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Upgrading my computer.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by talon756, Oct 26, 2009.

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  1. talon756

    talon756 Thread Starter

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    Hello everyone, I've become quite interested in upgrading my old box. Currently I have a Micro-Star mobo, dont know the model number offhand, but will be able to soon with some help. Anyway, I mainly want to upgrade my processor and video card. Currently I have a AMD Sempron(tm) 2500+, MMX, 3DNow, ~1.7GHz processor, and a RADEON 9250 gfx card (agp). I would like to know some quality options for a tight budget (100$ or less) if possible.
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    talon756
     
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  3. prunejuice

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    What is it that your computer is lacking, that you feel you need to upgrade for?
     
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    Upgrading your box for what? Yes computers feel/get slow with age. Unlike the OLD days when a 1~8Mhz computer would easily last you 5+ years.

    For $100... you're not going to get much. Find a used AMD XP 3000 for $5 or free will add about 10% improvement. By todays standards, it wouldn't be noticed. If you're looking to play modern games... not possible. If you're looking to play games made 2004 and earlier, then a $65~90 video card (new) will help or a used 9800Pro~6600GT AGP cards (used for $10~40) maybe worth while.

    If you want noticable improvements in computing power for video, large data files and gaming. You'd have to replace pretty much every single part of your computer. Execpt for the mouse, keyboard and optical drive.

    Things that have changed since the days of AMD-XP/32 CPUs.
    - 3 socket types
    - 2 Video standards (AGP > PCIe1.0 > PCIe2.0)
    - Hard drive interface IDE-PATA > SATA
    - CPU performance.
    - Memory DDR > DDR2 > DDR3
    - PSUs from ATX1.0 --> ATI 2.x

    Here is a chart: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/default.aspx?b=43#notes_44
    Your system performance would be between the last two CPUs.

    A $65 AMD X2 250 would be about 3-4x faster.
    You can buy a mobo, CPU, RAM and PSU for about $300.
     
  5. talon756

    talon756 Thread Starter

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    o_O thanks for replies, havent been able to post in a while. Anyways, yeah I was looking to replace a couple parts (processor, GFX card) but i think im good everywhere else. Mobo is a bit lacking though. Problem solved. Thanks.
     
  6. Compiler

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    Replace a few parts? Again, if its an office PC... then there is no need to replace the video card. Unless the CPU is free or near free... its not worth the hassle. Doing a clean install of XP and having at least 1GB of RAM should make it usable and faster.

    The Socket A of your motherboard design has been discontinued about 3-4 sockets ago. (5 years)

    Replacing the mobo for something new - means buying new memory too. Also your OLD PSU is not compatible with todays systems.
     
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