Upgrading the pc


My objective is to have this computer at the end of 2005:

Objective: Best System to work with 3d Studio Max 6, and Games.

Blue: I bought recentily
White: Need suggestions, of what should be upgraded

Asus P4P800 Deluxe
Pentium 4 2Ghz Northwood L2 512kb
2x 512 DDR PC 2700 (Generic)
EVGA GeForce 6 - 6800GT 256Mb DDR3/AGP 8X
Logitech Z-560, 400w (RMS) THX Certified (4.1) (Sub Woofer 200w Rms)
40 Gb Maxtor 7.200 rpm (4mb buffer)
CoolerThermaltake Volcano 7+
Samsung SyncMaster 765 MB 17’’ (Res Max 1600x 1200)
Power supply Seventeam 350w Real Power ST350BKV

What I have in mind is this:

1 gb (2x 512mb) DUAL DDR 400mhz (Kingston HyperX)
Hard Disk, Maxtor 160Gb Serial ATA 133, 8 mb buffer

Is this the best choice ? With one should go first ?


everything looks good to me, except the speakers aren’t the greatest. i’d get the vga first. also, you might want to get bigger/better(8mb) hard drives since they’re so cheap.


End of 2005?!?!?!?!

Almost everything listed in Blue which you have now is pretty much all out of date already.

2x DVD? 8x and 12x are out now and under 100.00 16x will be out shortly.

40gb 2mb or 4mb buffer IDE drive is already months out of date.

17" LCD, too small.

By the end of next year this will be a museum piece.


haha, well… you are right :stuck_out_tongue: But consider only what is really really necessary right now, to make my computer more powerful.

here is the new configuration:

EVGA GeForce 6800GT 256Mb GDDR3 (256bits) - (380.00)
Radeon 9800 PRO 128 DDR - 268.00 (256mb), 170.00 (128) (WILL BUY NOW)

[color=mediumturquoise]Kingston 1GB PC3200 DDR400 - 180.00 (waaayy… Later)

[/color]HD Samsung 160GB Serial ATA (waaaayy… LATER)

[color=mediumturquoise]Power Source: Sevemteam 350w Real power (WILL BUY NOW)[/color]

I am giving up the 6800GT, its too expensive for me lol :stuck_out_tongue:


My speaker is weak ? =(
Its THX Certified :frowning:

I wish I could get this one:


The best speaker in the world, none shall ever beat that speaker !!!
Its 500w RMS !!!


About the speakers:
RMS means that it’s musical sound has a power of 500 Watts, or something like that, but it probably has no more than 60 W input of real power. I wouldn’t advice to spend money on any computer oriented audio components. It’s better to wait a bit longer and spend that money on a real component Hi-Fi systems.

Don’t buy samsung hard drives, Western Digital with 8Mb Cash memory - only choice. Maxtors are good also, but they overheat very fast.

Samsung SyncMaster:
Have one for my own. Truly good piece of screen for a reasonable amount of money. But if you want to make use of it in CG, then you should buy at least 19" screen, 17" is way too small.

Try to buy lots and lots of memory. It will make your computer up to date a little bit longer.

Why not trying an AMD platform? Its cheaper, and should work even better than P4 2GHz for the same price. Generaly, the more L2 cash memory processor has, the faster it’ll work. But for the price of P4 2GHz you may buy a AMD processor (something like 2,2 GHz) and there will be some money left for more RAM ect.


i agree with the AMD recomendations!

also, have you considered the advantages of PCI Express? graphics would fly along with 2 slaved 256mb Nvidia cards!

as far as hard drives go, i personally reccomend Seagate. ive never had any problems (fingers crossed…haha)

also, a quality case is a good idea, maybe a chieftec case…just remember, less dust & heat = better performance and longer component life.


The problem with that is that no such beast exists either in the AMD or Intel worlds.

PCI-E is currently a max of 32 lanes. The graphics cards require 16 lanes, which means to have dual video like that, you’ll have 2 PCI-E x16 slots and no other PCI-E expansion will be capable.

To date, I have yet to see any motherboard maker commit to that kind of a board.


I will change for a Western Digital then, and maxtor no more!

the memory, I will try to buy (later) another 1 gb dual, so the total would be 2 gb =)

Amd: I would have to change the motherboard and the processor all over again :stuck_out_tongue: So much trouble, maybe the p4 prescott will save the investiment I did at the mboard… in the future :wink:

I dont know what PCI-Express is, (I am out-of-date with hardware lol)

Thank you very much for the help !


Thank you all for the sugestions !

Here is the final conf:

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[b][font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][size=2]The DemolishMan Machine:


P4 2.0Gz Northwood 512kb socket478
Asus P4P800 Deluxe
Volcano Thermaltake v7+ 6600rpm
Creative Sound Blaster Live 5.1
nVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT 256 GDDR3
Samsung SyncMaster 765Mb 17’’ Flat
1024 Mb DDR 333Mhz PC2700
HD Maxtor 40.0Gb 7200rpm
Power S. W0009R 420w (Dual Fan)
Logitech Z-560, 400w (RMS) 4.1 THX Certified
(Subwoofer power: 188 watts RMS)

Future Upgrades:

2x512Mb Dual DDR 400Mhz Kingston PC3200
HD 160Gb Western Digital SATA 7200Rpm 8Mb
SBAudigy 2 Zs Platinium Pro 7.1 (THX Certified)
Logitech Z-680 5.1 THX Certified (505w RMS)
2x512Mb Dual DDR 400Mhz Kingston PC3200
Tsunami TT Aluminum Case Series Black
Pentium 4 Prescott 3.2Ghz

Lol probably 3 pieces per year


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