
  4. Mastershakes

    Mastershakes Moderator

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    Same here, but my mobo is 3 years old. Today's should do fine with the onboard.
     
  5. mlakrid

    mlakrid OSNN BASSMASTER Political User Folding Team

    I agree, plus it depends on the manufacturer of the mobo... never once have I had probs with on-board network connections from asus

    but I did with both gigabyte and tyan..

    thats just my experiences though....
     
  6. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    Instead of upgrading both C & D HD's, I think you should just stick a small drive in for the OS and use one big drive for D:\ for use with personal files and games etc.

    I've got a 160GB drive, of which a 10GB partition is for C: and I only use about 6GB for my OS and applications.
    The other 150GB~ is used for backups and other files/games/etc.
     
  7. zapoqx

    zapoqx Striking Master

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    Hmmm. Well ming, believe it or not, I was actually thinking that IF whatever motherboard I get has enough room for another drive, I was thinking of putting 2 20 GB drives. 1 for Windows XP Pro, the other for Kubuntu or Ubuntu (can't decide) for learning purposes.