Upgrading Pc (need Help)

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  1. brownie

    brownie Well-Known Member

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    so i was just planning to upgrade my pc, cuz it currently suks

    my current specs are ancient practically so there like this

    its emac

    processors: AMD athlon xp 1600
    RAM: 256 mb :(
    Hard drive: 40gb
    Mother Board
    Bus Speed 266 MHz

    I know its old, but it was cheap because i really didnt need it for anything else except doing some spreadsheets and office work, but now i just want something extra added on to it, instead of wasting alot of money

    so i am planning to get these
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/Sea...5&sku=M450-2309
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/Sea...p?EdpNo=2207238
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/Sea...6&Sku=T555-5006

    and now i just want to know are these good products to buy for my pc, and could this change it for better and also if u have any other suggestions of products that are better than these please go ahead and post away and my price range is between $400 and if u can, can u please find it on tiger direct...or if u know any other canadian parts site that has better pricing, that would be appricated

    plz and thank you
     
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    get 2*512mb for dual channel
     
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    these are my configurations

    AMD 3600+
    2 x 512mb DDR
    160 GB HDD
    256 nVidia game card

    These are really a nice one i have.... if possible try getting this...
     
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    so are u saying that i shouldnt get the mother board?
     
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    xlink GR's Tech Enthusiast

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    ignore him.

    as far as I know, pretty much every x2 3600+ in the retail market is AM2 based, and as such requires DDR2 NOT DDR.

    Also the fact that he refered to a video card by the quantity of vRAM as opposed to it' model number or GPU shows ignorance.

    an FX 5700 could have had 256mb vRAM, but it would be utterly destroyed by a 256mb Radeon x1900XT or 7900GT

    for the most aprt, dont' worry abotu vRAM buy the card by the GPU alone and typically "enough" VRAM is included.
     
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    sorry mate its not AMD 3600+ its AMD3000+ and i use DDR only... also so far no problmes in my PC still...

    motherboard is Gigabyte K8Triton (it supports AMD processors)
     
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    so what would typically the card i should buy, since i got confused at the part where u talk about vRAM and GPU, because when it comes down to a graphic cards i am like a noob
     
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    the basic diea behind a GFX card is for the GPU(graphics processing unit) to process game data for out put.

    typically data is loaded to the vRAM(video RAM) and then transfered to the GPU. The faster it can be transfered, the faster the GPU can do work on it.

    when looking at GFX cards, the two main components to look at are the GPU and the vRAM.

    GPU - how many functional units it has, it's clock speed, it's arhitecture.
    vRAM - capacity, speed, latency, bus width.


    this is the best bang/$ GFX cards you can get while being close to budget

    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/Sea...&Tab=2&NoMapp=0
     
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    So, are you going to get a video card, or just stick with integrated graphics? if you don't do any gaming, you probably don't need a video card.
     
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    thnx for that, if u dont mind, can u just find me a good RAM and a proccer, and can i use like new proccer with my old mother board without having problems

    and if u can do that for me that will be appreciated

    iam getting a video card too, since it will be pretty good to have for games i might play on my pc
     
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    you'de need a new motherboard, no "modern CPU" works with Socket A boards... those came out in what, 2000?

    if you live near a Fry's electronics then they sometimes have c2d e4300+board combos for like 150USD

    as for a canadian system...

    AMD semrpon 3000+ $70
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/Sea...7092&CatId=2353

    board $80
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/Sea...5167&CatId=2320

    RAM
    1GB(2*512mb) RAM $100
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/Sea...8745&CatId=2261

    Video card
    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku...acture=SAPPHIRE



    if you could spend more, I could get you some stuff that's a fair amount better, but 400CAD is hard to do when all canadian supplier assrape you w/ pricing. I'm still 30$ over too.

    or rather... all non-American retailers atleast, consumer electronics are fairly cheap inthe US because of the intense comercial competition.
     
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    thnx for all that
     
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    if you live in toronto, or the gta, don't buy from tigerdirect. it's so much more expensive.

    try canadacomputers.com
     
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    Canadacomputers.com
    cbit.com
    ncix.com

    WAY cheaper than TD. Also, if you're going to 'upgrade' it with that stuff, you're better off just building a new one, considering the case will likely be custom, not standard ATX/mATX.
     

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