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Need help upgrading my computor


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modracer22

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I'm looking at upgrading my computor since it's about 6 years old. I not very computor savy but was able to install a newer video card (AGP) and some more ram. I'm thinking I need about everything. I did upgrade to a 500 watt p/s but thinking it's not enough. I do game a lot even at the old age of 42 I still enjoy it. My question is I've been on neww-egg and tiger direct but don't have a clue what I'm looking for. I'm looking at spending about $600 for upgrades and going to keep my old hard drive it's 250 gig and windows xp which I like. My current card is Nvidia GeForce 7800gs and I have a Intel Pentium 4, 2600 MHz processor. I don't know what are the better brands to look for. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Neil Jones

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A six year old computer isn't worth upgrading at all.
You'll do better to replace the entire lot.
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I know but don't want to switch from windows xp and don't want to loose all my saved files. I looked at trying to find a cpu minus OS and hard drive but unable to locate one. Again thanks for any help.

Edited by modracer22, 29 November 2009 - 12:33 PM.

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I was able to install a newer video card (AGP) and some more ram. (How much ram do you have? What speed?)
My current card is Nvidia GeForce 7800gs (the newer one? so, not replacing?)
I did upgrade to a 500 watt p/s but thinking it's not enough. (what are you experiencing? Have you added up the wattage demands of your components? If you don't have too many power-hogs, you may be ok with this.)

I still enjoy my old hard drive it's 250 gig and windows xp. (do you store a lot on your HDD? How much space is still free?)
I have a Intel Pentium 4, 2600 MHz processor. (what socket type?)

(I've asked questions within your modified quote above)

I built my PC 4yrs ago & just ordered parts to upgrade. One thing I ran into was that the socket on my MB doesn't support the newer/better CPUs. You may be in luck. I believe Intel continues to use some of the same sockets with newer CPUs.
If your socket is too old, you may be in my boat. I needed a new MB to support a new CPU, and new RAM to fit the pins on the new MB...and, I needed a new video card with PCI connection. I probably could've shopped for a MB with new CPU socket type & older RAM and video card slots. But, I want this upgrade to last at least 3 more years...so I bit the bullet. For now my 200Gb HDD is fine (I also have an external HDD). I may need to upgrade that or add another in a year though.
I can't help much with the video card. I video edit & use my PC as a dvr. I don't game on my PC.

Edited by msujedi, 03 December 2009 - 11:47 PM.

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If you want to spend $600 on upgrade, I would rather recommend that you buy a new comp for $600 it would be much better option and you would have much faster comp.
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