Minor Upgrade

Well, my PC is turning 6 months old next month which means it's time for a minor upgrade to keep it top of the line. I have 600CDN to work with. I'm thinking of getting a second 40GB WD 7200RPM Hard drive and setting up a RAID as well as a Radeon 8500 to improve my graphics performance. I have an Abit KT7A (no RAID). Should I get a new motherboard with RAID (and perhaps DDR) or get a Promise RAID card and upgrade my mobo and CPU 6 months later?

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  1. get a Promise RAID controller card. this way you can save later by buying a non-RAID board, and you can even switch platform (to Intel) if you choose, retaining the RAID card.

    save a little for a later CPU upgrade, you board looks fine right now. later you can upgrade to a DDR board with a faster processor.

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  2. "Girlish", sorry Girish wrote:

    "and you can even switch platform (to Intel) if you choose, ..."


    Wise guy, getting ready for the real stuff. :-)

    /Copenhagen
  3. Hey, why not? I'll go with a Northwood later, if they live up to the hype. Right now, I'll stick with my AMD platform.

    AMD technology + Intel technology = Intel/AMD Pentathlon IV; the <b>ULTIMATE</b> PC processor
  4. Copenhagen, why do you insult someone when you're agreeing with their post?

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  5. Because you write books and forget about them.

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  6. Insult; that's a strong word. Do you think females are inferior to the rest of us ?

    /Copenhagen
  7. AMD_Man, I would get a PCI RAID controller, a second HD and maybe a new graphics card if you need fast graphics performance. I wouldn't bother with a new mobo with RAID, as someone else said: you can use a seperate controller card with any mobo.
    As for the new CPU, it isnt really worth it. I still have a P3 500 and use it for very intensive tasks like compiling, video editing (Video editing without RAID is very sloooow) rendering etc... I am not going to buy a new system until Brookdales are at 2.5GHz+. Then I will decide which CPU to buy, AMD or Intel, whichever one suits me best( the fastest hopefully :) ).
    Remember also that when upgrading a mobo or memory like that, you are left with redundant parts - unless you have a use for them. If you go with a RAID controller card and a 2nd HD you get left with no spare parts, double the HD space (well, double if you use a striped array), a seperate RAID controller that is not stuck on your mobo and a nice performance boost.

    PS
    What do you use your system for?

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  8. Good response, but purposefully changing someone's name in any way is insulting in most circumstances. If you called me FatNuts or something (don't ask why I thought of that, I don't know), then that would be insulting. If you called me Fatty, that could also be insulting (based on your intent). If someone else I know better called me Fatty (and many do), or FatNuts (and nobody does), then it's insulting.

    I could be wrong, but I haven't observed the type of relationship between you and girish that would warrant calling him Girlish.

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  9. No insult intended FatBurger, but if you replace that g with an n, you get FatBurner!

    AMD technology + Intel technology = Intel/AMD Pentathlon IV; the <b>ULTIMATE</b> PC processor
  10. FatBurger wrote:
    "..., but purposefully changing someone's name in any way is insulting in most circumstances."

    You are probably right, but the rest of my post doesn't confirm the assumption you make about me insulting Girish.

    You know, it's just the name Girish (which I initially thought was a psudoname) that gives me the association Girlish.

    I know now that Girlish is from India, and he/she is using his/her real name. I didn't know that, because most people use psudonames. Sorry about that Girish. No offence intended, at most a little teasing.

    /Copenhagen
  11. I'd get the RAID card and then upgrade the MB later.

    Getting the RAID card now instead of an integrated one means you won't have to worry about it posibly for several upgrades to come.

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  12. It was also the condescending way you complimented him on "getting ready for the real stuff", but no big deal. Girish hasn't commented though, and if it doesn't bother him, it doesn't bother me.

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  13. Huh?
    your pc is only 6 month old and you are planning to upgrade it
  14. Yes...I didn't exactly buy the most top-of-the-line parts 6 months ago so now I'm making a couple of upgrades to complete my investment. Plus, computers are my hobby. I'm planning on working over the holidays and make a bit of money to upgrade.

    AMD technology + Intel technology = Intel/AMD Pentathlon IV; the <b>ULTIMATE</b> PC processor
  15. then get something up to date
  16. FatBurger, you forgot or overlooked the smiley after "stuff".

    and

    FatBurger wrote:
    ", but no big deal."

    You got that one right.

    /Copenhagen
  17. You forget that I'm only 15 so my budget is very limited.

    AMD technology + Intel technology = Intel/AMD Pentathlon IV; the <b>ULTIMATE</b> PC processor
  18. then save 800cnd
    BTW i was thinking about upgrading my system , but then i decided to wait untill next year.
    BTW WHAT's your system spects Amd Man
  19. My current system specs:

    AMD Athlon-C 1.2GHz overclocked to 1.33GHz (266MHz bus)
    GlobalWin WBK38 + 2 case fans + PCI slot fan
    Abit KT7A
    256MB Micron CL2 RAM (might upgrade to 512MB)
    40GB WD 7200RPM Western Digital
    Asus V7100 Pro 32MB GeForce2 MX-400 (200/200 default, overclocked to 260/260)
    Linksys Network Card
    ATI TV Wonder
    Windows XP Home Edition
    Office XP Pro
    (all retail LEGAL editions)
    Turtle Beach Santa Cruz
    Altec Lansing ACS54
    Microsoft Internet Keyboard Pro
    Microsoft TrackBall Optical
    Logitech Gamepad
    Xerox XE88 Digital Copier/Laser Printer
    NEC FE950+

    I bought all this stuff 6 months ago except for Windows XP which I bought 3 weeks ago (I had Windows Me before)

    AMD technology + Intel technology = Intel/AMD Pentathlon IV; the <b>ULTIMATE</b> PC processor <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by AMD_Man on 12/01/01 02:11 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
  20. Quote:
    If someone else I know better called me Fatty (and many do),



    I call you either fatty or burger, do those terms insult you coming from little old me?

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  21. your system looks great compared to mine
  22. Girish is right, RAID card will save you money later.

    Don't forget that when you buy mobo, buy one with DDR. It will improve performance.


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  23. I also believe the second 40GB WD 7200RPM Hard drive and the Promise RAID card would be the best choice for now. It will give you something to experiment with till you decide about the next upgrade. You may want to stay with AMD or might want to go the Intel route when Northwood arrives. Hobbies are almost like money pits.

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  24. RUH ROH!

    just mentioning the title "fatnuts" has forever open the floodgates ;)

    lol j/k

    Excuse me for a moment. I need to drive my ergonomic wheely chair over a sheet of bubble wrap!
  25. but, if you change the g to an n and the f to a c, you get catburner :/
  26. sperm express!!!

    AMD technology + Intel technology = Intel/AMD Pentathlon IV; the <b>ULTIMATE</b> PC processor
  27. here is my system rig. click link below.

    And i highly recommend the antec case sx1040B SOHO file server.

    <A HREF="http://www.anandtech.com/mysystemrig.html?id=9933" target="_new"> My Rig </A>
  28. hey AMD man...

    just do what i did

    get a MCX-462 and overclock another step or so.
    breathes new life into that athlon 1.2C :)
    i guarantee u could get to at least 1.4

    Excuse me for a moment. I need to drive my ergonomic wheely chair over a sheet of bubble wrap!
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