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February 17, 2004 2:47:57 AM

i currently use a tbird 950 on a kt133a(pure crap), pc133 256MB, 80gigs of HDD, radeon7200 32mb VGA. its good enough for my everyday use, including serfing the internet, word processing, and a bit of gaming(old games, based on DX 7.0)

everyone here seems to own a p4 or an athlon xp/64. do i need an upgrade?

"Is Celeron good?"
"No. Celeron is bad."
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February 17, 2004 3:39:23 AM

The only time you ever need to upgrade is when your computer no longer does what you want, or if for some reason you need to do it faster.
February 17, 2004 5:38:14 AM

We need them powerful stuff, because we lack a certain something in another department.

My system sucks donkey balls too, so I'm all good.

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February 17, 2004 11:11:40 AM

I think U definitely need an upgrade. Not that your PC isn't good enough for what U use it, but if one day U see a newer game that U like, U might be surprised that it may not work on your sys. It goes the same for programes, etc.
February 17, 2004 11:18:52 AM

Y do U use U so often?

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February 17, 2004 11:34:38 AM

As long as your system is doing what you need it to do, then you really don't need an upgrade, but if you're considering upgrading, check out the pricedrops that are now available to you, from the newer CPU's hitting the market.

If you are considering an upgrade take a serious look at the AMD XP line (preferably Barton Core with the larger L2 cache) or the established P4 line, (2.6 to 3.0Ghz), but my advice for now is to stay away from the 64bit CPU's, until the software catches up.




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February 17, 2004 11:42:05 AM

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Again, why wait for the software to catch up? You can use it <i>NOW</i> for <b>32</b> bit software.

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February 17, 2004 3:15:01 PM

Everyone PRETEND to have a KICK-ASS sytem! :smile:

My system :
Athlon 1800+ (OC to 2.0GHz - 2400+)
Asus A7N8X (non-deluxe)
2x256 Megs of Kingston DDR333 (2.5-3-3-7)
Radeon 8500LE 128 Megs (OC to GPU:275MHz and MEM:290MHz)
IBM DeskStar DTLA307030 (30 Gigs - primary HDD)
Western Digital WD600 (60 Gig - sec. HDD)

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February 17, 2004 6:42:13 PM

I do not see any reason for you to upgrade.

Look at my system:

Intel Celeron 500MHZ
256MB PC100 SDRAM
Intel 810 integrated graphic

It is not fast but gets the job done.
I am happy with this little baby.
February 17, 2004 7:17:26 PM

I had an Athlon 1600 standard system till COD came out. Thats when I upgraded and when I upgraded I go gold.

Barton 2500+ @ 2200mhz (10x220 vcore @ 1.8)
Asus A7N8X Dlx 440 FSB
1gb Geil GD pc3500 Dual Channel (2-3-3-6)
Segata 80gb SATA 8.5ms seek
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro(420/720)
February 17, 2004 7:36:37 PM

i would recomend that you hold off buying for as long as you can... if you computer does what its supposed to do then why fix whats not broke...but start saving now so you can get a good machine when you need it.

that being said... when you do need to buy software or a new game that will not work on your system. then buy a new machine... by then you'll likely have new latest technology(ie 64bit CPU, DX 9.0+ Vid cards...) and will be many years before needing to upgrade again.



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February 18, 2004 5:40:04 AM

I'm using a system that's roughly like that and it's dog slow compared to my system at home. I only notice the difference though since this HD is really old and I'm running at ATA66. That's what's really killing me.

It does the job of basic office tasks and I just had a great couple of hours playing UT, but if you really want to get stuff done and you want to play new games you need more memory, a better graphics card, and a 2Ghz or faster CPU.

From what you wrote you really don't need to upgrade. I'd only upgrade if you want to play newer games. Office tasks will fly on your machine. More memory couldn't hurt if you're using winXP though.

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February 18, 2004 7:32:29 AM

What model and revision is your board? Some kt133a boards support chips upto xp2600+ You may be able to get a pretty good perf boost for > $100.
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February 18, 2004 9:20:25 AM

Lacking something in another department would be time for me. I hate waiting hours for a movie to encode, especially when I need my PC for 3D modeling.

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February 18, 2004 11:47:39 AM

thx for all the feedback. i`m not considering another stick of RAM...SDRAM is just out of date. I`ll wait a bit more, then move on to a Barton with DDR400.

my mobo supports tbred 2400, will double my CPU speed. but without DDR ram, i`ve heard that it won`t give me much of a boost. i`m a bit reluctant to do a "crippled" upgraded.

man, i`d really like to try that SSE benchmark, my CPU doesn`t support SSE. too bad.

"Is Celeron good?"
"No. Celeron is bad."
LOL
February 18, 2004 12:49:28 PM

Since you have a crappy mobo, then you will surly benefit from the stability of nForce2 mobos. And you can easily overclock your CPU without unlocking multiplier in nForce2 mobo, because AGP/PCI bus is locked. PC133 to DDR/nForce2 will give good performance increase. So without upgrding CPU, you can get some performance increase if you go for nForce2. I recommend ABIT NF7-S v2.0. If you need extra features (better nForce APU+SoundStorm audio, S-ATA, RAID, Firewire), then consider buying ABIT NF7-S v2.0

512 MB RAM will be good. You can get 2 x 256 MB Kingston ValueRAM PC2700 CL2.5 for pretty cheap. You can sell your PC133. They sell at good price currently because they're harder to find.

If you have some money, then AXP 2400+ (retail) will be a good upgrade from T-bird 950.

If you need to upgrade graphics card, Radeon 9600 PRO/XT is available at $130/$150 and they're very good price/perfromance card.

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February 19, 2004 1:24:03 PM

Mine aren't exactly up to date. And I probably do more $$ earning work on mine then most people here.

BTW: My Cerelon is good.

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February 19, 2004 2:42:00 PM

tbirdXPlus, you can upgrade for the pleasure of a learning experience or to see some benchmarks increase, but I give my vote to continue with your config. As you say, it still works ok for what you are doing with it.

And as everybody says, upgrade when you buy some game/app that need more power (side note: what they say is recomended is in fact minimum setings, believe me!)

Oh, by the way: mine is an XP 1700+ with GF3, 512Mb DDR, Epox 8KHA+ (KT266A), about 2 years old. But before I was running with a K62+ 500, a lot more slower than yours!


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February 19, 2004 5:00:16 PM

I'm waiting for Doom3 to come out. I really want to get an athlon64. Is it worth buying right now or wait until the price drops and possibly more mobos and chipsets come out? Also does anyone know when the actual release date is for Doom3?

Athlon 2200+
MSI KT4 ultra
768MB DDR266
Geforce FX5600 256MB
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