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Help upgrading my computer

By MarLuff
Sep 13, 2008
  1. Hey all,
    This is my first post on this forum so please be gentle. I am looking at upgrading my computer and need some advice. I think my graphics card is the main problem as i play quite alot of games but not to sure about the other things like my cpu, RAM and motherboard etc. If i was to go out a buy some bits on my own it would be all wrong and wouldn't work on this computer so i thought i would ask you guys first. My computer specs are as follows:

    Computer:
    Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
    DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)
    Computer Name TONY
    User Name Tony Martin

    Motherboard:
    CPU Type AMD Athlon XP, 2200 MHz (11 x 200) 3200+
    Motherboard Name ASRock K7Upgrade-600 (4 PCI, 2 AGP, 1 K8 Bridge Port, 2 DDR DIMM, Audio, LAN)
    Motherboard Chipset VIA VT8377 Apollo KT600
    System Memory 1024 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
    BIOS Type AMI (11/02/04)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
    Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

    Display:
    Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce 6600 (128 MB)
    3D Accelerator nVIDIA GeForce 6600 AGP
    Monitor Plug and Play Monitor [NoDB] (FFXJ320036826)

    Multimedia:
    Audio Adapter VIA AC'97 Enhanced Audio Controller

    Storage:
    IDE Controller VIA Bus Master IDE Controller
    Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
    Disk Drive ST3200822A (200 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/100)
    Optical Drive _NEC DVD_RW ND-3500AG (DVD+R9:4x, DVD+RW:16x/4x, DVD-RW:16x/4x, DVD-ROM:16x, CD:48x/24x/48x DVD+RW/DVD-RW)
    SMART Hard Disks Status OK

    Partitions:
    C: (NTFS) 190771 MB (137445 MB free)

    Input:
    Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
    Mouse PS/2 Compatible Mouse
    Game Controller Microsoft PC-joystick driver

    Network:
    Network Adapter Realtek RTL8139 Family PCI Fast Ethernet NIC (192.168.1.65)
    Network Adapter VIA Rhine II Fast Ethernet Adapter

    Peripherals:
    Printer hp psc 2100 series
    Printer Lexmark 730 Series
    USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller
    USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller
    USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller
    USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller
    USB2 Controller VIA USB 2.0 Enhanced Host Controller
    USB Device USB Human Interface Device

    If anyone could advise me on what would improve my computer i would be greatfull.

    Many thanks in advance.
     
  2. windmill007

    windmill007 TS Rookie Posts: 311

  3. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,168   +37

    But if I read his specs correctly his motherboard doesn't have PCI-Express.

    I would honestly consider saving up and building a new one and keep your old one. AGP is basically dead but if I remember correctly ATI did release their 3850's in an AGP model. Check out NewEgg to see if this still avaliable. (It always helps to have two computers anyway)

    Again, I would build new and not pour any more money into what you have.
     
  4. MarLuff

    MarLuff TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok, thanks for your comments. I had a feeling my computer was rubbish and i would have to build a new one. Can you give me any advice or websites on building a new computer as i have never attempted it before and what kind of bits would make a good gaming machine? I don't know a great deal about computers but roughly know what makes them tick and with your help im sure i can manage to put one together (i hope).
     
  5. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,168   +37

    The first important question to ask is: What is your budget?

    The second is: What do you want your new PC to do?

    The third is: Do you know of someone who has built his own and can help you put one together? This is how I learned until I was able to do it myself.

    * I and others here can definitely help you pick out quality parts.

    * Also, your PC is still solid. i wouldn't call it rubbish at all; its just old. Seriously, keep it. A back-up PC is always nice to have.
     
  6. MarLuff

    MarLuff TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The first important question to ask is: What is your budget?
    Around 500 - 600 UK Pounds (Maybe more if the need arises)

    The second is: What do you want your new PC to do?
    Mainly a games machine

    The third is: Do you know of someone who has built his own and can help you put one together? This is how I learned until I was able to do it myself.
    No (This could be a problem)

    * I and others here can definitely help you pick out quality parts.

    * Also, your PC is still solid. i wouldn't call it rubbish at all; its just old. Seriously, keep it. A back-up PC is always nice to have.
     
  7. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 903

  8. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +25

    If you haven't built a PC, don't fret. You can either learn to do it yourself via some excellent tutorials available online, or you could go to a small hardware store and have them do it for you for a small fee. Anyways, I recommend this setup for your budget:

    Grand Total = £518.15, which leaves enough for a suitable case of your choice. All parts, except the HDD, come with free delivery and will work together without any problems. The PC they will build will be pretty powerful and will serve you well.

    Good luck and let us know how it goes. :)
     
  9. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,168   +37

    Rage picked out a very nice option, it is within your budget, and you'll be able to upgrade in the future if need be. That video card will enable you to do serious gaming.

    This is an excellent answer to your need.
     
  10. MarLuff

    MarLuff TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you all very much for your advice. I think i will attempt to make it myself after ive read some tutorials and ill let you know how i get on. No doubt ill be back asking for advice quite soon :haha:

    Many thanks again.
     
  11. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,168   +37

    Here is a really important tip: When handling your motherboard make sure there is NO static electricty in you. One spark can fry a motherboard -- I'm not kidding. The wise thing to do is discharge by either touching your case or your PSU. You can even get wrist bands designed to keep you grounded.
     
     
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