Need to upgrade- Havent' done this since 2001

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September 14, 2009 at 18:48:56
Specs: Windows XP Home, 1.5Ghz, 1gig Ram
I'm a college student and I don't have a lot of money. I built the computer I have almost 9 years ago and have only upgraded the ram (from 512mb to a gig) and the video card since then. I need a rig that can handle video editing, preferably that can handle Avid Xpress Pro or Avid Liquid.

Since I've been out of the game for so long I was wondering if a couple of you chaps wouldn't mind guiding me along what kind of things would be good for me (I'll be using Newegg). Can I get away with replacing the CPU, ram and maybe video card and that's all- or am i gonna have to replace motherboard, sound card and every other thing?

I just couldn't afford that...


Also, I'm willing to post a Belac report to show what parts I got.


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#1
September 14, 2009 at 18:57:19
It would be good to se waht you're running. Post the specs.

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#2
September 14, 2009 at 19:00:46
You'll need to replace motherboard, memory, cpu, video card, power supply. You may be able to use your old case and drives until you can afford newer stuff.

How much can you spend? You might be surprised at what 400 bucks will buy.

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#3
September 14, 2009 at 19:04:09
Belarc lists the following. If you need more info, let me know.

Main Circuit Board:
Board: ABIT VT8366A-8233 (KR7A) v1.0 ~
Bus Clock: 137 megahertz
BIOS: Award Software International, Inc. 6.00 PG 12/27/2001

Processor:
1.50 gigahertz AMD Athlon XP
128 kilobyte primary memory cache
256 kilobyte secondary memory cache

Memory Modules
1280 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot 'A0' has 512 MB
Slot 'A1' has 1024 MB
Slot 'A2' has 1024 MB
Slot 'A3' has 1024 MB

^ I don't understand the one above. I have 3 pieces of ram, as far as I know two are 512s, one is a 256 so why 3 slots say 1024 I do not know.

Display
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 [Display adapter]
HSD HF199H [Monitor] (19.1"vis, s/n OHM020001161C, May 2008)

Bus Adapters
A913YZY2 IDE Controller
MagicISO SCSI Host Controller
VIA Rev 5 or later USB Universal Host Controller (2x)


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#4
September 14, 2009 at 19:10:27
OK, an Abit KR7A (VIA KT266A chipset) and Athlon XP1800+. I'd recommend you keep it together as is and build completely new.

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#5
September 14, 2009 at 19:14:06
OK, an Abit KR7A (VIA KT266A chipset) and Athlon XP1800+. I'd recommend you keep it together as is and build completely new.

Are you saying buy the Abit KR7A VIA KT266A and the Athlon XP1800+ and just keep everything else?


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#6
September 14, 2009 at 19:24:52
No. I'm saying you have an 1800+ (or slightly overclocked 1700+) now and it's sitting in an Abit KR7A motherboard.

There is nothing you can do that will make it anything like a modern system.

Tell us how much you can spend.

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#7
September 14, 2009 at 21:38:21
$110 right now. Probably $200 total after my next payday. In a month, around 400.

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#8
September 14, 2009 at 22:18:04
OK. That's good. What you need to do is put any money you can find away and add to it. Add pennies, sell stuff you don't want or need, do a little extra work for someone; anything.

If you expect now to have $400 in a month, you could probably make that $500 or $600 in a month if you really tried. If you buy say, a motherboard today for $60, it'll probably be available in a month for $50 or $55.

I'll post some links to hardware and prices tomorrow...I imagine others will too.

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#9
September 15, 2009 at 04:42:19
Thanks guys. =)

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#10
September 15, 2009 at 06:34:43
I agree with skip but suggest you just wait until you have $400/500 before coming back. As was mentioned, pricing changes daily so no sense in building piecemeal.

The exception might be if there is a real deal on something.


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#11
September 16, 2009 at 16:53:49
I posted a few prices for a basic system in another thread today...

http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...

You can usually expect a better selection and lower prices in a month or twp.

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