Convince me to upgrade!

Yossarian

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Just got a fat tax return, but I can't convince myself that I actually need to buy any new components. Help! System is used for games mostly.

CPU: AMD Athlon XP 1800+ 1530MHz @ 1621MHz
Motherboard: Epox 8KHA+
Memory: 512 MB of Crucial PC2100
Video Card: Gainward (GeForce 4 Ti4200)
Hard Drive: WD 1200JB 120.0 GB @ 7200 RPMS
Additional Hard Drives: WD 1000BB 100GB
Monitor: Samsung Syncmaster 900NF
DVD Manufacturer & Model: Liteon 16x
CDR/CDRW Manufacturer & Model: Liteon 32/12/40
Storage Interface: IDE
Sound Card: Soundblaster Audigy
Operating System: WinXP Pro

Other Components:
Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 speakers
Antec SX830 case w/400W PS
Thermalright SK-6 HS w/AS2
1xPanaflo M1A 32CFM
2xPanaflo L1A 24CFM
 

IanthePez

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Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 speakers



Thos speakers are CRAP, get some good ones!! (I don't really think they are bad, but I can't convince you otherwise)
 

bluemax

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Convince you to upgrade?

Okay.



You should upgrade! :D
(Though I can't see anything that NEEDS upgrading! Maybe Bump that Ti4200 to a Radeon 9700/9800?) [shrug]
 

snowpeas

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how bout some donations to anandtech? It doesn't seem like u need any upgrades, if u do u just be plain wasting money. Or you could save it up and then buy a totally new system in the next 2 yrs? its pretty much up to you. Oh 1 more thing, you could also donate to me if u want :)
 

bluemax

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Originally posted by: snowpeas
how bout some donations to anandtech? It doesn't seem like u need any upgrades, if u do u just be plain wasting money. Or you could save it up and then buy a totally new system in the next 2 yrs? its pretty much up to you. Oh 1 more thing, you could also donate to me if u want :)

I'll donate you a computer....






... as soon as you hit over 10,000 posts. ;)
 

Sheriff

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Convince me to upgrade!

Ahh Ok that whimp ass puter with on,lly 512MB of 2100 DDR RAM playing games under 2GHz with 2.1 Speakers, no 21" Monitor not to mention the Vid Card, and howz the Mice situation? does it need cheese with it's:wine:y azz keyboard?...Where's the DVDRW?

K, I'm Done :p Edit =Don't Flame me (read my sig) for J/king on him cause of his thread
 

Yossarian

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Dec 26, 2000
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Originally posted by: Sheriff
Convince me to upgrade!

Ahh Ok that whimp ass puter with on,lly 512MB of 2100 DDR RAM playing games under 2GHz with 2.1 Speakers, no 21" Monitor not to mention the Vid Card, and howz the Mice situation? does it need cheese with it's:wine:y azz keyboard?...Where's the DVDRW?

K, I'm Done :p Edit =Don't Flame me (read my sig) for J/king on him cause of his thread

that's not bad :) I just got a Logitech MX700 so my mouse r0X0rz. I guess I'll have to waste money on something else. I don't think the performance increase from going to a 2.4 ghz processor will be really worth it.
 

Yossarian

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Dec 26, 2000
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yah you're right... I checked out the Radeon 9700 but I'm not spending $300+ on a video card at this point.
 

IQJUMPuw

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Don't upgrade dude...

Your current setup is more than enough to handle anything you want to do. I used to upgrade everytime new stuff came out, but I realized how much money I was wasting on stuff I never needed in the first place. Save and spend it on something better.

You can check out my current rig by clicking on My Sig link. Here's my upgrade history:
AMD Duron 750MHz ($95) -> AMD T-Bird 1.4GHz ($150) -> AMD XP2000+ ($215)
Alpha PAL6045 ($30) -> Alpha PAL8045 ($50) -> Thermalright SLK800 ($25)
GeForce2 MX ($110) -> GeForce3 ($250) -> GeForce3 Ti200 ($170)
Asus A7V Motherboard ($130) -> Epox 8KHA+ ($120) -> Gigabyte 7VRXP ($120)
MS IntelliMouse ($5) -> MS IntelliMouse w/ IntelliEye ($35) -> MS IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 ($40) -> Logitech MX500 ($40)

Just look at how much money I've wasted. I would still be more than happy with T-Bird 1.4GHz and GeForce2 MX. Come to your senses my friend. Resist your temptation! :)



 

Redviffer

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Originally posted by: IQJUMPuw
Don't upgrade dude...
You can check out my current rig by clicking on My Sig link. Here's my upgrade history:
AMD Duron 750MHz ($95) -> AMD T-Bird 1.4GHz ($150) -> AMD XP2000+ ($215)
Alpha PAL6045 ($30) -> Alpha PAL8045 ($50) -> Thermalright SLK800 ($25)
GeForce2 MX ($110) -> GeForce3 ($250) -> GeForce3 Ti200 ($170)
Asus A7V Motherboard ($130) -> Epox 8KHA+ ($120) -> Gigabyte 7VRXP ($120)
MS IntelliMouse ($5) -> MS IntelliMouse w/ IntelliEye ($35) -> MS IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 ($40) -> Logitech MX500 ($40)
Just look at how much money I've wasted. I would still be more than happy with T-Bird 1.4GHz and GeForce2 MX. Come to your senses my friend. Resist your temptation! :)

Were you able to sell your old stuff to help pay for your upgrades? That's the way I do it and it certainly softens the blow to my pocketbook. Also, Isn't the Gf3Ti200 slower than the Gf3?

As far as for upgrade: Your video card is adequate, but IS your limiting factor. You can buy a Radeon 9700 (non-pro) for $225, which you can bios flash to Radeon 9700 PRO and even on it's slowest day it would kick the crap out of the GF4Ti4200. But... I'm still playing everying on my GF4Ti4200 with no problems. It really depends on whether or not you like to turn on all the eye candy like AA, Aniso, etc.
 
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With the way that the economy is right now I suggest you hold on to your money - I wish I did instead of buying a $1,200 tv 3 weeks before I was "let go!" If I was FORCED to make a suggestion I would say upgrade your video card.. Though I have a feeling that prices will drop soon.. This is only to future proof your system (to play doom 3, etc.), but that's a term that doesn't really exist in this industry :)

You have a great system..I've always had the urge to splurge my refund - how about paying up some credit card debt or putting it aside until the opteron's come out ;)
 

wonkothesane

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Apr 13, 2003
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I'd say use the money to try some new games. Maybe support some shareware.

If you're bent on hardware, then extra RAM and/or an upgraded video card would boost performance considerably, depending what games you play and at what settings (Ti4x00s have...issues...with antialiasing).
 

EdipisReks

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play Unreal 2. that engine will laugh at what you currently have. it laughs at what i currently have :(
 

thorin

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Save your money and upgrade when it'll actually get your something useful. Or save it for your/your kids edutcation. Pay off your bills. Buy some RRSP so that next year you have more tax write off and get more back. Your system is just fine do something useful with the money don't just blow it because it's there.

Thorin
 

Malladine

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I agree with Thorin. That system is just fine!

And really, who wants to play Unreal 2 anyway? :)

You've got plenty of time left before a *fingers crossed, touch wood* good game is released which will require more than you have, namely Doom 3. And then, with any luck, lots of developers will grab the engine (or UT2k3's engine) until 2006 or later. Therefore, at that point you'll only really need a radeon 9700 + and maybe another 512 of ram and that card will theoretically remain decent for 3+yrs. Longer if you can handle running at lower/lowest settings.

The radeon 7000 i'm still using I bought in early 2001 and it was far from top end then.
 

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