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    I was wondering what the best upgrade for my computer would be. I would want a higher frame rate. if it is a graphics card then which one? for my comp specs look at my sig
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    There are a number of things that you could do but the thing that most affects frame rate tends to be graphics card and you have options again.

    The most popular are NVidia cards but the fastest card on the planet at the moment is the Radeon 9700 Pro. This is set the change very soon with the arrival of GeForce FX (the next-gen NVidia GPU).

    The only problem is that speed comes at a premium - the average GeForce 4TI 4600 price is around 200 (UK) $300 (US) whereas the Radeon 9700Pro is around 50 / 70 more expensive.

    You can pick up GeForce 4 TI4200 cards for around 120 (UK) $160 (US)

    It may also be worth adding the fastest CPU that "A" your board will support and "B" that you can afford :)
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    if you really are still using PC133 - get a new motherboard & some DDR ram.

    some thing with nforce2 chipset is the best choice or a KT400/333 if you want to same a few $$'s

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    I'd say Video card will give you the single biggest framerate jump. I'd look at something like the ATI Radeon 9700. It has all the features of the Pro, except it has slightly slower clock rates but costs $150 less.

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    Thx for the quick replys all! I have a few more questions. I ran the performence test on si sandra and as a tip, it told me my proceser was over 100 degrees. also, sorry for the n00b question but what are the flash port things for? My mainboard has 3...

    If I get a new mainboard (and should I?) which one should I get?





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    Firstly, what's your budget flamingbanana?

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    I could probly go up to 500$ but would like to keep it below that for obvious reasons.



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    In that case;

    Radeon 9700 128MB = $280

    XP2400 = $200


    You WILL be able to find them cheaper though. With that budget you will benefit more from a CPU and 3D card upgrade than anything else

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    Quote Originally Posted by brashquido
    In that case;

    Radeon 9700 128MB = 0

    XP2400 = 0


    You WILL be able to find them cheaper though. With that budget you will benefit more from a CPU and 3D card upgrade than anything else
    I think putting an XP2400 and a Radeon9700 in an SDR memory based system is a waste of time & money - plus there's a good chance his motherboard won't even support T'Breds


    What chipset is your motherboard - I don't recognize m810, who's the mfg'r?

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    Most likely a PCChips mobo (or similar) by the model number. :thumbs do

    Go and buy a decent mobo and some DDR memory and that will be a good start to eliminating the moajor bottlenecks then add a Gigabyte Maya R9000 (or better) and you'll be on the road to the Darkside. :devil win

    EPoX 8RDA+ = $135us
    DDR 256MB PC3200 x 2 = $160us
    GEFORCE4 TI 4200 128MB = $160us

    Grand total = $455us
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