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#1 J_pyro_C

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Posted 06 July 2006 - 02:20 AM

i have a crt moniter that i really want to chunk out the window ( :thumbsup: ) and also a processor that is driving me crazy cause it is really lagging on all my games.so i need to know should i go with getting the LCD or the processor?by the way the processor im wanting is an AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core +4200 2.2ghz.i need to get $150 more for that but i already have enough for the LCD this is why its such a hard decision.

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Posted 06 July 2006 - 02:25 AM

Me personally I would go for a 19" LCD. What are the rest of the specs on your computer? RAM, HD, CD\DVD, Graphics,..?
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Posted 06 July 2006 - 08:44 AM

I would go with the new processor. Mainly for this reason. Look at the possibilities:

1. NEW CPU: Okay, so the new CPU kicks ass, and the frame rates of your games are picking up, which is a great thing. Yeah, you've still got the old monitor, but it's bearable, right? Right. So your gaming will look awesome and you just have to deal with a kinda sub-par monitor.

2. NEW SCREEN: You buy the new screen. If you are getting a new LCD, you would want to get something good. Maybe a 19" wide? If you did, it would have a resolution somewhere around 1440 x 900. That being said, how is your old school CPU going to cope with the extra pixels it has to spit out? Simple: It wont.

CPU all the way dude :thumbsup:

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Posted 06 July 2006 - 09:21 AM

Are you sure that dual core Athlon 64 will work in your present motherboard?

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Posted 06 July 2006 - 10:23 AM

I am sure that the dual core will work on my mother board cuase it says it is on the compaq site.and they are both socket 939.Any way here are my system specs:
CPU:AMD Sempron +3200 1.8Ghz
Mobo:ASUS A8AE-LE
RAM:256 MB (1 x 256) Dual Memory
Video Graphics:Integrated
Audio:AC'97 Audio
Integrated
CD:CD rewriter 52x32x52
DVD:DVD R/+RW 16x8x16
Chipset:ATI Radeon Express 200
Hard Drive:80GB 7200RPM

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Posted 06 July 2006 - 12:44 PM

Yes, it should work. The Sempron Presarios from Compaq are 939 socket. But are you really sure it's the CPU lagging you on games? Your intergrated graphics are Radeon Xpress 200, right? I'd recomend a new vidoe cards for games. 256MB's of RAM and 64's going to the Radeon Xpress. I have the media edition of the Compaq Presario, ( Athlon 64 +3500, 1gb Samsung, Radeon Xpress 200, 200 Gb Seagate Barrracuda ) and I have trouble with games. I can run Age of Empire 3 fine, HL2 and CS:Source in 800x600 quite fairly. But...that's about it.
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Posted 06 July 2006 - 04:28 PM

Yeah you definitely need more ram, and a new videocard would help alot. Perhaps to save some money, skip the dual core and get an athlon xp 64.. say, 3500+, get some ram, and maybe buy a new vid card.

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Posted 06 July 2006 - 04:49 PM

ok ill try getting a new video card,sound card(ive heard this also makes it faster by not having onboard),and a single core AMD.hopefully this will help alot.after that ill save up a little more to get 2 512mb sticks and put them in there.or should i go with a 1 gb stick?

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Posted 06 July 2006 - 04:52 PM

I assume this is your motherboard? It show you have a PCIe slot. Upgrade your video card, and drop a Gb of RAM and you will be suprized how peppy it is.

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Video Card GeForce PCIe

Less than a LCD monitor or Box. You will be up and running it less than a week depending on where you buy the parts.

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Posted 06 July 2006 - 04:54 PM

ok ill try that.by the way i buy all my stuff at newegg and cpu.com


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Posted 06 July 2006 - 05:35 PM

does anyone know of any good video cards that will work with my system around $130?

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Posted 06 July 2006 - 07:06 PM

No specific recommendation but seeing as you have an ATI chipset I think you should give preference to an ATI video card. They should play nicely together.

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Posted 06 July 2006 - 09:30 PM

Since you have pretty much the exact same computer as me. :thumbsup: I'm assuming you only have a 300W Bestec, so for a vidoe card you'd have to go wiht something like a X700 ( It's 100$ after rebate, and like 125$ without the mail in rebate on Tiger ) Or a X800 XL ( The GTO needs higher I believe ), but then the Power supply will be working 100%, and under more stress. Yeah, putting a nVidia card in a ATi motherboard is like putting Pepsi in a Coke bottle.
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Posted 07 July 2006 - 05:05 AM

My little sister install this one on the computer about 3 weeks ago. She seems very happy with it..

http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=VX...12P&cat=VCD

I prefer nVidia but since it is an onboard ATI chipset I though I would recommend a ATI.

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Posted 07 July 2006 - 04:25 PM

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