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Budget Woes, but need to upgrade current Socket 754 System

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July 11, 2006 11:42:09 PM

Hi All,

Here are my current specs:

AMD Athlon 64 2800+ (S0cket 754)
1.5 GB Crucial Memory
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro
MSI K8N Neo Platinum (MS_7030)
Antec Tru Power II PSU
160 GB SATA

I have a next to nothing budget, so wont be able to get a new rig. I'm hoping to upgrade this just enough to last me anohter 12-18 months.

Here are a couple of things that I'm considering:

Upgrade the Proc to the AMD 64 3700+, ebay around $150

Graphics card, up for options here, but looking at the ATI Radeon x800XL, the refurb one they have avail on there site ($119) although seriously considering an upgrade to the 7800 GS AGP.

Would the proc be too much of a bottleneck? Should I go with 6800 (one of the varieties). I know that this system is old, but I wont have the cash for a major upgrade for at least another year.

Budget: 300-400.

Thanks!

Jim
July 12, 2006 12:21:57 AM

Quote:
Hi All,

Here are my current specs:

AMD Athlon 64 2800+ (S0cket 754)
1.5 GB Crucial Memory
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro
MSI K8N Neo Platinum (MS_7030)
Antec Tru Power II PSU
160 GB SATA

I have a next to nothing budget, so wont be able to get a new rig. I'm hoping to upgrade this just enough to last me anohter 12-18 months.

Here are a couple of things that I'm considering:

Upgrade the Proc to the AMD 64 3700+, ebay around $150

Graphics card, up for options here, but looking at the ATI Radeon x800XL, the refurb one they have avail on there site ($119) although seriously considering an upgrade to the 7800 GS AGP.

Would the proc be too much of a bottleneck? Should I go with 6800 (one of the varieties). I know that this system is old, but I wont have the cash for a major upgrade for at least another year.

Budget: 300-400.

Thanks!

Jim


Get 'ya one of these.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

And two of these.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

And use all the rest of your stuff including your processor. Barely 300 skins. Voila.
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