September 20th, 2007, 11:23 AM
I'm in dire need of some upgrades for my pc, i know how to fit the hardware myself but i'm pretty stuck at what i should buy, there a lot of things i know will work but i don't know if they're any good. I'm hoping that someone here can give some suggestion on what will get the best performance. I've included some details about my system at the bottom just incase i miss anything.
At the moment i have a shameful 512MB of memory and i would like 2GB (while playing games im getting a lot of page swapping), and i'm pretty sure all i need to do is get 2GB of the fastest ram i can find on crucial.com. Anywhere cheaper?
I have a socket 939 motherboard so in theory i should be able to get the 4800+ X2 AMD Athlon 64? right? i have an amd athlon 64 3400+ in there at the moment.
And lastly i need a new graphics card as my ATI radeon xpress 200 integrated graphics are just crap. I have a 16x PCI Express socket, what's the best thing i can get in there?
I'm hoping i won't need a new PSU, the cpu and ram won't add much to the required wattage although a new graphics card and a bunch of new fans will. I can't seem to find any indication of my current psu's wattage from any applications, i'll take off the case and see if it says on the psu itself later on.
Cost isn't too much of an issue so long as it isn't mega expensive.
Heres an extract of my motherboards documentation (MSI AMETHYST-M 1.0):
Last edited by calpol2004; September 21st, 2007 at 11:49 AM.
September 20th, 2007, 02:11 PM
get everything from newegg.com, its pretty much the best prices your going to get, and my brother just did this to his computer and it makes a huge difference if you want to upgrade (went from 1GB to 2GB, 3000+ to opteron listed below, and 6600GT to 7900GT)
the best CPU you can get is
then get 2 GB of RAM and a decent video card and you should do fine, pick those parts and it will feel like a new computer
for the video card, i say pick whatever you want (look here for the best card for the money), but remember that the real high end ones are probably not worth it, i don't think a 939 system is going to be fast enough to run a fast 8800
Also, you probably need to upgrade your BIOS to support the dual core CPU (when my brother did it it booted fine, but there was only one core visible and nothing threw an error about it, so its very easy to miss, check the task manager and verify that you see two CPUs), a BIOS upgrade to the latest should fix any problems with the CPU
September 21st, 2007, 03:08 AM
I never thought the opteron was 64bit , supposedly it's designed for servers but does it work better than an AMD athlon 64 X2 4200+ when gaming?
And newegg unfortunatly isn't an option, as i'm from the uk . But i did manage to find a website called overclockersuk which is basically the same thing although they only tend to stock the high-end stuff.
I'm currently looking through that graphics card website, my price range is anything up to £200 for a graphics card ($400 roughly) so im looking at the radeon 1950 series. Would this http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-070-HT&groupid=701&catid=56&subcat=404 be a good card to get? I think it may be too good for my motherboard though.
Thanks for the help .
Last edited by calpol2004; September 21st, 2007 at 09:48 AM.
September 21st, 2007, 05:49 PM
yea, that looks like a good card, it should be fine for your system if you upgrade the CPU and RAM