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I'm also looking at getting a DVD-RW drive, and my DVD-ROM is acting like it's about to give up the ghost, so I guess I'll be needing a new one of those soon too.

May I recommend LG? Nice and stable...

I have a LG too and it works. ;)

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I was quite happy with the AC97 sound which came with the motherboard (some gigabyte nforce 4 board) but i noticed the sound degraded badly when I was playing Star Wars Republic Commando, so thats why i bought the Audigy2.

I have to admit that is a bit of a worry for me - I've already had one occasion where an mp3 file I was listening to skipped just as I quit the rail sim I was playing ;) I'll give a couple of games a go later tonight and see what happens with them - if they don't sound very good, I'll be going back to the old soundcard, although it'll be a bit of a squeeze to get it back in the case (I'll need to shift the interface card for my old slide scanner up into the slot next to the graphics card and put the soundcard back in the bottom slot).

Karma you won't go wrong with an NEC drive either - I'm on my second drive of theirs (the first one I bought is now in my brother's box), and the model I have now burns every type of disk you can think of (including DVD-RAM - quite useful given that I've got a DVD-RAM based recorder for my TV downstairs).

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The CD-RW I have now is NEC. I haven't had any problems with it. On the other hand, the CD-ROM that came with the computer I had was LG. It died about three weeks after I got the computer. The DVD-ROM on this computer (which is Samsung, BTW) has lasted for more at least four years (and I think it might actually be five).

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I'm back with upgrades too. :D

2.4Ghz AMD Athlon 64 3400+ Newcastle 800MHz FSB 512KB L2 Cache Processor with a Thermaltake CL-P0006 Heatsink (keeps this puppy cooler than my old processor despite running at a normally higher temp)

ASUS K8N Socket 754 NVIDIA nForce3 250 ATX AMD Motherboard

HITACHI Deskstar 7K80 80GB 3.5" IDE Ultra ATA133 Hard Drive

HITACHI Deskstar T7K250 250GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

Western Digital Dual-option USB 2.0 WDXUB2000JBNN 200GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache USB 2.0 External Hard Drive (for back ups)

(Total Size: 495.8 GB (459.8 GB free))

ATI Radeon X1600PRO 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X Video Card

The not so-new parts are:

1 Gig of PC3200 (200 MHz) RAM

LITE-ON DVD+RW LDW-401S

LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW-1633S

CTX S760A 17" (not foot :shh:) Viewable Monitor 1280x1024

Chieftec Dragon Case (comes up almost to my hips it's so tall)

Creative Soundblaster card (soon to be upgraded)

Edited by Teelie

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Let's just say sometimes the studios are slow to release tv series for my tastes. ;)

heh, yeah i feel the same :D (especially living in the UK)

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A few New Specs....

Chip: AMD ATHLON XP 2500+ 512K 333FSB SOCKET A BARTON (Overclocked to 1.98 GHz

Motherboard: SOLTEK 75FRN2-L NFORCE2 SOCKETA DUAL DDR AGP8X 5PCI ATA133 SOUND LAN

RAM: KINGSTON HYPERX PC2700 512MB CAS2 2-2-5 T1 DDR 333MHZ 184PIN and KINGSTON HYPERX PC3200 512MB CL2 3-2-6 DDR 400MHZ 184PIN in a Dual Channel Configuration

Video Card: SAPPHIRE RADEON X850 XT 256MB AGP8x/4x 256MB DVI TV OUT VIDEO CARD

Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2

Case: NETLINK 18IN 300W ATX VS42B CASE /W FRONT USB PORT P4 READY BLUE BEZEL (Blue Edges)

Keyboard: Microsoft Natural Multimedia keyboard

Mouse: Microsoft Wheelmouse Optical

Hard Drive(s): 200GB Hard Drive 40 GB Seagate Hard Drive

CDrom: 52x32x52x 16x LG DVD CD Writer, 52x32x52x CD 16x8x16x DVD CD/DVD write/Rewritable CD Drive

Speakers: Creative 7.1 Suround Sound Audio System

OS: Windows XP Pro

Moniter: NEC Multisync 97F 19'

Webcam: Logitech, thats all i know lol

Microphone: Sidewinder Gamevoice

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Karma you won't go wrong with an NEC drive either - I'm on my second drive of theirs (the first one I bought is now in my brother's box), and the model I have now burns every type of disk you can think of (including DVD-RAM - quite useful given that I've got a DVD-RAM based recorder for my TV downstairs).

I ended up going with LG, but only because that's all the place I bought it from had. I can't believe how cheap it was. I figured I'd have to pay $60-$70 or more, ended up costing me $30 after tax.

Anyway, now all I need is to get a DVD-RW, and I'm thinking about adding some more RAM.

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I think I've more or less finished with my upgrades for now, so here are my new specs:

Intel Pentium 4 at 3.00GHz with 800MHz system bus

2.0GB PC3300 DDR400 RAM

120GB Samsung Ultra ATA/100 7200RPM Hard Drive

170GB Western Digital External USB Hard Drive

LG GDR-8164B DVD-ROM drive

LG GSA-4167B DVD-RAM drive

All-In-Wonder X800XL 256MB AGP Graphics Card

SoundBlaster Live! 5.1

30 watt Altec-Lansing speakers

Intel PRO/100 VE Network card

Linksys Wireless-G PCI Adapter with Speedboost

BCM V.92 56K Voicemodem

PS2 Keyboard

Microsoft Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer

19" Flat Screen CRT Monitor

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Processor: 2.2 GHZ AMD Sempron 2200+

Memory: 1.25 Gig PC2700 ram

Motherboard: Gigabyte 7VT600P-RZfront and back

Case: Black and Silver Cooler Master Centurion

Monitor: HP mx702

Keyboard: black MPC generic keyboard

Mouse: Logitech 2 button wheel mouse

Hard drives: 30 Gig Maxtor, 60 Gig Maxtor sata drive

Videocard: NVidia GeForce 6600

Tower: Standard-size with 52x40x52x CD Burner, floppy drive

OS: Windows XP Pro Slipstream SP2

Internet Connection: 56K modem

Extras: 1 9 by 12-inch Wacom Digitizer=II tablet with 2 stylus, Microsoft Sidewinder Percision Pro joystick

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I've replaced my Ati X800XL with an Nvidia 7900 GT (bought for £220, sold the X800XL for £80, not bad at all)

I'm very interested in this new Intel Conroe which is coming in Q3 this year.

From all the reviews and benchmarks i've seen it totally blows AMD FX60 out the water and unlike the current netburst Pentium 4 chips, Conroe runs very cool and requires far less power.

Of course if i do get one of these new CPU's i'll have to invest in a new motherboard (as i am currently AMD) and also changing my ram to DDR2 ram.

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wow this thread needed bumping

recently upgraded my main pc with a new motherboard, processor and ram, all for GBP ?145.00 (components are getting much cheaper these days), my shuttle (media-pc) also got replaced as its psu was noisy (its not dead though, got RHEL 4.3 running on it for studying, for work mainly).

Anyway my current PC specs:

Main PC

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Windows XP Professional SP2

Samsung SM205BW 20 inch WSXGA+ TFT LCD Monitor 700:1 300cd/m2 1680 x 1050 6ms DVI (Silver/Black)

Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 1.86ghz Socket 775 FSB800 2MB Cache (Overclocks to 2.5-3.0ghz not uncommon)

Kingston 2GB KIT (2X1GB) DDR2 667MHz/PC2-5300 CL5 Non Ecc 1.8V

ASRock 4CoreDual-VSTA PT880 Ultra Socket 775 SATA 8 channel audio ATX

Nvidia 7900 GT graphics

300gb Samsung SATA HDD

80gb Samsung PATA HDD

Samsung 16x SATA DVD-RW

Netear 54g Wireless USB2

Logitech laser mouse Mx1000

Saitek illuminated keyboard

Media PC

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Windows XP Professional SP2

(plugged into my 32" SD-TV, hoping to upgrade to 1080P HDTV in 2008)

ASUS Pundit media case/ASUS motherboard S-939

AMD Athlon64 4000 2.4ghz

1gb DDR400 Ram (2x512mb)

Onboard Geforce 6150 (720P/1080P capable output via DVI and converted to HDMI)

Onboard Realtek 7.1 audio

Onboard 1000mb LAN

160gb Seagate PATA HDD

Lite-On 20x DVD-RW

Wireless Logitech Keyboard/Mouse

Linux Box

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Red Hat Enterprise 4.3

AMD Athlon 2400 thoroughbred 2.0ghz

NForce 2 motherboard

512mb DDR266 ram

80gb Western Digital HDD

ATI Radeon 9600 fanless

onboard sound and lan

DVD-Rom drive

think thats it :)

Edited by kazon

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Nice setup!

I was recently thinking of upgrading my computer again after the summer, any suggestions?

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well if you are still running the same setup as you've posted above the cheapest i would say would be to look at the motherboard i've just got

ASRock 4CoreDual-VSTA PT880 Ultra Socket 775 SATA 8 channel audio ATX

the reason why i say that is because it has an AGP and PCI-E slot, so you could continue to use your current GFX card, plus the board also supports DDR1 and DDR2 so you could use your existing RAM also. This allows you in future to replace the GFX card with a newer PCI-E card, and also some DDR2 ram when your budget allows it.

You would of course require a new CPU, and i've gone with the Core2 Duo as its really taken the performance crown back from AMD, the E4300 is a lower end chip, but it runs very cooly and as mentioned its an overclockers dream (its also pretty cheap too, about GBP ?75).

If you want to stay AMD, then you should go for a AM-2 motherboard, and an X2 processor, they have tumbled in price also and you can find decent dual core processors for the same price as the Intel. I'm not sure if there are any AM-2 motherboards that supoprt DDR1, so you'd have to buy DDR2 ram also.

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After much deliberation I've decided It's time to buy a new computer. These are the spec's of the rig that i've orderd and (hopefully) will be getting in a week or two. :)

Processor (CPUs) : AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ Dual Core Processor Socket AM2 Windsor 2.8GHZ 2000FSB 2X1MB 90NM Retail Box

Motherboard : Gigabyte GA-MA69G-S3H 690G ATX AM2 DDR2 PCI-E16 PCI-E1 3PCI HDMI Video Sound GBLAN 1394 Motherboard

Memory (RAM) : OCZ Gold XTC PC2-6400 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-800 CL5-5-5-18 DDR2 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit

Video Cards : Diamond Radeon HD 2900XT 740MHZ 512MB 1650MHZ GDDR3 Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card

Computer Case : Antec Sonata III Black ATX 16IN Mid Tower Quiet Case 3X5.25 2X3.5 4X3.5IN 500W 120MM Fan

Hard Drive : Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB SATA2 3GB/S 7200RPM 16MB Cache NCQ Hard Drive

Operating System : Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition 32BIT DVD OEM

I got the whole thing for about $1300 cdn. Once it arrives at my house in a few weeks i intend to add my current sound Card (7.1 surround) and my 200 GB Hard drive to the machine.

Please note that i already have a 22" widescreen LCD monitor so i didn't have add a new one, otherwise that would have cost a fair bit lol.

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I did upgrades last month after my RAM started to go bad and decided to do it all.

New stuff:

MSI K9AG Neo2-Digital AM2 AMD 690G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor (dual core 2.8ghz each)

XION Supernova XON-800R14N ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Power Supply

Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory 2x (4 gigs total)

HITACHI Deskstar 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s (with this I have 885 gigs of space; 570 gigs free at the moment)

The "new" old stuff:

SAMSUNG USB 2.0 18X DVD±R External Super-WriteMaster DVD Burner with LightScribe

HITACHI Deskstar 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s

Western Digital Dual-option USB 2.0 200GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache USB 2.0 External Hard Drive

And the graphics card I plan on getting soon:

EVGA GeForce 8600GTS 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

Edited by Teelie

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Well, everything went well untill it came down to payment processing for the computer, apparently there was somthing wrong with my credit card, but when i phoned up this morning the guy said that everything was fixed, but the website hasn't updated with the new changes, and the verification PIN code that they gave me just won't work.... ugh, so now i have to try phone them again tomorrow morning to see what's up.

I just love how nothing's simple these days haha

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