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Help with tough decision

by justin144 / May 3, 2007 2:48 AM PDT

Alrighty, my gf's dad gave me one of his unused pcs. Its a custom built rig.
Specs: P4 2.4 Ghz,
32 mb Nvidia x something card, but its very crappy not worth mentioning
1 gig ram
160 gig hardrive
and the mother board is AGP/ Intel oriented

Noticing that for me to upgrade my AGP car would cost some extra bucks then Ex16 type card puts me in a perdicament. Should i just upgrade say to the 6800 gs agp, or buy a new mobo and a PCi Express x 16? Which might allow me to make the system last a little longer.

Now my question is:
Well what id like to know is if I were to go the new mobo and vid card way would I need to upgrade any other parts? for instance the proc. or ram or are they fairly universal? I know my specs are not very specific now, but if needed I can check when I am home seeing how I am at school now.

Also I only plan to spend around 200 and under for the vid card

Thanks =)

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For a freebie, the 6800 gs agp is a good idea.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 3, 2007 3:56 AM PDT

I'd do that. The 2.4 GHz P4 is a little old but that 1GB RAM helps. It should run games from 2006 and prior just fine.


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My 2 bits.
by ahtoi / May 3, 2007 4:09 AM PDT

Are you a gamer? If not then what you have is plenty good. The only thing that you can upgrade would probably your agp card if you chose to; but if you want to do anything more, my suggestion is just to build another computer.

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Monthly update on best AGP cards for the money
by linkit / May 3, 2007 4:26 AM PDT
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by justin144 / May 3, 2007 5:18 AM PDT

Yup ima gamer and i would like to build a new rig but moneys to tight for that. But do you think its worth it to get a new agp card for 170 or get a Mobo with Pci x16 and a similiar vid card for 100 since there are markdowns between agp and pci

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Can be a surprise.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 3, 2007 5:20 AM PDT
In reply to: yup

For instance the OS may not install if it's locked to the motherboard.


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Is that a socket 478 CPU?
by Ray Harinec / May 3, 2007 5:33 AM PDT
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If so, there may not be maqny mobo options available other than Micro ATX.

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by justin144 / May 3, 2007 5:37 AM PDT

I was considering that, but I believe her dad has "A copy" to gimme. But i was checking out the agp link above and noticed i can still play very well on this system with just a new agp card. Then when moneys coming in more than going out i can just build a whole new system.

Im leaning towards a Nvidia Gs or Radeon X1950 pro, ill do some research see if some bargains are around =P

Btw any manufactures I should stick with or stay away from? I hear BFG has incredibly bad service

Thx for the responses guys =D

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Watch out for bottlenecks
by linkit / May 3, 2007 6:25 AM PDT
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Oops, I forgot the other article
by linkit / May 3, 2007 6:28 AM PDT
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About "A copy" of XP. Can be big trouble.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 3, 2007 6:43 AM PDT
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Unless it's a full version, licensed, not a pirate copy it's not worth the hassles people give you. Windows update fails, etc.


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