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Old 10-20-2006, 01:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay after many errors on my 5-year old computer, I decided its time to move on and upgrade.

First I want to give you guys all the information about my computer. But I dont know how. If someone could help/point me out on how to do this.

I have $375 in budget. I'm planning to upgrade Memory/ Harddrive / Video Card / and whatever else you guys suggest.

I do know for sure that I have:

2x2.8 GHZ Processor (ht)
1 GB 2700 DDR RAM
128 mb radeon 9200 graphics card.

But yes give me suggestions on getting a new computer, either upgrading, buying a new computer, selling my old computer etc...

And is RIGHT NOW the time to upgrade the computer or should I wait until later on until prices drop?
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It depends on what you do with the computer.

If you are just using it for surfing TF, folding, mild gaming, just add another 512MB RAM and you'll be fine.

For gaming, I recommend a new video card, and RAM.
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I need to optimize video-rendering performance on Adobe Premiere Pro. What specs should I upgrade for that? I produce alot of videos and such.
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well u might wanna upgrade ur mobo to a 775 (P5B) then buy a Intel core duo on it and get 2 gigs of ram and maybe a Ati fire gl. that should get u started for.
ATI FireGL V3300 (PCIe) 199$ from newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...&Go.x=0&Go.y=0

Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz 2M sharing L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor 183$

ASUS P5B Socket T (LGA 775) 139$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131030

RAM:99.9$
pqi POWER Series 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 533

Ok ok i now this goes waaaaaaay over the budget but u could sell ur old pieces and buy this config...
NAd since u said video rendering i thot ud go with a fire gl or a matrox or quadro... might be wrong.. but thats just to get u started...
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438$ so i dont think its too far fetched actually..
hope it helped a bit
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Why is it better to buy the $200 128 mb video card compaired to a $200 256 mb video card here:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150183

Advantages of Intel Core Duo 2 vs Pentium 4 HT?

Also my computer is bought from Sony Vaio, do all motherboards work for all towers or what?

What are some stores/websites that buy used pieces of old computers?
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