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Posted: June 22th, 2001
Written by: Tuan "Solace" Nguyen
Upgrading the System
This section may or may not be an upgrade for you. If you have deep pockets, maybe youíll be upgrading from a 1.3GHz, 1.4GHz, or even a 1.5GHz Pentium 4. If this is your first Pentium 4 system, thatís okay too as most of this article applies to both sides of the field.
The system weíre using was manufacturer last year around November and itís now six months passed. In the computer world, six months means that your computer isnít up to par anymore. I know itís sad, but thatís just the way technology moves -- forward.
So letís take a look at what we have in the current system:
Intel 1.5GHz Pentium 4 processor,
Intel D850GB Desktop reference motherboard,
256MB PC800 Samsung RDRAM,
NVIDIA GeForce2 Ultra 64MB DDR,
IBM Deskstar 75GXP 30GB UltraATA/100 7200RPM,
Hitachi GD-7000 12X DVD ROM,
Intel EtherExpress PRO 100+ Ethernet Adapter,
Creative Labs SoundBlaster Live!
Already Iím seeing some things that need to be addressed. First, we need to get the processor up as high as possible. Second, we need to set the motherboard on setup mode so that we can change some of the advance functions inside the BIOS that Intel hides. Other than that, everything else can stay the same.
As youíve probably concluded, this system upgrade is going to be for the hardcore gamer who may or may not be a diehard Intel fan. At any rate, the things that Iíll be doing in this article can be applied to almost any user, whether the process is done on an Intel or AMD system.
Basically what we have here is really the processor and graphics card holding us back from ultimate gaming performance. With a speedier overclocked Pentium 4 and GeForce2 Ultra, weíll be able to claim our own in any frag session. Although the 1.4GHz Pentium 4 is fast, itís not fast enough and does get beat by faster Pentium 4ís and equally clocked Athlon processors.