Looking to upgrade my system, need direction.

January 10, 2010 at 11:12:29
Specs: Windows XP
my current build is a 2006 Ailenware desktop pc. i would like to upgrade to something a little more modern. but I'm not sure where to start. any and all tips would be appreciated greatly.

here's the jest of my current setup right from my DxDiag file

Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.090804-1435)
System Manufacturer: Alienware
System Model: Alienware
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.40GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 3328MB RAM
Page File: 599MB used, 4101MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT

also my power supply crapped out 7 months ago and i replaced it with a PC power and cooling Silencer 610 eps12v.


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January 10, 2010 at 11:21:08
U want to build yourown or purchase the whole system(already built)? I assume it's gaming system.

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January 10, 2010 at 11:23:56
im just looking to upgrade my current system by installing new components or OS.

And yes this will be for a gaming system.

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January 10, 2010 at 12:26:55
The thing is we need to know the motherboard name or if it's oem like dell,alienware the full name of the system.If your board support dual core cpu(c2d,pentium dual core) u will need to replace p4 cpu. Open pc case and check the psu specs, how much amps are in +3.3v,+5v,+12v. U mention for gaming u will need also to replace 7900gt.

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January 10, 2010 at 12:33:20
The info you provided is only semi-useful. We need to know the make/model of the motherboard, the type of RAM (DDR or DDR2), the speed the RAM runs at, whether your video card is AGP or PCI-e.

"Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.40GHz (2 CPUs)"

If it's a P4, it's a single core CPU. If it's "2 CPUs", you either have a dual core Pentium D or a board that physically supports two separate CPUs. Assuming it's a Pentium D, it's most likely a D945 or D950.

The 7800GT was a high performance card about 4-5 yrs ago...now it's roughly equal to a low end 9500GT, but without the latest pixel shader or DX10 support.

For gaming, you'll definitely need to upgrade the video card. Can't advise you on the CPU without knowing which board you have.

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January 10, 2010 at 12:43:43
Jam some system info identify p4 with ht as 2cpu.

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