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Upgrading 3yr Old Pc.


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#1 IcedOut3

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Posted 10 May 2008 - 12:24 AM

Hello!
I've had my desktop PC for exactly three years now and was looking around for some upgrades, I got interested when I heard about the new Quad-Core and 8800GTX Graphic cards and the new releases of 08 games really pushed me over the edge :thumbsup: :huh: *ALSO I NEED MORE FANS* My computer heats up quite quickly due to excessive gaming and partially closed environment :huh:

This is my current PC Specs;
Intel® Pentium® 4 CPU 3.20GHz
320GB HDD
1024MB RAM
NVIDIA GeForce 6200
Realtek AC97 Audio

I was thinking of upgrading say RAM, GFX Card, Sound Card, HDD, Processor and maybe install a few more ports such as USB and Bluetooth. My main objective is to play Crysis and Assassin Creed with full graphics and not lag B)

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Posted 10 May 2008 - 12:39 AM

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...mp;#entry720315
this was a much better idea, I doubt that motherboard you have will upgrade enough for crysis at mid level settings
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Posted 10 May 2008 - 12:08 PM

Yea you should probably just look at getting a new motherboard since your already looking at a processor, g-card, and Ram.
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Posted 10 May 2008 - 12:24 PM

Lucky,

I imagine crysis at full would even push your system?
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Posted 10 May 2008 - 04:43 PM

supposedly people are still having trouble with the 9XXX series cards but i have not yet played crysis. I do think that my system would probably have a tough time with that game though and i would probably have to play on low or medium.

I mainly stick to TF2 though. Right now that game plays really well with my card. I run around 80-150fps in 1680X1050.

Edited by Lucky23, 10 May 2008 - 04:44 PM.

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Posted 10 May 2008 - 05:23 PM

Tomshardware tackled that project.

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Posted 10 May 2008 - 05:23 PM

I know a guy with an OC'd quad core on H2O and dual 500$ cards in sli and a raid stripe that downloaded the demo and played at highest settings, said the graphics were unbelievable, he hated the game tho.
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Posted 10 May 2008 - 06:27 PM

hmm I looked around and also looked at back my topic which I totally forgot!! Seems a bit expensive cause only last month did I finish paying off for my current computer XD

Would be say 'better' if I just get 3 more GBs for RAM and nVidia 8800GT graphics card with my current computer? WOuld that make a worthwhile difference or is it waste of money and I should build from scratch?

Looking at the sites a computer im happy with is about $2k and I don't think thats an option atm :thumbsup:

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Posted 10 May 2008 - 06:34 PM

how this for a GFX Card? 320MB MSI 8800GT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814127328

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Posted 10 May 2008 - 06:52 PM

if your computer is 3 years old, are you sure you have pci-E?

I would have thought you had an agp card?
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Posted 10 May 2008 - 06:55 PM

FWIW, I have a socket 478 board that supports PCI-E x16 but its a brand new board. Alas I am running on board video and a Celeron. No reason to upgrade yet.

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Posted 10 May 2008 - 11:47 PM

how this for a GFX Card? 320MB MSI 8800GT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814127328



Its a great card for the price but just to let you know the 8800GT 512mb will be faster but more expensive. This is the first version of the 8800gt.

It all depends on your budget but good cards to look at are the 8800gs, 9600gt, 8800gt, 98XXseries, also the ATI 3850, 3870, and prices go up from there

This card also looks pretty good for the price

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Posted 11 May 2008 - 08:57 AM

You'll also need a better processor for good performance. A Pentium 4 is going to bottleneck most cards. I have an ATI X1900GT, and before I had a Pentium 4 @ 3.0ghz. In a game such as Fable, I could play only on medium settings and get around 30FPs. Once I threw in my core 2 duo processor, I turned up the graphic settings and was averaging 50-60FPS. Some other games were unplayable such as Bioshock. I was getting about 10-20FPs in Bioshock , no matter what my graphics settings were. Then when I threw in my Core 2 Duo, I could run on medium-high settings, and get about 40FPS. Don't get me started on Crysis :thumbsup: .

Especially if your getting an 8800GT, you're kind of wasting your money unless you get a dual core processor.

I noticed that card yesterday Lucky. That is an excellent deal. Some benchmarks it even beats the 3870 by a little!

Edited by Sterling14, 11 May 2008 - 08:57 AM.

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Posted 11 May 2008 - 07:13 PM

Definatly and it is easily overclockable to 680/2000 which is good for when it starts slowin down on me in games.

check this out they got a whole write up on it.


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Posted 12 May 2008 - 01:05 AM

ahh from what i see those cards are billion times better than my current :thumbsup:

about the processor, is it worthwhile to get quad core? What's so special about it :huh: still havent got my head around it
if its not worth I assume a Core Duo would be acceptable I'm thinking 2-2.5Ghz ?


Also this is pretty noob but heres a question -
in Duo Processor for example and they say "2.5ghz" does that mean each processor has 2.5ghz or the 2.5ghz is divided into two processor of 1.25ghz each?
Im assuming the answer to this applies for the Quad Core as well?

Edited by IcedOut3, 12 May 2008 - 01:07 AM.





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