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#1 Sp0nge

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Posted 29 July 2007 - 06:30 AM

Hello everybody, a friend of mine gave me a link to a site that sells pretty cheap hardware at a shop near me and I am looking into buying some of their stuff.

I am looking for something that will give me the BEST framerate boost in demanding games or best performance increases in demanding programs such as Adobe after effects, for the amount of money that I will pay. So -simplified - best performanced increase for best money ;)

Here are my current specs:

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Pentium® 4 CPU 3.00GHz
3.01GHz 1Gb RAM

GPU - Radeon 9550 Pro, 128mb.

here is what I can buy and what price I will pay for them:

* Prices in $AUD

512mb Inno3D 7300GT (Nvidia Chipset - AGP) for $127

512mb HIS X1650Pro IceQ2 (ATI Radeon Chipset - AGP) for $149

2GB - 667 Kingston A Grade DD2 RAM for $125

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Im thinking that my cooling unit might need to be upgraded to maybe cool an overclocked GPU, so let me know if the GPU overheats a lot ;)

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Posted 29 July 2007 - 07:41 AM

I'd suggest another 1 gB of RAM and a 256 mB video card if money's a problem. If not, go with either video card and the 2 gB upgrade.
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Posted 29 July 2007 - 08:43 AM

The x1650 is much better then the 7300Gt. Go with that, you will see a big improvement in games you play.
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Posted 29 July 2007 - 11:12 AM

Nowadays, you can get an nvidia 8600 for under 150 dollars on newegg. I'd check that out for great gaming performance.

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Posted 29 July 2007 - 04:39 PM

Yes the 8600 is there. But isnt that a PCI-E card?

I think I will take a bit of everybody's advice and buy 512mb HIS X1650Pro IceQ2 (ATI Radeon Chipset - AGP) and 2GB - 667 Kingston A Grade DD2 RAM.

I dont quite get what Usama was saying. Another 1gb on top of the 2gb DDR2? or another 1gig ontop of my current RAM?

Anyhow, thanks very moochh.
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Posted 29 July 2007 - 05:17 PM

he is suggesting getting 1 GB RAM on top of your current 1 GB and then getting a moderate video card as the increase in memory and video will provide the best overall upgrade (and frankly i havent seen any reason to expand beyond 2 GB yet except high-end gaming)

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Posted 29 July 2007 - 05:20 PM

for what you want to do, just add 1 gig of ram, but get a good gamer card, the nvidia 7600 agp series

on anything cpu intensive that P4 will hold you back and you'll probably never need the extra 2 gigs
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Posted 29 July 2007 - 06:01 PM

Sorry, I was trying to say have a total of 2 gB of RAM and a decent video card (with 256 mB of VRAM) in order to get the biggest bang for your buck. I hear that some games these days are asking for 2 gB of RAM.

But. if you've got more money than that, I'd go with 2 gB of RAM and a 512 mB VRAM video card.
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Posted 29 July 2007 - 08:42 PM

Ah sorry, I didn't even notice you needed an agp card. My bad. And yeah, I've got a 7600, it runs fine for my needs. I run dual monitors and play some pretty graphic intensive games like supcom and bf2142, it runs at all medium-high with maybe 2-4 times anti aliasing.

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Posted 31 July 2007 - 04:10 AM

ok going with extra 2 gig ram, and the x1650!

How exactly do you install 'extra' RAM? Or do you have to do what I believe you have to do, and buy a 3 gig RAM thing in order to get a 2 gig increase in RAM?

I probably don't make ANY sense, let me try and explain.

Are you able to 'add' more RAM to what you have now? Say if I wanted 2 gig of RAM to be on my computer, and I currently had 1 gig. Would I need to buy a 2 gigabyte hardware thing? or a 1 gig RAM thing and install it 'into' the 1 gig I already had?

oh well, thanks in advance :thumbsup:

What ya think $276 bucks, bargain ;)

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Posted 31 July 2007 - 04:23 AM

Depends on what your situation is like. You stick the RAM sticks into slots. Most motherboards come with four of slots. If you got empty slots you can add RAM, but if all the slots are full you need to replace the RAM sticks you have with bigger ones. There are a few other things to keep in mind depending on what kind of motherboard and RAM you have.

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Posted 31 July 2007 - 07:50 AM

what's your motherboard?
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Posted 01 August 2007 - 02:19 AM

I checked my motherboard and its got free RAM spots.

ok so i guess now i just go buy the stuff and install it :thumbsup:

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Posted 01 August 2007 - 03:17 AM

Motherboard Name Asus A7N8X v2.0 Deluxe (5 PCI, 1 AGP Pro, 3 DDR DIMM, Dual LAN, IEEE-1394)

Chipset Properties:
Motherboard Chipset nVIDIA nForce2 Ultra 400
Memory Timings 2-3-3-6 (CL-RCD-RP-RAS)
Command Rate (CR) 1T

SPD Memory Modules:
DIMM1: GeIL CL2-3-3 Ultra-400 256 MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM (2.0-3-3-6 @ 200 MHz)
DIMM3: GeIL CL2-3-3 Ultra-400 256 MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM (2.0-3-3-6 @ 200 MHz)


I wouldn't buy any ram without knowing this information

http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4181.html

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Posted 01 August 2007 - 04:15 PM

Motherboard Properties:
Motherboard ID 11/02/2004-SiS-648FX-6A7I0G0QC-00
Motherboard Name Gigabyte GA-8S648FXP-RZ© (5 PCI, 1 AGP, 3 DDR DIMM, Audio)

Chipset Properties:
Motherboard Chipset SiS 648FX
Memory Timings 2.5-5-5-9 (CL-RCD-RP-RAS)

SPD Memory Modules:
DIMM1 512 MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM (2.5-3-3-8 @ 200 MHz)
DIMM2 512 MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM (2.5-3-3-8 @ 200 MHz)


It says PCI up there, does that mean I could run the PCI gfx cards?




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