Small Upgrade

Discussion in 'Benchmarks & Performance' started by Bman, Oct 23, 2007.

  1. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    This is what I have at the moment.

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual 4600+ 2.41Ghz
    1GB of RAM
    7900GT 256MB Videocard
    M2N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard


    If I wanted to upgrade to the greatest, so It can play everything amazingly what would I be buying, to fit this computer?
     
  2. autolycus

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    just build a new computer or upgrade to a single or dual 8800gtx and at lest 2 gigs of ram
     
  3. Petros

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    Video card should be the first thing. Also an extra gigabyte of RAM...I'm running a 4200+ and a new 8800GTS 640 made all the difference. If you have to change one thing in that system though, pick the video card.
     
  4. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    Why would ya say that, it's not an old system, just going to be soon.

    Thanks Petros, if I also wanted to get a new processor, what would go well with that motherboard, and is a good one?
     
  5. Petros

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    For a processor and motherboard, it wouldn't hurt to hold off until January. That's what I'm doing, anyway. Intel is dumping a whole new line then and all the current stuff will be pretty cheap. If you are just keeping your motherboard and it's an AM2, you can pick up a 6000+ without breaking the bank.
     
  6. j79zlr

    j79zlr Glaanies script monkey Political User

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    Another gig of RAM and possibly upgrade the processor. The 7900 is still a good video card, you should be able to play pretty much anything with your current setup.
     
  7. Bman

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    Alright, I am going to research some stores around here for the 6000+ and get some more RAM, maybe even 4GB in total.

    If I have any detail questions I will be back.
     
  8. Shamus MacNoob

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    If your running Vista you can use the 4GB but XP wont make use of that .
     
  9. Bman

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    I thought XP was up to 4GB, and anything after that, Vista or OS X
     
  10. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    Video card, 8800 GTX or something.
     
  11. Aprox

    Aprox Moderator Political User

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    I'm not sure what your budget is, but you can replace the core components for pretty cheap. You could build an Intel Core 2 system with 2 - 4 GB of ram for around $600, keeping your current video card. Just getting a new CPU, Ram (DDR-2) & Mobo.
     
  12. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    I am still using an x2 4400+ with a 1950xtx, works fine for me.
     
  13. Bman

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    How much are those going for now? cdn


    My budget is small right now, but soon will be large enough for all things.

    I find that motherboards are the hardest to buy, there are no many, and to many detials for them..
     
  14. j79zlr

    j79zlr Glaanies script monkey Political User

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    They are around $500 US, I still think that your 7900 will play pretty much anything just fine.
     
  15. Brad

    Brad Moderator Political User Folding Team

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    Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe the difference lies not in the Operating System of choice per se, but more the 32 versus 64 bit flavoring of either.

    A 32-bit system is not able to take advantage of the full 4GB due to the way the memory addresses are used.

    To find more information, there is an article listed below.

    http://chris.pirillo.com/2007/08/30/32-bit-windows-and-4gb-of-ram/
     
  16. kcnychief

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    You are not wrong, and it's not a XP/Vista thing. It's a 32-bit/64-bit thing :D
     
  17. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    What Derek said.

    He's as correct as the Red Sox pwn the Yankees.
     
  18. ray_gillespie

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    Also, I think the Geforce 9 cards will be rolling out late this year/early next year - perhaps it would be worth waiting a couple of months and seeing what's round the corner. I know you can always say that about technology, but I think I'd really kick myself if I shelled out for an 8800GTX and then a better card for less money came out 2 months later.

    http://www.beyond3d.com/content/news/230 - info
     
  19. Sazar

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    G92 seems to be an evolutionary product. Not sure why they would call it a 9 series, thought it was going to be called the 8800 GTS?
     
  20. Shamus MacNoob

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    I knew it was a 32bit 64bit thing , NO-ONE uses Winxp64 LOLOL thats all ...