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gopaloo

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#1 13 years ago

I can tell that I need to upgrade my PC, pretty badly. Unforinately, I still have to run on my POS, instead of getting a new one. My specs are: XP Home with SP2 AMD Duron (tm) Processor 801 MHz 448 MB RAM 34.5 G.B (Hard Drive) Geforce 5200 FX AGP (Video Card) So, I'm basically asking what needs the biggest upgrade. If you guys need anymore info on my PC, just post and ask. I should be able to get the answer back in the same day. Thank you!




Armchair_Commando

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#2 13 years ago

your processr is probly the first thing you should upgrade, followed by video card and ram. upgrading the hard drive probly isnt necessary, but that depends on your needs. if you need more space for programs and such, get a bigger hard drive first...




gopaloo

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#3 13 years ago

yeah, i think my needs lean towards a new hard drive. after that, how much would new processors cost? (i guess im a newbie at technology stuff) EDIT: what could i upgrade to? can you give me examples of what i can upgrade to?




spo8

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#4 13 years ago

well a new prosesor needs a new motherbord...if you think buying a not to expensive one like a amd athlon 3000 or something both CPU and motherbord 200 Euro i think but you need new RAM too...a VGA is also really a expensive thing...if you game on high end games...yes a ati radeon 9800pro is still a good card for like 110 euro...upgrading a computer is really expensive...sry 4 my bad english but i should go for a new Prosesor and Mobo + some ram 250 euro will do it think its like 220 Us dollars... your harddrive is the next option for you...or if you really wanna play games go take the video card... good luck m8:D




carl4286

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#5 13 years ago

A new processor doesnt necissarily need a new motherboard. You can get any new processor that uses the same socket type. I would however reccomend that you get a new motherboard, because any processor that uses the same socket type as an 800MHz Duron cant give you much performance. Go with a budget s939 motherboard that has a PCIe slot. Also get an A64 3000+ and for now maybe an ATI x300/600. I have to go to dinner now, but perhaps someone els here can give you a few links to the parts you need. Do you know if your RAM is PC133, or PC2700, PC3200.... etc?




Hmmmdonut

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#6 13 years ago
gopalooI can tell that I need to upgrade my PC, pretty badly. Unforinately, I still have to run on my POS, instead of getting a new one. !

Is there a reason behind that? Your entire system is outdated. There is no point in upgrading your computer.




Agent_0range

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#7 13 years ago

:agreed It might be an idea to just build a new one because you'll be replacing so many parts in it that you might as well just build a new one. I recommend that you actually build it yourself instead of buying a pre-built one, you'll save money and get a better looking rig, plus its a great project to have, and a good skill to learn, don't be afraid to do it, you'll thank yourself that you chose to after its finished. We can help you in every aspect of building a new one on these forums no doubt with any problem you maye have. If like me you are a budget gamer then you're looking for a low cost solution that will still own on modern games yes? Well I have just the thing for you, this article here. This article only covers the base unit. If you are strapped for cash then just use your old monitor/keyboard and mouse, that will be fine. I recomend not water cooling the rig like it says in the Article using the Coolriver Deluxe kit, and instead buying a good heatsink and fan for the processor instead for about £15, which will save you about £55 not buying the Coolriver Deluxe. You could put this money saved to a slightly better graphics card or a new OEM copy of Windows XP, its totally up to you. The Coolriver deluxe only cools by a few degrees whereas a good Heatpipe Heatsink and fan will cool the CPU by up to 15C. The Coolriver kit has the advantage of making your PC totally silent though, and Athlon 64's don't get too hot anyway, but if you plan on Overclocking in the future then a good Heatsink will be better. I advise putting 1Gb of RAM in, as games like BF2 could definatley do with at least 1Gb. 1Gig of Corsair XMS3200C2PT can be bought for £88 from Overclockers UK. Get yourself a screwdriver and get building :D A website about building your own PC can be found here I recommend buying your gear form www.ebuyer.com www.overclockers.co.uk www.scan.co.uk ...that is of course if you are in Jersey in the UK and not New Jersey o_0




carl4286

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#8 13 years ago

If you are infact in New Jersey, buy your gear from www.newegg.com




Agent_0range

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#9 13 years ago

:agreed lol forgot to put a US alternative. Thanks Carl :D




gopaloo

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#10 13 years ago

yaeh, im actually from NEW jersey, not UK jersey...

Do you know if your RAM is PC133, or PC2700, PC3200.... etc?

i have no clue actually. im looking it on http://www.crucial.com , and its telling me that im using PC133 RAM. oh, i heard alot about newegg, but is tigerdirect any good?




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