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    What was YOUR biggest system performance jump ever?

    This was mine... (you will see the format, before/after)

    BEFORE
    Several years ago I was using a 200 MHz Pentium 2 Dell with a 20GB 5400 RPM hdd (quantums rock!) and 32 megs of PC-66 RAM... using Windows 98 SE... the video card didn't even support OpenGL... I played Starcraft on it, as well as Quake 1 and Quake 2 at like 320x200 and 320x240 respectively (ran pretty well, hehe). Diablo 1 ran awesome on it, Diablo 2... well... I tolerated the extreme lag because I loved the game so much. And this was the system I played with at LAN parties.. my friend's system, an HP 450 MHz P3 with 256MB RAM (or 128) and a voodoo 5 PCI, totally smoked mine.

    This system was so bad that 80% of my time spent outside of games was waiting for the pagefile swap to clear up.

    AFTER
    750 MHz Duron (underclocked to 500 due to horrible cooling), ABIT KT7-A, 768MB PC-133 RAM @ 100 (the clincher!), Voodoo 5 5500 AGP, 80 GB seagate 5400 rpm, Windows 2000!

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! Completely smoked my old system... most likely it was the RAM. No more virtual memory swap lag, everything was so SMOOTH... and I could finally run the hottest new games I had to try out... Half Life, Q3A... Counter-Strike, UT!!!!!!! w000t!!!!!!! It was great having 20-30 things open and not lagging

    Since then I've never exprienced such an insane performance jump, but I have nonetheless experienced big ones (but nothin close to this)... but I'll save those for another time


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    This was a Great jump My Dad DID: (With My Help.. hehehe )

    Before:
    XP 1800+
    512 MB Ram
    Geforce3Ti500

    After

    AMD Athlong X2 4200+
    1024 MB Ram
    Geforce 7800GT


    Another jump -- Using parts from This old one..


    Before:
    PIII 650
    256MB Ram
    RIVA TNT2

    After:

    AMD XP 1800+
    512MB RAM
    Radeon 9600XT
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    Member Mr. Roboto's Avatar
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    pIII 800 mhz integrated graphics 256mb ram to my p4 2.8 with 6600GT and 1.5gb. Good times.
    Main Rig: e8400 l ASUS P5K Deluxe l G.Skill 4GB HZ's l GTX 280 l 2x320gb 7200.10 Raid 0 l X-FI Platinum l CM Stacker 830 l OCZ 700W GameXtreme l Logitech z-5500's l G5 l Saitek Eclipse II l 2 x 2407 WFP
    HTPC:P4 2.8 l 1.5GB ram l 7600GS l HVR-1600 l 400gb raid 0 l Audigy 1 l Coolermaster 280 l 37" Olevia

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    AXPM 2500 with 1 gig ram , 6600 gt
    now
    Opteron 175 2 gig ram 7800 gs

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    Member Nephewkp's Avatar
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    It is hard for me to decide but it is between the two:

    286 @16MHz, 640KB ram, 30MB HD, DOS 3.1, VGA graphics w/ 15" Goldstar VGA monitor

    To:

    P1 @90MHz, 16MB ram, 1.6GB HD, Win 95, SVGA graphics w/1MB memory...but the same Goldstar VGA monitor


    Or...

    P1 @133MHz, 128MB ram, 1.6GB HD, win98, integrated Daytona graphics w/1MB memory, crappy 15" SVGA compaq monitor

    To:

    P4 @3GHz, 1GB ram, 120GB HD, winXP pro, Radeon 7200 VIVO, crappy interlaced 17" monitor

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    Member InThrees's Avatar
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    In a rather short time I did the following:

    K6-2-450, 256mb, 20gb maxtor 7200, Riva tnt (I think a tnt) to a

    P3-600B, 512mb, same 20gb drive, same vid card, to a

    AthlonXP 2000+, 512mb pc2700, 80gb seagate, Ti4200.

    =p

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    Member Bios24's Avatar
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    I usually make pretty steady large jumps, ie:
    900mhz Athlon to a stock XP 2100+ (and 512mb to 1gb)
    XP 2100+ to a mobile XP 2600+ at 2.4ghz
    The mobile XP to my now Opteron 146 at 2.7ghz (and 1gb to 2gb)
    Next jump will probably be an X2 hopefully around 3.0ghz

    Video cards are kinda the same way:
    Ti4200 to a 6800NU (and 6800GS when I switched to PCI-e)
    Next jump will either be a high 7-series or possibly a mid-range 8-series

    Granted, this covers the past 5 years or so.....I usually upgrade small stuff every 6 months, and large upgrades are usually 1-1.5 years. (large stuff usually also means an OS reinstall)
    Antec P180 - Corsair HX520W - Dell 2005fpw
    Opteron 165 <Currently 280x9 1.35v>
    DFI NF4 Ultra-D - 2gb G.Skill 3-4-4-8@250mhz
    320gb+200gb Seagate - XFX 6800GS 500/1.2ghz
    Sound Blaster X-Fi - BA7900 5.1 Surround
    Thermalright XP-90C - <The Quiet Overclock>
    [ HEATWARE ]

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    Before:
    -Compaq Computer
    -2.7ghz Celeron
    -256MB system RAM
    -onboard video

    AFTER:
    -My Sig. Rig

    Currently, the biggest increase in performance that I've NOTICEABLY seen with my own system, is OCing my 9800XT's memory by 40mhz...I noticed a HUGE jump in FPS while playing F.E.A.R. it went up by 15-20FPS and I can now play it fairly smoothly online.
    "YES! I AM INVINCIBLE!!!"
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    CPU-AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 2.0Ghz@2.2Ghz (was 2.4) Socket 754, VENICE
    Memory-Crucial Ballistix 2x512MB @ 220mhz 2.5-2-2-5
    Motherboard-No Idea My DFI Died
    Video Card-MSI ATI 9800XT---412/390(was 424/395)---w00t! Flashed
    PSU-Forton Blue Storm 500w

    Currently Air Cooled w/ Scythe Ninja and AC VGA Silencer
    R.I.P. Project: Humidity
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    Member redrumy3's Avatar
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    p4 2.4ghz
    some asus board
    512mb ram
    TI4400
    40gb hdd

    To

    amd 64 3700+
    asrock 939dual-sataII
    1gb geil pc-3200
    80gb hdd
    Xfx 6800GS PCI-E
    450 modstream

    and then to

    Amd 64 X2 4400+ 89W
    Dfi Lanparty Ultra-D
    320gb Seagate 7200.10 Sata
    2gb Gskill Extreme DDR500
    Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Zs
    Gigabyte DVD/RW
    X1800XT 512mb
    OCZ 600Watt Gamexstream

    love my current rig
    Corsair H80
    i5 4670K 4.5Ghz 1.26v
    Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3-1600 1.50v
    Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H F10
    Evga GTX 770 4GB | SamSung Evo 120GB SSD
    Evga 850W G2 | Asus Xonar Essence STX
    Beyerdynamic DT-990 | Asus VG248QE 144Hz
    SteelSeries Rival | Razer BlackWidow Ultimate | Corsair 760T
    Windows 8.1 Update 1 64-Bit

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    Celeron 600 (P3 based) 64MB PC100

    toooo
    Pentium 4 @ 2.6 Ghz with a gig of ram

    tooooo
    3200+ Clawhammer with a gig of ram.. Not much of a jump there but yeah.. thats my basic computer history!

    The Beast(Main)- P5QL/EPU, Q9550, 4GB DDR2 800, 2X320GB Perp, 750GB Cavalier,8800GT(for now) Corsair 750 Watt PSU, Enermax server case, 2x Dell 1908WFP, Vista Home
    http://heatware.com/eval.php?id=51210

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    The Hindenburg
    Athlon 64 3800+
    A8N SLI Deluxe
    2x512 OCZ Gold PC3200
    WD 160gb
    eVGA 7900GT
    Sound Blaster 24 Bit
    Sunbeam 550W

    http://www.heatware.com/eval.php?id=52575

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    P233 128Mb to a P4 1.8GHZ 512Mb to a P4 OCed 3.5GHZ 2GB ram
    #1Win72600k@4.5GHZ(Hyper212+)Msi P67 G65 16GB RAM evga560Ti
    Phones:One+64GB(Love it), Nexus 5(Love It) N4,N7, iphone 5, iphone 6(4.7")
    Folded for Tim and his wife, Mark and his wife,Pete_Scout Oldskool and Adak..."He was the Best of us".
    The first 4 months you cover your phone and baby it...
    The next 4 months you go commando and relax...
    The last 4 months you treat it like a rented mule, because lets face it its time for a new phone...

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    AMD K6 400Mhz 96 Megs Ram, some onboard 4mb video

    to

    Intel Pentium 4 3.0Ghz Prescott
    ..well, the rig in my sig.
    The Rig: : AMD Phenom II X6 1090T @ Stock : Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H : 16GB DDR3 1333 Mushkin : Asus EAH5750-1GB :
    Big Daddy Server : Under Construction :
    The Lappy : Intel Centrino 1.6Ghz : HP DV1217US : 2GB DDR : Intel Extreme Graphics 2 :
    The Server : Pentium 4 3.0Ghz 1MB : Optiplex 280: 1GB DDR2 800 : ATi 3650HD :

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    Folding/SETI/Rosetta Team Member benbaked's Avatar
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    Before

    Celeron 466mhz
    256mb PC66 SDRAM

    After

    Athlon XP 1600+
    768mb PC2100 DDR

    That was the biggest jump, everything else has been incremental. I used the Celeron as my main system for a long time.
    HEATWARE (22-0) | Folding/SETI/Rosetta (crunching BOINC as the ben.World.order)

    ASUS Maximus Hero VI | i7-4770K | EVGA 680GTX FTW | G-Skill Trident X 2x8GB DDR3 | Crucial M500 480GB
    ASUS Maximus Formula SE | QX6700 | Gigabyte 4350 | OCZ Gold 2x4GB DDR2 | Intel X25-M 80GB
    PS4 | Wii U | Xbox 360 (Zephyr) w/ WD3200BEVT 320GB | PS3 CECHG01 w/ WD1600BEVT 160GB


    The Chronicles of OCF Rosetta

    StaTek is my hero.

    R.I.P. Adak, OldSkool, pscout

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    Member Seven's Avatar
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    I think I win this one.

    Before:

    Pentium I 96MHz (what a beast)
    Diamond Multimedia 3D Accelerator 4MB
    128MB RAM

    After:

    Pentium 4 2.4B
    ATi Radeon 9800 Pro
    512MB PC-2100 RAM

    Although mech warrior 2 did run really smooth for quite some time. And somehow it managed to play Flight Simulator 2000. No joke.

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    I can't say for sure which my biggest was, but there where two big jumps. First from a P1 133/64mb ram/4mb gpu/6gb hdd, to a P3 850/256mb ram/16mb gpu/40gb hdd. The next big jump was from that P3 to a Celeron 2.4 at 4.2/1gb ram/120gb hdd/6600GT. The latter was probably the biggest boost I guess, but the P1 to P3 was a huge deal to me too, it let me play a ton of games that I had been drooling over.

    Antec P180B | Seasonic S12-500 | ASUS P5B Deluxe | E6600 C2D | ATI HD5770 | OCZ Reaper PC6400 2x2GB | 2TB total storage | 2x HP 23" LCD | Logitech Z-640 5.1 speakers | Logitech G15 and G5 DELUXE

    My HEAT


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    Quote Originally Posted by Seven
    I think I win this one.
    Before:
    Pentium I 96MHz (what a beast)
    Diamond Multimedia 3D Accelerator 4MB
    128MB RAM
    After:
    Pentium 4 2.4B
    ATi Radeon 9800 Pro
    512MB PC-2100 RAM
    Although mech warrior 2 did run really smooth for quite some time. And somehow it managed to play Flight Simulator 2000. No joke.
    You won.

    As for myself...
    Before: Intel P4 1.7Ghz Radeon 7800, 700mb ram.
    After: Da' current rig in ma' sig. At 2.6Ghz 24/7.
    FX-6300@4.5GHz, 7770, 2x4GB DDR3-1600 CL8, PCP&C 400w, 2x1TB
    i5-4690K@4.5GHz, 7850, 2x4GB DDR3-2400 CL10, Seasonic G-550, 2x1TB

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    AMD Athlon XP 2000+ / 512mb RAM / 9600

    AMD 64 3000+ / 2GB RAM / X1800GTO

    Nothing amazing, really, but I did notice, especially since I could play most games on high settings with no lag :P
    Main - Core 2 Duo e6300 - Asus P5K-E - eVGA 8800GTS 320mb - 2gb G.Skill DDR2-800 - Antec NeoHE 500w - WD 500gb SATA - Lite-on DVDRW SATA - Heatware

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    Member JDXNC's Avatar
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    I think my biggest jump was from an AMD 486 DX4 120MHz to an AMD K6-2 450, and the next would be the k6-2 to a Duron 1GHz.

    Desktop: AMD Phenom 9550 @ 2.6Ghz @ 1.25v
    Gigabyte GA-MA770-DS3 | OCZ Gold XTC PC2-6400 4 X 1GB
    G.Skill Phoenix 60GB SSD
    | Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB | Radeon HD 3650 512MB | Dual 19" LCD's

    Heatware

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    First:
    Compaq Presario 450mhz, 64mb PC66 ram, 10 gig Quantom HD, Windows 98, 2mb video card.

    Second:
    AMD XP 2000+, 512mb PC2600 ram, 32 TNT2 video card, 100 gig HD, Windows 2000

    Third:
    Pentium 4 3ghz HT, 1.5 gig PC3200, 128MB Geforce 5200, 2x 80 gig, Windows XP

    Fourth:
    E6400 Core 2 Duo, 2x 1gig PC6400 ram, 1x 74 gig Raptor, 1x 250 gig, 1x 400 gig, Geforce 6800XT
    Last edited by manbush; 09-30-06 at 06:00 PM.

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