Well I upgraded. Took me a few hours yesterday to get everything up and working. Only problem was that shentech.com sent a GeForce2 MX card instead of the GeForce2 GTS card I ordered (and paid for). Honest mistake? Attempt to treat me like a punk? Who knows? I'm awaiting their response to my e-mail.
Spent a little more than what people were quoting here. Basically, system looks like this:
- AMD Athlon 1.3 processor
- ASUS K7V133 motherboard
- Maxtor 40 GB ATA 100 7200 rpm drive
- Philips CD-ROM Drive/Rewriter
- Creative Labs GeForce 2 GTS 32mb (after they send me the right one, that is)
- $57 Enlight case with 300W power supply
- Still using my old SB Live! card and 128mb of RAM, though I plan to order another 128mb of RAM before too long.
Total upgrade cost around $800.
By Michael Murphy (Murph) on Wednesday, June 20, 2001 - 12:14 pm:
Okay, so the question is, are you happy with it?
By Michael Murphy (Murph) on Wednesday, June 20, 2001 - 12:23 pm:
Hey, was your SB Live! card PSI or ISA?
By Dave Long on Wednesday, June 20, 2001 - 03:34 pm:
Glad we could help. =)
By John T. on Wednesday, June 20, 2001 - 03:59 pm:
So far so good ... and it's a PCI card. Why do you ask/
Dave: My wife wants to know when you're sending your share of the upgrade expense. Paypal is fine. :)
I bought Clive Barker's Undying and Hostile Waters yesterday. Too tired to install both, so I just fiddled with Undying. That thing's creepy. I notice that head shots seem to actually matter in this game.
By Rob Funk (Xaroc) on Wednesday, June 20, 2001 - 04:23 pm:
You are really going to appreciate Unreal engine games with more CPU power. UT, Rune, Deus Ex, Undying, etc. scale linearly as you increase the Mhz. With those games the CPU matters more than the video card assuming equal image quality between cards.
By John T. on Wednesday, June 20, 2001 - 04:31 pm:
Yeah, when I played Deus Ex I had to turn all the details WAY down. I sold it when I was finished, though. Oh well.
By Michael Murphy (Murph) on Wednesday, June 20, 2001 - 04:40 pm:
I've got an ISA SB Live! card, but I can't find a motherboard that will support a CPU that speed that also has any ISA slots that's within the price that I want to spend. (Not that I ask much...) So, I don't think I'm gonna be able to keep that card when I upgrade. It's gonna have to go into the PC that I build with my current motherboard...
By Rob Funk (Xaroc) on Wednesday, June 20, 2001 - 04:43 pm:
Murph, it is like $50 for an SBLive! Value. Why would you want to hang on to it?
By Michael Murphy (Murph) on Wednesday, June 20, 2001 - 04:46 pm:
It's not so much the card, as the $50 for the card on top of the $175 for the motherboard/CPU combo, on top of the $150 for the video card...It adds up pretty quick. And some of us have limited funds when it comes to spending on their PC! ;-)
It won't be too bad, though, since I will be putting old parts into another machine to have around.
By Jason_cross (Jason_cross) on Thursday, June 21, 2001 - 03:09 am:
Where on god's green earth did you find an ISA SB Live? I'm really curious... I've only ever even heard of PCI ones, and I thought that was all they made.
By mtkafka (Mtkafka) on Thursday, June 21, 2001 - 03:35 am:
BTW, you can get an Iwill KK266r board... i got one that had an ISA slot. I needed it since i have a rock solid 56k modem (yeah, I'm in the stone age) that i wanted to keep. Plus my experience with PCI modems was not so good, at least the winmodems... those suck!
anyway, the iwill board i got is pretty good...has stepping stuff that lets you overclock without messing with jumpers. i like it.
By Michael Murphy (Murph) on Thursday, June 21, 2001 - 09:22 am:
Where on god's green earth did you find an ISA SB Live?
It's a trick, get an axe...