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Old 04-23-2006, 06:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay so these are ym cuurent specs.

Intel p4 2.6Ghz(800)
GA-8IPE(1000) Gigabyte motherboard
120gb Seagate 7200rpm
512 DDR
DVD player + Cd writer
Radeon 9200pro AGP 256mb

I bought this pc in 2003. Up until last year the pc was fine. These days it struggles to run anything.Games like Battlefield 2, NFS:MW are pretty unlpayable, unless you turn it down so low that it looks like PSP graphics.

So im thinking upgrade or try sell this and build something new. I would like to replace everything, mouse, keyboard,speakers,etc.I was leaning towards building a completly new system as i think it would be alot of fun and its holidays now anyway.But what do u guys think? are any of my parts worth keeping?.

Im living in New Zealand so please take that into account. The prices of items can be seen here.


Budget wise if i sell this then id be looking at a $2k CPU and another $500 for the extra things like monitor and accessories.

What type of system would you guys reccomend from the parts availalable for $2k from http://www.pricespy.co.nz/cat_16.html

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Old 04-23-2006, 07:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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AMD Opteron 165 $627.75 - http://www.pricespy.co.nz/c_557.html?d=7073

DFI LanParty UT NF4 Ultra-D $264.38 - http://www.pricespy.co.nz/c_111.html?d=6189

2x 1GB Dual Channel DDR SDRAM $268.26 - http://www.pricespy.co.nz/c_217.html?d=4255

GeForce 7900 GT $601.83 - http://www.pricespy.co.nz/c_459.html?d=7952

Enermax 400 500 Watt PSU $107.95 - http://www.pricespy.co.nz/c_193.html?d=5451

Use your current hard drive, burner, and case.

Total: $1870.12 including gst


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Old 04-23-2006, 08:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I had that same cpu and board with a radeon 9550 256mb, and 2x512 ultra in dual channel and over clocked to 3.03 ghz and it would play everygame I had pretty good, Even BF2 at medium,, your ram and video card is hampering your game play. Who am I to say I just built a new system, lol

Here's What I would do

7800GT 256mb PciX $526.50

Gigabyte GA-K8NF9 $154.13

AMD Athlon 64 3700+ 2.2GHz Socket 939 $386.51

Corsair TWINX1024-3200C2 1GB Kit 2-3-3-6 $222.73

Western Digital 120GB 7200rpm Serial ATA $128.14

Cooler Master Centurion case with or without PSU $107.

Thermaltake 450 490 Watt Power Supply ATX $137.85

BENQ DW1650 16X DVD +/-/R/RW Black OEM $69.00

GST Included $1731.86

*Edit -- doh forgot a burner new price
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Old 04-24-2006, 01:08 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thats pretty much my first revision of my curren rig

drop that mobo, i had 2 fail on me

i love the case dude, its great.

but i whent dual core
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Old 04-24-2006, 01:12 AM   #5 (permalink)
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i reckon change your graphics card and get another stick of DDR 512mb ram. If you have the cash upgrade your CPU as well.
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Old 04-24-2006, 04:01 AM   #6 (permalink)
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trotter's build > flashdude's build
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Old 04-24-2006, 06:07 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Trotters build is awesome, but I wanted to do a complete system and leave enough room for shipping.
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Old 04-24-2006, 06:34 AM   #8 (permalink)
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heheheh nice thinking flashdude..its always the small things that matter at the end.... =]
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Old 04-24-2006, 05:32 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Well after some thinking i was thinking of this type of build. For obvuils reasons im going to have to cut down. As for budget after selling my current pc my budget would be around 3k. Anyone hlep me cut down? or sugest a better build?

Samsung SyncMaster 930BF 19" LCD 4ms -$736.48
AMD Athlon 64 3800+ 2.4GHz Socket 939 -$482.50
Seagate 200GB 7200rpm Serial ATA -$137.19
2x 1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM -$287.47
GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB PCI Express -$897.75
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS -$145.00
Asustek A8N32-SLI Deluxe nForce4 SLI -$359.94
Samsung 52x32x52x CDRW+16DVD Combo -$50.91
LiteOn SHW-160P6S -$72.45
10/100Mbps Network Card -$7.99
OCZ PowerStream 520W Adjustable PSU -$312.75
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard -$113.01
Logitech G7 Cordless Laser Mouse -$144.67
Creative Inspire 5.1 Digital 5700 Speakers -$561.38
----------------------------------------------------------- $4316

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