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Solved: Gaming Computer upgrade

Discussion in 'Games' started by CDBongo, Jul 3, 2006.

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  1. CDBongo

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    I am considering putting a $100 gaming upgrade on my current system.
    From my perspective, there are three things that need to be upgraded: cpu ram and video card.
    But with $100, it will be near impossible to get all of them, so i will have to go with just one, or a combination of two.
    Right now I think best bet would to be to get a 256mb ati radeon X1600pro, but here are all the possibilities that top out at $100, I want to know which one you think is the best:

    My current config is: 2.67ghz celeron, 512mb pc2100ram, geforce 2 64mb pci

    - 2.8ghz pentium 4
    (with geforce 2 64mb and 512mb pc2100 ram)
    - 512mb pc3200 ram with radeon 9800
    (with celeron 2.67ghz)
    - 1gb pc 3200 ram
    (with celeron 2.67ghz and geforce 2 64mb)

    And last the configuration that looks to me to be the best:

    -Ati Radeon 256mb X1600pro
    (with 2.67ghz celeron and 512mb pc2100ram)

    Let me know what you think the best bang for the buck is.

    And by the way, the video cards that i am looking at are agp 8x, not pci-e, but it still should be wayy better than the pci interface i am using.
     
  2. squidboy

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    specs on your motherboard, power supply and OS please.
     
  3. Mayor Quimby

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    the info you have provided, i would go with a better video card. Atleast you will get to play the newer games. Still, with the upgrade, you pc will be a low end gaming pc and you will not be able to play games pass medium setting.


    And if your getting a agp 8x, make sure your pc has a agp 8x slot.
     
  4. CDBongo

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    Yeah, my computer has an agp 8x slot for sure, my motherboard is a biostar mb, that supports Pentium D and agp 8x
    Funny, i don't know what you are talking about because i play games on high at 800X600 with my PCI geforce 2 with 64mb of memory, shouldn't an agp8X card with 256mb gddr2 ram be way better?
     
  5. evoker121

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    ya u sould definaly get a better video card a radeon 9600 with 256mb would be a good choice tho i dont rember how much it is, i no its around a hunderd dollars tho
     
  6. Smety

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    First, buy two, 512mb sticks of DDR400 RAM, then save up to buy a P4 or PD, then upgrade graphics card last . . .
     
  7. CDBongo

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    evoker: Radeon 9600s are under 50, i can get a radeon X1600pro for 99
    smety: The cheapest lga775 cpu that isn't a celeron is $100 so it looks like i cant go that route
    and my computer would be bottlenecked be the pci gf2 anyway right?
    my choices are pretty much narrowed down to this:
    get a $70 graphics card and 512mb 400mhz ram
    get a $40 graphics card and 1gb 400mhz ram
    get a $100 graphics card

    I would really like to upgrade ONE of the (cpu, vd card, ram) so that i would have a good one, and when i got more money i wouldn't have to upgrade it again.

    I guess i should have worded my question differently:
    Which part would get me the best GAMING performance NOW:
    $100 CPU (2.8ghz Pentium 4 511)
    $100 Ram (Quality 1gb ddr3200 ram)
    or $100 Video card (ATi Radeon X1600 Pro 256mb)

    I know none will get me alienware performance, but which one would get me the best?

    Thanks
     
  8. GCDude

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    Interesting question you pose there CDBongo.

    How much are nvidia 6800's out where you are? Just thinking you may get a slight saving on a X1600. Plus when u are jumping this much advanced on the graphics side, the cpu/ram is going to start being the bottle neck.
     
  9. Smety

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    I guess for now, if you are that limited, the "$100 Video card (ATi Radeon X1600 Pro 256mb)'

    Would be your best choice.
     
  10. MahaGamer

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    i'de say keep what you have now, and save more and wait till the end of the year, and then upgrade when all the prices go down. thats what i'm doin! :)
     
  11. Smety

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    That's not a bad idea, I'd do what he was if I were you :)
     
  12. CDBongo

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    Yeah, i definately will put a more serious upgrade on it then.
    But I will need something now to tide me over, (20fps on 800X600 is becomeing annoying)
    What would your reccomendation be for a good agp8X card that will not be bottlenecked by my cpu and ram. Keep in mind that all of my major parts will be upgraded when prices drop/conroe's release.
    I know that i will be able to get some decent(er..) frame rates with a better card. Keep in mind that the games i play arn't really hardcore intensive 3d games (halo 1, jedi academy, need for speed, age of empires)
    Will a card such as the ati radeon 9600xt or 9800se or nvidia geforce 6600 give me decent frame rates at low-medium resolutions/details without becomeing bottlenecked by my system?

    I know that my graphics card is the bottleneck because my brother has the same card on his computer with a 600mhz celeron with 256mb ram, and he gets the same framerates as me at the same settings.

    Edit: I am reading reviews of the nvidia geforce 6600, and people are claiming performance boost from a 5700, and my current card is even less than that.
     
  13. Smety

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  14. CDBongo

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    thanks smety,
    is the x700 better than the x1300 or the x1600, because they seem to be about the same price
    and how much better are those ati cards than the geforce 6600, because it's about $20 cheaper and has 8 pipelines as well
    thaks again
     
  15. Smety

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    The X700 I'd say is better than the 1300, don't know about the 1600 but I think it's still a little better. The 6600 cards aren't very good at all, I wouldn't get one . . .
     
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