How up-to-date is my system? When replace?

September 4, 2010 at 15:34:32
Specs: Windows XP, AMD Athlon 3800+ 4GB RAM
So, I've randomly replaced hardware components here and there as they went bad or as I needed better specs. How much longer can I keep the same stuff (assuming nothing breaks) to stay up to standard? I'd like to point out I am NOT a gamer. I do plan on getting Civilization 5 for Christmas, but other than that I mostly just listen to music, record/edit music, watch movies/online video, instant message/email, read stuff online, do work in Word, etc.

AMD Athlon 64x2 dual core 3800+ (2.01 ghz)
Nvidia GeForce 7300 GT
4GB Corsair DDR2 RAM 400 mhz (3.5 GB in XP)
Asus M2N SLI Deluxe mobo

I'd also like to point out I have no intention of upgrading to Windows 7 at anytime soon. Thanks for any input! I don't really want to upgrade anything as I'm trying to save money, but it's good to plan. :)


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#1
September 4, 2010 at 15:44:39
What a pointless question.

You upgrade when your current system either fails or cannot perform required functions.

"How much longer can I keep the same stuff (assuming nothing breaks) to stay up to standard?"

Sorry, Standards change every few days/weeks. What you purchased last week will be obsolete before the warranty expires.

Apart from the games you mentioned everything else you do could be accomplished with a 10 yr old P3 system running Win98SE ( maybe not but you get the point)

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#2
September 4, 2010 at 16:25:50
And what a pointless response. I have noticed some streaming HD videos can get choppy, but overall it's fine. Though if my video card is already considered terribly outdated, then maybe I will upgrade, especially in anticipation of Civ5. I also notice new computers generally have much faster processing speeds, even at the low end, so I'm wondering if I should expect mine to keep up for much longer or if I should try to plan an upgrade soon. So thanks for your nothing answer. By the way, you can't edit audio or multitask on a Windows 98 computer -- you can barely open email. Just go away if you're not going to take my question seriously. Next, please.

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#3
September 4, 2010 at 16:33:51
It seems to me your system is adequate for what you're doing now. With the price of newer machines, you may want to consider a new computer in the near future. Games are getting more complex all the time. With all the options now for dual /quad and now six core processors, you might consider a new machine. You can always keep the old one for a backup. If you do decide to use Win 7, you won't be disappointed. I think it's the finest os microsoft has put out so far. I use a dual boot machine with xp pro and windows 7 ultimate and I'm very happy. Good Luck in whatever you do.

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#4
September 4, 2010 at 16:45:10
I agree with Richard, it was a rather pointless question.

Keep up with what? You have no intention of doing anything more than what you are doing now so what is there to keep up with. Or are you one of those people that must have the latest for no better reason that it is the latest. The hardware manufactures just love people like you.

I have noticed some streaming HD videos can get choppy,

That's more likely to the fault of your Internet connection, not your hardware.

you can't edit audio or multitask on a Windows 98 computer -

Oh deary me. I wonder what it was I was doing on Windows 98 then. I was editing audio with Windows 3.1. What was it doing when I was running a distributed processing application on Windows 98 while using it for other things at the same time.

Admittedly the multi tasking was crap with Windows 3.1 but when Windows switched from co-operative multitasking if Windows 3.1 to pre-emptive multitasking in Windows 95 things improved dramatically.

Stuart


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#5
September 4, 2010 at 16:46:39
I repeat
"You upgrade when your current system either fails or cannot perform required functions."

Asking on a public forum for others to tell you at what point in time you will reach the situation where your system fails to perform required functions is like asking us to predict everything you might decide your system needs to do forever into the future.

Upgrade now or next week or every week. You will never stay "Up to standard"

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#6
September 4, 2010 at 18:15:17
That setup should be able to handle HD streaming and audio editing. I have a single core Pentium M that can handle 1080p streams without skipping a beat.

I guess you could overclock the processor--many X2 3800s can handle 2.5GHz without extra voltage. However, it shouldn't be having any trouble at its stock 2.0GHz. Is Flash up to date? What browser are you using? What kind of CPU usage numbers are you getting?

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"Admittedly the multi tasking was crap with Windows 3.1 but when Windows switched from co-operative multitasking if Windows 3.1 to pre-emptive multitasking in Windows 95 things improved dramatically."

It was crap with Win95-ME, too. Under Win95, the crappy multitasking and memory management didn't truly matter. By the time I "upgraded" to 98SE, however, I was doing way more with my computer--Premiere, Photoshop, four IE windows open, even more. It got real slow, real fast. Fortunately, Windows 2000 came along and dramatically improved...everything.

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#7
September 4, 2010 at 20:49:41
How about a 9600GSO for $25 after rebate? Sell the 7300GT for $15 & it would be like getting it for $10:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

And as jackbomb suggested, overclock that CPU. You have the perfect setup for it.


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#8
September 4, 2010 at 21:55:15
Thanks you to everyone except Richard 59 and StuartS. I may get that card jam... seems like a real bargain. My old mobo was an overclocking board so I did that. Maybe I can try again a little to get some more speed. Not looking at buying a whole new system. (Thought my onboard sound sucks for recording... thinking about getting a dedicated sound card....) Thanks guys!

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#9
September 5, 2010 at 02:09:33
Original Post "Thanks for any input"
Response 8 "Thanks you to everyone except Richard 59 and StuartS"

If you had asked "How can I get the best out of my current setup until it is time to replace it" instead of asking in the manner you did you would have gained a different response. You said you wanted to keep your current setup, not spend any money and "stay up to standard"

Those are mutually exclusive. Sorry if I offended you with the manner of my response but it answered your question.

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