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Old 03-13-2009, 11:17 PM   #1
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Question To upgrade or to buy new?

Hi there, very new here, but seems like a great forum to get some help.

I'm currently using this old monster:

OS: Windows 2000 Professional Service Pack 4 (build 2195.)
Motherboard: Intel Easton D815EEA.
CPU: 933 megahertz Intel Pentium III,
32 kb primary memory cache/256 kb secondary memory cache.
Memory: 256MB DIMM PC133 SDRAM
Video Card: NVidia GeForce2 MX/MX 400 (32MB, AGP 4x)
Sound Card: SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio
Hard Drive: SAMSUNG SP2514N 250 gig Hard Drive
Optical Drives: BKVILUF 52N89EZGT SCSI CdRom Device,
SONY CD-RW CRX230EE (CD-ROM drives)
Power Supply: Unknown (Couldn't find with Belarc or HWiNFO32)

I do a lot of gaming (or what I'm able to do given the obvious technical limitations) and I also use Photoshop Elements for extensive art and graphic design work. This machine is reliable, a great workhorse, but I really want an upgrade. My questions are these:

1> How much farther could I really go without replacing the motherboard? If I get more RAM and a newer video card, would I be able to play current games? Basically, how far can you push the CPU with ram and video card upgrades before you need to break down and get a new one?

2> If I do decide to do an overhaul, including the mobo and etc.. would I be better off just buying a new OEM system and saving myself the trouble?

3> Relates to #1, but how much can an aging processor utilize newer components like a video card? I don't want to shell out $300+ on a new NVidia if my system won't be able to properly use it, or is this just a compatibility issue I need to research for myself?

I feel that my machine, though loved, is borderline on the upgrade/just buy a new one threshold. It seems like a 1000MHz processor has become quite low-end in terms of newer games. I'm just hoping you guys(and gals) will have some good thoughts on this. Thanks a lot!
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Old 03-13-2009, 11:28 PM   #2
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Plain and simple, it's not worth upgrading and even upgraded, it's useless with modern games. It's almost 10 years old now.
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Old 03-13-2009, 11:32 PM   #3
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Not for gaming, at least. It's perfectly fine for the average user or to use as a server.
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Old 03-13-2009, 11:34 PM   #4
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Sorry to say, that system is way outdated and there really isn't much you can do to improve it's performance.

You would be much better off building or buying a new system.
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You could use Linux on it. It'll be a great second machine.
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Old 03-14-2009, 12:38 AM   #6
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Upgrade for sure.
I remember I had the same question when I first got here
Build your own if you want, doesn't require too much knowledge and the people here can help you out a ton.
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Old 03-14-2009, 03:02 AM   #7
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Thanks for the quick replies everybody. So far the votes are mostly for buying a new system , not surprising, she's old. It doesn't help that I'm addicted to Starcraft, which would run on a can of tuna plugged into a car battery, not too steep of requirements!
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Buy a new computer. Your comp is probably on its last legs anyway.
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Old 03-14-2009, 12:17 PM   #9
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Puredragon,

That system has to be atleast 10 Year's old as everyone said... P3, You couldnt even play any modern games. I suggest building your own computer, If you need help getting a build put together, Post your budget and I'll make you a build xD
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Old 03-14-2009, 12:21 PM   #10
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Jake is right but if you aren't good with computers and aren't confident in building your own then there are some companies that do a very good job of building the computer for you and they do it quite cheaply too. Ibuypower is a very good one and is the company I am going to use to build mine. (my parents won't let me build it)
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