Upgrading my server... - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > System Upgrades
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 06-06-2008, 09:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 501
Default Upgrading my server...

I have an old desktop that I use as a media center/2nd computer. I'm wanting to upgrade it so I can use it more often. This is a custom built computer that I built a few years ago. I'm wanting to upgrade the CPU, RAM, HDD's, DVD-RW, video card, ect...

I'm going to keep the motherboard, and I am not going to change it.

Computer specs :

Soyo KT400 Dragon Ultra
AMD Athlon XP 2400+
512Mb PC2700
80GB Western Digital Protege 5400RPM (Dinosaur.)
128Mb ATI Radeon 9200SE (AGP)

Accessories :
Linksys WMP54G
500Gb External FireWire HDD

I have been looking into a few things that I am wanting to upgrade, but I haven't been in the computer seen for a long time... So far, I have found the RAM, CPU, DVD-RW and hard drives.

2GB Kingston ValueRAM DDR400
AMD Athlon XP 3200+
2 Western Digital Caviar SATA 500GB drives
Asus BluRay Combo Drive (Since this is a media center basically. I have a 52" HDTV that I have and will continue to have hooked up to this computer.)

I need to find a card that can support HD, and still be compatible with my motherboard.
__________________

__Camouflage__ is offline  
Old 06-06-2008, 10:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
Monster Techie
 
brinks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,144
Default Re: Upgrading my server...

It looks like your upgrading everything except for the motherboard, why don't you just make a new system instead.
__________________

brinks is offline  
Old 06-07-2008, 09:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Maine
Posts: 8
Send a message via AIM to drdos
Default Re: Upgrading my server...

You could really use any of the Newer Nvidia AGP line.

They still promote a bunch of cards that don't require the PCI-E bus, and do support HD.
There are a couple of decent cards out (512mb DX9 etc...) that are sub $200.

I don't know the Names or exact specs off the top of my head (not much of a gamer or graphics person, I'm content with my Nvidia 5200FX that came stock with my system)

Hopefully this helps.

More power to the people recycling their systems and keeping them going rather than buying into the "Ohh I'll just buy a new one" mentality.
I've had the same computer for 4-5 years and its kept me very happy with some little upgrades here and there, that I happened to stumble across.

Keep up with the upgrades, you'll keep that computer running for a good long while.


Dr.Dos.
drdos is offline  
Old 06-07-2008, 10:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
Grandfather of Techist

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
 
Trotter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: The South
Posts: 31,304
Default Re: Upgrading my server...

AGP, HDMI, HDCP Ready @ Newegg:
Click here
__________________


My Rig: SABLE
Antec 300 Illusion / Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W / ASUS GeForce GTX 960 GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5
AMD FX 8320 x8 Black Edition / Gelid Tranquillo / MSI 970A-G43
Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB / Samsung 840 120GB / WD Black 750GB / WD Green 1TB
2x4GB DDR3 1600 - 2x2GB DDR3 1600
Win10 Ent 64-bit - Mionix Naos 7000 Mouse - CM Storm QuickFire Rapid Mech Keyboard


R.I.P. Danny L. Trotter ... 14 Nov 1945 - 4 Sept 2009
Trotter is offline  
Old 06-07-2008, 11:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 501
Default Re: Upgrading my server...

Quote:
Originally Posted by brinks View Post
It looks like your upgrading everything except for the motherboard, why don't you just make a new system instead.
Motherboard and new power supply would be more costly over all. Since I am not going to upgrade the motherboard or PSU, I will be able to keep my old parts as back ups.

Quote:
Originally Posted by drdos View Post
You could really use any of the Newer Nvidia AGP line.

They still promote a bunch of cards that don't require the PCI-E bus, and do support HD.
There are a couple of decent cards out (512mb DX9 etc...) that are sub $200.

I don't know the Names or exact specs off the top of my head (not much of a gamer or graphics person, I'm content with my Nvidia 5200FX that came stock with my system)

Hopefully this helps.

More power to the people recycling their systems and keeping them going rather than buying into the "Ohh I'll just buy a new one" mentality.
I've had the same computer for 4-5 years and its kept me very happy with some little upgrades here and there, that I happened to stumble across.

Keep up with the upgrades, you'll keep that computer running for a good long while.


Dr.Dos.
I plan on running this computer as long as the parts let me. I built it a good 5 years ago, and I have always used it. Yeah, I bought a new computer, but it's a laptop, and I only bought it for convenience.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Trotter View Post
AGP, HDMI, HDCP Ready @ Newegg:
Click here
I like the 2600PRO, seems like most of the owners actually liked the card compared to the others. I won't be using it for gaming or anything, so this should suffice. The only problems I see with these card are the fact there isn't one with built in HDMI. For the price of that, I can't see it being a huge problem though.
__Camouflage__ is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
SQL server error wicked23 Microsoft Windows and Software 6 03-05-2008 05:28 PM
Home Server and WEB server? PRVRT Computer Networking and Internet Hardware 9 01-04-2008 12:14 AM
Try Microsoft Windows Home Server for 120 Days Osiris Microsoft Windows and Software 0 11-04-2007 07:13 PM
Convince me to build a server.....please jfenwick System Upgrades 5 10-30-2007 01:27 PM
SBS Preium and Windows Terminal server kfinchie Microsoft Windows and Software 0 09-26-2007 01:41 PM



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:05 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.