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#1 Jincks

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 09:35 AM

ZohoViewer - Jincks's Battlestation.doc
Right there is a nice little summary of my current setup. (its also attached)
But for those sketchy open opening links or dling files i threw together this:



Jincks's BattleStation
If you need anymore information you'll have to tell me how to get it from my computer because thats the most detail i can get.



Proccessor:
Intel® Core™ i3-540 Processor (4M Cache, 3.06 Ghz)
Intel® Core

Graphics Card:
Radeon™ HD 4650 1 GB DDR2 (HD-465X-ZDFR)
Graphic Cards - ATI Radeon HD 4000 - ATI Radeon
Click "compare" at the bottom to view full specs.

MotherBoard:
EVGA P55
Intel P55 Chipset
Supports Intel Socket 1156 Processors
Dual Channel DDR3
133MHz+ QPI
EVGA | Products

Ram:
DDR3 4GB (2x2GB) 1600MHz PATRIOT PSD34G1600KH
Patriot Memory

Operating System:
Windows XP x32 SP3
System requirements for Windows XP operating systems


What's Changing / Being Added!:

More Ram!:
Patriot Memory
Im Adding that to my 4 gigs which will bring me up to 12 gigs of ram.

Upgrading to Windows 7:
Windows 7 system requirements - Microsoft Windows


But now im now leaning more towards the following:
Im looking around for a graphics card so im open to suggestions
Im also looking for an audio card and a sick set of speakers buut im on a budget of around 200$ - 250$

SO
Sick sound system
Gfx Card
Audio Card
and i dont want them to be crappy
But it need to under 250$


Now, I Would just like you to comment / post if you think what im changing is good or bad and why. I also would like to know if you think it will improve my desktop lag.
P.s. Ive heard i should upgrade my gfx card what do you guys think?
P.s.s. Im at school at the moment so if you need any more info about my rig you'll have to wait till i get home.
Attached File  Jincks%27s Battlestation.doc   19KB   1 downloads

Edited by hamluis, 14 April 2011 - 11:51 AM.
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#2 killerx525

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 09:43 AM

There is really no reason for upgrading it to 12GB of ram, so 4GB of ram should do. Windows 7 would be a good idea to upgrade because Windows XP is phasing out in 2014 and you should buy the 64bit of windows 7. Your budget is pretty low for those 3 items you want. If your planning to do some gaming then it's the money to upgrade the graphics card.

Edited by killerx525, 14 April 2011 - 09:44 AM.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 14 April 2011 - 09:47 AM

There is really no reason for upgrading it to 12GB of ram, so 4GB of ram should do. Windows 7 would be a good idea to upgrade because Windows XP is phasing out in 2014 and you should buy the 64bit of windows 7. Your budget is pretty low for those 3 items you want. If your planning to do some gaming then it's the money to upgrade the graphics card.

I could probably twist my dads arm to get me upto a 300$ budget. Do you think that with that extra 59$ id be able to A decent soundsystem sound card and gfx card?
Actually ill go look three up then edit all my posts.
Speakers
Sound Card
GFX Card

Edited by Jincks, 14 April 2011 - 09:55 AM.


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Posted 14 April 2011 - 09:53 AM

$300 for GPU and sound card is not bad. Is it really necessarily for dedicated sound card and the onboard sound should be fine unless it is broken or fried?

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


#5 Jincks

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 10:00 AM

Now that you mention it i think my MOBO has a nice onboard sound card.
so the leaves me a little more wiggle room on the stereo setup.
Any suggestions for a retailerr to buy a a sound system for my computer
unless u think the one i picked out is good

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 10:13 AM

This card should give good performance. Also total price would be exactly $300 with a $30 rebate. Also i recommended getting Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.

Edited by killerx525, 14 April 2011 - 10:17 AM.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 14 April 2011 - 12:11 PM

killerx525 nailed it. Posted what I would have posted, except a lot more succinctly.

4 gigs of RAM is enough, no need for anything more than onboard sound unless you have special programs/equipment that require it, put your money/budget into a good/fast videocard and Win7.

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 06:21 PM

Yep spend more the GPU and Windows 7 :)

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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#9 Jincks

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 06:48 PM

Sorry to dissapoint guys but i cant spend that much all i could get my dad to agree to spending was around 250$

Edited by Jincks, 15 April 2011 - 06:50 PM.


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Posted 15 April 2011 - 08:42 PM

To go with your budget, this card which is $159. So the total price together would be $239. If you are allowed to buy online from NewEgg then this card would be the better choice and it is newer. This card is from the 6 series, the one from Fry's is the 5 series.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 15 April 2011 - 09:17 PM

Alright thank you very much!

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 09:30 PM

No problems :thumbup2:

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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