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£200 - £300 to spend, what would you upgrade on this....

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Maniac618, 1 Aug 2005.

  1. Maniac618

    Maniac618 What's a Dremel?

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    AMD 64 3500+ (socket 939)
    ASUS A8v Deluxe motherboard
    256mb GeForce 6800 GT (overclocked to 6800 ultra)
    1GB Corsair low latency ram (2x 512mb, i have 2 slots left)
    120GB Western Digital Hard drive 7200rpm
    DVD & CD writer (single layer)
    DVD drive

    Please note that the motherboard is not a PCI express one, the graphics card is an AGP 8x.
     
  2. ElThomsono

    ElThomsono Multimodder

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    Have you considered watercooling? :naughty:
     
  3. Maniac618

    Maniac618 What's a Dremel?

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    nah it's ok at the moment. I've got a vantec tornado fan in there. :lol:
     
  4. Stompy

    Stompy What's a Dremel?

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    DVDRW drive?
     
  5. Maniac618

    Maniac618 What's a Dremel?

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    Ah the dvd writer can do rw too, i suppose i could get a dual layer writer.

    Apart from that is everything nice? I could upgrade the ram to 2gb, but should i do that or do some more drastic upgrade like a switch to pci express motherboard?
     
  6. ch424

    ch424 Design Warrior

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    Get a nice monitor, assuming you don't already have one!

    ch424
     
  7. Maniac618

    Maniac618 What's a Dremel?

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    I've got a LG L1710b flatscreen. It does the job.
     
  8. Stompy

    Stompy What's a Dremel?

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    Ah sorry, thought it was a DVD-ROM/CDRW combo
     
  9. Shadowed_fury

    Shadowed_fury Minimodder

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    Sell board/Gfx = £200~

    £200+£300 = £500

    Asus A8n-Deluxe and a Nvidia 7800GTX? ;)
     
  10. slaw

    slaw At Argos buying "gold"

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    or a few more hds and a raid 5 card. that would be my choice
     
  11. Maniac618

    Maniac618 What's a Dremel?

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    Very interesting, I have a feeling that is what my brother ordered for his new pc the other week (he's Shallowgrave on here).
     
  12. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    Well said Slaw - considered a fast SCSI array? Or a RAID-0 of 74GB Raptors?
     
  13. Maniac618

    Maniac618 What's a Dremel?

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    I think this time round i might get some more ram and up it to 2gb.

    Next year i'll wam in the new mb and gfx as you suggest.
     
  14. Hamish

    Hamish What's a Dremel?

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    more ram or more hard drives depending on what you use your machine for
     
  15. chemo

    chemo True Jungle Brother

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    2gb of decent memory
     
  16. Maniac618

    Maniac618 What's a Dremel?

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    Would RAM/Memory at 3200 be considered and be rather crappy in a year's time?

    Also, without opening the system up, how can I find out exactly what RAM I have from Corsair as I'm not quite sure and don't have the box anymore.
     
  17. MrWillyWonka

    MrWillyWonka Chocolate computers galore!

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    Si Soft Sandra will tell you, as too PC Wizard 2005

    What do you use the computer for, that way we can spec what you need. It is pretty high end already, although for futureproofing I would change the mobo and graphics - which as mentioned you could sell to make more money.
     
  18. Maniac618

    Maniac618 What's a Dremel?

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    Well, I'm a gamer, and I'm doing a Computer Games Technology degree. So I game a lot and I use 3D Studio Max to model stuff.

    I tried the F.E.A.R. game demo yesterday and today and there is a LOT of loading when enemies are loaded around corners etc. My system was bought a year ago and it seems to have already crumbled at the feet of technology. :wallbash:
     
  19. chemo

    chemo True Jungle Brother

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    ive read thats mainly to do with the amount of ram you have in the system, this game uses mega amounts of ram, get 2gb and it should help alot

    :)
     
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    Maniac618 What's a Dremel?

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    System Summary

    Warning 100 Large memory sizes should be made of Registered/Buffered memory.
    Tip 2546 Large memory modules should be ECC/Parity.

    Mainboard Information

    Notice 224 SMBIOS/DMI information may be inaccurate.
    Warning 2507 Mainboard has too few memory slots. Upgrading the memory may be difficult or expensive.
    Warning 2508 All memory slots are full. Upgrading the memory may be difficult or expensive.
    Warning 100 Large memory sizes should be made of Registered/Buffered memory.
    Tip 2546 Large memory modules should be ECC/Parity.

    CPU and BIOS Information

    Tip 210 CPU 1 [Processor 0, Core 0, Thread 0] : Mainboard supports faster CPUs, so the CPU can be upgraded when needed.
    Notice 224 CPU 1 [Processor 0, Core 0, Thread 0] : SMBIOS/DMI information may be inaccurate.
    Warning 235 CPU 1 [Processor 0, Core 0, Thread 0] : Vcore less than rated minimum. Check Vcore setting!
    Notice 224 System BIOS : SMBIOS/DMI information may be inaccurate.
    Tip 212 System BIOS : BIOS can be shadowed so check whether it is.
    Tip 211 System BIOS : BIOS is flash-able and socketed so it can be upgraded when needed.

    APM and ACPI Information

    Notice 224 SMBIOS/DMI information may be inaccurate.

    PCI(e), AGP, CardBus Bus(es) Information

    Warning 1206 PCI Bus 0 (1/1x PCIClk) : ASUSTeK Computer Inc FastTrak 378 RAID Controller : PCI latency too high. Device could hog the bus for too long.
    Tip 1202 PCI Bus 0 (1/1x PCIClk) : ASUSTeK Computer Inc VT8233/A AC'97 Enhanced Audio Controller : Device does not support bus mastering.
    Tip 1202 PCI Bus 0 (1/1x PCIClk) : Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Athlon 64 / Opteron HyperTransport Technology Configuration : Device does not support bus mastering.
    Tip 1202 PCI Bus 0 (1/1x PCIClk) : Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Athlon 64 / Opteron Address Map : Device does not support bus mastering.
    Tip 1202 PCI Bus 0 (1/1x PCIClk) : Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Athlon 64 / Opteron DRAM Controller : Device does not support bus mastering.
    Tip 1202 PCI Bus 0 (1/1x PCIClk) : Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Athlon 64 / Opteron Miscellaneous Control : Device does not support bus mastering.

    Video System Information

    Tip 2221 Video Adapter : Primary Display Driver (display) : Driver is not certified.
    Tip 314 Video Adapter : Primary Display Driver (display) : Video BIOS is too old. Check for an update.
    Tip 319 Video Adapter : Primary Display Driver (display) : A refresh rate of at least 75Hz is recommended. Increase it if possible.
    Tip 322 Video Adapter : Primary Display Driver (display) : Turn off screen savers. Use the monitor power saving mode.
    Tip 323 Video Adapter : Primary Display Driver (display) : Remove the desktop wallpaper to save memory and improve performance.

    Drives Information

    Warning 1.44MB 3.5" (A:) : Cannot obtain drive information; check that a disk is in the drive and it is correctly formatted.
    Tip 1821 Hard Disk (C:) : Label (name) drive.
    Tip 1821 Hard Disk (D:) : Label (name) drive.
    Warning CD-ROM/DVD (F:) : Cannot obtain drive information; check that a disk is in the drive and it is correctly formatted.

    Sound Card Information

    Warning 710 Wave Input Devices (Recording) : Realtek AC97 Audio : Driver may be obsolete. Check that it is the latest version.
    Warning 710 Wave Output Devices (Playback) : Realtek AC97 Audio : Driver may be obsolete. Check that it is the latest version.
    Warning 710 Mixer Devices (Mixing) : Realtek AC97 Audio : Driver may be obsolete. Check that it is the latest version.

    DirectX Information

    Tip 2221 DirectDraw Devices : Primary Display Driver (display) : Driver is not certified



    ATA/ATAPI Information

    Warning 3104 ATA Controller 1 : ATAPI CD-ROM/DVD device (removable) : Current mode not optimal. Check settings.
     

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