Worth the upgrade?

By vilex
Aug 20, 2004
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  1. Hey people. I recently bought a new tower (1000 big ones) from a local store. The specs are :

    Pentium 4 3.0 Ghz
    120 SATA HD
    300W Power
    54/32/54 CDRW Drive
    512 DDR400 3200 (two 256's running dual channel)
    Gigabyte 865PE motherboard
    Geforce 4 TI 4200 64MB (already had this)
    Soundblaster Audigy 2 (had this too)

    My old computer's specs :

    Elitegroup k7s5a Motherboard
    AMD Athlon 2400+
    300W Power
    80GB Maxtor IDE HD
    512 DDR 2100 (1 stick)


    My question is : Should I notice a great performance increase from this new computer? I noticed Doom 3 ran better and I was able to boost the detail to Ultra and the resolution to 1024x768 from Medium detail and 800x600.

    I ran the Far Cry demo however, and didn't see much of any performance gain. And what really boggles my mind is ACID 3.0 had no change. None. Load times are a bit better but songs I'm working on still skip during playback like they did before. Exactly like they did before. This was one of my main reasons for upgrading and nothing happened, so I'm pretty dissapointed. Is this how this upgrade should be or is something not working?
  2. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,383   +15

    I think something isnt working properly, doesnt sound like a cpu bogging down, that is if its skips like the skip on a cd player.

    A P4 3.0 should perform better then a 2400+, but you still got ripped on the deal if you ask me.

    As for a great performance increase, as far as you comparing with Doom3 and FarCry between computers, a new videocard would make a tremendous difference as far as upgrades go.

    CPU is still very important in games, and will lower load times,etc, but videocard is a very big factor.
  3. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,268

    It seems to me that your video card seems to be the limiting factor for increase in performance. What will set apart the XP2400+ and the Pentium 3.0 in Doom 3 is a better video card.
  4. vilex

    vilex Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 52

    Yeah I know I could have gotten a better deal if I built it myself, but I needed something fast, something with a long warranty and I built the last one myself...which is now suffering from strange problems. Judging by benchmarks the P4 3.0 should not only perform better than the 2400+ but it should stomp it into the ground.

    I just ran the Soldner demo (yes I like this game) and it runs much better. Still, I don't care about games nearly as much as music creation, which hasn't changed. Maybe it's something with the program (ACID 3.0), I'm not sure. I know when I've upgraded in the past, ACID ran better each time. Not this time.

    Any ideas would be very appreciated.
  5. Bug

    Bug Newcomer, in training Posts: 180

    Create a new post in the Audio section regarding the audio issue. I would like to look into that one.
    Bug
  6. vilex

    vilex Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 52

    Well I seem to be getting this figured out on the ACID forums so we'll see how that goes. Thanks all for the replies.
  7. Charles Hammond

    Charles Hammond Newcomer, in training Posts: 164

    Well you are using an older video card. Might try a Radeon 9800 PRO.

    Also the power supply is underpowered for any of the newer video cards. I think a 400w or higher power supply might help if you want to add a better video card.
  8. Steve B

    Steve B Newcomer, in training Posts: 107

    Does the new board have AC97 sound?

    if so, ditch the REALTEK drivers and install the latest NVidia ones.
    It fixed all my audio probs, ie popping, strange effects during games etc...
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