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Old 06-30-2006, 11:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Improving System Performance

Hey guys, I am a gamer and I just got a paycheck from my previous employer that I did not even know about. The money is burning a hole in my pocket and I want to know what I should do with it.
I want to upgrade my system a little bit if it's possible but I only want to spend up to $200 of the check. Here are my system stats:

AMD X2 4200 cpu
ATI X1900 XT gpu
2GB PC3200 ram
470W Thermaltake psu
250GB SEAGATE harddrive 7200rpm
X Cruiser Case
Windows Media Edition
NEC 90GX2 monitor
MX518 Gaming mouse

Please give me some ideas that might improve my system if it is even possible for $200

Oh.. I just had a thought of a raptor harddrive addition, would that be a good idea? If so how much would it speed things up?

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just get a nice big 10,000 rpm hard drive

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Old 06-30-2006, 11:27 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Well, IMO I would get a New Power supply, If you reall want to burn cash then this Power supply won't let you down.
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Or Like Microsoft Boy said get a raptor, You can then Reformat your Seagate Drive and use it as Storage. Keeping only your OS and Pagefile on the Raptor for a huge boost in preformence.

IMO, I would go with the Power supply, Only because I hate TT with a passion.
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Besides what they said theres not much more you can do thats worth it. Just wait till like right after xmas and if you got cash build another computer.
i3 540 @ 3066 MHZ
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get a conroe prehaps ... but probably will be worse than your cpu at the moment.
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Old 06-30-2006, 12:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Dont get an OCZ Powerstream..... Go bigger... OCZ Gamexstream either 600W or 700W. The 600W is $110 on zipzoomfly and $120 on newegg. I have one and let me tell you.... its a powerful beast..... its also got a blue LED fan . 4 +12V rails.....

Or maybe get another moniter if its in your budget and run dual-moniters..... but i'd go for the PSU

*Opteron 165 1.8Ghz
*DFI Lanparty UT nF4 Ultra-D
*HIS Hightech X1900XT 512MB w/ Zalman VF900 (Core: 690Mhz, Mem: 1500Mhz)
*G.Skill 1GB DDR 400
*Kingwin Mutant X Series
*HP IDE Lightscribe DVD Burner
*Seagate Barracuda 80GB SATA II
*Maxtor 80GB IDE
*OCZ Gamexstream 600W PSU
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