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    I have a fairly decent computer and i wish to upgrade it. Now how do i do this and how do i know what parts to get and whether it will fit and work in the machine. I am in the uk and hoping the budget wont be that expensive. I want to upgrade the ram, graphics card and maybe processor although i got 3.06 fsb 533.

    Also whats the difference between graphics cards where one has 128MB and another has 256MB

    Cheers
    Last edited by Flametongue; 02-18-2005 at 04:50 PM.

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    Give us your specs, a budget for each upgrade part and we'll susgest the best options. 256mb cards only have advantages over the 128mb version if you go all out and buy the best cards. A 256mb version of a FX5200 is worthless as the ram would never be used.

    We need:
    CPU
    RAM
    GFX Card
    HDD
    OS
    Motherboard
    Budget for each part or an overall budget


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    Intel Pentium 4 3.06GHz H.T FSB 533 2 cpu's
    512MB DDR
    Nivida GeForce fx 5200 128 tv out DVI
    Samsung 80GB 7200rpm
    windows xp professional 5.1 build 2600
    How do i find the motherboard i cannot find it

    Budget 500 pounds i have overall.

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    really that comp isnt to bad....A good graphics card would prob be your best bet. And what do you mean 2 cpu's?
    [SIZE=1]AMD 4200 X2 @ 2.65Ghz, ASRock 939-VSTA
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdawgfoxx
    really that comp isnt to bad....A good graphics card would prob be your best bet. And what do you mean 2 cpu's?

    Two cpu's? probably hyperthreading ? But seems like a nice system to me too.


    Find mobo? Try this : http://www.lavalys.com/products.php?lang=en

    With thanks to clocker .
    Last edited by peat moss; 02-19-2005 at 05:40 PM.

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    lol i dunno its said something about the 2 cpu's on the dxdiag for some reason
    Last edited by Flametongue; 02-19-2005 at 07:48 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flametongue
    lol i dunno its said something about the 2 cpu's on the dxdiag for some reason

    Yeah thats hyperthreading, i get it as well. Totally normal.

    I personally would susgest getting 6600GT (130) and 1Gb of Ram, either getting an extra stick of 512mb Ram (40-70) or what i would reccomend is buy a brand new duel channel PC4000 1gb of ram (100 give or take). Ofcourse it all depends on how fast your current ram is.

    So with about 200-250 that would upgrade your system alot and give it the extra needed gaming power. Also while upgrading do a fresh format and install of Windows because alot of slow down can be because of Windows being clogged up with shyte files, spyware, adware and other nasties.


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    Are you really into gaming? If not then a high end graphics card is overkill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Virtualbody1234
    Are you really into gaming? If not then a high end graphics card is overkill.

    His idea of upgrading is over kill too ! But if one has the resources ,why not?

    @preezy, Your hired you can spend my money anytime!
    Last edited by peat moss; 02-20-2005 at 01:48 AM.

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    cheers peeps for the information + yeah i am into gaming (alot) especially pc gaming
    Last edited by Flametongue; 02-20-2005 at 10:39 AM.

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