Well, I've been struggling and fighting with this PC to get by of late, most applications work fine that I use it for (AutoCAD 2004, Internet research, Photoshop, Word97 for writing)......Past that I do not do alot with it except play IL2-1946, and it is there I am having trouble. The trouble began with a dead AGP card, fixing that resulted in new problems that caused my OS to become corrupted, and then once installing the new GPU and a new HDD to reinstall the OS, found other problems beginning be they sound card related, CPU, ram, MB, PS (switched out to an older/weaker yet reliable one of lower W) or whatever unknown.....What is known is whatever happened has made IL2 unplayable in that 80% of the missions I fly the sim or hardware crashes roughly 3/4 of the way through the mission.
So I MUST do something.
Add to that we're on the verge of some new sims that will deffinitely tax the system to unusability those being RoF and BoB.....Now it has been suggested that I should just upgrade fully. IOW the latest and greatest MB/CPU/GPU/SC/PSU/Ram, etc., yet that also means a new OS in that it will take more then the 3-3.5Gb of ram you can get out of XP due to addressing........
Now to counter that point let me say that first off those two sims are not fully ready. Yes you can fly RoF now, yet by their own admission it's still somewhat a beta. More so, Windows OS out there (which I'm not that familiar with yet will be needed) as I have no intention of goin Linux and so on, folks seem to be having enough trouble with Vista that MS is driving "7" rather hard and fast, it my uneducated understanding it is a Vista fix....(it rather odd they're coming out with a new one so soon so sounds reasonable it sounding much like the 98>2000>Xp deal it now Xp>vista>7). Yet it's beta, and I have no intention of reinstalling everything over and over for new OS's.......Lastly knowing nothing of AMD always using Intel, it seems as though with the i7 cpu's they're making a new evolution as well, yet they're still expensive, very expensive in relation to others.
So I am of the opinion that 3-6 months will bring final change release "ready" software, and naturally in 3 months let alone 6 even what today is an expensive piece of hardware, will drop significantly in price.....Meaning, I can for the same moderate price tomorrow get the high end of today or better.
So what to do considering "something" is failing on what I have?
Currently what is on my system as I've removed HDD's, CDD's, Zip drives, and even the PSU as mentioned is as follows:
Intel P4 2.53Ghz, 533FSB CPU
Intel D845PESV MB (has lan, AGP 4x, 5 PCI slots, 2 184 pin DDR slots, etc.)
2-1Gb DDR333Mhz/PC2700 sticks of ram
ATI/Powercolor HD2600XT 512Mb 128-bit GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X GPU .... http://www.newegg.com/Product/...Item=N82E16814131136
Creative Audigy SE (1) sound card
3-7200 RPM EIDE ATA Hard Drives
Promise Ultra 100 TX2 DMA/ATA PCI IDE HDD controller card
1-DVD drive, 1-CD RW drive, need to remove the A: drive
Antec Plus 1080 AMG SOHO full tower case
Antec True Power 430W PSU (swapped out the 550W in testing and don't want to bother putting it back it making no diff.)
Windows XP Home Ed. SP3
What I'd like is suggestions utilizing some of the above, yet replacing some of the major components this all to get me by 6 months at best (so spending $1,000 not reasonable)...or other options you might think of if they reduce the price.
My thoughts, ***= to remain, @@= suggestion needed:
CPU Core 2 Duo... http://www.newegg.com/Product/...15206&page=2&bop=And
MB ASRock 4CoreDual-SATA2 LGA 775 VIA PT880 Pro/PT880 Ultra ATX Intel Motherboard... http://www.newegg.com/Product/...Item=N82E16813157115
@@ 2-1Gb DDR400 or DDR2 667 (don't know the diff).
***ATI/Powercolor HD2600XT 512Mb 128-bit GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X GPU .... http://www.newegg.com/Product/...Item=N82E16814131136
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI.... http://www.newegg.com/Product/...Item=N82E16829102006
***3-7200 RPM EIDE ATA Hard Drives
***Promise Ultra 100 TX2 DMA/ATA PCI IDE HDD controller card
***1-DVD drive, 1-CD RW drive, need to remove the A: drive
***Antec Plus 1080 AMG SOHO full tower case
@@ 650W PSU
***Windows XP Home Ed. SP3
Additional economical suggestions welcome.