Going round in an upgrade circle

  aca 08:56 13 Mar 2005

I have finally got my new 9800 pro working. Bios update has done trick. Want to get the most from it so looking to upgrade. Everest report on present spec below. I have limited budget. At present my favoured option is to stick with my existing motherboard. Get new Athlon XP 3000 333mhz (got price of £80 inc heatsink etc) along with additional 512mb RAM

Doing this will I see major improvements in graphics performance?

Or should I go for new mobo that takes new CPUs. Budget is limited to £120

CPU Type AMD Athlon XP, 1800 MHz (13.5 x 133) 2200+
Motherboard Name Asus A7V8X-X (6 PCI, 1 AGP, 3 DDR DIMM, Audio, LAN)
Motherboard Chipset VIA VT8377 Apollo KT400
System Memory 512 MB (PC2700 DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type Award Modular (09/02/04)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

Video Adapter RADEON 9800 PRO - Secondary (128 MB)
Video Adapter RADEON 9800 PRO - Secondary (128 MB)
3D Accelerator ATI Radeon 9800 Pro (R350)
Monitor Samsung SAMTRON 95P Plus [19" CRT] (H3LKA10573)

Audio Adapter VIA AC'97 Enhanced Audio Controller

IDE Controller VIA Bus Master IDE Controller
Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
Disk Drive ST340016A (40 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/100)
Optical Drive CDWRITER IDE5224 (52x/24x/52x CD-RW)
Optical Drive HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4120B (DVD:8x, CD:12x/8x/32x DVD-ROM/CD-RW)
SMART Hard Disks Status OK

C: (NTFS) 38154 MB (22324 MB free)

Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
Mouse HID-compliant mouse

Network Adapter WAN (PPP/SLIP) Interface (

Printer EPSON Stylus C42 Series
USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller
USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller
USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller
USB2 Controller VIA USB 2.0 Enhanced Host Controller
USB Device USB Human Interface Device
USB Device USB Printing Support


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