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Spend the money now fool, UPGRADE!
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should I upgrade?

Old 05-12-02, 12:30 AM
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should I upgrade?

I am trying to decide whether or not to spend the $$$ to upgrade yet or not. I hope you all can help me decide. What I am looking for is a gaming rig. My current setup:
1.33 Ghz athlon tbird
a7v-133 mobo
512 pc133
Radeon 8500
Samsung 20GB 7200 ata 100

What I have in my cart at newegg:
XP 1900 (1.60Ghz)
kr7a (266 chipset)
512 Samsung pc2700
MSI GeForce Ti4400
Maxtor 60GB ata 133

So do you guys think I will see a "noticeable" (not in benchmarks but to the naked eye) difference in my gaming if I spend the money? Should I upgrade now or wait a few more months? or feel free to post any mix and match ideas you may have

edit: thanks for getting me started trigger

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Old 05-12-02, 01:19 AM
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I would go for a KT333 chipset since you are moving up. some like the A7V333 have ata 133 some also like the A7V333 have support to run the memory at 333 to take avantage of your pc2700 DDR.

if you were not getting pc2700 memory or an ata 133 hard drive then I might say go for the 266 chipset.

However I do think the features of the 333 chipset are worth the extra money.

by the way your current system is fine. although I do think the msi video card would be an improvement no matter what
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Old 05-12-02, 01:50 AM
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I don't think with how much you are going to spend, you are going to drastically improve your gaming performance. The only thing I'd take a look at is the video card.

Otherwise, I think it'll just be getting more fps in games which for the most part won't be that noticeable when compared to your current system.
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Old 05-12-02, 03:02 AM
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Funny thing is I am "upgrading" my gaming rig to specs LOWER than your current setup. Guess that tells me how poor I am

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Old 05-12-02, 09:24 AM
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I'd hold off on upgrading. Your current system is fine for playing games, IMO. I run a 933 MHz system, and it handles things fine... I'm sure the 1.3 GHz system works even better.

In a few months/years, you'll be able to buy much more with your money (since prices keep going down). Hold off as long as you can, and upgrade then. I don't plan on upgrading until two or three years from now, barring a complete CPU meltdown.
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Old 05-12-02, 10:07 AM
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i say go with option three
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Old 05-12-02, 05:07 PM
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I say wait a bit!

Memory prices are dropping again. A few weeks back 256MB of PC2100 was about $80, now you can get it for about $45 and it is still dropping!

The T-Bred is coming out in mid June so the prices for the Palaminos will drop. The 1800+ is down to about $95 now and I would guess it will be in the $80 range by mid June.

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thanks for the replies and votes! Wait it is. Sorry twikoff, maybe next time.
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I have a 500Mhz system and it works just fine. Net time the MB goes up in smoke I'll upgrade.
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Old 05-15-02, 11:30 AM
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Originally posted by twikoff
i say go with option three
haha, this made me laugh! LOL

but i voted for not upgrading. seems too incremental for my taste.
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