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if i upgrade my pc

will newer games work

will it be worth it

AND WILL IT ALL WORK GOOD

list of hard ware i will be buying

nVidia 6200 256MB VGA/TV Low Pofile PCI Card: http://www.lmc.com.au/products/Graphics_Ca...A/TV_Low_Pofile

RAM:512 pc-133 sd ram: http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/produc...;products_id=74

SOUND CARD Creative Sound Blaster 5.1 : http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/produc...oducts_id=26609

and the current hard ware i got

MOTHER BOARD

Property Value

Manufacturer Gigabyte

Model i810

Version 1.3A

Serial Number 00000000

Chipset Vendor Intel Corporation

Chipset Model 82810E 810e Host-Hub Interface and Memory Controller

South Bridge 82801AA 8xx Chipset LPC Interface Bridge

SMBus Intel Corporation 82801AA 8xx Chipset SMBus Controller @04C0h

CPU Intel Celeron

Cpu Socket Socket 370 [socket 370 ]

Processor Upgrade

Max CPU Speed 800 MHz

System Slots 3 PCI

OnBoard devices

Video (Enabled) Intel Corporation

Sound (Enabled) YAMAHA Audio

Sound (Enabled) AC97 Audio

<unknown> (Enabled) AC97 Modem

Memory Summary

Maximum Memory Module Size 512 MBytes

Maximum Capacity 1024 MBytes

Memory Slots 2

Name Physical Memory Array

Warning! Accuracy of DMI data cannot be guaranteed=

PCI SLOTS

Bus/Dev./Func. Type Class Type Manufacturer Device Name Sub System Device Vendor Sub System Device Name

00 / 00 / 00 PCI PCI to HOST Bridge Intel Corporation 82810E 810e Host-Hub Interface and Memory Controller Intel Corporation

00 / 01 / 00 PCI VGA Controller Intel Corporation 82810E 810e Graphics Controller Giga-Byte Technology

00 / 30 / 00 PCI PCI to PCI Bridge Intel Corporation 82801AA 8xx Chipset Hub to PCI Bridge

00 / 31 / 00 PCI PCI to ISA Bridge Intel Corporation 82801AA 8xx Chipset LPC Interface Bridge

00 / 31 / 01 PCI Bus Master IDE controller Intel Corporation 82801AA 8xx Chipset IDE Controller Intel Corporation 82801AA 8xx Chipset IDE Controller

00 / 31 / 02 PCI USB (UHCI) Intel Corporation 82801AA 8xx Chipset USB Controllers Intel Corporation 82801AA 8xx Chipset USB Controllers

00 / 31 / 03 PCI SMBus Controller Intel Corporation 82801AA 8xx Chipset SMBus Controller Intel Corporation 82801AA 8xx Chipset SMBus Controller

00 / 31 / 05 PCI Audio Device Intel Corporation 82801AA 8xx Chipset AC'97 Audio Controller Giga-Byte Technology SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio

00 / 31 / 06 PCI Hayes Compatible Modem Intel Corporation 82801AA 8xx Chipset AC'97 PCI Modem Giga-Byte Technology 82801AA 8xx Chipset AC'97 PCI Modem

RAM

Property Value

Memory Summary

Maximum Memory Module Size 512 MBytes

Maximum Capacity 1024 MBytes

Memory Slots 2

Name Physical Memory Array

Device Locator Slot 1

Manufacturer Micron Technology

Part Number 4LSDT864AG-133B1

Serial Number 5212F03C

Capacity 64 MBytes

Memory Type SDRAM

Data Width 64 bits

Voltage LVTTL (not 5V tolerant)

Error Correction None

Refresh Normal (15.625 µs)

Manufacturing Date 2001, Week 10

EPP SPD Support No

Device Locator Slot 2

Manufacturer SpecTek Incorporated

Serial Number 2357C201

Capacity 128 MBytes

Memory Type SDRAM

Data Width 64 bits

Voltage LVTTL (not 5V tolerant)

Error Correction None

Refresh Normal (15.625 µs)

Manufacturing Date 2002, Week 10

EPP SPD Support No

Warning! Accuracy of DMI data cannot be guaranteed=

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More information is required. Which model motherboard do you have?

No Gigabyte motherboards listed on their site with the Intel 801 chipset support a socket 370 and 1024MB RAM.

http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Mother...Type=socket+370

Any current gaming computers should require the following as minimum requirements:

CPU: 2GHz

RAM: 2GB

Video: 128MB DirectX 9 compatible

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OH MY GOD! You're not serious, are you?

Lets face it, although you can assemble a pretty decent computer for web-surfing, dowloading and for Office applications, running NEWER games is IMPOSSIBLE. You don't even have AGP support! Honestly, buy a new pc.... and well, that 5.1 soundcard is just useless, unless you wish to connect you system to a decent set of speakers.... it won't make your pc run any faster.

You could probably assemble a not-so-bad pcfor gaming with the following specs:

RAM: 2GB DDR2

CPU: Athlon 64 3200+ (the higher the better) for single core (if you want to use Win98) or a Pentium Dual Core 2.4 Ghz (WinXP/Vista, Core2 is better, but this should do the trick quite nicely, and no, Pentium D isn't the same thing as Pentium Dual Core);

GPU: A GeForce 8600 GT (XP/VISTA only) should work quite well... if you don't push to insane resolutions with high AA settings. If you put everything on low you can probably get a 6800/7600

MOTHERBOARD: PCI-E by all means!!!! (unless you want Windows 98) The reason for getting a PCI-E capable MoBo, other than PCI-E being faster than AGP, is that the graphics card's prices differ... A PCI-E 6800 is cheaper than its AGP version.

OS: Vista if you wish to use DX10 (AND got the GF8600), XP for DX9 gaming without problems, 98 if you like the challenge of getting the games to work

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That box is most definitely past the "upgrading" point. Socket 370, plain old PCI (no PCI-E nor AGP), old very slow CPU, etc.

And the "upgrade" parts you're talking about are nowhere near enough to run "newer games". A Geforce 6200 is very, very slow by today's standards. SB Live 5.1? I was going to list one on ebay a while ago (the platinum version), but I've seen plenty of them finish at $0.99 with no bids at all (tells you how much they're worth). Modern motherboards have FAR better sound onboard than those old cards provide.

At this point, you're basically looking at another PC. It doesn't have to be expensive though. I've seen significantly faster 2nd hand computers go for like $50 before (sometimes even free). Lots of people are getting rid of old computers (or parts even). I've sold an old P4 3GHz for cheap a couple months ago (around $100 -- including SATA DVD writer, memory card reader and all), and given away a few 2.x GHz ones, so 800MHz (0.8GHz)... Anything you can buy in a store, at any price, will be MUCH faster than this. This is very much like the PC I had like 8 years ago...

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As most of those guys mentioned, those specs you listed there is very old and outdated.

However, you I suggest these low end parts that ain't too bad:

AMD Athlon 5000+ X2 AM2 - $74

GeForce 8400 GS - $44

2GB DDR2 RAM - $38

And you can get a cheap low end AM2 motherboard for like $69 or maybe less.

These parts will do so much better than the ones you listed.

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Your computer is too old to upgrade, you need a full replacement in order to play anything recent. A motherboard that supports a 800mhz probably maxes out at 1gh or maybe 1.2ghz, today's CPUs are dual cores running at 3ghz (so that's a virtual 6ghz CPU), so as you can see, you're old hardware can't compare.

Plus new SATA hard drives are way faster than your ancient IDE drive, ram is way faster, video cards are around 8x faster.

I recommend getting a:

cpu: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (3ghz dual core)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115037

video: Nvidia 9800GT (new 55nm GPU, cooler, less watts & faster than other Nvidia cards)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814127379

mobo: GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L (simply amazing mobo)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813128337

psu: Sparkle 350w (a good cheapie)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817103516

ram: 2GB of ram (enough for any of today's games)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820145034

HD: 500GB Western Digital (lots of storage, cheap)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822136073

Throw it all in a case and you'll have a cutting edge PC that can play ANY game

Edited by TravisO
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if i upgrade my pc [snip] will it be worth it

[snip]

RAM:512 pc-133 sd ram: http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/produc...;products_id=74

MOTHER BOARD

Model i810

Whoa! i810, stop right there. I had one, worked on many, even on their best day these were horrible. Retire it or keep it functional only for testing dangerous apps and viruses!

More importantly, purchasing 512 MB of SDRAM will absolutely kill you. Even at the cheapest places it will kill you. Do not buy this memory! 512 MB of SDRAM will cost more than 2 GB of DDR2.

Buy a current motherboard, if it must run Win9x you know where to research it: Compatible Hardware with Windows 9x. If it does not require Win9x you can buy almost anything but make sure it is DDR2 so that RAM is cheap (or if DDR3, RAM will be cheap in the near future).

Skip this upgrade, that money will be much better spent and go a much longer way on new tech.

P.S. doesn't NewEgg ship to you?

EDIT: as of this date, DDR2 is cheap! Doh! DDR3 will be cheap soon. (but not soon enough for me).

One other thing I remember about those i810 (Intel Application Accelerator) boards. Beware of the BIOS. I cannot remember any 48bit LBA updates. There may have been some by some mobo maker, but without it the HDD situation is very dangerous. Even some of the sub-136GB drives might not be recognized.

Edited by CharlotteTheHarlot
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if i upgrade my pc [snip] will it be worth it

[snip]

RAM:512 pc-133 sd ram: http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/produc...;products_id=74

MOTHER BOARD

Model i810

Whoa! i810, stop right there. I had one, worked on many, even on their best day these were horrible. Retire it or keep it functional only for testing dangerous apps and viruses!

More importantly, purchasing 512 MB of SDRAM will absolutely kill you. Even at the cheapest places it will kill you. Do not buy this memory! 512 MB of SDRAM will cost more than 2 GB of DDR3.

Buy a current motherboard, if it must run Win9x you know where to research it: Compatible Hardware with Windows 9x. If it does not require Win9x you can buy almost anything (but make sure it is DDR3 so that RAM is cheap).

Skip this upgrade, that money will be much better spent and go a much longer way on new tech.

P.S. doesn't NewEgg ship to you?

Don't you mean DDR2? DDR3 is still expensive. However, DDR2 is pretty much dirt cheap these days.

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I’ve upgraded/refurbished about a dozen turn of the century computers in the last several years. It’s a hobby and I give most of them away.

So my opinion is:

“Will newer games work?” No.

“Will it be worth it?” Not at those prices.

“Will it all work good?” Maybe

I don’t know why but about half of the old motherboards I’ve worked on would work after being upgraded. I’ve seen identical motherboards where one would accept a faster processor and video card and one wouldn’t. I get parts for little or nothing so it’s not a big deal if it doesn’t work. But spending the money you plan on would be too risky to me.

If you decide to do it. Upgrade to the latest bios and hunt around on the web to see if someone has modded bios for your motherboard to bring it more up to date than the original manufacturers. There are Promise ATA 133 cards for larger and faster hard drives and Tualatin adapters that can use a 1.4ghz processor. But even with all that it won’t come close to what a newer computer can do.

Good luck. It will be a learning experience, I can promise you that much. :)

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That's the kind of computer I threw out.

What's the matter with you?

Your computer is too old to upgrade, you need a full replacement in order to play anything recent. A motherboard that supports a 800mhz probably maxes out at 1gh or maybe 1.2ghz, today's CPUs are dual cores running at 3ghz (so that's a virtual 6ghz CPU), so as you can see, you're old hardware can't compare.

Plus new SATA hard drives are way faster than your ancient IDE drive, ram is way faster, video cards are around 8x faster.

I recommend getting a:

cpu: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (3ghz dual core)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115037

video: Nvidia 9800GT (new 55nm GPU, cooler, less watts & faster than other Nvidia cards)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814127379

mobo: GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L (simply amazing mobo)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813128337

psu: Sparkle 350w (a good cheapie)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817103516

ram: 2GB of ram (enough for any of today's games)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820145034

HD: 500GB Western Digital (lots of storage, cheap)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822136073

Throw it all in a case and you'll have a cutting edge PC that can play ANY game

Replace the 9800GT with the HD4830 or the HD4850.

P35 is good. P45 is better. Gigabyte P45 is amazing.

Western Digital SE16 640GB. Overall fastest 7200RPM drive so far. Lots of storage. Cheap.

The 350W PSU is a joke. Haha?

400-500W for future upgradeability. Its also not good to work a PSU near its limits. Reduces life, and less efficient.

You can get the quiet Antec Sonata III case with a 550W 80plus (that means its efficient) PSU.

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