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Gaming Computer Upgrades, I need advice Please!

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January 6, 2006 3:52:55 PM

My current computer is an

Athlon XP 2400 or so...
Asus Motherboard (333 Mhz )
1 Gig PC 2700 DDR (333 Mhz I think, or 400 not much more )
GeForce2 5500

The rest of the computer is really irrelevant.
SB Audigy
ATX Case
80G HDD ( Western Digital )

My real sights lie in the new PCI - Express Slot, so in conjunction I would like a new Video Card. However since I would be getting a new motherboard, it opens up a few more options...
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DDR2
Athlon 64 ( or if there is anything that has been running as good but is better as of lately )
or even a Dual Processor
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I've never played with RAID, nor Athlon 64. I know this can get expensive fast so ill draw my baseline as far as upgrades.

The Max i'm leaning towards spending up front is 600$, but If its a really good I will hold off and spend a bit more so not to exclude your suggestions if its a bit over.

My Main game is WoW, I know that doesnt take much Computer to play, or even play well... but as most computer builders know... You Upgrade so you wont have to for a while, especially those of us who dont make a lot of money.

Also, since we're at it, if you have any monitor preferences, i'm currently sporting the NEC 17' Flat Screen CRT.
January 6, 2006 4:10:12 PM

ahh 600$ will give you a pretty decent upgrade.
(my suggestion will be more for highend gaming/overclocking but its a real nice setup.)
AMD 64 3200+ 939 - 163$ (@newegg)
DFI Lanparty UT Ultra-D -130$ (@newegg)
Evga 7800GT - 299$ (@newegg)
1 Gig PC 2700 DDR (333 Mhz I think, or 400 not much more )
SB Audigy
ATX Case
80G HDD ( Western Digital )

Total:592+ shipping


Well thats considering you have a good powersupply like 450W MIN!! id buy a 500W from antec,OCZ,pc power and cooling, enermax.

This system would be pretty nice only thing thats Iffy is that ram but i kept it in your setup to save money.
January 6, 2006 4:22:25 PM

Don’t skimp on the PWR Supply, make sure you have <30A on a single or better yet dual +12V rail's. Anything less then $50 is probably junk.
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January 6, 2006 4:27:58 PM

I agree with these suggestions except I would upgrade the RAM as well if possible.

Get the best RAM you can afford - like Corsair XMS, OCZ, etc!

Make sure you get a Dual Channel kit.

Maybe you should consider an Opteron 1xx socket 939 if you can afford it.

Good Luck!
January 6, 2006 4:27:59 PM

Also I just upgraded over xmas and did RAID 0 (WD Caviar SE WD800JD 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM X 2 ) for $110 at newegg, gives you 160GB total and is fast.
January 7, 2006 8:11:29 AM

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Don’t skimp on the PWR Supply, make sure you have <30A on a single or better yet dual +12V rail's. Anything less then $50 is probably junk.


About 2 years ago my Power Supply blew, so I went ound and bought a 450W.
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