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Hi I want to upgrade my computer. I was wondering if anyone has suggestions on anything. Things i would like are video card, sound card, memory,etc... im not that computer smart about all of it so i thought i would ask before i screwed everything up. Would appreciate any help. Thanks. Tyler

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I suggest you upgrade whichever components of your system will provide the maximum performance benefit for the least cost. And using my mind taking powers to determine what components those are, despite the fact that you haven't posted *anything* about your system.... ooooEEEEEOOOOoooo..... Your fans. Yep. You need to upgrade your fans.

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Just buy the newest Alienware PC that's out. You'll be set. Go green.

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eh....couldn't really give you recommendations without knowing
A)what you need to do with the box and
B)what the box's specs are

If it's too slow for what you're doing, you could need a new proc,memory,or other parts. Then again, you might have a decent CPU and need more memory. If you don't have enough memory, your computer uses to hard drive for memory which is waaaay slower. Then there's also the issue of how old your mobo is. Or it could be something else. Like my ancient ATX PC with a massive toggle for a power button....ok, not really, but is IS old-it has the reset AND turbo buttons.....I'd love to upgrade it (more than I already have, it's 8 or 9 and running XP alright, so you could probably guess I've done everything to it) but you can't take a nice shiny 3.6 GHz pentium 4 with hyperthreading and put it where your 500MHz p3 used to live.... :)

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If you screwed together your computer from parts into a good case, then you can often upgrade parts at a time. If you bought the computer from a vendor (Dell, HP, Gateway, etc), then it's much less likely you can upgrade parts of the computer (if nothing else then because the power supply is usually weak), so you should buy an entire new computer.

If you want to use your computer for heavy-duty recording, 3D creation, competetive gaming and software development, you probably want a dual-core CPU (Athlon 64 X2 or Pentium D). You also want a fast hard drive (Western Digital Raptor), and a nice grahpics card (GeForce 7600 GT or 7900 GT). I would recommend 2 GB of RAM these days. I recommend at least 500W power supply. If you're not familiar with electronics, then buy it online from a good vendor (Newegg.com comes to mind) or from a systems builder (like Dell); else buy the parts and screw it together yourself (don't forget case, power supply, DVD burner, and copy of Windows).

If you are not a hardcore gamer/developer like that (or cash is lacking) then buy anything that has Radeon or Geforce graphics, and a fair bit of RAM (at LEAST 1 GB; prefer 2). Avoid Radeon Express graphics, though. Maybe a Dell E510?

If you need a new display, buy a 20" flat display with 1920x1200 resolution -- the 1280x1024 are on the way out, and don't have enough pixels for the future.

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ya i should try to be more specific.. umm.. i guess i would like a list like the person before this reply. I would like lots of memory, good graphics and sound etc.. stuff like that. I would probably use it for creating games(although i still need to learn a lot more) and playing games. also the usual things like internet and other programs. im not sure if that gave you a better idea of what im looking for. thanx

Tyler

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Well, if the OP is not a hardcore gamer/developer, memorywise 1G should be plenty. Maybe even 768MB.

To the OP: The 256MB of RAM is probably killing you, though. If you go to crucial.com, you can find out exactly what memory is best for your computer (I wouldn't buy it from crucial though, they're pricey. Try tigerdirect or newegg)

I don't know anything about the processor, there's usually a number after the "Athlon XP" part that you need to know to find out what speed it is.

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ok i guess either i cant make up my mind or im not being specific but what im trying to do is rebuild my computer. I have a good case, and my disk drives and floppy drives are all good. I guess i want a list of whats good and new and of everything i need to build it. sorry if im being difficult. By the way i want to use it for gaming and etc...but... im low on money. the cheaper but good is want i want. thanx

Tyler

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okay first off what type computer is it name band like dell, emachine, hp and other or is it something someone built?

if you are doing this your self try looking for tutorial on the net find out what you really have under that hood okay

For small budge:


ram:512 mb
hd:160
video card:forthecrappest geforce fx 5200 (recommends Radeon X1300)
sound card: I dont use one but Audigy is nice but Audigy 4 pro is the nicest out

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Question: How many $$$ are you willing to spend on this upgrade? Because upgrades vary in magnitude -- if you want a dream machine, we can give you specs for things you need to buy, but then again -- if you want to just upgrade a few things, you should specify that too :)

Either way, getting more speed is easy, it's just deciding -how- you want to do it that is the difficult thing. (i.e., Buy $%^$-hot new video card...which is slowed down by your slow-ass processor? Not always worth the money...)

~Shiny.

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