Hi, I'm thinking of upgrading my gaming rig once I get back to Germany. At the moment I've got AMD 2500+ Barthon (OC'd to 2,1 Ghz) Nvidia Nforce 2 Mainboard Nvidia Geforce 4 4200 Ti 512 DDR Ram 160 Gb HDD (2x80 Gb Seagate) I was thinking of going all out, because the mainboard seems t have troubles, i.e. it produces mono sound and no usb 2.0, despite updating windowsXP to XP SP1 and then installing the newest drivers. In the end I just chucked a basic AOPEN sound card in. Right, so I'm thinking of upgrading processor, mainboard and graphics card in 3 months time. I'll also be getting a 300 Gb external HDD. Any suggestions on the parts? Please keep in mind that I favor AMD over Intel.
Get an AMD Athlon 64bit Cpu upgrade your memory to 1 GB of RAM.Umm get a PCI-Express graphics card if you have the money and so a new mobo is required.You hard drive(160 GB -internal) seems fine.
External drives are all good and well for portable storage, but keep it internal for OS- and app-bearing drives, or anything that you plan to do a lot of I/O to in the course of normal use. Graphics should be your first priority, and whatever else you choose to do, get a second stick of memory. Dual channel is your friend.
if you can get:- An nforce4 motherboard (with SLI?) An AMD Athlon 64 CPU A PCI-e graphics card, 6600gt or better would be great and if you have the $$s, ££s or €€s then try and get a 10,000rpm hard drive, or if you want to go all out get 2 of them and get them in RAID 0 or get a 15,000rpm one which is expensive at this moment but extremely fast and i would also say that you would need a new Power Supply good luck
Thanks for the advice
you are most welcome.(don't know what help i have been)
Eagle Oneor get a 15,000rpm one which is expensive at this moment but extremely fast
AFAIK all 15k drives are SCSI, which means that not only do you have to cough up your left kidney for the drives, but also the controller card, which go from something like $300 upwards (to put it in perspective, it's very common to see manufacturers of server motherboards produce two versions of the same board, one with an integrated SCSI controller and one without. The addition of the controller alone generally adds several hundred dollars to the price tag). Unless you're doing mad amounts of file I/O (read: on the level of major network), buying SCSI is nothing more than an exercise in throwing away money. Newer revisions to the SATA standard (particularly SAS) is going to kill traditional SCSI.
Most motherboards can't handle 15,000 rpm yet anyway, although you will never need that sort of speed in this day and age for anything short of a total backup (where you will see a speed difference) but other than that a 7,200 or 10,000 rpm drive won't cause any fuss. Have a look in the knowledge base at a few 64-bit examples.