Hand me down system upgrade

My 13 year old is building his new gaming system this week and is passing down his 5+ year old P4T-E system to his 8 year old sister.
System has 2.4 CPU, 1 GB samsung PC800 ram, Visiontek Xtasy everything 5564 and Audigy Platinum sound. This system works great but will not run the games my 13 year old wants to play or at least not well, so I am told. I picked up a new 19 inch Samsung 2ms LCD, wireless keyboard and mouse, 5.1 speakers and she will keep the DVD and CD writer from her old system and 2005 XP MCE OS. She will also keep her MCE TV card if I can get her an upgrade for the video card.

Can I still buy upgrades for this old of a system and if so what can I still buy new or used if I must.

Please help if you can I know it is old but with 6 kids and 6 systems we need to use hand me downs around here.
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  1. Probably upgrading the video card would help the most for games. If the hdd isn't 7200 rpm, I'd upgrade that as well. I've done a number of hand me down upgrades for grandkids and usually put in 1GB of RAM, which you have, a 7200 hdd, and a newer video card depending on how old the computer is. It really doesn't make sense to upgrade the CPU on an old machine most of the time. Being 8 she isn't likely to be running high end games, she will spend most of her time on myspace. :D
  2. I think you have it exactly right. I will get a nice big seagate at 7200 but what is the best video card I can get for a P4T-E motherboard?
  3. It would take an AGP card, not sure if it's 4x or 8x, mostly 8x. Haven't looked at AGP cards for a while put would put a very expensive card in given she won't be doing hard core gaming. Check out newegg and do a power search for AGP video cards and look at some of the reveiws.
  4. What kind of budget do you have for the video card? You should be fine getting a 7600 GS or x1650 pro; which will run ~$100. If you don't have that budget, an old Radeon 9600 Pro will be a major upgrade from what you have, and will only cost ~$45.
  5. Is that a Soyo board? If so, it's a 4x/8x mb. If you're willing to spend a stone this is a pretty good card for the $$, with decent performance:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130076

    If you prefer ATI, for the same dig you can get a X1650Pro card:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814241040

    Hey g-paw, haven't seen you on here for a while (or maybe it's me that hasn't been on in a bit) -- good to see your sig show up.
  6. The M/B is an Asus P4T-E it was a very hot board back in late 2002 when my son built it. Price is no big deal she is saving me a lot by using big brothers system. The book says it is an AGP PRO slot 4x I don't care about ATI or NVIDIA but I see her 3 older brothers have gone NVIDIA crazy with the oldest 13 installing 2 of their cards today and my 11 year old building his system here in my office with a Cool Master 830 NVIDIA edition Case. My God his case is huge all green and black He is taking all the inside aluminum apart today so I can take it to the anodizer in the morning so the inside will be the same green as the screen's and logo's
  7. I think this would be a great video card.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130076

    But if you want to go "high end" which in my opinion is kind of pointless unless she plays those 50-60$ pc games at the store. Then you should buy this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161069
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    But if you want to go "high end" which in my opinion is kind of pointless unless she plays those 50-60$ pc games at the store. Then you should buy this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161069
    Agree; that would have been my first recommendation, but it seemed a little much for the system. This one would require an update on the psu, more than likely, as well.
  9. The power supply from 2002 is an Enermax Whisper 350W
  10. The Eremax line are good PSUs. The Whisper II is listed as a Tier 3 PSU but I think it will still will run your system fine.
  11. Quote:
    But if you want to go "high end" which in my opinion is kind of pointless unless she plays those 50-60$ pc games at the store. Then you should buy this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161069
    Agree; that would have been my first recommendation, but it seemed a little much for the system. This one would require an update on the psu, more than likely, as well.

    This card seems kind of steep for a 13 year old on a machine this old. Personally I wouldn't go more than $100 if that
  12. For an 8 year old, running a P4 2.4, I think I'd try to find a 9800 PRO or similar. A good used one can be had for ~$50 if you're careful.

    Just my $.02 worth...
  13. see my first post, that's what I said:

    Quote:
    QFT
  14. Quote:
    see my first post, that's what I said:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130076

    If you prefer ATI, for the same dig you can get a X1650Pro card:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814241040
    QFT

    Agreed.
  15. Quote:
    see my first post, that's what I said:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130076

    If you prefer ATI, for the same dig you can get a X1650Pro card:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814241040
    QFT

    Sorry, missed that. QFT?
  16. Get a 7600gs agp video card.This card will play just about any game out there and it is a great deal for price/performance.There are a few varieties out there,you want one that has 256megz of ddr2 memory,not just ddr.The one with just ddr only runs memory at 500mhz.whereas the ddr2 version runs at 800mhz.So you want an evga 7600gs with 256megs of ddr2 memory.Goodluck.

    Dahak

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    Sorry, missed that. QFT?



    QFT: "Quoted For Truth"
  18. Thanks
  19. Thank you all for the help I ordered the EVGA 7600GS card from Newegg I should have her up and running by Friday Thanks again to you all.
  20. No prob g-paw -- we gray panthers gotta stick together. QFT=quoted for truth. Cheers, MM
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    No prob g-paw -- we gray panthers gotta stick together. QFT=quoted for truth. Cheers, MM


    I think we need to start a gray geek sections of the gray panthers. :D
  22. Does going for the double nickle count for entance?
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    Does going for the double nickle count for entance?


    Absolutely, given the todays stereotype of a geek, probably over 40 might qualify so as a double nickel you're definitely a senior member
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    Cool Master 830 NVIDIA edition Case. My God his case is huge all green and black He is taking all the inside aluminum apart today so I can take it to the anodizer in the morning so the inside will be the same green as the screen's and logo's


    plz oh plz plz plz can i see a picture of that :D
  25. Just wanted to add that you get my vote for the COOLEST dad award. 13 and he gets a Cool Master custom colored and a pair of Nvidia cards (I'll assume a flavor of 8800's??) Tell your son to read this:

    Take a minute to realize how cool your dad is and how fortunate you are to have him!!!
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    Does going for the double nickle count for entance?


    Absolutely, given the todays stereotype of a geek, probably over 40 might qualify so as a double nickel you're definitely a senior member Hey when AARP starts sending you stuff at 49, abosolutely. We could call ourselves G² (grey x geek). Cheers, MM

    edit: In fact, those of us that ARE grandpas could be G³ -- way cool.
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