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Upgrading My System (trying)


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Chris28456

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I currently have a working mediocre computer, but i want more from it i want to upgrade it to improve its overall and gaming performance. I really don't know much about the compatability to confidentially buy parts. Any help will be much appreciated
My current (detailed) set-up is:

Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OS Service Pack Service Pack 3

Motherboard
CPU Type Intel Pentium 4A, 2800 MHz (5.25 x 533)
Motherboard Name MSI 850E Max (MS-6545 v2.0) (4 PCI, 1 AGP, 1 CNR, 4 RIMM, Audio)
Motherboard Chipset Intel Tehama i850E
System Memory 1024 MB (RDRAM)
BIOS Type Award (08/16/02)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM2)
Communication Port Printer Port (LPT1)

Motherboard Physical Info
CPU Sockets/Slots 1
Expansion Slots 4 PCI, 1 AGP, 1 CNR
RAM Slots 4 RIMM
Integrated Devices Audio
Form Factor ATX
Motherboard Size 240 mm x 300 mm
Motherboard Chipset i850E
Extra Features Fuzzy Logic 4

Motherboard Manufacturer
Company Name Micro-Star International
Product Information http://www.msi.com.t...ro_mbd_list.php

Display
Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4600 (Microsoft Corporation) (128 MB)
3D Accelerator nVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4600

Multimedia
Audio Adapter C-Media CMI8738 Audio Chip

Storage
Disk Drive Maxtor 90845D4 (8 GB, 5400 RPM, Ultra-ATA/33)
Disk Drive ST3120814A
Optical Drive ATAPI DVD D DH16D3P

Partitions
C: (NTFS) 114470 MB (94052 MB free)
D: (NTFS) 8054 MB (5904 MB free)

Memory Bus Properties
Bus Type Dual RDRAM
Bus Width 16-bit
Real Clock 400 MHz (DDR)
Effective Clock 800 MHz
Bandwidth 3200 MB/s

Chipset Properties
Motherboard Chipset Intel Tehama i850E
In-Order Queue Depth 8

Memory Slots
DRAM Slot #1 256 MB (RDRAM)
DRAM Slot #2 256 MB (RDRAM)
DRAM Slot #3 256 MB (RDRAM)
DRAM Slot #4 256 MB (RDRAM)

AGP Properties
AGP Version 2.00
AGP Status Enabled
AGP Aperture Size 64 MB
Supported AGP Speeds 1x, 2x, 4x
Current AGP Speed 4x
Fast-Write Supported, Enabled
Side Band Addressing Supported, Enabled

Chipset Manufacturer
Company Name Intel Corporation
Product Information http://www.intel.com...se/chipsets.htm

Sensor Properties
Sensor Type Winbond W83627HF
Sensor Access ISA 290h

Temperatures
Motherboard 32 C (90 F)
CPU 48 C (118 F)

Cooling Fans
CPU 3245 RPM
Chassis 1962 RPM
Power Supply 3444 RPM

Voltage Values
CPU Core 1.46 V
CPU Aux 1.84 V
+3.3 V 2.83 V
+5 V 5.11 V
+12 V 12.28 V
-12 V -12.20 V
-5 V -5.50 V
+5 V Standby 5.04 V
VBAT Battery 3.02 V

Edited by Chris28456, 16 November 2008 - 03:19 AM.

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Realistically the computer's about six or seven years old. Therefore upgrade wise it's not worth it. You'll do better to replace the entire lot rather than throw good money after bad.
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any recomendations for a good set-up i wanted to get either a inter core duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2 for a proccessor (search for a mobo after) any thoughts about these?
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Yes plenty of thoughts, the Core 2 Duo processors are great, you can pick up an E8400 for a decent price these days.

How much are you looking to budget for this?

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dont really have a budget i'm just trying to get the best parts for my needs cost i'll worry about later
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So you want this for gaming? What games do you play?
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yeah, not so much me gaming its for my gf who plays Sims2, soon Sims3, WoW, Spore, and i want to explore some pc games too(just not at the moment) but i want to build a comp that will be able to support the more graphically demanding games so that when i get them it will be worth while.Don't want to have to play a pixelated, blured edge game that runs slow. (if you know what i mean)
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I suggest you start worrying about cost now, as the new i7 Intels are out, performance is great, but so is cost. You could build a wicked system for around the $2000 mark or a bit less, otherwise you're looking at a Core 2 system.

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well in that case i dont have a definate strict budget but i would't wanna go that all out (at least not yet) overall is a AMD Athlon 64 X2 good for gaming
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