Should I upgrade? Will I see any real world performance increase?

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  1. karma

    karma you reap what you sow

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    ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!

    Do I keep the bulk of my current system or upgrade?? :dunno:

    If I keep the bulk of my current system, I currently have:
    3.4Ghz Pentium 4 Northwood
    Asus P4P800 Deluxe
    BFG 6800GT AGP
    2GB regular Kingmax PC3200
    Regular 7200RPM Hard Drive

    And I would upgrade with:
    2GB of PQI PC3200 Turbo, and
    74GB Raptor
    This would only cost me ~$300 after rebates.

    Or I could go almost all new and get:
    Western Digital Raptor WD740GD 74GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive
    ASUS A8N-SLI Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
    XFX PVT70GUDE7 Geforce 7800GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply
    pqi TURBO 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200)
    AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Processor Model

    This would cost around $1050 after rebates.

    My monitor is a 2005FPW.

    I’m torn on upgrading a little or a lot, because I don’t think the performance will be that much better to justify the money. Of course I could sell my old stuff here or on eBay and make up some of the cost. But, I just don’t know.
    :hyper:
     
  2. ndnxtc

    ndnxtc New Member

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    I could never bring myself just to spend that much money on upgrades that will be obsolete in a matter of months.
     
  3. karma

    karma you reap what you sow

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    It's always obsolete in a matter of months. I'll mark you as a vote for the cheaper option. :)
     
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    bptillman New Member

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    i say the cheaper option since like you said...it will be obselete one day...might as well just go with the cheaper
     
  5. lowfat

    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    going with the upgrade really isn't going to help performance much at all.
     
  6. karma

    karma you reap what you sow

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    Either upgrade?? :dunno:

    I thought the Raptor would help in itself.
     
  7. karma

    karma you reap what you sow

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    Also my current memory is 2.5-4-4-8 timings after looking at sandra and memtest.
    The new memory would be 2-3-2-5

    Will I see a noticeable difference? :sadwavey:
     
  8. altezza2k2

    altezza2k2 New Member

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    i say a definate no for option 2, and a definate yes for the raptor. as for the memory, im not so sure. youll prolly see a few fps diff, however nothing noticable. your call
     
  9. lowfat

    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    If you want a 2 second faster load-time go ahead. I can't see the justification of spending so much on a HDD, when it does so little.
     
  10. Aimless

    Aimless Resident drunkey

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    I'd wait till this summer and go all out, but that's just me. I don't think your system is slow enough to justify the expensive upgrade, and I don't see any point at all to the cheap upgrade. Neither the Raptor nor the memory timing-bump is worth $300, IMO.
     
  11. Jeff Merr

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    The upgrade is not cost effective
     

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