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Old 03-07-2006, 07:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

I have some questions for you gurus who have more time and expertise than I have in this area. I am trying to upgrade my computer without going overboard and hacking off the Mrs. She's being benevolent in letting me do some upgrading but I am not sure how far she'll let me go.

Here is a breakdown of my current system:
AMD Athlon XP 1800
ECS KT-600a Socket Ahttp://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWeb/Product...uID=24&LanID=9
1 Gig DDR400
WD 40 gig 7200 RPM

Here is what I am trying to do.
I am trying to spend around $500.00-650.00 with the following

AMD Athlon XP 3000
WD 74 Gig Raptor
1 gig Kingston DDR400
ATI Radeon X1300 or X1600 AGP

However, I note on ECS' product sheet (refer to hyperlink) that their AGP 4/8x slot can only handle 2.1 gb/s. On this linkATI Specs it appears that both of these cards far outperform what my motherboard can do. If I am reading this correctly, I had better seriously consider upgrading my motherboard as well, no?

Thanks in advance for all of your help!
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Old 03-07-2006, 07:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Why are you replacing your RAM? You'd be much better off keeping your RAM, droping the raptor (it's a waste in a rig like yours), and using the money to get a better video card instead, like a 7800gs.
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Old 03-07-2006, 07:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Dump the Raptor...

Yeah, in the back of my head I think that will happen. I definately need to get another HD as my wife wants to start converting our home videos to DVD (we have a 1-year old). I was somewhat figuring that a Raptor was only going to show a system boost if everything was top of the line.

Replace the Ram...

I was planning to add to my existing RAM. Personally, I didn't see too much of a difference in system performance from 512 to 1gig. However, I am not using that 3dMark program I hear about, only my perception. However, in spite of this opinion, I still hear the more RAM the better.

Personally I am fond of ATI, but I have little grounded reason for this. As for games, I like to play Rome: Total War, and I am trying to build my system up to be able to play MTW:II, which is coming out this year. I rarely play first person shooters although I see that any system upgrade will make something like Call of Duty II run superb on my current system.

I also have Star Wars: Empire at War and I get a small amount of performance degredation when running at mid-level graphics with 1/2 the anti-aliasing running.

I keep my machine pretty well cleaned up, I am a techie after all.
Thanks again for any advice.
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.... get a better video card instead, like a 7800gs. [/B]
So I presume that I am misreading those GB/S specs that worried me? Thanks!
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