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    Here is my system now:

    Processor: AMD 1900+ XP
    Motherboard: ECS K7S5A
    Ram: 512mg DDR
    V-Card: Readon 9700 Pro

    I was thinking of upgrading my Mobo and Ram but not sure to what and would I even notice a performance difference? Any advice would really be helpful.

    Thanks,

    Grey

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    You could get a performance boost with an Nforce2 mobo and Corsiar TwinX ram ($275-300us) but as to how much benefit you would receive probably depends on what you want to do with your rig. The real speed kick would come with the above and 333mz processor (another $175 or more). How are you going to use the rig?

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    It is used for a gaming system.


    Grey

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    what type of ram ar u useing?? if it is around the pc 2700-3200..then no need for the ram upgrade,, but if it is like pc 2100,,then i would consider upgradeing..

    for the mobo,, i would recomend the epox 8rda+, or the ABIT nfs4 v.1.2.. both ar nforce 2 mobos,,with good OCIng.
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    If your games are playable now you may not notice a big difference although the benchmarks with the suggested components would be much higher. The upgrade may be necessary to get the best experience from upcoming games though as they are going to be very demanding of hardware at the best settings. I'm not an Über gamer myself so I may not really be the best qualified person to advise you on whether to upgrade right now or wait. Anybody else?

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    Would replacing 512 mg old DDR with 1 gig Corsair PC2700 DDR be a noticeable diffrence if the Mobo and processor stay the same? Or doing the Mobo is a must?

    Grey

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    I haven't seen a game yet that needed 1gb ram to run its best. The Nforce2 mobo will give you 333mz fsb, duel channel ram, 8X agp; the Corsair TwinX will let you use the duel channel memory and allow for more aggressive memory timings; the 333mz cpu is a Barton w/512mb cache. The combination of these components would make the best use of each of them.

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    Grey,

    I've had great success with my mobo and ram!:D If you take a look at my sig you'll see that my Albatron board and OCZ PC3500 ram work extremely well with each other. The board PX845PE Pro II is you should get around $128 http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduc...r=pricegrabber and the Ram is a little more expensive, $145, because its the second fastest on the market but worth every penny, I promise you that! http://tweaktown.pricegrabber.com/se...694cbfe770c12b
    Check that out, if you have the money, I would go that way, and that board and ram will utilize the ability of your 9700 Pro!

    -Hawks
    <center>| Processor: P4 2.4B OCed @ 3.2Ghz | MoBo: Albatron PX845PE Pro II |
    | OS: Windows XP Pro | RAM: OCZ 512MB PC3500 OCed @ 445 mhz |
    | Graphics: Radeon ATI 9700 Pro @ 395/345 | Temp: 32C normal, 35C full |
    | 3DMark2001: 18094 | 3DMARK03: 5763 | PCMARK02: Score |
    | Sound: SB Live 5.1 | Cooling: Thermaltake Volcano 7+ HSF |
    | PSU: Antec TrueBlue 480W | Mouse: Logitech MX300 |</center>

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    Quite frankly the KT266A chipset has much better memory control than that POS mobo that ya have now (I use to own one and the KT266A chipset is 3 chipsets old now). I've only been usin' nForce2 mobo's of late and they are a step ahead of the VIA ones which leave ALi and SiS chipsets (which you have the latter) in the dust.

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    Is there a difference between the different Mobo with the nForce2 chip set. I was told to stay with Asus if I was going this route. Example A7V8X Deluxe. Is there a better option then this. Also on the memory. Is twin memory that much faster then non twin?

    Thanks,

    Grey

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