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  1. twoodcc

    twoodcc New Member

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    i need to decide to upgrade my current system, or just start all over on a new one. here is my current setup:

    Asus p4p800-deluxe motherboard
    p4 2.4 ghz w/HT
    2 gb pc2700 ram
    80 gb SATA hd
    160 gb IDE hd
    ATI AIW 9800 pro 128

    if i upgraded my system, i would consider upgrading to maybe a raptor hd, or even 2 raptors in a raid, or maybe upgrading to p4 3.4 ghz processor.

    or should i just start all over? get the top-of-the-line motherboard, and go from there? if i did, i would want dual-core intel. but i don't have that much money.

    what do you think?

    thanks in advance
     
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    you could always upgrade to a Pentium M cpu :)
     
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    twoodcc New Member

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    why would i want to do that?
     
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    twoodcc New Member

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    is an upgrade from 2.4 ghz to 3.4 ghz with 1mb cache worth $280? big difference?
     
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    CDsDontBurn AMD & Petrol Heads Mod

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    hmm....TBH, w/all the new hardware out there today, it would be best to get all new IMO. 775 is in 478 is out. Pentium D is what's new and hot for intel. And intel has just barely figured out that clock speed isn't everything.

    but if all you're doing is just replacing the chip, then yes, it's still worth it :)
     
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    twoodcc New Member

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    thanks. yeah if i had the money, i would just build a new system with one of the new processors. but i can't afford it (college student - no income). so i guess i'll upgrade the processor.
     
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    CDsDontBurn AMD & Petrol Heads Mod

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    also, make sure that your MoBo has the newest available BIOS for it. if you got your MoBo when it first came out, then your MoBo probably doesn't support the prescott core if you haven't flashed the BIOS since you first got your rig.
     
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    thanks. i know i've upgraded the BIOS once (maybe even twice). i guess i should check for a new one also. i think my motherboard supports 3.4 EE 478. should i save some money and go for that? or just buy the regular 3.4?
     
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    CDsDontBurn AMD & Petrol Heads Mod

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    just get the 3.4e dude. the EE is overpriced for barely any performance difference.
     
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    Rasta Monsta Just an Average Joe...

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    HAR, my purple Avi says different...
     
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    CDsDontBurn AMD & Petrol Heads Mod

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    lol....that's only cuz you didn't lose 1,500 '03 points
     
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    Rasta Monsta Just an Average Joe...

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    Seriously though, I was considering the same stuff as you are not long ago. I decided to go balls to the wall with my i875e platform, and stop the upgrade madness for a while. The result was a blazing fast rig that I am very happy with.

    For you, that could mean a RAID array, a new CPU & a better vid card, all worth it for preserving your very good quality mainboard. That sort of upgrade will definately tide you over for quite a while.

    rasta
     
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    twoodcc New Member

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    thanks for the input. i'm still thinking about what i'm going to do. yeah, the pentium ee is not an option. i might even sell my current system and start over. if i was going to do that, what's the best motherboard out right now?
     
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    CDsDontBurn AMD & Petrol Heads Mod

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    the first question if you were to start over, would you go with Intel or AMD? Once that is decided then you can look at options for DDR or DDR2 depending on which you decide going with. Video card would obviously have to be PCI-E format
     
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    well, what do you think i should do? i've never had an amd before though. so far, i've seen that amd doesnt't supprot DDR2, correct? so aren't they behind?
     
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    so basically what i'm asking is which is the best to buy right now? amd or intel? also, if i want to have an all-in-wonder card, do i have to go with intel?
     
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    CDsDontBurn AMD & Petrol Heads Mod

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    from what i understand, AMD will not go DDR 2. their processors perform better w/DDR than they would w/DDR2.

    the only thing i can say as to guide you to making your purchase, is simply ask you what it is that you will be doing on the computer once it is up and running. based on that, we can only recommend what it is that you should buy (but you still have the choice of buying it or not).

    now, that AIW card you want to have, do you already have it, or will you be buying a new one?
     
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    well i will be doing some video editing, but that's not all i will be doing. i'm not a big gamer, but i might play some games.

    i would buy a new AIW pcie card with the new system.

    basically i just want a very fast computer
     
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    ok, what kind of video editing?
     
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    nothing too fancy. mainly recording and editing tv, (maybe eventually HDTV if possible), editing videos that i make with my camera (sony dvd handycam), etc. when i mean edit, i mean sometimes changing the format of the video, adding music to either the dvd menu or the actual movie itself, etc

    i would also be burning dvds
     

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