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    Question Looking for an upgrade on a semi-old computer set up. Any ideas?

    Hey guys. So it's been quite awhile since i've upgraded and now games are starting to get the best of me with the hi-tech new graphic's and what not. I have somewhat of a good amount to spend on whatever so money isnt really a factor.

    Here is my current set up.

    Motherboard - NF7-S V.2
    CPU - AMD 3200XP
    Memory - 1.5ghz corsair 3200 (one gig and one 512)
    Videocard - Radeon 9800 Pro 128mb
    Power Supply - Antec Trueblue 430w
    Hard Drive - One 80GB Western Digital 7200rpm 8mb cache
    Operating System - Windows XP Professoinal

    hmm, that pretty much does it. If anything else needs to be added please say so. Yes that pretty much sums it up, just looking for some new upgrades. Any information is highly appreciated.

    Thank you all for your help!

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    roughly how much do you have to spend?

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    Is that an AGP board? Are you looking for a move to PCI-E?

    Basic Upgrade prices at the moment are.

    £300 for:
    Core 2 duo 1.8ghz (E6300 or E4300)
    Decent Mobo (Asus PB5 or Gigabyte DS3 - cheapest variants)
    and 2GB of pc6400 RAM.

    Add £100 if you want the C2D E6600.

    Add £40 if you want a crossfire board..£80 if you want SLi

    Graphics cards..you will see an improvement with a £70 7600GT or blow your mind with £250's worth of 8800 GTS

    Gainwood 7800 GLH is a good agp card if you are looking to stick with that.. but £200 is a lot to throw at AGP
    Last edited by staffsMike; 09-03-2007 at 10:58 AM.

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    What will you be using the system for?

    That system is fairly balanced, so other than upgrading the graphics to a 7600GT, I would probably look at a new system. Upgrading any component is possible, but you won't make sufficient upgrade within the constraints of the system for it to be worthwhile.
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    if money isn't too much of an issue but u don't want anything too high end I would say. (brackets are the more expensive option)

    Core 2 Duo E6300 (E6600)
    Gigabyte/asus socket 775 motherboard (sli version)
    2gb corsair ddr2 800mhz
    640mb 8800gts (8800gtx)
    tagen/seasnoic 650/700w psu
    silverstone aluminium case
    couple of 120/80mm sharkoon goflballs for cooling
    (creative xfi xtreme music)
    320gb western digital sata II hdd

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabula View Post
    What will you be using the system for?
    The first consideration before considering an upgrade.
    Asus P5QL-E : Intel Q9550 : Noctua NH-U12P : DDR2 2 x 2048MB 1066 Corsair : Palit 9800GT 512Mb : Iiyama PLE2200WS-B : RME HDSP9632[a proper musician's card] : 2 x SATA 7200rpm 250GB : 1 x 7200rpm IDE 120GB : 1 x 7200rpm IDE 80GB : Iomega 34290 1TB eSATA storage : Pioneer DVR-216DBK : Antec TX1050 case : TAGAN TG700BZ PSU : MOTU MTPAV MIDI interface/time clock : Behringer BCR2000 : SONAR 7PE : Reason3 : ReFX Nexus : ReFX Vanguard : NI Battery3 : JP-8080 : D-50 : D-10

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biscuit View Post
    (creative xfi xtreme music)
    No - don't do it!
    Asus P5QL-E : Intel Q9550 : Noctua NH-U12P : DDR2 2 x 2048MB 1066 Corsair : Palit 9800GT 512Mb : Iiyama PLE2200WS-B : RME HDSP9632[a proper musician's card] : 2 x SATA 7200rpm 250GB : 1 x 7200rpm IDE 120GB : 1 x 7200rpm IDE 80GB : Iomega 34290 1TB eSATA storage : Pioneer DVR-216DBK : Antec TX1050 case : TAGAN TG700BZ PSU : MOTU MTPAV MIDI interface/time clock : Behringer BCR2000 : SONAR 7PE : Reason3 : ReFX Nexus : ReFX Vanguard : NI Battery3 : JP-8080 : D-50 : D-10

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    I would change these 3
    Memory - 1.5ghz corsair 3200 (one gig and one 512)
    Videocard - Radeon 9800 Pro 128mb
    Power Supply - Antec Trueblue 430w

    Memory - try another 1gig stick of RAM to make it 2.5gig
    Videocard - 512MB Sapphire Radeon X1950Pro AGP 8x
    Power supply - 580W HiperPower Type-R ,but if your case is only small and because of Hipers 'Unique user friendly modular design to reduce excess cables' you need at least 2 inches of room at the back of the PSU (towards rom drive)or 550W Xclio Greatpower Modular SLi U-Quiet.

    £60RAM
    £150 card
    £50 PSU
    Total £260

    Then again if you have the money then buy a new system with dual core and pci etc.....
    Last edited by Vega; 09-03-2007 at 12:10 PM.

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    you guys are incredible. Only this forum on this website has helped me as much as you would ever comprihend.

    Thank you guys for all your imput, I think that'll do me good for now.

    Till again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibbo View Post
    No - don't do it!
    Whats up with the X-FIs? i heard a few ppl complaining of a bit of crackle etc but mines fine. I say if have problems buy some half decent speakers

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    My X-fi lost the ability to do channel 4 lol (back left speaker)... mehh

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    so what soundcard would people recommend?

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      • 2 x 250GB SATA 1 x 120GB PATA 1 x 80GB PATA
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biscuit View Post
    so what soundcard would people recommend?
    m-Audio audiophile 2496 for stereo http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_u...2496-main.html
    m-Audio revolution 5.1 or 7.1 for surround. http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_u...on51-main.html
    http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_u...on71-main.html - but no MIDI

    ASIO and WDM driver support is the issue.
    Last edited by Gibbo; 12-03-2007 at 11:22 AM.
    Asus P5QL-E : Intel Q9550 : Noctua NH-U12P : DDR2 2 x 2048MB 1066 Corsair : Palit 9800GT 512Mb : Iiyama PLE2200WS-B : RME HDSP9632[a proper musician's card] : 2 x SATA 7200rpm 250GB : 1 x 7200rpm IDE 120GB : 1 x 7200rpm IDE 80GB : Iomega 34290 1TB eSATA storage : Pioneer DVR-216DBK : Antec TX1050 case : TAGAN TG700BZ PSU : MOTU MTPAV MIDI interface/time clock : Behringer BCR2000 : SONAR 7PE : Reason3 : ReFX Nexus : ReFX Vanguard : NI Battery3 : JP-8080 : D-50 : D-10

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    i used to have a EMU 1212m card but got rid of it as i dont need all the fancy proaudio features and all the EAX/X-FI stuff seems to draw me in.
    My main game is battlefield which uses X-FI superbly.

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