should i upgrade or replace ???

  dyln 11:06 23 Nov 2005

hi everyone...
i would like to upgrade from a p4 2.0g pc to a p4 3.4g pc and would like help from someone who could let me know wether my motherboard would be able to handle this upgrade and if anything else needs replacing at the same time - i know the fan will need replacing but does anything else ?
the reason i wanna upgrade is cos it seems to be struggling with the latest games, i have an ati radeon 9200 in but that wiil be replaced -
nvidia or radeon ? any suggestions anyone.
apart from that the pc runs great but it is 4 years old now so should i just get a new tower with the latest specs or will upgrading the
processor and video card be sufficient ?
any help or advise would be very helpfull, here is the specs of the pc i have at the moment.

XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600)
TriGem Computer, Inc. Dublin Revision 1.01(D)
2.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
8 kilobyte primary memory cache
256 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Board: TriGem Computer, Inc. Dublin
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies LTD 6.00 10/30/2001
40 Gigabytes
CyberDrv CW099D CD-R/RW [CD-ROM drive]
DVDRW IDE 16X [CD-ROM drive]
3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]
ST340810A [Hard drive] (40 GB)
512 Megabytes Installed Memory
Slot 'J6J1' has 256 MB
Slot 'J6J2' has 256 MB
Slot 'J7J1' is Empty
c: 40.02GB
Standard floppy disk controller
Intel(R) 82801BA Ultra ATA Storage Controller - 244B
Primary IDE Channel [Controller]
Secondary IDE Channel [Controller]
RADEON 9200 SERIES [Display adapter]
RADEON 9200 SERIES - Secondary [Display adapter]
Intel(R) 82801BA/BAM USB Universal Host Controller - 2442
Intel(R) 82801BA/BAM USB Universal Host Controller - 2444
Creative Game Port
Creative SB Audigy LS
MPU-401 Compatible MIDI Device
Standard Game Port
Fujitsu USB ADSL WAN Modem #2

  PaulB2005 11:09 23 Nov 2005

i can't see the motherbaord model listed.

  Diodorus Siculus 11:14 23 Nov 2005

I'd go for a new PC - there are some good offers out there, especially if you are willing to go down the route of building your own.

Take a look at, for example, Novatech's bundles click here

  dyln 13:13 23 Nov 2005

the above pc specs was found using belarc and says...

Board: TriGem Computer, Inc. Dublin

and this is the specs for the "dublin" motherboard i found through trigem website

Trigem Dublin Mainboard

Documented General Info:
Intel Pentium-4 Processor (FC-PGA2) in the 478 Pin Package/Northwood Processor

Intel Memory Controller Hub-MCH (North bridge): Intel 82845
Intel I/O Controller Hub2-ICH2 (South Bridge): Intel 82801BA

LPC I/O Controller: SMSC SMC47M112

Audio Subsystem: AC 97 Link for Audio and Telephony CODECs in ICH2 and Crystal CS4201 CODEC

DC-DC Converter: Intersil HIP6301 + HIP6601A*2

Clock Generator: ICS9250-38(CK408)

EtherNet Controller: ADMTek AN983B

System Memory: Supports up to 3 double-sided DIMMs (6 device rows) with 64-bit data interface.
Supports up to 1.5GB using 256Mb technology and up to 3GB using 512Mb technology.
SDR-DRAM interface runs at 133MHz speed with 400MHz FSB.

Flash Memory: Programmable 4Mb Flash memory for BIOS

Intel 82801BA(ICH2) + AD1886 Codec

Audio Subsystem
· Built in PCI Audio Controller in Intel ICH2 and CS4201 CODEC
- AC’97 2.1 compliant
- Independent bus master logic for 5 channels (PCM In/Out, MIC Input, Modem In/Out)
- Support for up to six channels of PCM Audio output (full AC3 decode)
- Supports wake-up events
· Crystal CS4201 CODEC
- AC’97 2.1 compliant
- Supports the S/PDIF (IEC-958) optical digital out
- Stereo Headphone Amplifier

Full-featured Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) Controller.
Supports full AGP 2.0 capability for maximum bus utilization including 2x and 4x mode transfers.
AGP 1.5V connector support only.
High priority access support.

Onboard I/O Connectors
· Integrated standard Bus interface slots
- Three PCI slots
- One AGP slot with 1.5V(Only 4x)
· Integrated standard I/O ports in the Rear side
- One multi-mode parallel port (LPT1)
- One FIFO serial port (COM1)
- PS/2 style Keyboard and Mouse ports
- Stacked two USB ports (USB0,1) & One RJ-45 Jack for LAN
- Three Audio jacks for Line-In, MIC-In, and Line-Out (or SPK-Out)
- One Joystick port
· Other integrated extended I/O ports (by the Header type)
- 20 Pin Headers for Power Button/Sleep button/Power LED/HDD LED/Reset button/Key-Lock
- Two USB ports (USB2,3)
- One FIFO serial port (COM2)
- One Speaker-Out port
- One CD-Audio-In port and One AUX-In(for 2nd CD-In) port
- One S/PDIF port
- One Video Sound-In port
- One Headphone port and One MIC-In port
- One PC-PCI port

Onboard IDE
Supports Ultra DMA-100/66/33, BMIDE and PIO modes
Independent timing of up to 4 drives
Separate IDE connections for Primary and Secondary cables
Read transfers up to 100MB/s. Writes to 89MB/s
Dual channel master mode PCI supporting four Enhanced IDE devices

Expansion Slots
Three PCI slots
One 4x AGP slot with 1.5V

Phoenix Flash BIOS ROM (4Mbit)

Onboard LAN

IEEE 1394
• N/A

Form Factor
9.6' x 9.6'

using everest it gave the motherboard id number as...

but i haven't found any info using this id number

  citadel 16:12 23 Nov 2005

I would get a new video card as the 9200 is very poor. A decent card would be give a huge boost, if you are still not happy you could get a new tower with onboard graphics and transfer your new card over to it.

  keef66 16:38 23 Nov 2005

New mid range graphics card, AGP version 6600GT or similar, and up the RAM to 1GB, you'll notice a dramatic improvement in games.

  PaulB2005 16:44 23 Nov 2005

Board: TriGem Computer, Inc. Dublin

Sorry. I thought that was the name of the manufacturer and the country it was made in....

  ade.h 16:54 23 Nov 2005

I'm not a gamer, but I would suggest an Nvidia card if you do change it. The drivers seem to be more stable. I used to have an FX5200, had to replace it with an X700 Pro when I upgraded recently and needed PCI-X and found the ATI driver and software to a bit troublesome. It runs okay now that I've uninstalled all the unnecessary utilities.

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