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Old 03-19-2005, 12:16 PM   #1
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my current PC is now coming up for 5 years old. although it was high end when i bought it it's now lower spec'd than the lowest of the low ends! i'm based in uk and am thinking about buying this from mesh computers:


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Intel Pentium 4- 550+ HT (3.4GHz Prescott) Processor
Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
ASUS P5GDC Deluxe PCI Express Mainboard
1024MB DDR 400 RAM (PC3200) Memory
300GB Serial ATA (150Mb/s) Ultra Fast HDD
128MB nVIDIA GeForce 6600 PCI Express
19" TFT Flat Panel LCD Monitor
SONY 16x Dual Layer DVD-RW (R/W all standard formats)*
Creative Labs Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZS Audio
Creative Inspire P5800 - 5.1 Surround Speakers
Internet Ready V.92 56Kbps data/fax/voice modem
Network Ready integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet
Logitech Cordless Keyboard & Optical Mouse
FREE Microsoft Works 8.0
3 Year Parts & Labour Warranty (Back to Base)
Black Mini Tower Case/4 USBs + Additional Features


i'm not a heavy gamer but would like to think that, should i go out and buy a resource hungry game now and again, the above PC will be able to cope, at least for the next 2 or 3 years. do you reckon i'm future proofed enough with the above spec of system?

one final thing, are there any major PC advances due to launch within the next few months that mean i should really hang fire until then i.e. is a PC of the above spec soon to become 'old technology' due to soon to be released new PC technologies?

any advice appreciated and your thoughts on the above system.

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Well, you should onsider a 64 bit processor if you want it "future proofed"
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Looks good. If you want future proofing, go AMD Athlon64. It is 64-bit which the next OS is going to be. All you would have to change is the mobo and processor.
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thanks guys, Mesh offer this AMD equiv:


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AMD Athlon™ 64 3500+ Processor
Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
ASUS A8N-E PCI Express 939 Mainboard
1024MB DDR 400 RAM (PC3200) Memory
300GB Serial ATA (150Mb/s) Ultra Fast HDD
128MB nVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT - PCI Express
19" TFT Flat Panel LCD Monitor
SONY 16x Dual Layer DVD-RW (R/W all standard formats)*
5.1 Surround Sound 6 Channel Audio
Creative Labs Inspire T7900 - 7.1 Surround Speakers
Internet Ready V.92 56Kbps data/fax/voice modem
Network Ready integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet
Logitech Cordless Keyboard and Optical Mouse
FREE Microsoft Works 8.0
FREE Pinnacle Studio 9 SE Video Editing Software
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from what you're saying this might be the better option? it's an AMD i've just now ... but i won't tell you what speed!
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ya tat looks nice but i would get an abit an8 if ur gonna overclock
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Yes.
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What other mobo's do they offer?
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I would go for a mobo with can support higher speed RAM. Those PC3200 400Mhz are already close to obsolete and if your mobo do not give you the possibility to change to faster RAM, well your already in the future!
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Mobo's support almost any DDr memory. DDR2 isnt really mainstream yet and even if a mobo says PC3200, it supports higher and lower.
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so is the mobo on the AMD mesh system i've listed a good enough one or not? when i read things like 'pc3200 400mhz are already close to obsolete' it kind of puts me off the system ... wouldn't want to buy an off the shelf to immediately start changes components
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They arent obsolete, people just use higher pseed to OC. If you are going to OC, id buildit yourself IMHO.
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Well PC3200 are 184 pins, DDR2 240 pins. If you buy a mobo with only 184 pins slots forget DDR2 which have 240 pins!
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DDr2 is only being used in servers currently...its going to be awhile...
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I'm not sure about AMD processors but Intel has motherboards which takes DDR2 RAM. And it is not for a server!
http://usa.asus.com/products/mb/sock...p/overview.htm
ASUS has plenty of other motherboards which supports DDR2 for their Intel based products but none yet for their AMD!
http://usa.asus.com/products/mb/overview_p4.htm
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i remember reading that samsung prototyped the first ddr3 ram
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I'm not sure about AMD processors but Intel has motherboards which takes DDR2 RAM. And it is not for a server!
http://usa.asus.com/products/mb/sock...p/overview.htm
ASUS has plenty of other motherboards which supports DDR2 for their Intel based products but none yet for their AMD!
http://usa.asus.com/products/mb/overview_p4.htm

I know but higher ddr will outpreform ddr2


And Gen, i believe samsung did the ddr2....i dont think talk of dd3 has begun.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/02/18/samsung_ddr_3/
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Oh, im not uk so i didnt her...thanks for showing.
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thanks for continued advice people. unlike most of you, i'm never going to do things like overclock, however i am going to be doing quite a lot of photo / video editing, hence needing to upgrade as my current 'old faithful' ain't exactly quick when in psp, adobe ps etc.

how soon are we likely to see ddr2 memory in mainstream, mass produced pcs? if it ain't within the next few months i'm probably as well going for one with standard ddr, no? or will the performance gains if i have 1gb of ddr2 instead of ddr be so good that i should hang off?

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Look at a previous post, they have been going on for nearly a year in the ASUS motherboard with the INTEL chipset. http://usa.asus.com/products/mb/sock...p/overview.htm
But if you are an AMD guy, well you'll have to wait!
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