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February 7, 2006 10:01:29 PM

I have a Gigabyte Nforce2 or 3??? Mobo with a Athlon XP 2700
ColorPower ATI 9700 Pro 256MB
1GB OCZ Platinum Ram (2x 512 0f course) cas 2
120GB WD 8MB cashe IDE Drive
OCsystems Aluminum Case
A 500w PS Ennermax or some name brand I forget.

I want to upgrade and have two machines that will be game capable. I know the present system is getting really long in the tooth for that but alot of my gaming is MMORPG's and some 1st Person shooters.

Can I do this realistically on $1,000-1,500 Bucks if I have a few parts around the house like a case and 512 MB of OCZ ram and a 20GB HD to use?

Or do I just get the parts and build a new one altogether?

I want the new machine to have the essentials but, it doesn't need to be top of the line. [/b]
February 7, 2006 10:14:24 PM

Go ahead and use some of your parts that you have lying around. Just make sure that they are not too obsolete. Also I would recommend more ram then that 512. Hell If I were you I would by myself a new mobo w/ processor and grab a new vid card too. Nvidia of course 8). Then you should be pretty much set with your old gear and your spare parts.
February 8, 2006 1:28:22 AM

who remembers the buddy card? wonder if they still make them somewhere?
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February 8, 2006 1:35:24 AM

For the new PC that you will use, you can re-use all of these components:
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1GB OCZ Platinum Ram (2x 512 0f course) cas 2
120GB WD 8MB cashe IDE Drive
OCsystems Aluminum Case
A 500w PS Ennermax or some name brand I forget.


But I would definately suggest a new vid-card, proc, and mobo.

As for the 2nd computer, just put the old card in there and make sure the case is cooled nicely so you can overclock it to its maximum. But you will have to buy all new parts for the second one i guess, especially if you want the RAM to run in dual-channel.
February 8, 2006 10:52:54 AM

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I have a Gigabyte Nforce2 or 3??? Mobo with a Athlon XP 2700
ColorPower ATI 9700 Pro 256MB
1GB OCZ Platinum Ram (2x 512 0f course) cas 2
120GB WD 8MB cashe IDE Drive
OCsystems Aluminum Case
A 500w PS Ennermax or some name brand I forget.

I want to upgrade and have two machines that will be game capable. I know the present system is getting really long in the tooth for that but alot of my gaming is MMORPG's and some 1st Person shooters.

Can I do this realistically on $1,000-1,500 Bucks if I have a few parts around the house like a case and 512 MB of OCZ ram and a 20GB HD to use?

Or do I just get the parts and build a new one altogether?

I want the new machine to have the essentials but, it doesn't need to be top of the line.
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for $1000-1500 you could make a new rig put like a 7800gt in that system. just give your girl friend your old comp and make a new one for yourself.
February 8, 2006 7:03:15 PM

Check out the "General Homebuilt" board here. There's a lot of threads in there exactly like yours and you can find lots of good ideas there for good systems.
February 8, 2006 7:22:55 PM

Dude... you could build urself a new system w/ a 7800GTX or x1800/1900 easily w/ $1000-1500. (it would have to be an AMD Socket 939 based system if you want to use ur OCZ DDR RAM)

The only things you really need are:

new motherboard
new processor
new video card

Everything else you have is top notch.

-mpjesse
February 8, 2006 7:55:14 PM

you could just go and get a system for 500 bux each
proc amd sempron 3000=86
mobo biostar tforce 6100=73
ram corsair value select 512 ddr 400=44
videocard sapphire x1600 pro=134
hardrive hitachi 80gb sata3.0=58
case foxconn tlm487=46
optical drive samsung black dvd/cd-rw combo drive=33
for one eqauls 474$x2=948
windows you only need one copy=95
grand total 1043 no speakers,monitor,keyboard or mouse.
(all prices newegg)
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February 8, 2006 8:40:14 PM

hmm you know if I was you I would just get a ATI GT0 or 800, 850 AGP card in that old machine (200-300$ for AGP video card if you can find a 7800gs for $300 or less that I would for it). Then spend the rest of the money for a new PC.

If you buget $1500, spend say $300 for video card upgrade (you will see almost double FPS that you probably getting with your 9700 if you get one of the card series I mentioned) then that will leave you with 1200 witch is more than enough (not sure if you will need to buy monitor/keyboard/mouse but those should be more than $200ish combined unless you go for a flatscreen).
February 8, 2006 8:42:13 PM

i agree with jessie but, if ur building 2 computers, get a cheaper video card and processor, spend the rest on the 2nd system... since 6800gs/x800gto2 are one of the best price/performance right now, id consider that, and for around 200 bux u cant go wrong... get an amd3200 and an nforce4 mobo (non-sli to save cash) the total for that 1 setup would be less than 500 if i remeber the prices right :p  then the next comp take that ozc memory, get another stick of it which will prob be around 60 bux, get an amd64 3200 (220?), 160gb hd (usually cheaper than 120gb for some reason, prob around 80 bux on newegg) nforce4 mobo (70), drives (40), cheap case(30), decent psu(70) and a 7800gt if u can muster up enough cash, otherwise like i said for the other system a 6800gs or x800gto2, make sure its a gto2 i believe there guarenteed to unlock all 16 pipelines. both those systems would be "gaming worthy" and will run every game out there on high/medium settings (depending on how high u want ur fps, personally i sacrifice some graphics for a higher fps since i play shooters) all that can be had for 1400... also if u find a lil extra cash a 7800gt for the 1st system would also be a nice idea, u can find them for as low as 270...
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