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Old 01-26-2010, 12:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys! just a few quick questions. Was just given an older desktop by a friend today, going to see if it can be upgraded to be a decent gaming rig. Heres what its got...

MOBO - ECS Elitegroup L4S8A2 Board (8x AGP)
PROCESSOR - Intel P4 2.4GHz
RAM - Going to upgrade this to 3GB (max the mobo can take)
HDD - Western Digital 1200JB 7200RPM 120GB
PSU - Thermaltake TR2-430W 430watt
GPU - Currently an ATI Radeon 9550 256mb

Heres my question...what can be upgraded here, or better yet, what would you do to make this system the best gaming system it could be without changing the mobo? If I throw in a ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT, will it perform well with this system?

Thanks for all the help! I've found this board extremely helpful so far!
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Old 01-26-2010, 12:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Not even worth it man, especially with AMD/Intel and ATI/Nvidia competing so hard. Plus, most good agp cards are not especially cheap and will more then likely be bottlenecked by the P4. Also, That ECS Board is most likely garbage. Time for a new build bro.
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^ completely agree. save your cash for a new build.
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Hmmm. Well maybe I wasn't as clear as I could be. I'm not looking for crazy gaming rig. Just something that can maybe play a game like Bioshock or Team Fortress 2 on medium settings or so? I already have an xbox 360, so I want a comp that can play those non xbox games. Thing is I'm just super broke right now, and I can get that 2600XT GPU for under $100. Is this still at all possible ? Trying everything I can here before saying screw it. :/
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i mean, thers probably a few things you could do to upgrade it, but they wouldnt be worth it, even if youre not looking for a crazy gaming rig.

how far under $100 can you get a 2600xt?

if youre really just set on upgrading it, i would get this faster gfx card instead.
Newegg.com - XFX HD-465X-ZPF2 Radeon HD 4650 1GB 128-bit DDR2 AGP 8X HDCP Ready Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
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Also, if this is definitely a no go, is there anything worth parting out to use in a new rig?
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you could reuse the hdd and optical drives and maybe the case. maybe the psu too if youre only going to use the onboard-video from a mobo or a low-end gfx card.
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if you can bump your budget to $200 you could get a pretty decent upgrade.

CPU+MOBO+RAM+GPU for $200 that's semi-low end by today's standard, but will destroy that P4 2.4ghz.
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Old 01-27-2010, 07:35 PM   #9 (permalink)
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if you can bump your budget to $200 you could get a pretty decent upgrade.

CPU+MOBO+RAM+GPU for $200 that's semi-low end by today's standard, but will destroy that P4 2.4ghz.
hmm, interested to know how I can buy all that for $200? can you post any links possibly? Maybe im misunderstanding your post here...hmmm.
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Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!
Newegg.com - Kingston 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3/2GR - Desktop Memory
Newegg.com - HIS H465FS512H Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

that totals $196.96 + shipping

you would reuse your case, PSU, opticals, HDD, etc.

Like i said before, not exactly high-end, but its much much better than that P4. And that 4650 is quite a bit better than the 2600xt.
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