What you think i should upgrade in my comp?

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What you think i should upgrade in my comp?

Postby DuoEnigma » Tue Sep 03, 2002 12:15 pm

Specs

1.1ghz
256sdram
60GB HD
Nvidia GeForce 2GTS
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What i think i should upgrade is to........

500SDRam or more
Second HD of 80GB
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Postby NicholasDWolfwood » Tue Sep 03, 2002 12:56 pm

Upgrade to:

AMD Athlon XP 2200+

1GB DDR PC-2700 RAM

240GB HD
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Postby jbone » Tue Sep 03, 2002 1:03 pm

An Athlon XP 2200+ will not offer him substantial performance benefit over what he is using now.
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Postby klinky » Tue Sep 03, 2002 2:51 pm

Don't invest in more SDRAM, save your money for a motherboard that supports DDR, as you're most likely going to go down that road later on. By then SDRAM would be worthless and you'd have to just huck it.

I'd go for the larger hard drive.


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Postby DuoEnigma » Tue Sep 03, 2002 2:57 pm

How much would a mother board that supports DDR cost me?
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Postby klinky » Tue Sep 03, 2002 3:22 pm

What type of CPU is that ? Intel or AMD?
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Postby jbone » Tue Sep 03, 2002 3:49 pm

Don't bother upgrading your motherboard. Save your money for later on, as DDR SDRAM won't offer a significant enough boost in performance to warrant the monetary investment.
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Postby klinky » Tue Sep 03, 2002 4:07 pm

jbone wrote:Don't bother upgrading your motherboard. Save your money for later on, as DDR SDRAM won't offer a significant enough boost in performance to warrant the monetary investment.



What memory is going to give him a boost ? hmmmm :p


DDR does usually provide a %10 boost. I agree though that upgrading to DDR and a 1.8Ghz Athlon XP isn't going to give him that great of a boost :\ . My point was that he shouldn't sink more money into SDRAM, 256MB should be ~enough~ to get by.

Of course a Athlon that uses a 333Mhz FSB is going to appear soon :\ . May provide a bit extra boost. However, if he's looking for something to improve editing his videos then his best bet would be to get something like a DV500.


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Postby Lyrs » Tue Sep 03, 2002 7:02 pm

Your upgrade depends on what you are going to do after you upgrade. What will you use the pc for?

Anyway, if you reall really really want to upgrade even thugh you have been discouraged from doing so because the gain isn't worth it then go for more DDRam and another hard drive (7200rpm). These stuff can be transferred over to your next BIG upgrade pc, most likely in early 2003, because by then your performance jump in an upgrade would be much better.
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Postby DuoEnigma » Tue Sep 03, 2002 7:29 pm

I want to use my pc to edit all types of things Make AMV, make films with me and my friends. Since i have a public access show in NYC. I am planning to get a DV500 around nov-dec. but i want my computer to make good performance.
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Postby mckeed » Thu Sep 05, 2002 3:03 pm

if you are getting a dv500 then i would go for the hard drive.....100+GB aren't that expensive anymore....but if your going to do any serious capturing in high quality, get a RAID card and smaller HD's....like two 80GB's and a RAID card and stripe them so you can keep up with the capture at the highest quality level.....I would say that would be the most importnat.....you could VOB edit as well, and you'd need the space anyway for that. Having a seperate hard drive for video storage will boost your performance while editing. Either way you need another hard drive for optimal performance.
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Postby DuoEnigma » Thu Sep 05, 2002 3:24 pm

Thats what i am planning to do get a other HD for the captures. Anything else?
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Postby mckeed » Thu Sep 05, 2002 5:43 pm

with your current setup i wouldn't really upgrade anything that you can't take to a new computer when you do the big upgrade. You could allways drop some phat cash on a second monitor or a card that supports a second monitor....i personally use two monitors and a TV in my setup. My rt2500 renders the preview window to the TV so i can see exactly how it looks and i put my windows that are allways on top on the second monitor which gives me lots of space for the timeline, which gets big. My most recent project had 7 video layers and two audio tracks.....when you expand them they get pretty large and i like to see all of what is going on without scrolling and since my preview window is on a TV i make that small so it gives me lots of space to have multiple clip windows open. Matrox has a tripple head card out now that is pretty cool.....has a surround gaming option on it as well that uses all three monitors....drool....that is my next purchase. Finally get use of the 15"er sitting in my closet. You could get a nice VCR as well for outputting to tape, small TV...they are pretty cheap now. Those are my suggestions
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Postby DuoEnigma » Fri Sep 06, 2002 12:52 am

damn thats a lot of sh**, how much did all that cost?
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Postby mckeed » Fri Sep 06, 2002 3:13 pm

how much does it cost....hmmmm....i'm not sure off the top of my head...it depends on what you get and what not.....little TV i got was 80, its like 10" or so, the nice JVC super VHS VCR was 200 when i bought it 3 years ago(its the one most of the cons use to display stuff) and its stil pretty much top of the line. Monitor can varry depending on what brand and size and what not...i have a 19" that came with my system and a 17" triniton i got when i upgraded my mom to a TFT...i knw 15" TFT runs about 400 for a decent one now-a-days and i got a 15" triniton in my closet which i might swap the TV for since the monitor's got better picture of course, just need a converter...the new matrox card which is totally l33t for graphics work and decent for gaming is $400, but that should come down....you can get a normal dual head g450 for around 120 if you know where to look....aint the best for games, but it does ok. Do some looking at bestbuy.com and stuff for the VCR and TV. I would opt for the best VCR you can find...make sure it has S-Video inputs or it isn't worth getting.

TV=~100
VCR=~180
dual head is 120
tripple head l33t 400 can find it oem for around 300, but bear in mind surrond gaming.....go to the http://www.matrox.com site to see what i mean.....it'll make you drool.

My next purchase is going to be the tripple head card....waiting for that to come down a bit
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