Time for me to upgrade... Choices, choices, choices??

Time for me to upgrade... Choices, choices, choices??

Post by ur_drol » Thu, 10 Jun 2004 03:41:02


Hi there all you tech heads.

I am after advice from "those in the know" about a box upgrade that I'm
considering.

Having being through this once before (and fluffing it with a 733 P3
just after P4 release) and missing any opportunity to make a meaningful
(cpu only) upgrade. I "NEED" to spend as little as possible on my
initial upgrade of Case, m/b, cpu (low budget), 512mb ddr & hdd.

I have a reasonable appreciation of the value of higher fsb, P4 hyper
threading and 64 bit 754 XP's, but don't have much of an idea as to
the comparative value of the 462 XP's 400fsb, particularly as relates
to P4 hyper threading and the likelihood of continuing production of
faster (compatible architecture) cpu's that might be supported by my
new m/b. i.e.... I understand the risk of architecture redundancy if
I get it wrong and am trying to weigh the risk against the savings in
cost for the three different options.

Search and cost comparisons of local supply options for m/bs that
support the potential advances of the three options (together with a
desire to get 'off board graphics') are limiting me to low speed cpu's
around 1600 - 2000 with lower fsb. This will be my most meaningful
upgrade (other than graphics, sound and ram), and I would like to be
in the hunt for a 3300+ + upgrade (if available).

I guess my question is simply..... are 462 XP's with dual channel cpu's
competitive enough (in your collective opinions) with P4 hyperthreading,
....to minimise the risk of premature redundancy.


The specs I'm considering are as follows;

Gigabyte GA-7N400-L nForce Chipset 400 FSB Dual channel
Triplex 128Mb DDR GeForceFX 5200 8X w/TV-Out & DVI
Samsung 512MB PC3200 DDR RAM
Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 80Gb Serial ATA150 7200rpm 8MB Cache

Topped off with an el cheapo AMD Athlon XP1800+ to 2000 Socket
462.... Which will get swapped out in about 6 to 12 months (hopefully to a
nice big fat XP4000+ socket 462.


I'll also add a Sound Blaster Audigy-2 Sound Card and possibly
upgrade the graphics card.


Please advise.


Colin
 
 
 

Time for me to upgrade... Choices, choices, choices??

Post by phil » Thu, 10 Jun 2004 05:06:07

In article <3Mnxc.1891$ XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,


Ask in alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt?

Whatever you buy will be obsolete from the moment it arrives on your
doorstep regardless :)

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Time for me to upgrade... Choices, choices, choices??

Post by Klaus Fehr » Thu, 10 Jun 2004 06:41:16

Colin,
why do you want to upgrade?

K.

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Time for me to upgrade... Choices, choices, choices??

Post by ur_drol » Thu, 10 Jun 2004 08:13:35

My existing pc (3.5 yr old p3 733) has *** graphics, the hdd is full ,
the psu is about ready to die.... it's time to move on to better things.

I can't afford to do a decent one step upgrade and would prefer to
run with an option that is more likely to support incremental upgrades
that can take advantage of higher performance through ongoing
development of the cpu options.... preferably other than P4 HT and
AMD 64 (which I can't seem to find affordable incremental
cpu, graphics and sound solutions for)





: Colin,
: why do you want to upgrade?
:
: K.
:
: --
: XXXX@XXXXX.COM
: "ur_droll" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > schrieb im Newsbeitrag

: > Hi there all you tech heads.
: >
: > I am after advice from "those in the know" about a box upgrade that I'm
: > considering.
: >
: > Having being through this once before (and fluffing it with a 733 P3
: > just after P4 release) and missing any opportunity to make a meaningful
: > (cpu only) upgrade. I "NEED" to spend as little as possible on my
: > initial upgrade of Case, m/b, cpu (low budget), 512mb ddr & hdd.
: >
: > I have a reasonable appreciation of the value of higher fsb, P4 hyper
: > threading and 64 bit 754 XP's, but don't have much of an idea as to
: > the comparative value of the 462 XP's 400fsb, particularly as relates
: > to P4 hyper threading and the likelihood of continuing production of
: > faster (compatible architecture) cpu's that might be supported by my
: > new m/b. i.e.... I understand the risk of architecture redundancy if
: > I get it wrong and am trying to weigh the risk against the savings in
: > cost for the three different options.
: >
: > Search and cost comparisons of local supply options for m/bs that
: > support the potential advances of the three options (together with a
: > desire to get 'off board graphics') are limiting me to low speed cpu's
: > around 1600 - 2000 with lower fsb. This will be my most meaningful
: > upgrade (other than graphics, sound and ram), and I would like to be
: > in the hunt for a 3300+ + upgrade (if available).
: >
: > I guess my question is simply..... are 462 XP's with dual channel cpu's
: > competitive enough (in your collective opinions) with P4 hyperthreading,
: > ....to minimise the risk of premature redundancy.
: >
: >
: > The specs I'm considering are as follows;
: >
: > Gigabyte GA-7N400-L nForce Chipset 400 FSB Dual channel
: > Triplex 128Mb DDR GeForceFX 5200 8X w/TV-Out & DVI
: > Samsung 512MB PC3200 DDR RAM
: > Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 80Gb Serial ATA150 7200rpm 8MB Cache
: >
: > Topped off with an el cheapo AMD Athlon XP1800+ to 2000 Socket
: > 462.... Which will get swapped out in about 6 to 12 months (hopefully to
a
: > nice big fat XP4000+ socket 462.
: >
: >
: > I'll also add a Sound Blaster Audigy-2 Sound Card and possibly
: > upgrade the graphics card.
: >
: >
: > Please advise.
: >
: >
: > Colin
: >
: >
:
:
 
 
 

Time for me to upgrade... Choices, choices, choices??

Post by ur_drol » Thu, 10 Jun 2004 17:14:30


: In article <3Mnxc.1891$ XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,

: >Please advise.
:
: Ask in alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt?
:
: Whatever you buy will be obsolete from the moment it arrives on your
: doorstep regardless :)
:


Thanks.... no doubt you are correct
 
 
 

Time for me to upgrade... Choices, choices, choices??

Post by Klaus Fehr » Thu, 10 Jun 2004 20:04:38

Colin

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I see.


From the above and the list of components in your previous posting it would
seem looking out for box-occasions would be the most affordable option you
have. And the easiest as well. Taking your preferences into consideration,
K7 offers what you need in terms of price/performance and upgradeability.

K.
 
 
 

Time for me to upgrade... Choices, choices, choices??

Post by ur_drol » Thu, 10 Jun 2004 22:10:08

Thanks Klaus.... could you clarify what you mean by "box-occasions" ?





: Colin
:
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: "ur_droll" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > schrieb im Newsbeitrag

: > My existing pc (3.5 yr old p3 733) has *** graphics, the hdd is full ,
: > the psu is about ready to die.... it's time to move on to better things.
: >
:
: I see.
:
: > I can't afford to do a decent one step upgrade
:
: From the above and the list of components in your previous posting it
would
: seem looking out for box-occasions would be the most affordable option you
: have. And the easiest as well. Taking your preferences into consideration,
: K7 offers what you need in terms of price/performance and upgradeability.
:
: K.
:
:
 
 
 

Time for me to upgrade... Choices, choices, choices??

Post by Klaus Fehr » Thu, 10 Jun 2004 23:45:20

Last year's designs discounted by 30 to 50 percent from previous listprice.
You will find one every week if you look out for it.

K.

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things.
you
consideration,
upgradeability.