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Old 02-07-2006, 01:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm a total novice and I'm looking at upgrading a few bits and bobs on my setup. Could anyone recommend some components, processor, Hd, mobo and graphics and tell me how easy/difficult it would be to get it all running.
I have 2 gb of corsair ram that i have recently bought so I would like to keep that.
I've got about £4oo -£500 to spend.

Thanks for any help that you could give.

Belarc summary below.

Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 (build 2600) Enclosure Type: Desktop
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
2.20 gigahertz AMD Athlon XP
128 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: Leadtek Research Inc. WinFast nVidia CR18D/G
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG 01/28/2004
Drives Memory Modules c,d
79.92 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
12.32 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

ExcelStor Technology J680 [Hard drive] (82.35 GB) -- drive 0, s/n VNR81EG209WERA, rev V32OA60A, SMART Status: Healthy 2048 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot 'A0' has 1024 MB
Slot 'A1' is Empty
Slot 'A2' has 1024 MB
Local Drive Volumes

c: (NTFS on drive 0) 79.92 GB 12.32 GB free

Network Drives
None detected
Users (mouse over user name for details) Printers
local user accounts last logon
Owner 07/02/2006 17:59:18 (admin)
local system accounts
Administrator 03/12/2003 15:01:38 (admin)
ASPNET never
Guest never
SUPPORT_388945a0 never

Marks a disabled account; Marks a locked account None detected
Controllers Display
Standard floppy disk controller
NVIDIA nForce 2 ATA Controller (v2.5) ALL-IN-WONDER 9800 SERIES [Display adapter]
ALL-IN-WONDER 9800 SERIES - Secondary [Display adapter]
Iiyama HM903DB/DTB [Monitor] (18.0"vis, February 2004)
Bus Adapters Multimedia
Silicon Image SiI 3112 SATARaid Controller
Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller
Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller (2x) ATI WDM Rage Theater Audio
ATI WDM Rage Theater Video NSP
ATI WDM Specialized MVD Codec
ATI WDM Teletext Decoder
ATI WDM TV Audio Crossbar
Creative Game Port
Creative SB Audigy 2 ZS (WDM)
Unimodem Half-Duplex Audio Device
Communications Other Devices

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Old 02-07-2006, 02:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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what is your reason for upgrading? Are you looking for better frame rates in games, or is the system running slow? Whats's going on?

Gaming Laptop: - ASUS K501LX-EB71 - Stock (Wife's) - Gateway P-6860FX - Stock (Mine)
General Laptop: - Sony Vaio SVE141D1L - Stock (Mine)
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4x Nanya NT4GC72B4NA1NL-CG (24GB Reg ECC DDR3), 12x MICRON MT36JSZF51272PZ-1G4G1FG (48GB Reg ECC DDR3), (72GB total memory)
2x OCZ Agility (60GB) (OS & Backup), 6x WD40EFRX (4TB) in RaidZ2 (14.3 TB usable), 2x Q Series HDTS225XZSTA (256GB) ZIL & L2ARC mirrored

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Old 02-07-2006, 04:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Better frame rates ideally, also my hard drive is a bit small for my needs.
just fancy a bit more power, my processer is overclocked as well and runs pretty hot , so I thought i would get a better proccesser that doesn't need overclocking.

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