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December 14, 2003 10:46:20 PM

Well, i've got around a 4-500 dollar budget and i want to get some kind of upgrade for my computer. Even a completly new mobo or processor is not out of the question, any kind of upgrade. Heres my specs as of now.

2X MP +2000
geforce 4 ti4600
512 ram 2100

I'm looking for over all functionallity as well as performance in games such as cs, halo, doom3, hl2, and SWG. Is there anything i can get that will significantly boost my performance for my price range?


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December 14, 2003 11:10:13 PM

I would say ATI 9800Pro..
You can trade ANY card in to ATI and get a 50 dollar rebate off of either of the cards.
250 for a ATI9800pro 128 with free shipping..

You're going to see more of a gain from the video card than having a faster cpu.

p4 2.8 533fsb
intel mobo
1gb rdram pc 800
radeon9800 pro
120gb seagate s-ata
December 15, 2003 2:13:15 PM

I would say a new VGA card AND a new motherboard. You will see quite a big improvement from going to an nForce 2 mobo, especially when it comes to upgrading in the future.

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December 15, 2003 3:13:29 PM

I would agree that the single biggest increase can be had from purchasing a new Graphics Card.

I would stick with the ATI Radeon 9600 series, or maybe even pro, because the price/performance ratio I think is better than the ATI Radeon 9800.

If you wanted to upgrate the whole lot!
Motherboard A7N8X-Deluxe 149
Athlon XP 2600 119
RAM 2 Sticks 256mb 120
Radeon 9600 128mb RAM 130

Total 518

These prices should all be a bit on the high side. (Depending on where you shop.)

You could, in fact, even use your current slower memory and see a substantial performance boost! Although the faster memory would be advisable.

Often I just buy PC2700 memory, as I don't think there is much of a difference between that and the PC3200. That would save some too.

That's my 2 cents.....
December 15, 2003 3:33:19 PM

forget the 9600 and go with the 9800pro...
December 15, 2003 3:53:13 PM

More RAM and a 9800Pro...

Damn Rambus.