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Old 01-09-2008, 08:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone.

I'm still stuck with an old 1.20GHz Intel Celeron here with only 128 megabytes of RAM and Windows 98 Second Edition. It's got a 20GB hard drive, so I guess that's a good thing compared to the rest. I'd like to have something better for gaming and stuff like that. I'm thinking of an upgrade. How's this?

3.60GHz Intel Pentium 4 HT processor
2GB RAM (4GB would be better but it might be overkill)
256MB ATI Radeon 9800 Pro video card

$1,500 - $2,000

The problem with the above setup is that I would need to buy a new LGA775 motherboard and operating system, since Windows 98 can't support 2GB of RAM. I'd have to switch to Windows 2000 or Windows XP. Would this be overkill? I've heard that AMD is good for gaming but I'm going to stay on the safe side and go with Intel. The graphics card is the best one out there and I can imagine it being rediculously expensive.

Just the other day, I saw a similar desktop system but it had a 3.20GHz Intel Pentium 4 HT and only 1GB of RAM. It had an integrated graphics card made by Intel. It was $1,300, so I guess the above system with the faster Intel processor would cost between $1,500 and $2,000. That's too expensive.

I could also get the dual core Intel Pentium D, but I don't plan on multitasking.

My budget is small, so I probably won't be able to build such an expensive computer. Here's a more realistic option...

2.40GHz Intel Celeron processor
256MB RAM
40GB Hard drive
Integrated graphics chipset

$500 - $700

This computer's specifications are exactly two times better than my current one. I've heard that you shouldn't buy a processor until it is two times faster than the one I have right now. The same goes for RAM and hard drives, I guess. This setup uses the NetBurst architecture, which is less efficient than the older Intel Pentium III architecture but the difference should be small.

This setup also uses the socket 478 technology. Socket 478 motherboards are cheaper than the LGA775 motherboards so this is no problem.

So what should I do? Should I upgrade to the 2.40GHz Intel Celeron system with the integrated video card or wait a few years until prices come down and get the first system with the Intel Pentium 4 HT and the dedicated video card? Which one would be better value for my money?
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Old 01-09-2008, 08:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I forgot to add...

I don't plan on upgrading soon. I'm happy with my current desktop. But we all have to upgrade someday. I've only got about $500 to $700 to spend so I could either upgrade to the 2.4GHz Celeron computer next year, or wait three more years until the 3.6GHz Pentium 4 computer becomes affordable enough to buy. What Im asking is,,, Which option is more cost-efficient?

Of course, I could wait two years and get a 2.8GHz P4 with 512mb or 1gb of RAM. So in summary...

What can I buy with $500 to $700

If I wait one year = 2.4ghz celeron with 256mb ram and 40gb hdd
If I wait two years = 2.8ghz pentium 4 with 512/1024MB ram and 80gb hdd
If I wait three years = 3.6ghz pentium 4 with 2gb/4gb ram and ATI RADEON 9800 PRO.

Of course, I could wait even longer...

If I wait four years = 5ghz pentium 4/5 with 4gb ram and 500gb hdd
If I wait five years = 7Ghz pentium 5 with 7gb ram and 1tb Hdd
If I wait six years = 10GHz pentium 6 with 10gb ram and 2tb hdd

and so on (you get the picture)... but I dont think I should wait too long because my current PC is becoming OLD.




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Here's a setup that has been posted lately (changed the CPU):
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-M57SLI-S4 AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

Newegg.com - AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Black Edition Processor - Retail <<< Unlocked multiplier

Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

Newegg.com - MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E OC GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3160815AS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Newegg.com - Sony NEC Optiarc Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s - OEM

Newegg.com - SIGMA La Vie LBYWBP Leather Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail

Total is $496, and it has $50 in rebates.
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