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#1 Surma

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 04:11 PM

I have this pretty old, very low-end even when it was new, computer that i am planning to eventually upgrade. However, as more or less everything needs to be replaced (everything is 6 year old low-end tech, only thing worth saving is the fans and the case) i wonder if a complete new one would be cheaper. I will need new cpu, memory and HDD and buy graphics card and maybe sound card, however im not sure if i really need a new motherboard. Without stating specific model, would a 6 year old board work with modern tech? Is it even worth hoping for it? Generally, could upgrading be cheaper than a new (i already have win xp though i will probably buy win 7 to).
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Posted 20 September 2010 - 04:47 PM

You need a new box!

If you were to upgrade to 7 you'll need a new board. Why?

Because 7 is 64 bit and your processor is certainly not (some Itaniums are but unless you have XP Pro, there's no chance you have one of those) and your processor is of a particular socket which matches your motherboard and that socket is likely to not be in use anymore (especially not for 64 bit processors).

Depending on what you're trying to use your computer for, you could be looking at $320-$430 for something really cheap and bottom of the line. Like we're talking entry level stuff here. (These are desktop figures by the way, although laptops don't jump that far from these figures)

If you're looking for a decent rig that you can run some games on, then you're looking at about $590-$720

If you're looking for teh bad @$$ then you could spend upwards of $1000 or more. Just depending on what kind of goodies you want.

My suggestion is to buy a new computer. Everything new.

Save your XP comp if you can because you may want to run old programs (games :D) but it's not good for much else.

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 08:14 PM

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Last week Intel has finally lauched its 64-bit Pentium 4 processors, competing face-to-face to AMD's Athlon 64. The following models were released: 630 (3 GHz), 640 (3.2 GHz), 650 (3.4 GHz), 660 (3.6 GHz) and 670 (3.8 GHz).

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/105


Surma,

Technology progresses so fast that what you now have is an antiquated machine. It's time to think of either a new build, or purchase a new computer.

You can purchase a new computer with tower, keyboard and mouse, and a 18.5 LCD monitor for about $400. This includes Windows 7 32-bit, 2GB RAM, a AMD Sempron CPU, and 500GB hdd.

If you can live with your current monitor, keyboard and mouse, you can pickup a Compaq - Presario Desktop / AMD Sempron™ Processor / 2GB Memory / 500GB Hard Drive with Windows 7 64-bit for $319.00.

These are currently offered at Best Buy. I'm not advocating Best Buy, this is the result of a quick google. I'm sure that if you search you will find more and better deals out there.

Edited by dc3, 20 September 2010 - 08:17 PM.

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 09:00 PM

if u r looking to upgrade easier in the future as tech gets better i would suggest building ure own pc...it may be a little more expensive, but i think worth it in the long run...here is a cheap build that im actually probably going to do myself for a work pc:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16827140041 cd/dvd burner and reader 29.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822136074 320gb HDD 49.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817171031 500w psu 39.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820231190 4gb ddr3 ram (1333) 81.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819103681 dual core processor 3.0Hz 62.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA motherboard with onboard video 109.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA case that is cheap, free shipping, and is good 34.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16832116754 windows 7 home premium 99.99

this pc is $509.92 without shipping and $528.62 with shipping to my house (may vary for ures) with about $18.70 in shipping costs

if u want a monitor as well http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16824236063 that is a good one...but tack on $129.99 to the price

and if the onboard isnt enough for u (didnt know what u were doing with it) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...0-467-_-Product

there are a lot more cards out there just get one that is on ure budget...but if u go with the mobo i suggested above it has onboard graphics so u technically dont need a gpu at all


hope this helps!!

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 02:16 AM

Thx for all the info! Im not exactly in the phase where im looking at specific pieces. I use my comp for gaming, 3d and a bit image editing (game modding), however i have no clue if i am going to keep using it that way. It is more of a personal interest and i might have a lot less spare time in the future. The way i get it a complete new would probably be better than a home-build in my case. Thank you for all the info though!
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