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dconline
15-08-2006, 11:14 PM
hi guys and girls i know you get this all the time but can you give me some advice on a medium gamming system.

this is my current system

MICROSOFT WINDOWS XP PROFESIONAL
SERVICE PACK 2
INTEL PENTIUM 3.0
1GIG OF DDR400
NVIDIA GEFORCE FX 5700
SOUND BLASTER LIVE 24BIT EDITION
2 X DVD BURNERS
250 GIG SATA2 HARDDRIVE SEAGATE
200 GIG SEAGATE ATA
17 INCH VIEWSONIC LCD

i just need a new mobo, cpu, and graphics card. my budget is 800 bucks, i was wanting to get a nvidia 7600gt and a amd 3500+, and a matching mobo.
i was considering getting a am2 3800+ for another $150 is it worth it?

i want a gamming system that will play all modern games in good quality. i was also concidering the x800gt.

all advice is welcome

cheers

memphis
16-08-2006, 03:13 AM
I would make use of what you have as most of it is fine. :)

The only things I would upgrade would be;

1.motherboard to a pcie one. (say $200 or less)
Make sure it can take your cpu as the cpu is good and does not need to be upgraded.

2.graphic card to a pcie. (say $400 or less)
7600gt 256mb will be fine

3.another 1 gig stick of ddr400 ram. (say $200 or less)
So you can have 2 gig of ddr400 ram.
(Or instead of more ram spend the money on a better graphic card say a 7900gt). :D

Those are the only upgrades I would do and will do the job. :)

pcuser42
16-08-2006, 07:55 AM
I would upgrade the CPU as well to a newer one, such as Pentium D. Those Pentium IIIs don't have much live left. And it would allow you to run Vista. :D

pctek
16-08-2006, 08:25 AM
i just need a new mobo, cpu, and graphics card. my budget is 800 bucks,
i was considering getting a am2 3800+ for another $150 is it worth it?

i want a gamming system that will play all modern games in good quality.

A 7600GT won't play ALL the latest and forthcoming games in good quality. But it depends on what you are likely to play.
RPGs? FPSs? Crysis for intance?

A friend of mine is in the process of doing this also. He has chosen:
Gigabyte PCI-E board
Socket AM2 x4200 CPU
1Gb DDR2-667 (for now)
And he got a 7800GT off Trademe.

JJJJJ
16-08-2006, 08:27 AM
I would make use of what you have as most of it is fine. :)

The only things I would upgrade would be;

1.motherboard to a pcie one. (say $200 or less)
Make sure it can take your cpu as the cpu is good and does not need to be upgraded.

2.graphic card to a pcie. (say $400 or less)
7600gt 256mb will be fine

3.another 1 gig stick of ddr400 ram. (say $200 or less)
So you can have 2 gig of ddr400 ram.
(Or instead of more ram spend the money on a better graphic card say a 7900gt). :D

Those are the only upgrades I would do and will do the job. :)

A pentium 3 is good???? You're dreaming.
And where will he get a PCI E M/B that will take it? And a 7900GT vid card with a P3. Wake up!

Greg
16-08-2006, 08:44 AM
You could go for a combination of something like this:

Asus motherboard (http://c1com.co.nz/shop/step1.php?number=7860) $150
Pentium 4 3.4 (http://c1com.co.nz/shop/step1.php?number=8416) $340
GeForce 7600 GT (http://c1com.co.nz/shop/step1.php?number=6853)
$370

Total $860

Your compromise is the budget motherboard, but it's an excellent brand. This combination would give you a great mid - upper range machine for your budget.

The_End_Of_Reality
16-08-2006, 09:29 AM
I think he is meaning a Pentium 4 3.0GHz ;) I never knew P3s could run DDR 400 or 1Gb for that matter :rolleyes:

I think it is worth going dual core if possible, but yes, a 3800+ will be better than a 3500+.

A 7600GT will not play all games at high quailty...

Greg
16-08-2006, 09:49 AM
I think he is meaning a Pentium 4 3.0GHz ;) I never knew P3s could run DDR 400 or 1Gb for that matter

That's what I thought but wasn't 100%. And yeah if he's got a P4 3.0 then his best bet is to keep it and spend all the cash on a better vid card and more ram.

dconline
16-08-2006, 12:00 PM
yea sorry for the confusion guys i have a p4 3.0, my motherboard is old and does not take pci-e, that is why i would like to get a new pc, because by the time i buy a new motherboard and graphics card i might as well get a new cpu to go with it. i have excluded the ram and the case from the price because i already have them. what do you guys think about the x800gt's, compared to the 7600gt? do u think that it is worth it to spend an extra $150 to go from a single core 3500+ to a am2 3800+?

all advice and coments welcome

Pete O'Neil
16-08-2006, 12:48 PM
Is that a LGA775 P4 or the older socketed version? If its a LGA775 chip then just buy a new mobo, ram and video card. But make sure the motherboard is Conroe compatiable, then hold out a few months till prices stabalize for conroe. 3Ghz should be sufficent for the next few months, initial conroe benchmarks seem very promising and definatley the better platform for the next 6months atleast.

SolMiester
16-08-2006, 01:36 PM
yea sorry for the confusion guys i have a p4 3.0, my motherboard is old and does not take pci-e, that is why i would like to get a new pc, because by the time i buy a new motherboard and graphics card i might as well get a new cpu to go with it. i have excluded the ram and the case from the price because i already have them. what do you guys think about the x800gt's, compared to the 7600gt? do u think that it is worth it to spend an extra $150 to go from a single core 3500+ to a am2 3800+?

all advice and coments welcome

Hi bud, FYI, the 7600GT will wipe the floor with the x800GT, NO compition there, & it should be good for high quality up to 1280x1024 as I use a 6600GT with those settings. It depends on the game really.
Extra 1Gb of RAM wont go amiss

dconline
16-08-2006, 02:54 PM
hi guys thanks for the help, i have decided to go with a am2 4200 =$420 and a matching mobo, = $180 and a 7600gt (pci-e) = $350 ish. so its a little over my budget but i think it will be best in the long run.

thanks for the help, comments still welcome.

cheers

p.s. ill keep my p4 system for mulitimedia, because of the t.v tuner that i have in it. i will also let my mates use it when they come over to do some gamming.