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PC '04 to '06 Upgrading Parts - Advice Appreciated

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July 23, 2006 7:51:43 AM

I’d like to start off by expressing my sincere appreciation of those who post here for providing such a valuable service. Such adept people providing their technical expertise truly make the world a better place and are a blessing to less techy people such as myself.

A friend built my computer for us two years ago and much has changed in those seven hundred and twenty days. Below you will find a listing of the components that currently make it up along with a link to the technical specs for convince.

Now money is very tight and computers are even more complex than they were two years ago. It is essential that we are able to have identified the critical parts of our computer that, when upgraded, will give the best price to performance ratio.

I am eternally grateful if you wouldn’t mind pointing out what should be upgraded to what and why. We simply can’t afford to purchase more than $900, at an absolute maximum, worth of computer bits and thus I will be relying on your expert guidance so that each cent reaches its maximum potential in enhancing our computer.

Thank you.

Sincerely Yours,
AiStouth


Current computer configuration with tech specs linked:
-prices are what was paid for the parts in 04

PSU: (this is included in case I believe)

CASE: CASE ANTEC|Sever Tower SLK1600 ($46)
http://www.advpc.com/acatalog/info_CAMDTAN03.html

CPU: P4 2.8 GHz 800M 478P/1MB HT RT($185)
Couldn’t find a link to the exact model.

MOBO: Shuttle AB60N 865PE Motherboard ($85)
http://www.epinions.com/pr-SHUTTLE_AB60N_INTEL_865PE_CH...

RAM: 2x DDRAM 512M|PC-3200 991093 MUSHKIN R ($200)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

GPU: BFG Technologies Asylum GeForce FX 5950 Ultra Video Card ($395)
http://www.amdzone.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Sect...

HD: 160 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 Plus ($60)]
http://www.seagate.com/cda/products/discsales/marketing...


I had this computer built in 04 for $1,200 ( $250 for a 300GB Maxtor originally, later upgraded to the Seagate). Amazing how fast computers devalue, the hard drive alone depreciated at a rate of $1.5 a week!

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July 23, 2006 8:17:27 AM

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I’d like to start off by expressing my sincere appreciation of those who post here for providing such a valuable service. Such adept people providing their technical expertise truly make the world a better place and are a blessing to less techy people such as myself.

A friend built my computer for us two years ago and much has changed in those seven hundred and twenty days. Below you will find a listing of the components that currently make it up along with a link to the technical specs for convince.

Now money is very tight and computers are even more complex than they were two years ago. It is essential that we are able to have identified the critical parts of our computer that, when upgraded, will give the best price to performance ratio.

I am eternally grateful if you wouldn’t mind pointing out what should be upgraded to what and why. We simply can’t afford to purchase more than $900, at an absolute maximum, worth of computer bits and thus I will be relying on your expert guidance so that each cent reaches its maximum potential in enhancing our computer.

Thank you.

Sincerely Yours,
AiStouth


Current computer configuration with tech specs linked:
-prices are what was paid for the parts in 04

PSU: (this is included in case I believe)

CASE: CASE ANTEC|Sever Tower SLK1600 ($46)
http://www.advpc.com/acatalog/info_CAMDTAN03.html

CPU: P4 2.8 GHz 800M 478P/1MB HT RT($185)
Couldn’t find a link to the exact model.

MOBO: Shuttle AB60N 865PE Motherboard ($85)
http://www.epinions.com/pr-SHUTTLE_AB60N_INTEL_865PE_CH...

RAM: 2x DDRAM 512M|PC-3200 991093 MUSHKIN R ($200)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

GPU: BFG Technologies Asylum GeForce FX 5950 Ultra Video Card ($395)
http://www.amdzone.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Sect...

HD: 160 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 Plus ($60)]
http://www.seagate.com/cda/products/discsales/marketing...


I had this computer built in 04 for $1,200 ( $250 for a 300GB Maxtor originally, later upgraded to the Seagate). Amazing how fast computers devalue, the hard drive alone depreciated at a rate of $1.5 a week!


I would leave your computer the way it is and use the $900 to build a completely new system. The system you have will always be a p4 socket 478. I'm sure someone has suggestions for a new, faster up to date system for under 1k. I own a 5950 Ultra. Nice card in it's day.
July 23, 2006 9:49:04 AM

I agree with badge, building a completely new system would be a better idea.... I would have suggested going with a Conroe system, but after drawing up a few lists, it would either be over budget, or you would have to settle for low end supporting hardware, and have to end up throwing more money into the system to get better stuff later.

Here are my suggestions:

CPU: AMD Athlon X2 4000+ <---- This seems high right now, but AMD is implementing massive price cuts on all of their CPU's to compete with Intel's Core 2 Duo chips that are coming out tomorrow. Looking at the chart of the expected cuts from a recent THG article, I would say this chip is going to drop to about $200

Mobo: Asus M2N-E

RAM: Corsair XMS2 1GB (2 x 512MB) DDR2-800

Video Card: eVGA Geforce 7600GT

Power Supply: Antec Truepower 480W

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB SATA2 <---- you can move your old drive over to the new system, but pick up this drive, format and install an operating system to it, then move all of the data you want to keep from the old drive. Use the old drive for extra storage.

Total before taxes and shipping (before expected price cuts): $911.96
Total before taxes and shipping (after expected price cuts): $742.96
July 23, 2006 9:33:58 PM

You've left out a key piece of info: WHY do you want to upgrade/replace your PC?

If for gaming, then you will definitely have to get a new video board, which will likely require getting a new motherboard (for PCIe), which will require a new CPU and PS, and probably new RAM (DDR2).

If you just need more storage, add on an inexpensive 300GB hard drive ($75 for this one): http://shop3.outpost.com/product/4187703

If you just want better performance overall, up your RAM to 2GB for less than $100. Something like this: http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

As a stopgap video upgrade, you can spend $175 on a video card:
http://www.tomshardware.com/2006/06/14/radeon_x1600_pro...
but this money is probably better spent on a whole new system as mentioned above.
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