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CptCafne

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Thinking of upgrading
« on: April 29, 2008, 12:24:04 PM »

Not really sure what though.  My current specs are below.  ONe item I am considering is two of http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3504453&CatId=28.  Reason for the upgrade system seems to get laggy in CS:S, as well as random reboots while watching videos.  Course, this all could be nothing more than a need to wipe and reload.  Thinking of going to 64 bit xp or vista just to take advantage of the dual core and memory better.  Thoughts ?

AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+
ASUS M2N4-SLI
Chipset
Model : AMD Athlon 64 / Opteron HyperTransport Technology Configuration
Front Side Bus Speed : 2x 1.00GHz (2.01GHz)
Total Memory : 4GB DDR2  4-5-5-15 timings
Memory Bus Speed : 2x 369MHz (738MHz)

NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Series GPU (256MB DDR3, PCIe 1.00 x16, PS 3.0, VS 3.0) x2 SLI

Physical Storage Devices
Maxtor 6L200P0 204GB
Maxtor 6L200P0 204GB
SAMSUNG HD501LJ 500GB
SAMSUNG DVD-ROM SD-616 (ATAPI, DVD-R, CD-R, 512kB Cache) : N/A (E:)
LITE-ON DVDRW LH-20A1P (ATAPI, DVD+-RW, CD-RW, 2MB Cache) : N/A (F:)
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Re: Thinking of upgrading
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2008, 12:39:36 PM »

64 bit xp = avoid like the plague. driver issues you wouldn't believe, even after being out for years.
if you're going for 64 bit, then vista is the only way to go, but then you're stuck with vista, which some people hate but i like.

i'm not sure if an 8600 is going to be an upgrade over a 6800. the 6 series is old, but the high ends are generally better than the low ends, even generations later. granted, i have 2 8600s in SLI and love them.

if you're looking for a cheap video card you might want to try
http://dealspl.us/EVGA-320-P2-N811-AR-GeForce-8800GTS-320MB-320-bit-GDDR3-PCI-Express-x16-HDCP-Video-Card_30847
or
http://dealspl.us/EVGA-512-P3-N801-AR-GeForce-8800GT-512MB-256-bit-GDDR3-PCI-Video-Card_77650
provided your power supply can handle them.
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Re: Thinking of upgrading
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2008, 08:24:16 AM »


Check out this site for good deals.

Check out this site for a rock solid/stable 64-bit OS that is able to run your games through WINE or a virtual box.
BTW it does have applications out there that do take advantage of the 64bit architecture.
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Re: Thinking of upgrading
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2008, 09:10:16 AM »

I would favor urgannagru's suggestion of an 8 or 9 series GeForce card.  A single 8800GT will probably outperform your 6800s in SLI.

A clean wipe and install of XP 32 bit is probably in line too.  That'd most likely help fix some of your lock-ups and speed things up a bit.  Don't go with 64 bit XP, don't even consider it.  Vista may be worth considering, but if you already have a license for XP then I wouldn't bother.

As for TheM@trix's suggestion of Ubuntu: I would have have to give that a thumbs down.  While Hardy is great, WINE still doesn't support everything in Windows yet.  It's fine if you like to tweak and learn, but if you just want to use it then stick with Windows.  If you are curious though you can check out WINE's AppDB here.
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Re: Thinking of upgrading
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2008, 10:29:33 AM »

Yeah, I personally use OpenSuSE as my main (and only) operating system. The Wine and Dos Box combo suit my gaming needs (GTA3, Diablo 2, ect...) mainly because I like to play games when they are a bit older, because then my h/w will be up to par. :lol:

But if you like to play games as soon as they come out, Windows is the way to go for you.

Now, running a true 64 bit OS is nice, but you really have to work at finding the software you need to get the computer to do what you want / need. A lot of times you will find out that there simply is not a program to do what you once did in windows, or the program may exist, but it has been in beta and the source forge site has not been updated since 2004 :lol:
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Re: Thinking of upgrading
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2008, 12:07:36 PM »

take a close look at the performance of the 8800GS.  $99 after rebate at the egg and it looks like it trades blows with the 9600GT and is a definite improvement over the 6800 series.
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Re: Thinking of upgrading
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2008, 12:38:12 PM »

I want to thank you all for your suggesttions.  i thought about Ubuntu or something similar, but considering my lack of experience with those I may try a dual boot at a later time.  As for licensing issues, I have a license for vista as well through work.  Since I use my home PC work work at times, they are allowing me to transfer a license.  And from what you folks all have posted I only need to worry about the video, which should not be an issue thanks to all your links.  No has issues with memory having a timing of 4-5-5-15 ?
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