ugrading hardware advice

By paddysday72 · 7 replies
Dec 20, 2005
  1. Hi all i'm looking for advice on upgrading of my pc im using a web site to get the hardware. what i want to basicly know is
    what motherboard and memory 2gb of it and a 258 graphics card is the best, the processor ive picked out is and intel 4 3.8ghz 775 socket (which i dont no what that meens) and any other things i may need. :approve:
    this pc will be mainly for playing on-line games. im willing to spend about 1200 euro so on that whats the best hardware i could buy. :bounce:
    Currently i have a dell which i would never buy again as i wanted to upgrade my motherboard and processor they were not one bit helpfull :mad:
  2. mossimoboy

    mossimoboy TS Rookie Posts: 121

    First of all, lesson learned about buying dells..
    Second of all, do you want to buy a whole new pc or just upgrade certain parts?
    Third of all, what kind of applications do you do? (Give me a few game examples)
    And fourth of all, do you know how to build a PC? (judging on this quote "which i dont know what that meens" I'm guessing not.)
  3. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    This would be a good gaming system:

    99 euro
    Asus A8N-E, nForce4 Ultra, Socket-939, ATX, S-ATA, GbLAN, Sound, PCI-Ex16

    case/psu 129 euro
    Antec Sonata II Miditower, Black w/450W PSU

    Floppy drive 10 euro
    Sony Floppy Drive, 3,5" 1,44MB Black Floppy Drive Internal

    DVD/CD drive 45.50 euro
    NEC DVD±RW burner, ND-3550A, 16x, Dual, Black OEM

    Graphics card: 169 euro
    XFX GeForce 6600GT 128MB GDDR3, PCI-Express,Tv-Out, Dual-DVI, Retail

    or if you have the bucks
    Gigabyte GeForce 7800GT 256MB DVI PCI-Express, Vivo, Retail 400 euro

    HDD 250Gb - 115 euro
    Maxtor DiamondMax 10 250GB SATA2 16MB 7200RPM NCQ

    ram 110 euros
    Corsair TWINX1024-3200C2 DDR-DIMM 1024MB Kit w/two matched CMX512-3200C2 DIMMs

    CPU 235 euro
    AMD Athlon 64 3700+ 2.2GHz Socket 939, 1MB, BOXED w/fan

    Note: the difference between the two video cards I link above is HUGE for gaming, especially for newer games. HUGE.

    Total cost of parts above:

    912 euro with the low end graphics card
    1143 euros with the high end graphics card
  4. iluvnug

    iluvnug TS Rookie Posts: 20

    If you are interested in gaming I would also go with an Athlon. The 3700+ linked above is a great choice but you could also go with an Athlon 3000+ Venice as you could get it for about 100 euro less and could spend it elsewhere like on a graphics card for example which would increase your framerate in games more so than the extra speed of the cpu. If I had that much to spend on a system I would try to get a Geforce 7800 series graphics card.
  5. blacklite40

    blacklite40 TS Rookie

    AMD is the only real choice

    why anyone would fall for the old mhz myth is a mystery..AMD slaughters intel on any benchmark you care to name...gaming or not...usually cheaper too,,i built 32 custom pcs for customers in the last 2 years and i wouldn't even consider anything else for cpu..had a lot better luck overclocking my own machines too.
  6. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 478

    Real? Read
    Amd seems to be raising prices, 3200+ and 630 are same price now, and what? Close in games? Intel wins some losses some in benchmarks.

    I say 4800 X2's are clear winners in benchies, FX-57 second. But the down-to-earth cpus are real close. I can biuld a total system and overclock close to thier performance for less than that out-of-this world price tag. My 4ghz 530j (w/stock Intel cooler) would top some of those charts. My 2.6ghz Venice 3200+ is still middle-ground.

    "REAL" gaming performance comes from GPU anyway.
  7. paddysday72

    paddysday72 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    On reply to some of your questions which is very much appreciated.
    No i dont know much about pc but am reading a book at the moment about upgrading.
    games i'm playing at the moment are battlefield 2, quake 4 and half life 2 and i play mostly on line.
    I dont want to buy a whole pc as i have 2 hard drives totaling 600gb a new dvdrw, 20inch lcd and a new gaming keyboard and mouse. i have two 512 memory sticks but i think they will be left and i can get two 1024 or 2048
    :approve: :)
  8. dady393

    dady393 TS Rookie Posts: 17

    just do that

    go with what you picked.

    are you a libra+ (can´t make up his mind)
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