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Need some advice for upgrading....

By nsyrax
Jun 11, 2006
  1. I want to upgrade my PC to improve my performance with the Adobe Creative Suite 2 and wanted to know what the BEST thing I could do to improve my graphics performance with the programs in the Creative Suite. My specs are as follows:

    CPU(s)
    Number of CPUs 1

    Name AMD Athlon 64 2800+
    Code Name ClawHammer
    Specification AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 2800+
    Family / Model / Stepping F 4 A
    Extended Family / Model F 4
    Brand ID 4
    Package Socket 754
    Core Stepping SH7-CG
    Technology 0.13 um
    Supported Instructions Sets MMX, Extended MMX, 3DNow!, Extended 3DNow!, SSE, SSE2, x86-64
    CPU Clock Speed 1800.2 MHz
    Clock multiplier x 9.0
    HTT Bus Frequency 200.0 MHz
    L1 Data Cache 64 KBytes, 2-way set associative, 64 Bytes line size
    L1 Instruction Cache 64 KBytes, 2-way set associative, 64 Bytes line size
    L2 Cache 512 KBytes, 16-way set associative, 64 Bytes line size
    L2 Speed 1800.2 MHz (Full)
    L2 Location On Chip
    L2 Data Prefetch Logic yes
    L2 Bus Width 128 bits



    Mainboard and chipset
    Motherboard manufacturer MSI
    Motherboard model MS-7032, 1.0
    BIOS vendor American Megatrends Inc.
    BIOS revision Version 07.00T
    BIOS release date 04/02/01
    Chipset VIA ID0204 rev. 00
    Southbridge VIA VT8237 rev. 00
    Sensor chip Winbond W83627THF

    Graphic Interface AGP
    AGP Status enabled, rev. 3.0
    AGP Data Transfer Rate 8x
    AGP Max Rate 8x
    AGP Side Band Addressing supported, enabled



    Memory
    DRAM Type DDR-SDRAM
    DRAM Size 1024 MBytes
    DRAM Frequency 163.7 MHz
    FSB:DRAM CPU/11
    CAS# Latency 2.5 clocks
    RAS# to CAS# 3 clocks
    RAS# Precharge 3 clocks
    Cycle Time (TRAS) 7 clocks
    Bank Cycle Time (TRC) 10 clocks
    DRAM Idle Timer 16 clocks
    Command Rate 2T
    # of memory modules 2
    Module 0 DDR PC3200 - 512 MBytes
    Module 1 DDR PC3200 - 512 MBytes



    Software
    Windows version Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 (Build 2600)
    DirectX version 9.0c

    Video Card
    ATI Radeon 9600
    256 MBytes

    Any suggestions? TIA!!!!!
     
  2. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,896

    When it comes to working with vidoeo theonly things that will make much of a difference is 1. faster processor. 2. more ram.
     
  3. nsyrax

    nsyrax TS Rookie Topic Starter

    OK, with my current setup, would it be better to basically start over and get a new mobo and cpu or just upgrade my cpu and ram? Thanks!
     
  4. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

  5. nsyrax

    nsyrax TS Rookie Topic Starter

  6. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,764

    Check Ebay. You can find 3700 and 3400,s with 1mb L2 cache. Those are the best socket 754 chips.
     
  7. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

  8. nsyrax

    nsyrax TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The 3700+ says it's 1600 MHz and the one I have now says it is 1800MHz, why would the one I have be at a higher MHz?
     
  9. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

  10. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    Do not get clockspeed & HT link speeds mixed up.
     
  11. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    Even if he is mixing up HT and clockspeeds, something is still wacky. His clockspeed should be 2400Mhz, not 1800mhz.

    Nsyrax, where are you getting that number from? Surely you are not talking about the clock speed of your current Athlon64 2800...
     
     
  12. nsyrax

    nsyrax TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I used CPU-Z to get the info that I posted, I just copied and pasted it. Am I not running at full clock speed? Do I need to change some BIOS settings?
     
  13. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    I think I see the problem now (and I think Didou saw it as well).

    You are comparing the HT of the 3700+ with the clockspeed of your Athlon64 2800+.

    Athlon64 3700+
    clockspeed: 2400Mhz

    Your Athlon64 2800+
    clockspeed: 1800Mhz

    When you said:
    I thought you had bought a new 3700+ :)
    But you are talking about your 2800, aren't you.
     
  14. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,764

    I cant believe Neweggs price on the 3700+. I bought mine from them last september and it was only $200 and it came with a free hard drive. Check Ebay instead.
     
  15. nsyrax

    nsyrax TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The one I CURRENTLY have is the 2800+, sorry for the confusion :0) So mine is running at the proper speed then? BTW, you guys ROCK!!!!! Thanks for being so helpfull. I wish all forums were like this one.
     
  16. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    vegasgmc, was yours the socket 939 version? They are much cheaper than the 754 versions, and still around the $200 mark on Newegg.

    Nysrax, yes your CPU appears to be running at the proper speed ;)
     
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