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Upgrade help, need experts here please.

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a b V Motherboard
March 24, 2001 9:18:18 PM

Well, it is that time of the year again (6 months to be exact) and I need some suggestions and feedback on potential upgrades.

Right now I am sporting an Athlon 800 Mhz, Abit KA7 mobo with 256megs of generic ram, Voodoo 5 5500, WD 30gig HD (7200 rpm), Sound Blaster Live Value (replaced with Plantronics DSP-500 Headset USB Audio, no Sound Card requird).

Now, some of you might gawk at the post and say "it's not time to upgrade", if this is true, then others will back that theory.

For those of you still with this post and would like to comment, let me throw out some suggestions and see where they go.

Athlong 1.2 or 1.33 ghz (266fsb)
No clue on the mobo
No clue on memory (DDR, SDRAM, etc) I do know that I want at least 256-384megs.
GeForce III or GeForce II Ultra.

Please help a fellow gamer/hardware junkie out in the upgrade department! Thanks ahead of time.

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March 25, 2001 1:43:34 AM

I guess it depends on your budget and your need. I suggest holding out on the system upgrade until Palomino is available. If you are dying for a video card upgrade go for it. It will still work later.

Too early for Geforce 3. Ultras are still overpriced plus I think the GTS or PRO is enough for resolutions up to and including 1280x1024. In my opinion, you would need at least an Ultra for 1600x1200 but as someone else pointed out to me, you need something like a 24" display for this.

just my 2 cents...
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
March 25, 2001 4:07:25 AM

as phsstpok said, wait for Palomino (next amd cpu). Also, wait for the next card that comes after the geforce3.
March 26, 2001 4:23:04 AM

Good suggestions from the others. But as you said, itis time to upgrade.
I will have this in two weeks:
Price Item
$213 1.2 GHz Athlon C CPU
$183 Asus A7M266 Motherboard
$255 Hercules 3D Prophet II GTS Pro
$185 256 MB PC2100 DDR RAM
$15 Cooler Master DP5-6H11 CPU fan
$74 Antec SX830 case
$85 SoundBlaster Live! X-Gamer 5.1
$196 DTT2500 Digital Speakers System
$32 3COM Etherlink 10/100 PCI NIC
$130 HP 9350i CD-R/W
$137 WD400BB 40GB Hard Drive
$220 KDS AV-7TF monitor

Be sure to check www.pricewatch.com.


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