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Old August 5, 2009, 01:40 PM
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Default HD dead, got me thinking about upgrade UPDATE

Hi guys,

We'll the story begins with my new neodymium magnet arriving 2 weeks ago, i played around with it, and as it turns out a little too close to my computer. Now the HD is toast.

So, this got me thinking about upgrading but this is probably the worst time for me as I just blew all my money on other stuff.

I scraped together 200 bucks (can maybe get another 200 or so, MAYBE).

The only thing that i would like to reuse is maybe the p4 2.8 i have in there now and start with a new MB that i could later have for a Quad Core chip.

So what would you suggest for something like this. Given the median 300 bucks that i can potentially scrape together.

I have an agp graphics card that i would like to replace too.

This does not have to be high end but with the potential to be upgraded when i have the cash.

**UPDATE**

After taking your advice scraped enough money to get this thing going again and here is what i'm thinking of building.

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail - 149 NCIX
Corsair TX750W 750-Watt Power Supply - ATX, 140mm Fan, SLI-Ready, SATA-Ready - 104 BestDirect
EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel Motherboard - Retail - 274 NewEgg
EVGA GeForce GTX 275 Video Card - 896MB 229 NCIX
Intel Core i7 920 Processor - 309 NewEgg
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 - 128 new egg
2x Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB - $67x2=124 XpressCanada

Sub Total=1317

I don't have a cooler here but i didn't know which to choose. I have the monitor, peripherals, dvd writer, OS.

The reason why i went with 2 HD's is that after 3 HD failures i want a redundant storage setup. (Is this going to work?)

Thanks for your input on the above

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Old August 6, 2009, 11:34 AM
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What socket is your processor? If it isn't 775 you wont be able to get a motherboard that will support a quad core CPU as well as your current P4. You will also may need a new set of RAM if your current set is DDR2. You'd need a PCI-E GPU as any motherboard worth upgrading to would have PCI-E. And of course, you would need another HDD.

$89 NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte EP43-UD3L ATX LGA775 P43 FSB 1600 OC 1PCI-E 2PCI DDR2 SATA2 HD Sound GBLAN Motherboard - GA-EP43-UD3L In Canada.
$62 NCIX.com - Buy G.SKILL F2-8000CL5D-4GBPQ PC2-8000 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1000 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit - F2-8000CL5D-4GBPQ In Canada.
$54 NCIX.com - Buy Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA2 3.5IN 8.5MS 7200RPM 16MB Hard Drive OEM *3YR MFR Warranty* - ST3500418AS In Canada.
$205

Whatever else you can get together can be put towards a new graphics card.

Personally, I'd buy a new replacement HDD and save the rest of the cash until you can build a completely new rig. Upgrading part by part always seems like a good idea, but it only ever works out if you have a high end system to start out with and even then you are often forced to upgrade multiple components at a time.
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Old August 6, 2009, 11:45 AM
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Personally, I'd buy a new replacement HDD and save the rest of the cash until you can build a completely new rig. Upgrading part by part always seems like a good idea, but it only ever works out if you have a high end system to start out with and even then you are often forced to upgrade multiple components at a time.
I'd have to agree 100% You're going to need much more than $200 to upgrade this system since so many parts are old.

I'd just buy a new hard drive and push this thing until it dies (or you've saved up more money).
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Yeah just buy a new drive for now, whatever is cheapest really. Pretty much everything else in your computer is old and will need replacing to be up to date, therefore just build a new computer when you can afford it.
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I'd say buy a decent performance ssd/hdd for now that you Know you will put into a Raid later for even more performance
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You guys make sense. I guess i have to sell my bike then, that will get me another $800 , so I think i have to start thinking of a system for 800 plus tax. But then the next dillema do i go for i7 or stick with another quad (I'm learning 3d rendering right now so a Q is the way to go for me, just which?
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Old August 7, 2009, 10:28 AM
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You are just, rendering software like quad core to the bone. It's sure that a I7 should give you a faster render ( on cpu ) but a physix GPU is the best way to go. If you want a long life PC so jump to I7 and good GPU or a cheap PGPU if you are not gamer. With that. you will be ok to take some work at home :P I have done pretty the same thing to a friend learning 3d to and I am verry impressed with the rendering speed of a I7 with a quadro 580 VS a Q9550 with a GTX 260.
Notice that your situation lead to more and more question si I wont just throw you a build wich can be interesting.

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I wouldn't rush it by selling your bike. I would just buy a 60 dollar hard drive and use it in your current computer for now. Then save up for a new computer, also I don't think you could buy an i7 system for less than 1000.
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I would recomend either getting a WD 640 Black or an SSD and hold off on upgrading. EIther one will provide you with a faster feeling system. The SSD will make things faster than the WD, but at the cost of space. Where you only have $200 bucks I would say get a WD 640 now, and later buy a new system w/ an SSD and use the 640 in the new system as a secondary data drive. :)
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