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torment1979

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Hey guys,

Just wanted anyones opinion on where the weak points of my system are. I use it for games ie: Doom 3/Wolfenstein and etc...online gaming and basic internet use.

Custom built pc:
intel p4 2.53gig 533mhz fb
ecs pt 800ce mobo
1 gig ram
24bit sound blaster live 7.1
bfg geforce 5500 256mb oc
win xp

I plan on moving upto a 3.2gig HT P4 and adding 1 more gig of ram. Also I might change mobo to a Asus P4V8X-X. Other then that, what do you think of my current system? Where should I improve it?
Thanks,
torment1979
 
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Before adding ANOTHER gig of ram I would HIGHLY suggest a different gfx card. Maybe one of the 6600 series. Unless you REALLY want to spend the cash then go for the 6800ultra. And since you seem to want to do alot of gaming have you thought of the AMD 64bit procs??? Like the 3200+ - 3500+ ones. I dont know the prices on the P4 stuff but I bet the 64 bit stuff would be better for a cheaper price. And yeah I would go with ASUS's stuff over intel if you do go with the P4 proc.
 
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Yeah, I'd go with darkelf. You'd be better off changing the vid card and if you're planning to upgrade your proc then better go with an AMD 64bit.
 
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Oh yeah you might also want to consider a radeon. The PCIes are more stable now, so they'd be quite powerful now.
 

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Before you go with a P4, you might want to checkout the cooling issues with the prescott core processors. The new AMD64s run much cooler. Typical temp for a 3.0 prescott is >55C. The 3500+ I am using to type this is running @30C right now.

As to mb, stay away from ecs. They are a bottom feeder mfg. If you go P4, go with either an asus or intel board using the intel chipset. Stay away from via or sis chipsets for a P4.

If you do decide to go AMD64 an Asus A8V is an excellent board along with the Soltek KT8 pro. In any case go with the 939 pin chip, not the 754 pin chip. The reason is for upgrade ability. There is no more development planed for the 754 pin line of processors.
 
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darkelf_18 said:
Before adding ANOTHER gig of ram I would HIGHLY suggest a different gfx card. Maybe one of the 6600 series. Unless you REALLY want to spend the cash then go for the 6800ultra. And since you seem to want to do alot of gaming have you thought of the AMD 64bit procs??? Like the 3200+ - 3500+ ones. I dont know the prices on the P4 stuff but I bet the 64 bit stuff would be better for a cheaper price. And yeah I would go with ASUS's stuff over intel if you do go with the P4 proc.
I'm with darkelf, a gig of ram is enough to run pretty much any game, adding another gig will only help if you do any kind of cad drawings and lots of 3d rendering otherwise go for a Athlon 64 or a new gfx card like the others were saying
 
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