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Future Computer upgrade

zapoqx

Striking Master
#1
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?
 

mlakrid

OSNN BASSMASTER
Political User
#2
zapoqx said:
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?
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...

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zapoqx

Striking Master
#3
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
zapoqx said:
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?).

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

mlakrid

OSNN BASSMASTER
Political User
#5
Mastershakes said:
Same here, but my mobo is 3 years old. Today's should do fine with the onboard.
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....
 

ming

OSNN Advanced
#6
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.
 

zapoqx

Striking Master
#7
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.
 

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