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I'm looking for suggestions as i plan on upgrading my computer soon, the primary focus will be on increasing my connection speed without having to go bankrupt!

here is what i have now:
CPU: AMD athlon 64 processor 3000+
Motherboard: MSI MS-6702E 1.0
Sound: realtek AC97
Video: Radeon X1600/X1650 series
Operating system: windows XP x32 bit
Memory: 20 GB
internet: FIOS connected with realtek RTL8139/810x family fast ethernet NIC

i plan on just ordering the parts online and installing them myself.
if i left out any important details i can provide them, thank you for your informed opinions!


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11/29/2007, 2:49 am Link to this post PM toxiczen
 
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To increase your connection speed, it is not that important whats on your computer, but what the internet provider give you.
You can have a monster computer but still have crappy internet connection emoticon

How much RAM do you have ??

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11/29/2007, 7:41 am Link to this post PM The Mooseman
 
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Actually Internet connection speed has little to do with system specs other than the type of service you have and its adapter.

Go here to check your connection speed.

http://www.pcpitstop.com/internet/default.asp


The most important test is for ping times. If all these are in the green then your connection is pretty good already. If you are suffering low pings first run WinASO and Spybot Search and Destroy to get rid of any spyware and then retest. If your pings are still low check to see if your ISP has a faster service plan.

I think that 20 GB is probably a typo as your motherboard can only take up to 4 GB, but 2.0 GB should be sufficient to run anything out there but for the highest-end CAD applications.

Here are the specs for your motherboard:

http://www.msicomputer.com/product/p_spec.asp?model=K8T_Neo2-FIR&class=mb


You have a socket 939 motherboard (as do I). The best processor you can upgrade to would be the FX55 (still $600 or so) but you don’t need to go that high. I have a 3700+ and will probably never upgrade it as by the time it no longer can run current applications well it will be time for a new motherboard anyway. Depending on what you do with the computer the 3000+ you currently have might be all the processor you actually need.

Here is a chart showing the performance increase you might expect from the various processors:

http://www23.tomshardware.com/cpu_2007.html

Your on-board sound could be greatly enhanced as well as processing in general by adding a sound card. The Sound Blaster Audigy ZS that I have can be had for as little as $80. If you add a sound card remember to turn off the on-board sound in the system setup.

Your video card is Ok and I’d not worry too much about upgrading it unless you want to play, say, the “latest and greatest” video games.

One thing that you can do to ensure your PC is performing to its full capacity is go to Windows Update and update all of your drivers – you need to choose “custom” for the system drivers to show up. Also, go to Start/Run and type in “dxdiag” and when the application comes up download the latest version of DirectX.

My recommendations:

Install a mid-level sound card
Update all drivers
Possibly install a CPU around the 4000+ category – if you do make sure that you also re-install the heat sink and CPU cooler properly – very important!


Last revised by Metis, 11/29/2007, 7:52 am
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Ram is 1023mb total, 533mb available.
Download speed: 177 kilobits per second.
Upload speed: 1645 kilobits per second.
ping test came out great.

so why do i still have sluggish connection speeds sometimes? my RAM?
i assume my drivers are all updated, as i go to windows update pretty frequently.
sorry the 20 GB is for the hard drive... emoticon
so it seems i should maybe focus on maybe a sound upgrade, and some more RAM maybe?

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11/29/2007, 12:07 pm Link to this post PM toxiczen
 
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I think that you have the upload and download speeds reversed but, yes, they appear satisfactory. Sometimes the Internet is just slow due to the number of users trying to access the local infrastructure all at once.

If you only have a 20 GB hard drive then an upgrade here would be in order too. Unfortunately, this is a major operation if you want to completely replace the drive with a new one as it entails re-installing Windows and then updating all drivers. You could also slave a new drive onto your current one rather easily but you still might have to set a jumper of two and, of course, install the drive physically, connecting the cables – not too much of a problem but perhaps a bit daunting for a novice. Go to My Computer and right-click on the C: drive, selecting “Properties,” if the drive is more than ¾ full you might consider upgrading.

Go to crucial.com and run the memory scanner to see what type and size of memory can be used in your system. Crucial, being a memory company, will recommend that you fill your system with the latest memory but 2 GB is plenty and your 1 GB is quite sufficient for most things. The only reason you might want more is to run a video editor, a high-end video game, or a CAD application, or if you want to have more than a half-dozen or so applications running at the same time.

I guess my recommendations stand: pop in a sound card and update your drivers via Windows Update. Also, remember to download and run Spybot or AdAware to remove any spyware as this can really sped up your apparent connection too, especially if you have large numbers of these nuisance programs constantly accessing the Internet to send out the data they have collected on your system.
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DOH! silly me i USED to have 20 gb hard drive, it is now 80 GB...

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