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Help Me Upgrade My Machine Plz


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#1 Rabbuk

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Posted 09 January 2006 - 09:44 PM

my specs,
A7n8x-x mobo
athlon xp 3000+ barton core
1 gig ram
160 gig 7200 rpm hd
coolermaster cavalier 3 case
Sony cdrom dvd drive
Anything that would make my system better would be helpful. Hyperlinks would be nice thanks
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Posted 09 January 2006 - 11:01 PM

Hi, Rabbuk

Thought I'd post some links for ya'.

This link is a good one for you, I think
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I have a socket A board.
Regardless of the mobo-maker, the onboard video, in your case I think being the nForce2 400 chipset, will not compete with the performance improvement of a video card to replace it.

This data:
AGP 8X Technology
AGP 8X is the next generation VGA interface specification that enables enhanced graphics performance with high bandwidth speeds up to 2.12GB/s and twice as fast as AGP 4X.
indicates you should buy one that will take advantage of your mobo's capability.

This year's crop of mobos has improvements beyond the AGP (PCI Express, for instance) and faster FSB speed limits (yours is 400 Mhz) but since you have a limit of 3+ Gb's of memory (with 1 Gb installed) and a budget that is realistically capped at/near 150 usd,
I'd recommend a video card installation as step one.

btw, here are memory cards to consider, also
(try to match exact the present one(s) if possible, for best performance. Same manufacturer, and each of the specifications on your presently installed ones.
Check for the ASUS recommendations for size, location, etc.)
some memory card links

This site seems to understand the nuances of your board, and overclocking
is yet another way to (free of charge) upgrade performance.
Proceed carefully, since it is a kinda delicate process you want
to accomplish after researching and practicing.
AMDboard.com

A couple video card makers are:
ATI
nVidia

advice about both is available to read video card information

Opinions as to what is best with always involve those two makers.
My opinion is to use an nVidia on your mobo.
It essentially will power off and overide the onboard chipset when you install it,
and replacing nVidia technology with the same might be an advantage in this case.

Edited by phawgg, 09 January 2006 - 11:03 PM.

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Posted 09 January 2006 - 11:03 PM

Hey my bad i forgot to tell you i have a video card
its a Radeon 9600xt Saphire editon sry.
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Posted 09 January 2006 - 11:10 PM

I was thinking that would have been an unusual omission, considering the stats.

Then, the memory upgrade stands out as one that will enhance performance.

Download this:

one of several diagnostic apps that can specify not only what you presently have installed, but the exact location, which locations are presently open, and whether they are presently performing at predicted levels.
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Posted 10 January 2006 - 07:11 AM

Slave a second drive and move all of you data to it and leave you programs on the primary drive. I found this drive thru http://www.pricewatch.com/ ... http://www.acnt.com/product.asp?pf_id=HD300M121 . I am a big time believer of second hard drives and constant CD/DVD backuo, especially rhe registry. If you don't back it up today you cannot restore it tomorrow.
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Posted 10 January 2006 - 06:28 PM

would this make my comp run faster. COuld i do it with a smaller hard drive?
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Posted 10 January 2006 - 06:34 PM

Hey im later going to upgrade my mobo and hardrive. Do u have a any cheap suggestions that would still perform well.
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Posted 10 January 2006 - 09:57 PM

Hey im later going to upgrade my mobo and hardrive. Do u have a any cheap suggestions that would still perform well.


I am afraid you won't like my suggestion. I am still using P-III and Celeron 1.4ghz. Heck my server is an old HP P-III clunker. These guys who game are the ones you will get goodd...GREAT advice from. I'm sure they can tell you of all the hot spots on the net too.
What a second hard drive can do is protect your data in case your primary Windows hard drive crashes, and/or you have to format and do a clean install. As far as running faster learning how and maintaining a clean concise operating system will take you farther and faster than a 10,000 RPM drive. Learn to maintain then move up to a SCSI 10,000 drive.

Your getting there, it's just a long road.
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Posted 10 January 2006 - 11:14 PM

Alright for $150 I would suggest you put that towards a video card. AGP is still an okay platform but, it's dying rather quickly and if you want performance now you'll have to live with it. I would suggest: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16814140067 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16814130220

Currently ATI seems to be ignoring AGP and Nvidia is beginning to as well. You'll be fine as long as when you buy your motherboard you buy one with AGP and PCI-e.
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