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Bulla
07-28-2007, 03:36 AM
Well i have a question for you guys. I just recently bought a used pc $225.00. It came with an AMD 3500 chip, Infinity mobo, 2 gigs ram, 80 gig harddrive (western digital), 6600 GT graphics card (going bad artifacts, but okay to use net and windows).

Now my question is do i really need to upgrade the chip or should i just overclock it? And what vid card should i get? Any suggestions would be great!


thanks.

FlyGuy45
07-28-2007, 04:55 AM
I have an Asus Gigabyte( or w/e), they make really good ones that are great for OCing.

TechX
07-28-2007, 10:55 AM
if it runs forget upgrading just throw in a new vid card for cheap. Save the upgrade for down the road.

RX-7
07-30-2007, 09:45 AM
It would depend what you you want to do with it, if you want to try gaming go for an inexpensive dual core and an inexpensive video card like a 7600gt or x1650xt
7600GT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130062
X1650XT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102068
3800X2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103052

L|52Cpl.Phille
07-30-2007, 12:20 PM
Hm... Is it an AMD 3500+ 64-bit? is it a 2.2 Ghz or a 2.0? You should be abe to get it up ateast 300-500 Mhz if you buy a better fan. If you are not experienced in this, then I do not recomend going over 200 Mhz.

Bulla
07-30-2007, 11:14 PM
http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/2509/ssxt9.jpg

here's a rough spec sheet of my pc.

74M|Pv.Kommisar
07-30-2007, 11:26 PM
Well, at mentioned above, it really depends on what you want to get out of the rig.

For most gaming needs, you're not doing to bad over all. The 3500 is plenty for most gaming. I'm running the 3700 with no issues. 2Gigs RAM is good as long as it is a decent brand.

So, maybe drop for a vid-card upgrade and go. I don't think you will get actually see much difference in upgrading to a dual core processor for gaming.

OH, and I almost forgot, what Sound Card you packing on that rig. That makes more of a difference than most would think.

RX-7
07-31-2007, 02:37 AM
it says it right there it looks like the on board Nvidia chip

58F_Lc Ordos!
08-22-2007, 09:57 AM
1Lt.Bulla;260818']Well i have a question for you guys. I just recently bought a used pc $225.00. It came with an AMD 3500 chip, Infinity mobo, 2 gigs ram, 80 gig harddrive (western digital), 6600 GT graphics card (going bad artifacts, but okay to use net and windows).

Now my question is do i really need to upgrade the chip or should i just overclock it? And what vid card should i get? Any suggestions would be great!


thanks.


What games do you wanna play? it all centers on that

Also as for artifacts, check the following:
drivers
windows
firmware

If all those are okay then you might consider a 8600GT as upgrade. But if i was you i would wait for a while if all you play is FH/WoW or the like. Those ran butterysmooth on my AMD-64 3000+ with an ATI 1600Pro. Your set up is better.

-Ordos-

1ABb|Cpt Squarebasher
08-22-2007, 11:59 AM
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/system-builder-marathon-uk,review-2240-10.html

The article above is quite revealing, they put a nvidia gtx 8800 in a similar system to yours, and got good results compared to what they said was a mid priced system, and in some resolutions it was better than the mid priced system.

Trexer
08-22-2007, 06:52 PM
Interesting thread here. I believe a have a similar setup as Bulla and I have been thinking it was about time to upgrade. I found an interesting article by Tom's Hard looking at the newer AGP boards. http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/agp-platform-analysis-uk,review-2071-11.html

After reading that I think I may consider upgrading as there seems to be a significant increase.

My current setup is

Pentium 4 2.40 GHX
GeForce 6800 GS
Audigy 2 ZS
1.50 GB RAM

I'm wondering if upgrading to the X1950 Pro would be worth it or if I should just wait and do a total new system. Do you think I would be able to get by in FH2 with that setup for instance?

1ABb|Cpt Squarebasher
08-22-2007, 09:45 PM
USG.Trexer;267101']Interesting thread here. I believe a have a similar setup as Bulla and I have been thinking it was about time to upgrade. I found an interesting article by Tom's Hard looking at the newer AGP boards. http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/agp-platform-analysis-uk,review-2071-11.html

After reading that I think I may consider upgrading as there seems to be a significant increase.

My current setup is

Pentium 4 2.40 GHX
GeForce 6800 GS
Audigy 2 ZS
1.50 GB RAM

I'm wondering if upgrading to the X1950 Pro would be worth it or if I should just wait and do a total new system. Do you think I would be able to get by in FH2 with that setup for instance?
At the moment I have an AMD athlon 64 4000+ which also runs at 2.40 GHX, I get reasonable frame rates of about 50 and up. All settings on high but I do not run AA or AF, at a resolution of 1680x1050.

AMD athlon 64 4000+
ATI x1800xt
Audigy 2 ZS
2 GB ram

[WaW]TA|Stubbfan
08-23-2007, 05:49 PM
Squarebasher;267193']At the moment I have an AMD athlon 64 4000+ which also runs at 2.40 GHX, I get reasonable frame rates of about 50 and up. All settings on high but I do not run AA or AF, at a resolution of 1680x1050.

AMD athlon 64 4000+
ATI x1800xt
Audigy 2 ZS
2 GB ram


Pentium 4 2.4 and Athlon 64 4000+ 2.4 is not comparable. My second rig is a Pentium 4 2.6, and i think that's about the limit i would go for. My first rig is an AMD 64 3400+ at 2.4Ghz, and that one is muuuuch faster thant he p4.

Now
BF1942 is actually a very CPU demanding game and will gain less with a new graphics card.
But BF2 is on the other hand more graphic card demanding and thus it will improve the game at a greater rate if you buy a new card.

In your situation i would probably save my cash and go for a whole new system later on, something midrange, it's abit a waste of money to buy a agp card nowadays. Just find some good cheap motherboard and a AMD64 something and a midrange PCI-e card and go for that.

H62|Sg RaidJTC
08-23-2007, 06:40 PM
I have a 7600 GT. It was under 100 bucks when I got it and it is great for todays games. I also have a 4200+ 2x which works very nice. I'd recommend a 4200+ or below if you are looking for games you can play today. For future games I'd recommend getting higher then a 4200+ but I'd definilty go with 2x if your computer can run it with that.

Also look into a bigger hard drive. You'll always need the space and to be honest. 80 GB isnt all that much. Now if you are using it as more of an office computer with bf42 on it just as the only game forget what I said.

Now for Graphics Cards. Like I said 7600 GT works very well and I'd say it is one of the best cards for its price. Now it is getting a little older for modern games. I can tell you that it can run bf2 on high graphics with hardly any lag. That'd be good for fh2. If you are looking for a little more pricey card look at the 7900's. These are not to expensive and work quite well.

Hopfully this helps you a bit.

Bulla
08-23-2007, 08:07 PM
Well i bought the 8600 GT for only $119.00 bucks at Circuit City. I can play bf2 on high and i can run Arma pretty nice at a little bit above normal settings.

I think this system i bought and took a gamble on has performed really nice so far. (knock on wood)

Bulla
08-24-2007, 08:29 PM
http://charlotte.craigslist.org/sys/403188189.html

I'm gonna get this chip and upgrade. Only 20 bucks!

[WaW]TA|Stubbfan
08-25-2007, 01:03 AM
1Lt.Bulla;268095']http://charlotte.craigslist.org/sys/403188189.html

I'm gonna get this chip and upgrade. Only 20 bucks!

That's a bargain.

Bulla
08-25-2007, 02:49 AM
Just picked it up and it works! I'm a lucky dog....