Upgrade or Purchase new machine. Please Help

July 12, 2009 at 04:56:19
Specs: Windows XP
Hello everyone,

I am looking to either purchase and upgrade my existing machine. The one I am using at the moment is pretty old and I think it’s time for change.

Firstly I would like to say I am a bit of a computer amateur. I found a program on the internet called “Belarc” which would give me my system specifications because I didn’t know them.

I am not sure if this helps you guys or not.


3.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
16 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Hyper-threaded (2 total)

Main Circuit Board

Board: ASUSTeK Computer INC. P4V800D-X ver 2.01
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 0202 09/29/2005

Memory Modules

1664 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

Slot 'DIMM0' has 1024 MB
Slot 'DIMM1' has 512 MB
Slot 'DIMM2' has 128 MB
Slot 'DIMM3' is Empty


NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT [Display adapter]

I mostly use the machine for the odd bit of gaming, watching movies and general use. I would like a machine which is mid-range in its performance. Something which will I would be able to use for the next couple of years without upgrading.

I am looking to spend about £1000 GBP , what I wanted to know would it be better if I purchased:Click Here with this monitor Amilo XL3220W 22" Wide TFT
Build a machine myself with the help and advice of you guys.

Thanks in advance

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July 12, 2009 at 07:05:42

WinXp Amd 64 3000 Msi Neo2 Platinuim 1 gig ddr 400. When we cast a pebble into a pond we should look past the first ripple.

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July 12, 2009 at 07:20:57
You could build your own but it usually winds up costing a little more. Thinking ahead if you buy 1 see if they offer an upgrade to windows 7 (better than vista). I would look at windows 7 home premium.

WinXp Amd 64 3000 Msi Neo2 Platinuim 1 gig ddr 400. When we cast a pebble into a pond we should look past the first ripple.

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July 12, 2009 at 10:18:20
Hi Supertrucker,

Thank you for your reply.

I have had a look at that website (www.cyberpowerpc.com) and in all honesty those types of machines don’t interest me, with the flashing neon lights etc. I would personally rather a plain case.

If I was to build one, I am not sure equipment I would need to buy. That’s one of the reasons for me posting on here instead of purchase all the components and trying to put them all together. I guess I was asking is the build (http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/core-i7-sff,review-31588.html) good value for money and would be “future proof” or for the same amount of money I could upgrade my existing machine which would be just as good/better for the same amount of money.

Many thanks


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July 12, 2009 at 10:40:06
You can't make your current machine as good or better than the suggested builds on the link. Your motherboard, ram, processor and power supply all work together. The newer motherboards support dual .triple and quad core processors, faster RAM, advanced video card bus, i.e. pci express etc. The only thing you could salvage out of your old machine would be the cd and dvd player and possibly the hard drive and case. If you don't feel confident building a machine, you should buy an off the shelf unit like a Dell or HP or whatever you like. Good Luck.

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July 12, 2009 at 11:02:01
What is it you want to do with your computer that your present one can't do?

If your current rig is in working order I recommend keeping it intact to use as a backup or a second machine.

As far as future proofing goes you can do that to some extent but there is no surefire method to stay at the same level in relation to say game play without upgrading the motherboard, processor, RAM and graphics card.

There is usually a sweet spot in the market where you can buy the most bang for the buck, so to speak.

In the case of gaming the graphics card can really break the bank if you want the latest/greatest on the market. That is one area where upgrading is possible if staying within the same platform so you don't need to replace all the above mentioned hardware.

AMD processors are less costly than Intel of equal real world speed. That said, AMD is playing catch up to Intel for overall performance.

I just built a new rig and went with AMD for that reason.

There are a few members here that probably can advise you about what hardware to look for better than I could.

jam is probably one of the most knowledgeable of those members. Hang loose and he will no doubt pop in.

One thing jam will tell you is you can buy an economy case that will still do the job but don't skimp on the PSU (power supply). That is one area where you can future proof to some extent by getting a PSU that is more powerful than necessary in order to accommodate updated graphics cards that will require more wattage.

Anyway, if you feel up to the task of building your own computer I am pretty sure the members hare can assist you.

As far as the cost goes, the biggest advantage of buying a preconfigured computer like a Dell is the fact that the operating system is included. Buying a versoin of Windows to run will set you back at least $100 US or more.

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July 12, 2009 at 11:48:51
The reason for the link is the configuration wizard. If you look at the options you can "scale back" to a plain case even on their preconfigured rigs. As far as a homebrew amd procs are cheaper and are usually adequate for average home users. Oth just did a new amd 64 sys you might look at his sys as a base.

WinXp Amd 64 3000 Msi Neo2 Platinuim 1 gig ddr 400. When we cast a pebble into a pond we should look past the first ripple.

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July 12, 2009 at 11:54:43
Yep I bet jam will post soon to lol. He is more up to date on newer (swear he has a 2nd comp running on newegg watching hardware lol) gear and he WILL press the psu issue. He knows his hardware though.

WinXp Amd 64 3000 Msi Neo2 Platinuim 1 gig ddr 400. When we cast a pebble into a pond we should look past the first ripple.

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July 13, 2009 at 10:53:28
Hi Everyone,

Thank you all for your replies.


I want my new machine to be able to run games smoothly and be able to create documents (Excel, Database, word etc). Currently my machine does everything which I need it too but it is starting to seem sluggish compared to the ones I use everyday. At the moment, the machine runs the games I currently play, but as new games are constantly coming out, I think my machine would not be up for the task in the future.

What I meant by "future proof" was, the machine will not need upgrading for a couple of years, and when the time does come to upgrade the machine, it will only be minor modifications rather than the whole rig.

I have no preference what type processer the machine is, as long as it does the jobs I require of it. (The odd bit of gaming and general computer tasks)

I would like to try to build my own machine, and hopefully with the help with you people on this forum, I will be able to get a value of money machine.

In regards to an operating system, I have already purchased Windows XP 64. I was under the impression I needed this version of Windows if I was going to upgrade my machine.

Hopefully "Jam" would be able to help me in choosing the components for this machine. I do not mind exceeding my limit of £1000 as long as the performance outweighs the cost.

@ SuperTrucker

Sorry Supertrucker, I did not see that option when having a look at the website. The only options I could see were pre-built computers.

I was having a look at potential builds and my initial build is:

ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Intel Core i7-920
Four Cores, 2.66 GHz, 8 MB Cache

OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail

2 x BFG GeForce GTX 260 OC in SLI
896 MB GDDR3-1998 Per Card
590 MHz GPU, 1,296 MHz Shader

Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Black
640GD, 640 GB, 32 MB cache

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

CPU Cooler
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

Would this be a good value for money build?

Thank you all for your help and advice is greatly appreciated



I do apologise about my lack of knowledge with computers.

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