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October 17, 2004 8:36:38 PM

I want to upgrade my system ... currently I have a lowly Athlon T'bird 1.33 GHz with 512MB PC2100 (266MHz) DDR RAM on an FIC AD11 motherboard ... and several other things attached. The graphics card I have is a Gainward "Golden Sample" Geforce 4 Ti4800SE. I am going to upgrade the motherboard, CPU and memory (on a budget of £250).... the new mobo would be a Gigabyte GA - K8NS (or K8NS Pro) with nForce 3 250 Chipset, an AMD 64 3000+ CPU and 2x256 (or 1 x 512MB) Corsair Value Select PC3200 DDR RAM. My intention is to keep my current graphics card. This is because I think I would have to invest a further £150 in a new graphics card to really notice a difference over the Ti 4800 .. albeit a Geforce 4 and not FX ... what I want someone to tell me is that although Geforce 4 is Direct 8 and FX is Direct X 9 that the Ti 4800 will be OK for a while longer ... and will give good performance with the above CPU and memory ...can anyone help on this please?

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October 17, 2004 10:21:07 PM

For good performance in today's games (ex. Doom 3 & Far Cry) you need to upgrade both (cpu/mobo/ram and graphics card).

If it were me, I'd go ahead with the 64 bit cpu upgrade now and save for a future vid card purchase. No need to put better vid card in the current rig. I think it would be too "bottle necked" by the cpu.

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October 18, 2004 1:30:24 AM

Assuming exchange rates and comparable purchase power, I would say your best $450 (£250) upgrade, with the most FPS for the buck, would be.

EDIT: REMOVED SEE BELOW (6600GT $208 (£115) (Hard to find but performs about 15% less than a 6800))

ATI RADEON 9800 Pro (128 MB) $200 (£111)
Athlon 64 3000 $145 (£80)
A64 Cooler $20 (£11)
<A HREF="" target="_new">DFI K8M800-MLV</A> $84 (£47) (Cheap mATX with IEEE/SATARAID and crappy integrated graphics. NF3 boards can be found for 15% more)
Old Ram (loose 10-20% CPU performance and may not work (but that’s a very small possibility))

$449 (£249) but it will probably end up costing much more across the pond.

You need to have a good Power supply with a 4pin ATX power connector or if you think your PSU is powerful enough 350w+, a $10 adaptor may do.

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October 18, 2004 3:06:57 AM

Looks like a good plan to me. Your Ti card still plays well enough. You might want to see if you can find a person to take your old stuff off your hands. You might be able to get enough to get an R9800pro.
October 18, 2004 3:10:32 AM

the 6600gt is only pci-e for right now. So if he wanted that card he'd have to go with intel and a lga775 mobo.

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October 18, 2004 3:57:54 AM

No wonder its so hard to find. Guess I'm a dumbass of the class. LOL

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October 18, 2004 10:45:29 PM

So my current 300 watt PSU won't be much use?
October 18, 2004 10:47:32 PM

Actually, that would be DD

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October 18, 2004 10:49:16 PM

Maybe if you have a good quality 300 watt, it would be minimal. You could try and see if stable.

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