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Making a useless gaming rig into a mildly useful gaming rig.

post #1 of 46
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My friend has a pretty useless rig at the moment, with little upgrade ability other than replacing all internals. Here's what I know about it so far:

ECS K7S5A Pro (Rev 5.0)
Athlon XP (unknown model ATM)
Radeon 7200
2 sticks Hitachi PC133 RAM
LOTS of fans...

I know I'll need a 3rd party BIOS for the board, since it has no options for overclocking.

He's willing to spend $0.

Any recommendations? I'll post processor model as soon as I can get this cooler clip off...
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post #2 of 46
New computer is about all I can say... PC133 RAM goes into my old dell that can barely run Windows

Hope you can hook him up :-/

Sorry for your friend

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post #3 of 46
Spend $0 ?

also, just use cpu-z to get the model number.
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Using CPU-Z would take me longer than removing the clip... First, I'd have to install Windows. I'm also removing the clip to slap on some AC5.

The board can take DDR RAM also. If overclocking is successful, I may be able to convince him to buy some.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by KloroFormd View Post
Using CPU-Z would take me longer than removing the clip... First, I'd have to install Windows. I'm also removing the clip to slap on some AC5.

The board can take DDR RAM also. If overclocking is successful, I may be able to convince him to buy some.
ah, dint realise it was completely blank...
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post #6 of 46
it's good that he isn't willing to spend any money on it. it really doesn't deserve an upgrade.
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post #7 of 46
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Originally Posted by MrBungle View Post
it's good that he isn't willing to spend any money on it. it really doesn't deserve an upgrade.
Tru dat.

Also, what's the chances of me breaking the system with my vigorous prying motion?
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post #8 of 46
Tell him to save up some money, and to let you build one for him
    
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post #9 of 46
The main problem I think is going to be the graphics. No matter what you do to a 7000 series, it isn't going to play almost any game well.
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post #10 of 46
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Tyr13 View Post
Tell him to save up some money, and to let you build one for him
I've talked to him about this. He said eventually he'd be willing to, but he just wants more speed on the current system to tide him over.

His computer has been at my house for over 6 months since he doesn't use it.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Crazy9000 View Post
The main problem I think is going to be the graphics. No matter what you do to a 7000 series, it isn't going to play almost any game well.
If I overclock the fudgesicles out of it, I might be able to gain an extra 4FPS in CS:S DX7 mode.


EDIT: I just bent a screwdriver about 15 degrees on this friggin' clip... and it wasn't even a cheap screwdriver...
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