Compatability Check Please!

  Ben Avery (Work) 14:49 17 Feb 03


One of our Aberdeen girls has decided to upgrade a few bit on her PC, she plays games and does some Wordprocessing etc. Could you check the below items and advise aon any problems you may see please?!

MoBo: Gigabyte GA-7DXE click here

CPU: AMD Duron 1.3Ghz click here

Graphics: Radeon 7500 64MB DDR click here

HDD: Western Digital 20GB Caviar UMDA100 click here

RAM: Crucial 256MB (Any advantage on this spec getting DDR or will standard SDRAM be adequate?)


  Ben Avery (Work) 15:01 17 Feb 03

Due to the death of her old PC, items were selected on 2 main criteria:

1) In Stock!

2) She is on a budget so reasonably priced items. Originally had advised her on a different system based on the Athlon XP1700+ but things have changed since then!


  duplo 15:14 17 Feb 03

The Hard drive you have chosen is small and slow... and for that price you can do much better. The Graphics card is also an old chipset I do believe, if she plays games a better one may be a good idea.

Try This:
HD:Seagate Barracuda 40GB 7200rpm UDMA100 UIDE - OEM £59.13 (click here)

As for graphics- i think a GF4 440MX will be faster for similar cash.

  « Ravin » 15:20 17 Feb 03

the prices of ddr ram have dropped a bit so if you can afford it go with ddr. and i agree with duplo about the hard disk. but in the graphics card area , i think even a Geforce3 ti series would be better than an mx version.

  Ben Avery (Work) 15:40 17 Feb 03

click here

click here

These 2 better then?


  SmiffyRebel 17:04 17 Feb 03

I always use Gigabyte Mobo's and have never had a problem if you go to gigabytes website they have a compatability list so that you can check out graphics and sound cards, as the price between DDR and SDRAM is minimal I would go for the DDR.

  Ben Avery (Work) 08:39 18 Feb 03

I've sent up those components to her, and she seems happy enough so thank you!


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