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    Default how much does it cost/effort to upgrade GHz processor?

    I just bought Half Life 2 finally, and after a longass install time, it came to my attention that i wasn't able to play it because of my lowly processor! i only have 800MHz and i need at least 1.2 GHz. So my question is how time, effort, and money do i need to put into my compter to upgrade it. Or can i even do that o_O

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    Well, thats a bit complicated. At 800MHz, you probably have a PIII, and I know thoes go up to 1GHz, but I don't know if you can get one that is 1.2GHz or not. Or, you could have an AMD processor, in which case I would have to know the model and socket to tell you if you can get a faster one.

    Here is what I want you to do for now (hopefully I can answer this without having to have you open the case), go to the front page (default tab) of the system properties. You can get here by the control pannel, right clicking My Computer and clicking properties, or by holding down the 'windows' key and pressing 'pause/break'. There you will see how much memory is installed, processor info, and the Operating System info. Copy this down and send it back (you do have enough memory for the game, right?).

    After that, I can probably tell you what you need to do next (probably will involve taking the case off).
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    hmmm, [btw, thanks for the help] i gots an Intel Pentium III processor, 256 MB o' ram, around 60 GBs [just got a new drive with about 30 GB on it], and as it turns out....i only got 604 MHz =( grrr, i was hoping i wouldn't have to dismantle it and since i'm too lazy to do that, i guess i'll just have to wait on Half Life 2/ all other current games ::sigh::

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    Just as well, going out and getting a new PIII would probably mean that you would either have to know someone, or go to a computer parts store (which I have yet to find one that is still in existence that won't rape you when you need older equipment, or know what the hell they are doing for that matter). Problem with the PIII is that there were two types, slot II and socket ### (don't remember the numbers). You would have to know that before buying one, and I don't think that the Slot II's went up to 1GHz before they stoped using this method.

    You could always build your own computer. You already have the Windows operating system disk for that one after all.

    As long as they arn't integrated, there are parts that you could take out of your old computer and build a new one with a better processor on a new motherboard. Things like sound card (if you have a good one), hard disks, and CD drives don't need to be bought new. Graphic cards have several architechures, so you may just want to bite the bullet and get a new one to go on your new mobo. Other than that, everything else usually comes on the new mobo. It takes some research to deturmine what you will need, and if you need to get converters for some things (like an IDE to SATA converter for these new SATA ports and drives). Its not that hard really. You just have to put a little time into it, and learn how not to shock the hell out of the computer in the process (smoking computers are not fun, especially when you are standing over it when your friend smokes the bastard).
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    If you want to be ready for high-level PC gaming, get a PC like mine:
    Sound Blaster X-Fi
    3.73GHz Intel Extreme Edition/AMD Athlon 64 FX-57
    2GB DDR2 RAM
    Geforce 7800GTX or better. (Crap, there are no better cards yet.)

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    wow. Mine:
    2.5 ghz p4 (no HT)
    768 ram (dont remember what kind)
    280 gb total
    ati radeon 9600 se
    SB audigy LE sound card

    i need a new compy. i end up with 90megs of available ram sometimes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jyuu
    If you want to be ready for high-level PC gaming, get a PC like mine:
    Sound Blaster X-Fi
    3.73GHz Intel Extreme Edition/AMD Athlon 64 FX-57
    2GB DDR2 RAM
    Geforce 7800GTX or better. (Crap, there are no better cards yet.)
    The hell? You got an expensive ass mobo or what? Never heard of putting and Intel and an AMD in togerher. Or do you mean get a board and a processor that will support one of the two? That I could understand.

    Your probably right in that it would be better to just start from scrach and build a whole new box though. That way you can turn the old one into a server or a hardware firewall. Or get another oldie and make a beowulf cluster (beer cooled, cerial insulated) .

    Also, I think ATI is ahead again in the GPU department (oh, wait... its a new week... who knows then). Doesn't matter too much if your running Windows which brand. Unless you want to do some heavy duty stuff (like hard core CAD... not gaming), in which case I would get an ATI and hack it into a FireGL. A bit old now... but still the one of the coolest hacks/mods I have ever seen (kind of pisses me off though)...

    http://www.rojakpot.com/default.aspx...ar1=105&var2=0

    Anyway, to the OP... good luck, don't blow all your cash as it will be obsolete tomarrow, research your parts (I don't recomend a Gigabit mother board after it took us two months to get my friends working reliably) and their compatibility with windows (good drivers?) and eachother (it happens... trust me), and don't fear the pinguins. :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Volvogga
    Quote Originally Posted by Jyuu
    If you want to be ready for high-level PC gaming, get a PC like mine:
    Sound Blaster X-Fi
    3.73GHz Intel Extreme Edition/AMD Athlon 64 FX-57
    2GB DDR2 RAM
    Geforce 7800GTX or better. (Crap, there are no better cards yet.)
    The hell? You got an expensive ass mobo or what? Never heard of putting and Intel and an AMD in togerher. Or do you mean get a board and a processor that will support one of the two? That I could understand.
    I meant: Get one or the other.
    I have the EE, since Intel processors are better at multimedia processing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jyuu
    I have the EE, since Intel processors are better at multimedia processing.
    I find that funny and a bit weird. More or less, AMD is a bit ahead in every other feild except the 3d marks. Floating Point marks are especially high for AMD. Don't know how Intel can come ahead in just one feild like that.

    Maybe it has something to do with the 3d stuff may have been compiled under that compiler software that makes a bunch of garbage code if it doesn't detect a Genuine Intel installed.

    The bastards...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Volvogga
    Quote Originally Posted by Jyuu
    I have the EE, since Intel processors are better at multimedia processing.
    I find that funny and a bit weird. More or less, AMD is a bit ahead in every other feild except the 3d marks. Floating Point marks are especially high for AMD. Don't know how Intel can come ahead in just one feild like that.

    Maybe it has something to do with the 3d stuff may have been compiled under that compiler software that makes a bunch of garbage code if it doesn't detect a Genuine Intel installed.

    The bastards...
    I agree that AMD FX series are way better than Intel, but I've tried both and I find Intels better for encoding video, image processing and other non-gaming-related things.
    My whole computer experience is 99.99% gaming, but the 0.01% that's in me made me go for Intel. But since I needed an excellent processor, I went for the very best Intel.
    I'm using an Asus P5ND2-SLI Deluxe and until now, my Intel has exceeded my expectations, so I'm happie.

 

 
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