View Full Version : Looking for an upgrade...care to help?

12-28-04, 03:19 PM
Im looking for something to upgrade but am coming up with nothing. Care to help me find something?

My current specs:
CPU: AMD64 3200+ 1MB 2.0GHz
Mobo: DFI LanParty UT 250GB NF3
RAM: Corsair XMS PC3200 Platinum 1GB
Video: BFG 6800GT OC 400/1100
Sound: Audigy 2 ZS
Drives: WD Raptor 74GB and NEC ND-3500A 16x Dual Layer DVD+-RW
Cooling: Zalman 7000B-AlCu HSF
Case: Antec SLK3700AMB
PSU: TT Silent PurePower 560W
Speakers: Logitech Z-5300 THX(Gigaworks S750's are out of stock almost everywhere)
Keyboard and Mouse: Logitech MX Duo
Monitor: ViewSonic 19" A90F+ CRT
and a good ol floppy drive

Thought about a second raptor but after reading
benchmarks and articles about RAID and experiencing it
for myself, it doesnt seem worth the hassle(if it
crashes) to me.

Thought about Logitech Z-5500s but my friend just got
them and ya they sound schweet
but theyre not much better than mine, at least not
enough to warrant spending a good 300 bucks.

New case..I thought about it but my case is designed
for silence and its just such a great little case
packed with features.

Any ideas? TIA (xmassign)

12-28-04, 03:34 PM
How about a new mouse ? Logitech MX-1000 .

12-28-04, 03:44 PM
How about saving money for the next generation. You system is good as it is.

12-28-04, 03:53 PM
add a second raptor for raid 0

12-28-04, 04:13 PM
No second raptor for RAID 0 and no new mouse.

I have been eyeing the MX1000 but I dont want to have two wireless recievers on my desktop so until logitech releases a new MX Duo with the MX1000, I wont be getting the MX1000.

As for saving up for next gen. I most likely wont be building a new system for a while. Id like to upgrade everything at once for my next upgrade instead of just the core components.

Any other ideas? I really appreciate the input!

12-28-04, 04:20 PM
How about changing out your current NEC DVD-RW for a SATA Plextor PX-712SA/SW-BL


Go all SATA just for the hell and sleek look of it (snowcool)

12-28-04, 04:30 PM
lol I just got my burner maybe 2 weeks ago. Its considered the best and I can clearly see why thanks for the suggestion tho:)

12-28-04, 05:01 PM
It looks like you've got all your bases covered to me. You could spring for a big 'ole 21" or even bigger monitor (xmasgrin)

Honestly though, you don't have much worth upgrading.

12-28-04, 05:22 PM
Ive looked at new CRTs but they range from 500 to 600 bucks which is more than Im willing to spend right now. Thinking about the speakers still but the control pod for the Z-5500s is gigantic, bigger than the speakers themselves.

Any other ideas? Im really looking to upgrade something

12-28-04, 06:23 PM
SLI :)

Actually get a Vga silencer for your graphics card and oc it some more ;)

12-28-04, 07:12 PM
I have a system setup basically like yours with the DFI NF3 board, A64, and even the same monitor. My suggestion is get another HDD for backup and other storage. Right now I am using a Hitachi 80gig SATA drive to backup my 'Raptor' on another system. Any IDE drive would work as well and you can keep an image of your present drive setup on it in case something goes wrong.

12-28-04, 08:10 PM
Your system is very fast and very potant, i do not belive there is any worthwhile upgrade other than....

External Hard drive!!!!

I just got a LaCie 500gig hdd and im lovieng it to death, so much storage and its so fast!

And if thats no good, then have you considerd a decent Headphone setup, you mentioned you wanted good speakers but though they are to costly, with headphones they sound great and cost less (i woudlnt recomend going nutz and buying a 300$+ pair though) and if ya can find a good set with a good mic thats great too for TeamSpeak and Ventrilo!

12-28-04, 10:23 PM
Thought about the silencer but Ive read about people having installation problems so that discouraged me.

Thought about another hdd but Ive never had any problems so theres really no need IMO for another.

Im thinking about getting the Z-5500s afterall to replace my home theater system and my Z-5300s. Still not sure tho...thanks guys