A question. - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > New Systems | Building and Buying
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 07-19-2006, 01:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 22
Default A question.

I am currently running a Pentium 4 2.4 ghz PC with 1 gig of RAM and and a Geforce 6200 256 meg. I've been considering upgrading for a long time, but i'm at a loss as to what to do. Some people have told me that the way to go is to double my RAM and upgrade my graphics card, others have said I need a new CPU/mobo as well. If I were to buy a new GPU for my current motherboard it would certainly be AGP, but if I did so, what kind of card would I be looking at? I'm looking at a reasonably middle-of -the-range card that will last me for a reasonable time to come, any recommendations? Is my processor good enough, or do I really need to fork out for a shiney new mobo/CPU as well as another gig of RAM and a new card. If I was to get a new motherboard, etc that would certainly mean a new power supply, so what i'm really asking is, is it worth the bother of upgrading to PCI-E, socket AM2, etc, or should I be trying to get more mileage out of my current rig?
__________________

c_dfeedback is offline  
Old 07-19-2006, 01:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 351
Default

well the 2.4 p4 are a bit old now for gaming (ive had 1, i know) and the 6200 is basic graphics,,, if you want to go budget but still get a decent system my sugestion would be get a amd socket 939 mobo, athlon 3200- 3700 ( your choice really) and maybea 7600gt pci express, youd need a 350 -400 watt psu minimum there though 1 gig of ram should be enough for you unlees its hardcore gaming
__________________

__________________
E6300 Core 2 Duo
GA-965P-DS3
2 Gbs OCZ PLatinum 800Mhz
250 Gb Western Digital
OCZ Modsteam 450W
7900GT Gainward
Flux Capacitor....SWEEEET
OatesyX is offline  
Old 07-19-2006, 01:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 22
Default

Quote:
Originally posted by IrishNinjaX
well the 2.4 p4 are a bit old now for gaming (ive had 1, i know) and the 6200 is basic graphics,,, if you want to go budget but still get a decent system my sugestion would be get a amd socket 939 mobo, athlon 3200- 3700 ( your choice really) and maybea 7600gt pci express, youd need a 350 -400 watt psu minimum there though 1 gig of ram should be enough for you unlees its hardcore gaming
Ok, cheers. I'm on a tight-ish budget, but is dual core a viable option? Is it worth the extra outlay, or should I stick to the Athlons you quoted?
c_dfeedback is offline  
Old 07-19-2006, 10:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 351
Default

well dual cores will offer better multitasking, say , encoding a video while playing a game, but games arent programed for dual core yet so you wont really notice any diff in gaming performance for at least a year or so,, id say the 3700 or even the 4000 would be a good choice, keep in mind the 4000 would be the best sinlge core athlon out now,, but theyre cheap enbough now,, here in ireland about 165 €
__________________
E6300 Core 2 Duo
GA-965P-DS3
2 Gbs OCZ PLatinum 800Mhz
250 Gb Western Digital
OCZ Modsteam 450W
7900GT Gainward
Flux Capacitor....SWEEEET
OatesyX is offline  
Old 07-19-2006, 10:08 PM   #5 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 351
Default

sorry , forgot to mention it,, the athlon dual cores will ahve a massive price drop at the end of july, so you may be able to get the entry level dual core 3800+ ,for just a small bit more thant he 4000 single core,, might be worth the wait,, i still recomend the 7600gt though,
__________________
E6300 Core 2 Duo
GA-965P-DS3
2 Gbs OCZ PLatinum 800Mhz
250 Gb Western Digital
OCZ Modsteam 450W
7900GT Gainward
Flux Capacitor....SWEEEET
OatesyX is offline  
Old 07-20-2006, 01:01 AM   #6 (permalink)
Monster Techie
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 1,567
Send a message via AIM to massacreinfallx
Default

i would just upgrade it all but if you have to just go for the gpu
massacreinfallx is offline  
Old 07-20-2006, 04:46 AM   #7 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 22
Default

OK, i'll take all that on board. Might be time for a new PC completely.

I'll check out the entry level dual cores, if they are within my price range i'll wait for it.
__________________

c_dfeedback 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




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:21 AM.


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