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Wanting a little advice on system: Upgrade or not?

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July 26, 2006 4:33:32 AM

Here is my current system I use for games:

AMD Athlon 64 2800+ Socket 754 Stock HSF non-OC
Abit KV8-Pro
OCZ EL 1GB (2 x 512MB) DDR 400 Dual Channel Kit
Sapphire Radeon X800 XT 256MB AGP
2 WD Raptor WD360GD RAID 0
1 WD Caviar SE WD1200JB
Chieftec Dragon Case Black
Antec TRUE480 480W PSU
LITE-ON Combo Drive SOHC-5232K
Sony Black 1.44 Floppy

Was considering upgrading a few parts with these

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ AM2
ASUS M2N-E
CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 Dual Channel Kit TWIN2X2048-6400C4
Connect3D Radeon X1900XT 512MB PCI-E
Antec P180 Silver

Also I can get the x1900xt for $289.99 after a $100 rebate.

I want to know If it is better to keep current system and just get a 24" LCD monitor OR upgrading and getting a 24" lcd. If its not really a big difference between the 2 Game performance wise then i'd rather save the money. Any advice on a good gaming lcd?

Adding a little more. I kinda want to get an Xbox 360. I might save money on system and get a bigger lcd instead. How much do good 30 in lcd's for gaming and xbox 360 go for?
July 26, 2006 4:44:03 AM

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Here is my current system:

AMD Athlon 64 2800+ Socket 754 Stock HSF non-OC
Abit KV8-Pro
OCZ EL 1GB (2 x 512MB) DDR 400 Dual Channel Kit
Sapphire Radeon X800 XT 256MB AGP
2 WD Raptor WD360GD RAID 0
1 WD Caviar SE WD1200JB
Chieftec Dragon Case Black
Antec TRUE480 480W PSU
LITE-ON Combo Drive SOHC-5232K
Sony Black 1.44 Floppy

This is what I was considering upgrading to

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ AM2
ASUS M2N-E
OCZ Gold 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 Dual Channel Kit
Sapphire Radeon X1800XT 256MB PCI-E
WD Raptor WD740ADFD
Antec P180 Silver
SeaSonic S12-500 500W Power Supply
LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner
Sony 1.44 Floppy

I want to know If it is better to keep current system and getting a 24 in LCD monitor or upgrading. Also thought about getting an Xbox 360 to play on monitor. Any real difference in games between the 2? Any advice on a good gaming lcd?


Couple things:

1) Asus AM2 + OCZ RAM = no go ... get Corsair XMS instead, make sure its CAS4

2) No point in getting another Raptor. The hard drives you have are fine already. If you are building a new system (replacing old one) get a 250GB SATA II drive.

Other than that looks like a decent upgrade to go dual core and play newer games. December will be the big upgrade when 65nm AMD chips are released.
July 26, 2006 5:34:55 AM

getting a new monitor would not help gaming performance. Upgrade first, then when you have enough money buy a new monitor.
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July 26, 2006 5:55:55 AM

Quote:
Here is my current system:

AMD Athlon 64 2800+ Socket 754 Stock HSF non-OC
Abit KV8-Pro
OCZ EL 1GB (2 x 512MB) DDR 400 Dual Channel Kit
Sapphire Radeon X800 XT 256MB AGP
2 WD Raptor WD360GD RAID 0
1 WD Caviar SE WD1200JB
Chieftec Dragon Case Black
Antec TRUE480 480W PSU
LITE-ON Combo Drive SOHC-5232K
Sony Black 1.44 Floppy

This is what I was considering upgrading to

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ AM2
ASUS M2N-E
OCZ Gold 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 Dual Channel Kit
Sapphire Radeon X1800XT 256MB PCI-E
WD Raptor WD740ADFD
Antec P180 Silver
SeaSonic S12-500 500W Power Supply
LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner
Sony 1.44 Floppy


I want to know If it is better to keep current system and getting a 24 in LCD monitor or upgrading. Also thought about getting an Xbox 360 to play on monitor. Any real difference in games between the 2? Any advice on a good gaming lcd?


All the items I bolded are good choices, but I'd change the others, or just wait untill the next line of video cards comes out, then upgrade. It won't be to long from now, a couple of months if you can hold out man.

Peace, and remember...GO CAPTION PLANET!!! :twisted:
July 26, 2006 8:49:59 PM

After posting on a few other forums. Im thinking about waiting a while and just keeping current system and getting a 20 inch lcd is probably a better choice. It would save me 1500 on system and 400 on lcd. And when I do upgrade i could just have 2 full computers and 2 lcd's.
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