Is a short term upgrade worth it for my gaming rig?

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by rayray2030, Jul 20, 2006.

  1. rayray2030

    rayray2030 New Member

    Nov 26, 2005
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    So here is my current build:

    CASE - SILVERSTONE SST-LC01 BLK ATX Desktop Computer Case
    MOBO - ASUS K8V Deluxe Socket 754 VIA K8T800 ATX AMD Motherboard
    PROC - AMD Athlon 64 3400+ ClawHammer 1600MHz HT Socket 754
    MEM - CORSAIR XMS 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 500 (PC 4000) CMX512-4000PT x 2
    VID - SAPPHIRE Radeon X850XT PE 256MB GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X Video Card
    HDD1 - Western Digital Raptor WD740GD 74GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive
    HDD2 - Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JD 250GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150
    SND - Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS PCI

    What I would like to do is extend the life of my rig by maybe 6 to 9 more months without changing my mobo and doing a whole new rebuild. Is there any processor upgrade that would be cost effective at this point? Would adding another gig of memory be worth the cost? What about going with a top of the line AGP 8x video card? Should I just wait a few months and build a new rig?
  2. crontab

    crontab Oracle doesn't have customers, they have hostages.

    Nov 14, 2000
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    Theoretically it's never "worth it" to build/upgrade a gaming rig since these class of pc's depreciate the fastest. But it's essentially a hobby and most hobbies are not really "worth it" monetarily, but worth it in the aspect of pleasure or enjoyment, so it's a moot point.

    If I were in your situation, currently if some game that you play isn't performing well in some aspect and upgrading whatever will fix it, do it. If you're upgrading for the sake of upgrading, wait and save your cash.

    AMD cpu pricess are supposed to drop on the 24th? And DDR2 prices are supposed to go up? But that shouldn't matter since most AMD chipsets only use DDR? Not sure, don't keep up with this things like I used to... Wasn't "worth it" anymore. heh
  3. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

    Jan 27, 2005
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    Your upgrade options for Socket 754 are limited; that said, if you want to keep the computer for some purpose or another (not necessarily gaming, perhaps as a server) for the indefinite future, it would be better to buy the best CPU your motherboard can handle before that CPU gets to be too hard to find.

    If you want to keep using your computer as a gaming machine, the best thing you can do for it is to keep the video card as up-to-date as possible. While games do lean on the CPU pretty heavily for their physics and their AI, the video demands of modern games far outweigh all other considerations, except (sometimes) for memory.

    Speaking of which, you have a gigabyte of memory; do you have room for 2GB? If so, you might as well get it; DDR is cheap these days and if you have enough RAM you can turn off the swapfile on your hard drive, which will free up the hard drive's data transfer capacity for more important things like loading game levels and whatnot.

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