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Thread: Worth the buck or simply chuck?




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    (heh heh I rhymed)

    Ok, so I gotta

    Pentium 4 1.5ghz
    512mb PC133 SDRAM
    Soundmax integrated audio
    Geforce 4 MX440 (came with the machine ok? It was either that or a rage 128 pro)
    The thing has a mouse and a keyboard but i dont think that would help boost the speed so, anyway I was wondering if there was any possible thing I could buy, other then a new computer, to increase speed, say a 500 dollar budget.

    Or maybe I could overclock something? Or buy something and OC it?

    any input welcome, as long as its positive and helps me in the long run k? constructive criticism is welcome as long as its critical.
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    Well for one that SDRAM is strangling your system Two, that P4 basically sucked Basically to get a nice boost you would need to get a nice 865PE chipset mobo, I recommend the Asus P4P800 Deluxe Next a Pentium 2.4c (800mhz FSB version) and to top it off some nice name brand cas2 timed PC3500 RAM

    That should cost about $450

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    I had the same idea, just need some assurance, thanks for the help! I kinda got the P4 by mistake, A friend of mine ordered a p3 for me from a small shop where he lived but it was going to be really late so they said they would give me a Pentium 4, the D845wn.....at the time I was like WOW! then I got it and I was like "(@#*#$(*@&#$"


    Again thanks! :afro:
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    Upgrade!
    Thats what I would do, as there isn't much else you can do with it.

    You could think about getting an AMD system, as the money you could save would go nicely toward a new video card. While the sd ram and P4 1.5 are opium (a slow working dope), so is that mx440 card.

    Amd_man2003, naughty! You can't have a name like that and go around reccomending Intel systems. As least give him the option of an AMD system....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Rain
    Amd_man2003, naughty! You can't have a name like that and go around reccomending Intel systems. As least give him the option of an AMD system....
    The P4c rig is the best bang for ya buck at the moment, AMD is lagging behind. A GF4 MX440 will play most games halfway decent as well

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    That's changing now though, because you can get an A64 3000+ for $211 at newegg. Put that in a $95 board from either MSI or Gigabyte (K8T800, not NF3 150) and you have an AMD setup that should perform about on par with or a little faster than an equal priced P4 system. Overclocked, of course (that's where the A64s shine).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soulburner
    That's changing now though, because you can get an A64 3000+ for 1 at newegg. Put that in a board from either MSI or Gigabyte (K8T800, not NF3 150) and you have an AMD setup that should perform about on par with or a little faster than an equal priced P4 system. Overclocked, of course (that's where the A64s shine).
    2.4c is ~$165
    P4P800 is ~$120
    Thats cheaper than the A64 combos...

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    Quote Originally Posted by amd_man2003
    2.4c is ~5
    P4P800 is ~0
    Thats cheaper than the A64 combos...
    Its also slower...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soulburner
    Its also slower...
    True : peace2:

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    Its damn close anyway. I'd recommend getting the P4 system tho, cause $165 + $120 + $125 for 512MB (2x256) of LL RAM, and the $150 for an Ati 9600Pro or XT. It'd be silly to get a new system adn then cripple it with a bad video card. THat all adds up to ~$560, but the extra $60 for that video card will make you very happy :thumb: . : peace2: Mista K6
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