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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)