Can I upgrade? Or is it time for a new PC?

  lee_robinson1983 10:39 30 Jan 2006

I was wondering if anyone can help me...
I currently have a 4 year old Medion PC, spec which i know:

P4 1.5 GHz processor
Motherboard - unknown (how do i check this?)
512Mb Ram
64Mb Geforce graphics card
40Gb Hard drive
Running windows XP
Standard cooling

this is now obviously a bit dated so im looking to upgrade, if possible. Can anyone tell me if it will be possible to upgrade? + if so what parts to get?

I mainly use my PC for games and was thinking a faster processor and better graphics card could possibly help (and maybe some more ram)?

If it's not possible to upgrade, where can i find a cheap, new PC good for gaming? would probably have to be on finance.

i have been looking at and seen, what i believe to be, a good system...

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 bit X2 4200 512K L2 Cache
Memory: 2048Mb DDR400 PC3200
Motherboard: ASUS A8N-SLI SE: Dual DDR, S-ATA, 2 x x16 VGA, 3 PCI
USB: 6 USB 2.0 ports (4 rear, 2 front)
Hard drive: SATA 160Gb 7200rpm 8Mb cache
Graphics card: 256Mb Geforce 6600 PCI express + DVI + TV OUT
Windows XP Home
15" TFT monitor
Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, DVD/CD writer etc.

for just under £1,000 - is this any good?

paying on finance i would be paying about £32 per month, my budget is about £40 per month max or about £200-£300 up front for upgrades.

hope someone can help me, Thanks :)

  Pamy 11:41 30 Jan 2006

you could upgrade HDD, RAM and graphics card, you would have to consult your manual/Medion, as to what faster cpu could be fitted, then decide if upgrades would give you what you require to play the games you want to play.

  rmcqua 12:54 30 Jan 2006

For just a bit over £200 you can get (for example) a decent m/b with Sempron 3000+ CPU and cooler, 512mb DDRAM, 80Gb SATA hard drive and a 256mb 8x AGP graphics card.
If you are confident about doing your own upgrades, that's what I would do.
I say "for example" because there will be loads of different opinions on what processor, what m/b and what grapics card. I have just done the above exercise to upgrade a friend's PC and it worked out at £227 inc. VAT and delivery. If you want a list of the parts I bought, I would be delighted to send you it.

  uisquebeathus 13:00 30 Jan 2006

re what do you do with your PC, if its is normal day to day net browsing and email chat stuff your system will work and hang in for while yet,
its not worth going into debt as you will see little differance.
if you want to do gaming online then I have seen poorer PC's do quite good,

  lee_robinson1983 13:11 30 Jan 2006

Thanks for the advice. rmcqua, if you could send me the details that would be great, is it easy to upgrade yourself? i haven't really tried to do my own upgrades before so would probably get someone else who knows what they're doing to do it.

  uisquebeathus 13:19 30 Jan 2006

if you wait a little longer the AND 64x2 cpus will drop in price and then and then is the time to mabye move up to a real power workhorse.

  Diodorus Siculus 13:35 30 Jan 2006

Given that you want it for games, I'd suggest starting afresh - any upgrades you begin will be limited in the improvement they bring for the financial outlay.

You can go down the road of buying a bundle from novatech (for example) which for a couple of hundred pounds will give you a far more satisfying computing experience than that which you have at the moment.

Barebones Bundle AMD 64 3000, Heatsink and Fan, 512MB RAM, Socket 754 Motherboard : bb-nf6430b
click here

  rmcqua 14:49 30 Jan 2006

I have sent you a PM with the list of parts and some suggestions re. doing the upgrade.
Good luck.

  jack 14:59 30 Jan 2006

I guess yuou mean replace rather than 'upgrade' which usually means rebuild.

If it is to replace then possibly the one you mentioned is as good as any but do look around.

If you think Rebuild ,then be aware that you have to keep I tight rein on the purse otherwise you will be paying more by buying lots of bits.
Possibly a progressive rebuild may do the trick

A64bit MoBo/CPU/Memory bundle and keep the HDD/Sounds/Graphics pro tem is a possible route
take a look at click here.

  keef66 16:25 30 Jan 2006

If you're serious about gaming, Low have pci-express upgrade bundles consisting of mobo, cpu and graphics card. All you'd need in addition is a gig of ram, and I'd recommend Crucial.

Here's the one I'd go for, but you're looking at spending over £350 to upgrade an old pc!

click here

  DieSse 18:59 30 Jan 2006

If you upgrade you will definately need a new PSU in addition.

If you but a new TFT monitor do NOT get a 15" one - 19" is the way to go now. It'll enhabce your gaming experience considerably.

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