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Upgrading 'Core' of system, final advice before purchase.

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January 30, 2006 9:49:41 AM

About a year ago, I brought a second hand PIII 800 off ebay, all I could afford at the time. I added to it, supplanting the 8 gig 5400rpm Fujitsu with a 80gig 7200rpm WD. Replaced the CD-ROM with a Lite-On 16x Dual Layer Burner, and than replaced the COmpaq P50 salvaged from a pentium I with a generic CRT that maxed out at 800x600, salvaged from a 486DX. Than replaced that with an LG L1717S 17" LCD at 1280x1024, figuring getting thicker glasses would be more expensive than the $300 I paid for the LCD. Oh yeah, when the PS2 ports broke about a week after I got it, I brought a USB-PS2 adapter, than later a Microsoft wireless keyboard that goes straight into USB. And when the onboard sound failed I stuck in a Creative Soundblaster Live 5.1 Digital. :p 

Anyways, the core of the system, the PIII-800 part, with 256mb RAM, a geforce 4MX and a PCI NIC hasnt been upgrading, and funnily enough is sort of limiting performance. Anyways, here is proposed upgrade, with links to manufacturer websites.

All Prices are in AUD:

VS1GBKIT400 1024mb DDR Ram PC3200 (2x512mb) Value Select Corsair ($139 - http://corsairmemory.com/corsair/valueselect.html (3rd from Top))

AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 64bit 2.0ghz Socket 939 ($249 - http://www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/ProductInformation/...)

ASUS A8N-VM CSM,GeForce 6150+nForce430,Dual VGA out(DVI-D&RGB),HD audio ($145 - http://au.asus.com/products4.aspx?l1=3&l2=15&l3=210&mod...)

Coolermaster Centurion 532 w/430w PSU ($129 - http://www.coolermaster.com/index.php?LT=english&Langua...)

Sorry about long links.
January 30, 2006 9:57:53 AM

i'd say ditch the case and mobo unless you really need the inegrated graphics, you could get a board with pci 16 and agp and then upgrade later. the venice core 3200 is only 160.00 on newegg.com i dont know where you buy from...case wise just get the 54 doller centurion and a 450 watt antec powersupply(the best) because bundled powesupply suck and will short your whole sytem, better to be safe than sorry :D  find a cheap mobo(the pci16 agp ones are like 60) and i think youve saved enough money to buy about a 175 doller graphics card. yay. Peace
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January 30, 2006 2:28:52 PM

What is it you do with your system?

For just surfing and e-mail, a P3-800 is really not that bad, limited mainly by the internet connection...

(I don't really notice any huge differences in e-mail/surf speed differences going from an Athlon 650 to a T-Bird 1200 to an A64/3500+ when all 3 are on cable modems... )
January 31, 2006 5:05:38 AM

Not here, buddy - All prices are in AUSTRALIAN Dollars,not your funny american ones - who would of thought of making money out of paper?

I cant use newegg, the board displayed is about the cheapest one that i can use NOW without having to pay for a graphics card right away. Good suggestion with AGP and PCI-E board, and I would do that except they havent been released here yet, not in findable volumes anyways.

Now, for surfing and email it isnt bad, but i frewuently run Corel Bryce 5, firefox, Macromedia Fireworks 6, Macromedia Dreamworks 6, itunes and MSN at the same time, as well as whatever else I need to bring up, usually word or notepad. I also use this machine for gaming, and at the moment I cant play Battlefield 2, Battlefield Vietnam (not a decent FPSa anyways) or Doom 3, and the games i can play are on 640x480 with no eye candy, which makes it look like lego on my LCD.

The bunded powersupply is a coolermaster one.

Thanks for help
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