computer upgrade for approx. £200

  the old man 07:45 28 Aug 05
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Currently run MSI K7 Mobo, Athlon 2000xp pcu, 512 ram, fx5200 128mb graphics, 20gb and 80gb hdd, dvd reader and cdrw units.
I have about £200 available due to work bonus, more in fact but also want new set of golf clubs and golf club membership.
Does anyone have any ideas on upgrades I can get, try and keep to budget but I will consider "slightly" over.

  Diodorus Siculus 08:03 28 Aug 05

What do you use it for? Seems to me it is perfectly adequate for most applications.

Maybe a new sound card / speaker set up?

Another 512mb RAM?

  Diodorus Siculus 08:05 28 Aug 05

What do you use it for? Seems to me it is perfectly adequate for most applications.

Maybe a new sound card / speaker set up?

Another 512mb RAM?

  the old man 08:08 28 Aug 05

playing games, newest being silent hunter 3, internet and e-mail, will be restarting college courses in a couple of weeks even though I am 45. Just have some spare money and thought I could "future proof" a bit.

  Batch 08:26 28 Aug 05

Sounds to me more like a potential solution looking for a problem

  Diodorus Siculus 08:43 28 Aug 05

Given that I don't know much about gaming, you may be ok with a new graphics / audio setup.

  steve1968 09:47 28 Aug 05

"Futureproofing" just isn't going to happen. If you want to update your system for around £200 how about getting 64 bit computing on AMD's top flight socket 939 platform, potential for dual channel memory and Serial ATA capabilities and including a PCI express graphics card along the lines of:

AMD Socket 939 Mobo: Gigabyte K8NMF-9 - K8 939, nForce4-4X, FSB1600Mhz, PCIEx16, Dual DDR400, SATA Raid, 8CH, Micro ATX £52.88

AMD 64 CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3000 32/64Bit CPU S939 "Venice" 90nm Retail inc Heat Sink Fan & 3 Years Warranty £102.58

PCI Express Graphics Card: 128MB Leadtek WinFast PX6600 TD 6600 (128 Bit) £75.91

Total: £231.37 (inc VAT) plus postage (See Novatech's website, might get things a bit cheaper if you look around)

Keep your RAM, Sell your old Mobo, CPU and Graphics card on Ebay should take care of the overspend!

  steve1968 09:56 28 Aug 05

"Futureproofing" just isn't going to happen I'm afraid. If you want to update your system for around £200 how about getting 64 bit computing on AMD's top flight socket 939 platform, potential for dual channel memory and Serial ATA capabilities and including a PCI express graphics card along the lines of:

AMD Socket 939 Mobo: Gigabyte K8NMF-9 - K8 939, nForce4-4X, FSB1600Mhz, PCIEx16, Dual DDR400, SATA Raid, 8CH, Micro ATX £52.88

AMD 64 CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3000 32/64Bit CPU S939 "Venice" 90nm Retail inc Heat Sink Fan & 3 Years Warranty £102.58

PCI Express Graphics Card: 128MB Leadtek WinFast PX6600 TD 6600 (128 Bit) £75.91

Total: £231.37 (inc VAT) plus postage (See Novatech's website, might get things a bit cheaper if you look around)

Keep your RAM, Sell your old Mobo, CPU and Graphics card on Ebay should take care of the overspend.

  steve1968 14:21 28 Aug 05

BTW The gigabyte Mobo quoted above has a 24-pin power connector on motherboard (newer ATX2 standard), your power supply will most likely have 20 pin plug (older ATX(1?) standard) Should be able to plug in your 20 pin ATX power supply into 24 pin ATX2 socket without any problems depending on other hardware being used, but worth checking first!

  the old man 19:34 28 Aug 05

Many thanks for your input, gives me something to look into and think about, exactly what I was looking for in way of advice.

  the old man 19:57 28 Aug 05

Many thanks for your input, gives me something to look into and think about, exactly what I was looking for in way of advice.

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