What to upgrade?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by TBone, Feb 10, 2003.

  1. TBone

    TBone Guest

    Here are my current specs:

    1.4 GHZ Athlon T-Bird (Overclocked from 1.2 I think)
    512 MB SDRam 133
    40 Gig Hard Drive
    32 MB GeForce 2 Mx
    Sound Blaster Live! 5.1
    Windows XP Pro!
    RICOH 12x10x32 CD-RW

    My computer runs fine, just new games like Command and Conquer Generals and Unreal 2 don't run very well and Command and Conquer Generals crashes a lot.

    So what should I upgrade?
     
  2. chris

    chris Free to Fly

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    Graphics card I'd say, you can get a 128mb card for a fairly decent price now, the other specs look fine to play the games you mentioned.
     
  3. TBone

    TBone Guest

    Should I wait till the FX comes down and prices drop or buy now?

    Also how can I tell if my CPU is overheating cause its overcloked, and how do i know if the voltage is right?
     
  4. jumpy

    jumpy Guest

    No - don't buy the FX, it sounds like a vaccum cleaner, and it's performance is only a little bit better if not same/worse as the 9700 pro. Get a 9700 pro is what i'm trying to say, if you've got the cash :cool:

    You can tell if your cpu is overheating by using a program like mbm -> http://mbm.livewiredev.com/

    You know if the voltage is right if your cpu is stable :)
     
  5. TBone

    TBone Guest

    What I meant is wait to buy a card after the FX because it will force the prices down of the cards I am interested in buying.

    Hmm, the link is down for mother board monitor. Any other suggestions?

    Its stable jsut sometimes it seems unstable when running really graphic intensive stuff and i don't know how to know if its overheating or if it's my slow video card
     
  6. Black-Syth

    Black-Syth Comalies

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    i would also say that you are best off with a graphics card upgrade.... i think a radeon 8500, 9000, or 9500/9700 would do good. If you are interested in an nVidia card more... possibly a Ti4200, or 4800(only $208 on pricewatch).... there ya go...
     
  7. Nick M

    Nick M Moderator

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    1. Screw the FX. It sucks.
    2. Graphics card! Update it! Geforce 4600 will be your good friend!
    3. A faster CPU would be nice, non O/Ced, so it won't crash.