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Old 06-18-2006, 01:30 PM   #1
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Default $400 what would you do?

ok guys i can prob. spend around 400 dollars to upgrade my current computer

teh case is micro atx so remember that

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pentium 4 1.8ghz 400mhz fsb socket 478
intel d845hv mobo
768mb pc133 ram (3x256)
eVGA 5200 128mb

ok now i was thinking of upgrading like this to complete new internals yet still cheap
amd 3500+ socket 939 $115
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103603


MSI geforce 6100 microatx mobo $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130041

eVGA 7600gt 256mb gddr3 580core/1500memory 128bit $170
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130283


Crucial Ballistix 1gb (2x512mb) Dual Channel DDR 400 2-2-2-6 $95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148007

Hitachi Deskstar 7800rpm SATA 3gb/s 80gb $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822145082


Total: $490 (forgot about harddrive lol)

so this machine could easily play med graphics on bf2...maxed out rainbow six...maxed out bf1942...maxed out hl2 etc... so what do u think?? also if u had 450-500 dollars and only needed internals what would u get??? thx
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Old 06-18-2006, 01:37 PM   #2
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i would get a 7600gt instead of that 6800xt, the evga 7600gt is on sale right now on newegg i think.
and wow, i didn't know the 3200+ was only 100 dollars now. that's great.
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Old 06-18-2006, 01:46 PM   #3
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Default Re: $400 what would you do?

yeh i know the 3200+ is a great stable processor and should keep up with games fine...plus when socket 939 gets even more out of the way dual cores will become cheaper ...also i was looking at the 6800xt for its 512mb but i remember that the 7600gt will still beat it...also should i spend 12 more dollars and get a 3500+...i would get a bigger multiplyer which would be good..or just stay wit 3200+?..thx

also yeh i saw the 7600gt for 170 so ill get that instead thx
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130283

oh crap forgot about the harddrive...hmmm....k this

Hitachi Deskstar 7800rpm SATA 3gb/s 80gb $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822145082
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Default Re: $400 what would you do?

i would go spend 12 more bucks, i mean whats another 12 extra bucks for more performance?
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Default Re: $400 what would you do?

if u get all that stuff u'll see a huge diff from the comp u have now, go for it
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That system would be very good after you updated

As for me, i'd spend the money mostly on cooling of the parts, while giving silent operation.

I'd also probably update my sound card to allow for a Dolby Pro Logic 2 decoder, and couldn't forget the Logitech 5.1 speaker set

If I still had money, I'd probably go for dual core, and maybe up my RAM to 2GB.

I wouldn't bother updating my video card at this point in time. It'd be more spent on silentness/making my usage more enjoyable, since I don't play games all that much.
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Default Re: $400 what would you do?

Don't go totally cheap on zour mobo. Thats my advice.
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Its not too cheap though. That seems like a rather good motherboard.

You'll be surprised nowadays how cheap they've got but still offer great performance for 2 hours ago's technology (Can't say yesterdays, because its not )
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it's mATX it seems alright. isn't the best chipset, but hey! still usable.
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Ah...didn't notice the Micro ATX part...

You could always overclock the CPU, and get a 3000+ instead, spending a bit more on a full size ATX board.

The 3000+ could probably be overclocked to 3200+ rather easily I'd say without too much hassle.
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