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How long will thise pc work

By harrisdurrani ยท 7 replies
Oct 12, 2005
  1. hello guys.. i was just wondering how long will my pc run with these specs..(this pc is purely for Games)

    AMD Athlon 64 3200+ newcastle (overclocked to 3400+)
    ASUS k8n4-e-deluxe nforce 4 chipset
    Radeon X800 XL 256 GDDR3
    Antec Truepower II 450 W
    thermal take Volcanoe Heatsink
    1 GB Corsair Value ram

    cause someone told me my pc will be useless after 6 monhts is this true?
  2. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    It should last you longer than 6 months.

    It will last as long as you think the performance is acceptable in games, and when you get a game that you want to play and it can't play it well, you will then probably say it's obsolete, and get a new pc or upgrade it. As to how long that will be, I don't know, but I think it's a pretty good setup. In the future you might want 2gb ram if you want to play games like bf2 etc.
  3. Merc14

    Merc14 TS Rookie Posts: 171

    I'd say that the newer games, such as BF2, are already stressing that setup. Can't say what the next gen will do to it but as far as being able to play games it all depends on how much eye candy you want to use. I'd plan on upgrading my video card to an x850xt in 1.5 years when the price is reasonable and that will keep you playing the latest releases at decent settings for another 1.5 years and then an upgrade will be needed. So, 3 years.
  4. harrisdurrani

    harrisdurrani TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 159

    i am already running bf2 on everything high except textures and lightning which are set to medium and its running at about 45 to 50 frames ....!! i tried fear worked pretty dandy
  5. harrisdurrani

    harrisdurrani TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 159

    3 years but what about the 3200+ processor ...that seems to be pretty much out of date now lol new processor means new mobo cause both are S754
  6. Merc14

    Merc14 TS Rookie Posts: 171

    Like I said, BF2 is probably stressing your system, I didn't say it wouldn't run it. And like vnF4ultra said, it is all really in the eye of the beholder. A x850xt will be OK with an O/Ced 3200+ and will be able to run games for a couple years. It is just that you will be cutting the performance level down each generation till you get to the point where a game will come out and your card won't support it, like BF2 won't support some cards that were new just 3-4 years ago.

    x800 will last a year or so and then it won't be hacking it any longer and you get the x850xt which buys a little more time but your CPU is tired and the x850xt is hitting the wall too so it lasts a year and then you get a new system.

    An alternative is to start upgrading a piece ata time. You could get a 939 mobo with both an AGP and PCIe video slot. Upgrade the CPU to a 3500+ Venice core which will overclock like a big dog and goes for $219 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103533 and mount it on a Asrock 939 mobo with AGP and PCIe slots and costs $69.http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813157081 . Total cost is $288 and then you can use your 800 in it for another year.

    When you need the next upgrade just jump to a PCIe card like a 7800GTX or ATI equivalent which will be cheaper in a year, possibly around $300. That way you're keeping right up with technology without taking that new gear hit and you can do it at $300 a year.
  7. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    You could upgrade your current rig, with something like a 3700+ cpu, and a fast graphic card like a x850 series agp, and you'd have very good performance, but once that is no longer "enough" power, then you're at a dead end with no upgrade path, besides a new mobo, cpu, graphics card.

    So it may be wiser to instead get a 939 board and cpu, the asrock merc mentioned would be good, as it would support your current graphic card until you'd want to get a better pci-e model in a while.
    I've seen oem 3200+ cpus for as low as $133, and they usually oc well.
    The asrock's only like $70-80, so the upgrade would be like <$250 including a $30-35 heatsink for the cpu.
  8. tarun123v

    tarun123v TS Rookie

    Different Answer

    I will anwser your Question diffrently
    if u don't shutdown PC with Windows XP for 27 days the system will Crash
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