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xmojo1
09-06-2005, 10:17 AM
I'm putting together a price list of parts to build a Shuttle computer for home use. Working within the budget that I've set, I have $60 left to play around with. With that $60 I can either upgrade the hard drive from 120GB to 200GB or upgrade the CPU from an Athlon64 3000+ to an Athlon64 3200+. The Shuttle box will be for my wife's and young son's use, so it's not a gaming box. It will be used mostly for light gaming (children's games), web surfing and whatever work my wife cares to do on it :confused: I might also use the box to do some video editing & burning.

For the record, these are the parts I've chosen for the computer:

Shuttle XPC SN85G4
AMD Athlon 64Bit 3000+ Socket 754 or 3200+
GeIL PC3200 400MHz DDR Value - 512MB
Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 200Gb Serial ATA150 7200rpm 8MB Cache or Barracuda 7200.7 120Gb Serial ATA
CMV CT-720D 17inch LCD Monitor With DVI Port
LG GSA-4163B Dual Layer 16X DVD+/-R/RW

No graphics card listed as I already have one for the computer.

Which upgrade would be more practical: more HDD space or more processor power? I'm inclined to go for the extra HDD space. Your opinions please?

FoxyMX
09-06-2005, 10:36 AM
Hmmm.... what a decision to have to make. :p

If you were planning to do video editing soon I would choose the larger hard drive. Waiting an extra minute or two is a lot less painful than scrambling around trying to squeeze a few more files on a disk.

On the other hand if you were not planning to do video editing in the near future I would opt for the extra processing power and add another hard drive later when you have more funds.

|llus|oN
09-06-2005, 10:36 AM
I tend towards more hdd space also but I must comment that I think the whole thing is a horrendous overkill for the purpose it is intended. Thought about buying a used one? Could of course be that youre doing it for the fun of building, which is what I have done with two lately, so thats cool :) Enjoy.

Metla
09-06-2005, 10:38 AM
I would pocket the $60.....

xmojo1
09-06-2005, 10:48 AM
I tend towards more hdd space also but I must comment that I think the whole thing is a horrendous overkill for the purpose it is intended. Thought about buying a used one? Could of course be that youre doing it for the fun of building, which is what I have done with two lately, so thats cool :) Enjoy.

I haven't ruled out the possibility that I'd claim the Shuttle box for my own use and instead give my son my current rig :D

I'm looking to upgrade my own PC a year later down the line. Dual CPUs, next-gen graphics cards, Blu-Ray burners....oh, my :eek:

techie
09-06-2005, 10:52 AM
I would pocket the $60.....
I reckon this is way overkill for what I think it'll be used for. Do you really need a Shuttle!? Even if you do, you won't need 200GB of harddrive! And the increase in processor speed will hardly be noticeable for what you're doing.

lazydog
09-06-2005, 12:10 PM
How about more ram? :2cents:

drcspy
09-06-2005, 12:23 PM
spend the money on booze ;-)

personthingy
09-06-2005, 01:03 PM
Are these machines networked? If so, i'd go for performance now. Later, when/if you need it, put the big HDD in whichever machine is on the most, an share it for all to use. :2cents:

Jen
09-06-2005, 06:37 PM
I would go with lazydog's suggestion and increase your RAM and leave the CPU and hard drive as is. :)

pctek
09-06-2005, 07:29 PM
Buy a cool mouse.

hsv-b0y
09-06-2005, 07:29 PM
How about upgrading from socket 754 to 939??

xmojo1
13-06-2005, 02:49 PM
Thanks for the replies. As it turned out, I changed some of the parts and ended up with a configuration that cost a little less than the original specs I posted AND was a little more powerful. I went for a socket 939 box and a Winchester core 3000+ processor (a Venice core processor was just outside of my budget :annoyed: ) and got 1GB of dual-channel memory. This should help video-editing duties quite nicely.

techie
13-06-2005, 04:15 PM
Thanks for the replies. As it turned out, I changed some of the parts and ended up with a configuration that cost a little less than the original specs I posted AND was a little more powerful. I went for a socket 939 box and a Winchester core 3000+ processor (a Venice core processor was just outside of my budget :annoyed: ) and got 1GB of dual-channel memory. This should help video-editing duties quite nicely.
Good to hear back regarding your results :D

KiwiTT_NZ
13-06-2005, 05:17 PM
I agree with others here socket 939 is better and more ram is better than most any othe upgrade except graphics card for performance.