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Should I just buy a New PC or do a upgrade?

Total: 25 votes

  • New PC
  • 56 %
  • Upgrade
  • 44 %
October 31, 2006 5:19:06 PM

Right now I am running a 2400+ XP and a R9700 pro (8x agp) and I only have 512 ram (I will probly also be bumping up my ram) I don't want to spend to much money as I just want to bump the comp up enough to play some newer games until I see something that will make me go and buy a new computer (the C2D are almost doing but I don't hav 1k to spend right now) so I can spend like up to $200 and maby even $300 if the card is really up to par with the PCIe cards at the same price.

Thank you for your time

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October 31, 2006 5:23:53 PM

Just to let you know I can play Oblivion and all the new games that are out right now but I don't think I will be able to play anything thats going to come out in 2007? I just hope I don't have to drop 1k right now to play the soon to come games :p .
October 31, 2006 6:33:03 PM

It would be wise to invest into a new computer, 1k sounds nice. If you got 200 bucks to spend, work around with this. Up your ram from 512 to 1GB(meaning buy another 512 stick of ram) and AGP wise, Id go with this, but i have no idea what powersupply your currently using? Anyways, here is a pretty decent AGP card. Also state your powersupply, powersupply wattage, and amperage per rail if possible. And the rest of your specs too. Helps out a lot in the long run.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
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October 31, 2006 6:36:07 PM

Yes, what you said.

To the OP: As long as you have a sufficient PSU, that X850pro is currently IMO the best bang for your AGP buck.
October 31, 2006 6:41:54 PM

I have a PSU of 450 so I think that should handle it.
October 31, 2006 6:43:20 PM

Yes.
October 31, 2006 6:56:30 PM

Quote:
It would be wise to invest into a new computer, 1k sounds nice. If you got 200 bucks to spend, work around with this. Up your ram from 512 to 1GB(meaning buy another 512 stick of ram) and AGP wise, Id go with this, but i have no idea what powersupply your currently using? Anyways, here is a pretty decent AGP card. Also state your powersupply, powersupply wattage, and amperage per rail if possible. And the rest of your specs too. Helps out a lot in the long run.


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


Ok my full specs are

2400+ XP
A7n8x Delux mother board (only 3 ram slots 2 used with 256)
Power supply is 450 watt I dont know the amperage per rail
512 (pc 2100 ram) (crappy ram so I might just buy 2 new 512 sticks)
r9700 pro

(anything else? I cant think of anything else that would be of use to you guys)

Thanks a ton for you help so far I think I might get the X850pro but I want to make sure that its worth the money or if I should just wait and save up 1k (which could take me 4+ months) or I could get the card next month :)  I also do plan to buy a computer if I do upgrade but then I would wait 7+ months or so
October 31, 2006 7:14:10 PM

With only $200 to spend, go with what everyone else said and get the X850Pro while it's still available for cheap.
My brother recently got it to revive an old 3Ghz p4 system and loves the difference on his games.
October 31, 2006 7:22:45 PM

Yeah I can play games right now but I feel the lag how ever I really want one of the dual core processors as mine is starting to lag behind and I use alot of multi tasking even when I play games so I want to be able to multi task smothly but for 140$ I will probly just grab that card so that I can play my games smother
October 31, 2006 7:24:45 PM

PowerColor is coming out with an X1950Pro pretty soon for around $250 so you might want to hold out for a bit. That will buy you a year or two. I would upgrade to 1GB of mem and that X1950 for around $300. You'll get another year out of your system at least.
October 31, 2006 7:31:43 PM

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PowerColor is coming out with an X1950Pro pretty soon for around $250 so you might want to hold out for a bit. That will buy you a year or two. I would upgrade to 1GB of mem and that X1950 for around $300. You'll get another year out of your system at least.


What about my processor? I don't think it will hold up past 1 year (if Im really really lucky)
October 31, 2006 7:36:53 PM

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I would upgrade to 1GB of mem and that X1950 for around $300.


While it might make sense to spend $140 on a video upgrade and maybe even spend a few more $ on another 512Mb of ram to total about $200, it really wouldn't make sense to spend much more. Hell, if he's going to spend $300 on upgrades, why not just advise him to spend $100 more on a cheap dual core upgrade for around $400.
You've got to draw the line somewhere on spending money to upgrade an aging system.
October 31, 2006 7:43:07 PM

I agree. More RAM, and that $136 X850pro has got my vote. This would be a huge upgrade for you.
October 31, 2006 7:49:15 PM

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I agree. More RAM, and that $136 X850pro has got my vote. This would be a huge upgrade for you.


ditto to what he said. :) 
October 31, 2006 8:14:03 PM

where can I get a benchie for the X850 pro I see the TX version is that the same thing?
October 31, 2006 8:50:16 PM

I personally won't get ANY AGP card now-days.
You can get a new Mobo + PCI-E card for the same price as a good AGP card (such as the 7800 GS).
I have a Pentium 4 Prescott with a 7800 GS. Its about as fast I can get without getting new everything.
October 31, 2006 8:57:16 PM

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I agree. More RAM, and that $136 X850pro has got my vote. This would be a huge upgrade for you.

Yes, but it could be wiser to grind out couple of months and save up for a whole new system.
October 31, 2006 9:01:49 PM

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I personally won't get ANY AGP card now-days.
You can get a new Mobo + PCI-E card for the same price as a good AGP card (such as the 7800 GS).
I have a Pentium 4 Prescott with a 7800 GS. Its about as fast I can get without getting new everything.


My only problem is that I wouldn't be able to just buy a new Mobo + PCI-E Card I would have to buy a new CPU along with that and probly have to pick up DDR2 so thats new expenive ram.


So if I buy all that I might as well get a new case and some new hardrives and disk drives so that I can have two computers so if I upgrade I would just do my graphics card and maby buy some more ram.

I might even upgrade the proc. however I would have to find an old XP for really cheap!
October 31, 2006 9:30:10 PM

I want to just buy a new computer (my wife says I should wait and just save up) but there are two things I am worried about.

1: If I buy a new computer instead of upgrading I not be able to as easly upgrad my current computer after I buy the new one (it would be nice to have 2 computers that can run new games)

2: And this is the really problem as once I have my new computer Im sure I won't care as much about upgrading my old one for friends to use. But CAN I MAKE IT WITH MY CRAPPY COMPUTER!

But really that comes down to what the new games are like in the next 5 months

I just hope I can play the new Star Trek game with out lag and if so I think I will just get a new computer but if Im lagging Im just going to spend the $200 and upgrade and then buy the new comp in 7months or so
October 31, 2006 10:30:45 PM

If your tight on cash now. Don't bother upgrading AGP. Just try to lower screensizes until things are playable. I think you have a plan to get new everything sometime later.
October 31, 2006 11:22:59 PM

Get a new pc and donate your old one to a worthy cause. Maybe even get a tax write off. :wink:
November 3, 2006 12:08:55 PM

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Ok my full specs are

2400+ XP
A7n8x Delux mother board (only 3 ram slots 2 used with 256)
Power supply is 450 watt I dont know the amperage per rail
512 (pc 2100 ram) (crappy ram so I might just buy 2 new 512 sticks)
r9700 pro


I can comfort you a bit by saying that you should be able to play NWN 2 on medium graphic settings at 1024x768 on that kind of system. In the most demanding situations you'd have to turn resolution down to 800x600 for the game still to run smoothly. Doom 3 and Quake 4 should run smoothly at high visual settings even at 1280x1024. I have 2400+ XP, 1Gb RAM, Radeon 9700 (not Pro). :) 
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