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LedZep

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#1 13 years ago

Sys Specs:

Soyo KT600 Dragon Plus V1.0 (KT600-8237) AMD Athlon XP3200+ NVIDIA GeForce 6800 DX 9.0C VIA AC'97 Enhanced Audio Controller (WDM) (Onboard) 6 Channel 1.5g Corsair PC3200 Dell 1905FP (Digital) LCD Microsoft Windows XP Pro w/ Service Pack 2 200gb Western Digital SATA

My mobo's limits are 1.5gig PC3200 with max CPU XP3200+. I think I have pushed this mobo to the limit. The only thing upgradeable is the ram to that higher priced ram but does that stuff really increase performance? Im not upgrading my Vid Card I just bought it. Any ideas on something I can do to boost performance?

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#2 13 years ago

sound card perhaps? I know they help with everything. BTW: what kind of 6800 did you get?




LedZep

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#3 13 years ago

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#4 13 years ago

Ok what brand? How much are you willing to spend?




LedZep

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#5 13 years ago

is a sound card going to increase FPS at all?




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#6 13 years ago

You may notice a difference, a slight increase. I'm not sure how much but the Onboard sound requires useage of your CPU and in that way decreases your performance in game slightly. A dedicated sound card frees up the CPU from generating audio and is free to continue its normal tasks at the maximum level. It also makes music + games sound a lot better. Something like CoD or CS:S through an Audigy 2 and a good set of 5.1 speakers is great. So many times people think you hack, but all you need to do is listen out for their footsteps, its really not hard with a good set of speakers at all. If your going to get one, just buy the Audigy 2 OEM or something similar. I doubt you would need the separate decoder box that they bundle with it and it costs about £150 GBP or something stupid, or the "7.1 ZS Audigy 2". The difference is just the price, and more often than not you dont need the extras they bundle with the expensive versions of the card. I would suggest just to get the standard OEM Audigy 2.




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#7 13 years ago

Your processor is an AthlonXP, which is quite out of date now. If you're looking to make sure everything is up to date, consider buying an Athlon64 3200+ (at least) and a motherboard that can take it, such as the Abit AX8 (assuming your 6800 is PCIe).




LedZep

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#8 13 years ago

Well yes if I wanted to start completely over Id buy a new mobo. But this thread is about pushing what I have to the absolute max. I may look into a sound card, not sure yet. (BTW I get 60fps constant on Doom 3 on high at 1024x768 so dont tell me I am outdated. You do not have to be on the edge of technology to have a fast computer)




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#9 13 years ago

well, lets see.

1. purchase a new HD at 10000rpm or look for the new SATA HD at 300mb/s

2. new sound card audiology zs

3. check your cooling and see if a temp reduction can be made--change all cables to round.

4. update all mobo drivers 5. replace CD/DVD rom with new faster drive. There's not much else if you have already maxed the limits.




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#10 13 years ago
2. new sound card audiology zs

dont u mean audigy?