Slight Modification


I have been going over the parts in my head, and taking a look at the machine that I want to build. I am seeing that prices are currently dropping for a lot of hardware and that Intel is supposed to release a new chip type so I have decided to wait a bit on a powerful machine, about a month or two.

At this point I’m just thinking about modifying my current machine just to clean it up a bit and bring it up to good operations.

Current HW:

  • Pentium 4 3.6 Ghz
  • 2 GB Kingston Ram
  • MSI Nvidia 7800 GTX
  • OCZ 600W
  • Creative Audigy Live
  • Sony DVD-/+RW 16x
  • Plextor CD-/+RW 48X
  • 1 x 74 GB WD Raptor 15’000 rpm
  • 2 x 250 GB Maxtor 7’200 rpm (Raid 0)

Some components are 7 years old now and they are still functioning such as: the Sound Card, Case, and CD-Writer (Plextor). The rest of the hardware is pretty damn good.

What I am thinking of doing is upgrading the ram to OCZ performance ram, but I’m also limited to the capabilities of the motherboard. I’m thinking of getting a motherboard upgrade, but I’m not sure of that.

Right now I’m sure of these items:

  • Samsung DVD-/+RW 18x (Replacing the Plextor, it is reaching its end of life)
  • Creative X-Fi sound card (The Audigy Live did its job but there seems to be extra distortion)
  • OCZ ram instead of the value Kingston ram, but only 2 GB

Optional Upgrades:

  • Thermaltake SopranoRS 101 (My current case is too big, and these items can easily fit in the Thermaltake midtower)
  • Upgraded motherboard (I doubt that I am changing the motherboard unless I have to)

A guy who is just trying to enjoy life!


  1. Waleed

    I think if you change the motherboard you will be tempted for overhaul changes. Therefore either do it now or wait couple of months. I faced similar dilemma few months a go but ended adding RAM only. When I installed the Vista I decided now to build new PC.

  2. What type of motherboard do you have ? trust me . don’t be cheap on motherboards. invest more on a solid motherboard .

  3. Allah I want to build my own Pc for designing purposes. Any advice?

  4. Mansour


    I used to be a computer geek and knew everything about them , but after 2 years in the bank i forgot everything and totally out-of-date

    my PC is very old now, 5 years old i want to build a new machine, tensa7niii an6er??? wetha NO help me with state-of-the-art specs pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee :)))

  5. LetmeGo

    Hardware these days are very confusing,there are hundreds of models out there.You set your mind on one brand but the moment you step into to the market the confusion is chaotic.Buy an ASUS – any gamers republic series,they are heavily reliable and intelligently engineered.Most are LGA 775 sockets so you can simply swap your old processor with a new one!

  6. 500 gb is 78 $$$ only…go for them instead of 250 mate…

  7. Not worth the effort .. build a new PC

    SAMSUNG SpinPoint 500GB x2
    EVGA 8800GTS 320Mb
    X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1
    G.SKILL 2GB F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ
    EVGA 680i SLI
    Intel Q6600

    Total (before Case+PSU) = 1200$

  8. Marzouq, don’t bother paying a lot, and forget upgrading the motherboard for now, penryn intel cpus will be out beginning 2008.
    if you can wait till then, it would be much better.

  9. dont get an x-fi: the asus xonar will release soon and it will blow away the x-fi and will be cheaper.

    dont change your ram: you will only see a benifit if you overclock and if you upgrade to penryn you might have to upgrade to DDR3 again which brings me to

    dont change your cpu or motherboard: penryn is coming out and it might need a new mobo. and it will be faster than the C2D and C2Q.

    if you want to upgrade then repace your dvd drive and upgrade your GPU to something DX10. and your psu as well it might not handle future hardware. i would not suggest getting a smaller card because at the rate gpu’s are going you will need the biggest case you can get. oh and a sugestion buying another pair of whatever ram you are using to get a total of 4gb would yeald you better performance in vista than getting ocz’s. but i would sugest getting 64bit vista if you want the full beniifit of 4 gb of ram but 0make sure that all of your software is compatable before you make the switch.

  10. Waleed: It won’t be a complete overhaul, just a few changes. I’m not even installing Vista on it, just XP Pro!

    G-Funk: I have an MSI P4N-SLI as mentioned above! Its a solid motherboard, but I’m thinking about getting one but without too many bells and whistles.

    BLue Dress: I would go full out in it, do you have any specs in mind or need help with it?

    Mansour: Ok, I will email you some specs and hardware to look at!

    LetmeGo: Thats what I’m thinking so I can swap out the processor later, but its hard finding an Asus in the market for some reason!

    Cyber: I already have a 250GB in my system! I would upgrade some stuff only!

    K: I still want to keep a basic PC, not a complete overhaul! I will look into those though, thank for the details!

    Kodder: I want to upgrade the motherboard because its acting funny for some reason. I can wait for the new PC until then not my regular main PC.

    GHOS1_R33P0R: Sound isn’t a huge part of my list but I need an upgrade, and thats why I’m getting it. Vista 64 bit is out the window for me since most of the software I use is 32 Bit. On another note this is just my main PC, not the powerful PC I have in mind to build. So intel Penryn can wait until then

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