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  Re: Closing in on the holiday season 
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Koen Kwak Dec 01, 2003, 08:25am EST Report Abuse
When I look at my own setup from a year back and see what it is capable of I would say that these holidays wont be holidays of upgrading but holidays of spending your money on other computer related stuff like digital cameras, MP3 players, mobile phones but also DVD players and home cinema sets.

The current level of performance indeed isnt that much higher as last years. So I would say that if you recently bought a PC (read between now and a year or so back) and you can still do your stuff on it then it is absolutely not worth your money to upgrade. Spend it on something usefull.

Or consider not spending money at all on PCs this year and buy loads of beer and food like me :)

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Aaron Kamins Dec 02, 2003, 08:36am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Re: Closing in on the holiday season
Im going to wait for Mid-2004 to buy a new PC.. Prescott.. Longhorn... Massive Ram Chips... Mmmm...

In all honesty, the release of the 64-bit AMD chip is the only new thing even worth a mention. It is great, and its only going to get better, but why should you buy all new stuff (Registered Ram, Socket 740 Mobo, Processor...) Just to get that 10-15% increase?

Swarm 001 Dec 02, 2003, 09:05am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Re: Closing in on the holiday season
I wouldnt say performance hasnt increased...its just like every other year pretty much....only exception is the the brilliant athlon64,all we need is an fx that doesnt need registered ram....and is cheap....

And look at halo...try getting last years mid range stuff to run that with high graphics detail.....hell this years high end only just manages...

chris mcferrin Dec 04, 2003, 07:38pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Re: Closing in on the holiday season
he is right. i dont know why people spend hundreds of dollars upgrading to a new processor that will maybe get 5 percent more performance than your previous one. up until about a month and a half ago, i was on a 450 mhz system, and in all honesty, that was totally fine. since all i do is get on the internet, use aim, and general computer use, i didnt need anything that was 2300 for a system, and had 3.2 ghz and stuff. even now, after i upgraded to my 1800+, i could have saved some money and gotten an even slower processor, and i probably wouldnt have seen a difference. and in all much faster than instant do u really need? lol

Abit NF7 version 2.0
Athlon XP 1800+ (1.53Ghz @ 2.4Ghz//(200x12))
400 watt antec smart power PSU
512mb PC3200 Geil Golden Dragon dual channel
James Marlin Dec 07, 2003, 10:23pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Re: Closing in on the holiday season
I'm waiting till PCI express hit's the scene, before I go for a totally new system.

An Athlon 64 (maybe FX if I can swing it) on a PCI express MB, with chip-set 2nd generation SATA, and running a 64bit OS.

Till then the most I might do is upgrade my Athlon XP, it's only a 266 FSB MB so all I can get is a 2400+. But after Christmas it should be under $100CND. For that price it's hard not to upgrade.

Even if you get more then a 5-10% performance increase, IMHO there's just too many great things on the horizon, (or just below it), to not consider waiting things out a bit.

Athlon XP M 2500+ (12x200FSB=2.4 ghz, PR 3500+), Soltek SL-75RN2-L, 1gig 3200DDR Ram, ATI X800GTO, NEC MultiSync FE991sb, Creative Audigy OEM, Logitech 5.1 speakers, 40gig HD booting XP, 200gig@50%games, Lite-On DVD burner, LG 52x32x52x
Brian Hall Dec 08, 2003, 03:34am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Re: Closing in on the holiday season
Be careful there, SS; you'll get a visit from the Chipper Commercial Cops Corps, known only to insiders as C4, who will disappear you after beating the living crap out of you with a 30 kg. XT ( monitor not included). Your assigned role in life is to stimulate demand by enthusing about New Stuff. Get with the Program!!


Lawrence Heffernan Dec 08, 2003, 12:52pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Re: Closing in on the holiday season
which XT, the IBM XT, the 9600XT, 9800XT's... why so many XT's, extremes, FX's, etc etc....

Brian Hall Dec 08, 2003, 12:59pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Re: Closing in on the holiday season
Why, the IBM XT, of course; the original heavyweight sheet steel version!

Corvus Raven Dec 14, 2003, 11:39am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Re: Closing in on the holiday season
Heavy.. :)

ASUS A7N8X Deluxe PCB 2.00 w/ BIOS 1005 (cause? Dunno.. ATM)
AMD XP 2800+ @ 0.0 GHz 0MHz FSB (overheating for no appearent reason)
(2) - Corsair XMS512-3500C2 (5-2-2-2T) @ 0MHz
ATI Radeon 9700 Pro @0
Enermax 500W p/s (ok.
Koen Kwak Dec 29, 2003, 05:04am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Re: Closing in on the holiday season
Well, survived the first part of the holiday season (which isnt even a holiday for me because of school / work experience). The second part will be equally heavy :) cya on the second of Januari I hope



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