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Thread: Need help upgrading my computer!

  1. #1
    OK, I have not been on this forum or checked PC hardware prices in YEARS! Because I basiclly am happy with what I have.

    But when I wanted to get GTA IV for PC, the box said that the MINIMUM requirement was for a dual core chip and motherboard.

    To tell you the truth, I am so far behind in my computer I may need a complete overhaul!

    Here are my specs (Sad to say they are WAY, WAY out of date as far as keeping up with hardware...even minimum hardware as it goes)

    WIN XP SP3
    1-CRT Xflat monitor
    1- Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe Motherboard
    1- AMD Athlon single core chip XP 3200
    2-gigs of PC 2700 RAM (Samsung I think)
    1-LG DVD 20x Burner
    1-Lite on 20x DVD Burner
    1-zip100 drive (NOW you know how OLD my computer is)
    1-3.5 floopy drive (NOW you REALLY know how old we are talking)
    1-Soundblaster Audigy 2 soundcard
    1-Radeon X1300 series Video card
    1-5 hub PCI 2.0 card
    1-80 gig Western Digital Hard drive WD800JB
    1-PCI TV card with tuner 7130
    1-ATX case with 4 bins for DVD drives and two bins for 3.5 and 4 bins for hard drives

    Again....I know all of this is out of date BADLY! But what would you suggest?

    I DO NOT WANT a PRE BUILT SYSTEM! Because a lot of companies like dell and others cripple their BIOS and other things you may need to get into on a regular system you built yourself and you just can't on those,so I would rather NOT go down the "pre-built" road.

    I would rather have my own built by someone. Can you suggest a decent system withouyt breaking the bank?
    If I just need a motherboard, chip and RAM, I have a friend that could put those in...IF theytwould work with all my older hardware. But that is another problem....the video and sound cards are WAY out of date and probably would need to be updated as well.

    I absolutely hate upgrading my computer, but I am so far behind that I guess it is time.

    So what could I build at a reasonably low cost to replace my aging computer. I love AMD processors because they are cheaper, but could go with intel if they are cheap enough. I am looking for some way I can future proof my computer...if only for a short while. While staying on a budget.

    I don't know WHAT to say my budget will be, but I was hoping to be able to use some of my old stuff if I can, if not,I will just get a new case, motherboard chip and ram and go from there.

    So what would some of you more experienced users that have been building for awhile suggest? Completyely start from scratch, or try to save what I can? Again, I KNOW my computer is old and out of date, but I just put off upgrading for as long as I could. Now it has caught up with me.

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  3. Software & Hardware   -   #2
    I suggest you should buy

    Intel core 2 duo E7300 $120
    MSI P45 Neo3 $110
    OCZ Fatal1ty Edition 4 gb $35
    GigaByte HD 4870 512MB $180

    Total $445

    Prices are from it may vary.

    And keep following stuff from your old computer if you like

    DVD burner
    PSU (if it can handle HD4870)
    There's three ways to do things, the right way, the wrong way and the way that I do it.

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  4. Software & Hardware   -   #3
    clocker's Avatar Shovel Ready
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    All from Newegg...

    -E8400 Wolfdale
    -Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3R
    -G.Skill 4 GB DDR2-1000
    -Corsair 620w modular PSU

    Vid card will depend on whether you game or not.
    Hard drive(s) depend on storage space required but if you get new, get a Seagate SATA drive.

    The four itemized parts above will make a nice backbone for a reasonable system.
    "I am the one who knocks."- Heisenberg

  5. Software & Hardware   -   #4
    Red pirate's Avatar Poster BT Rep: +1
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    define your choice first

    AMD or INTEL ??

    How much you have ??
    Last edited by Red pirate; 12-23-2008 at 10:56 PM.

  6. Software & Hardware   -   #5
    U certainly need to change video card, motherboard,cpu and ram..
    U didn't say what psu u have, but around 400 watt is ok if u don't want to use 2 graphic cards (sli/crossfire)..
    For the graphics card it depends on what resolution u want to play the games.. If it is 1024x768 or 1280x1024 an Ati HD4850(150$) is ok.. If it is higher go for the HD4870(210$)..
    For ram,u can buy 4 gb of ddr2 at 800mhz.. The speed and timings of ram don't play a big role and u won't notice the difference between 800mhz and 1000mhz.. U can get 2gb of ddr2 800mhz for 30 $ while 4 gb is around 50$..
    The motherboard u want to buy depends on what cpu u want..
    If u want an amd cpu the AsusM3N78-EM (90$) + the amd athlon 64 x2 6400+ ( around 90$) is a good choice..
    If u want an intel cpu (this would be my choice) the asus P5Q SE Plus (around 90$) + the e8400 (150$) is a good choice..
    If u have enough hd space, don't change it.. If u see 80gb isn't enough, go for a 500gb seagate drive (80 $)..
    I hope i helped, but it depends on ur own choice

  7. Software & Hardware   -   #6
    orcutt989's Avatar Blargh
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    I know what it is like to have EXTREMELY limited funds, but also be in an EXTREME need of a computer upgrade. This is why I have provided you with very cheap computer parts that will offer surprisingly good performance. Mind you, all of these parts are not only more pricey-er but also better than my set-up. However I am still able to photo edit, run AutoCAD, and play games such as CS: Source, Spore, and Call of Duty 4...etc.

    Motherboard $39.99
    JetWay JM26GT4
    Socket AM2 - Still supports some pretty good processors.
    PCI Express x16 - Can handle some great video cards
    DDR2 800 Memory Standard- Dual Channel, fairly fast speed
    Integrated Audio, SATA Ports, IDE Ports, Audio, Ethernet, blah blah blah.

    RAM 2x1GB = 2GB $16,99
    OCZ Value Series 2GB
    Two gigabytes of RAM is plenty for now..
    Lower clockspeed, DDR2 667, no big deal, still dual channel...

    CPU $49.50
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz
    Great dual-core processor, cheap!

    Graphics Card $69.99 - $10.00 Mail-in-Rebate = $59.99
    XFX PVT84JYAJG GeForce 8600 GT 512MB
    Budget graphics card that offers GREAT bang for the buck..

    Well thats all ive got, didnt see if you wanted a new psu, case, etc.

    EDIT: Read deeper into the other suggestions, this is for the SUPER CHEAP-SKATE!!!!
    Last edited by orcutt989; 12-27-2008 at 08:04 AM.


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