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Old 12-28-2007, 05:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default $600-$700 computer upgrade, HELP

I play online games a lot, pretty much the most intensive thing i do on my computer. I want to either upgrade my comp for about 700 bucks, or get a whole new computer.

The thing is, my motherboard, while 64 bit or whatever, is still outdated because its 754 pinn, i think thats how i understood it anyway.. (im very computer stupid)....


Here is my current computer.


AMD K8V-SE DELUX motherboard
3x 512mb DDR400 ram
Radeon X800 256MB video card
450watt power supply (fairly new but i understand its probably inadequate)
250gb 7200rpm harddrive



i think thats all the information you need...

So, for about 700 bucks (please no higher) , what is the BEST possible computer i could build, taking parts from my old comp as well?

I dont need a supercomputer, i dont forsee playing any increditbly graphics intensive games in the next couple years, what i play now is everquest2, some random flying sims etc....


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EDIT: i have a dvd drive and cd/rw or whatever from my old computer, as well as a full sized tower that should function appropriately, i also dont need any peripherals.
Also, i would want to set myself up to overclock and do all the tweaking that techies do (i've never done it and have no idea how, but i do know some pc hardware is better at overclocking and tweaking than other stuff)
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Old 12-28-2007, 06:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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try something like this: not a top O the line, but it will get you buy for a couple of years at least.

INTEL E2180 - 85.00
Newegg.com - Intel Pentium E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
INTEL BOXSDP965 - 96.00
Newegg.com - Intel BOXDP965LTCK LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Leadtek 8600GT - 93.00
Newegg.com - Leadtek PX8600GT TDH 512MB GeForce 8600GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
OCZ 2x1GB DDR2 800 - 43.00 (MIR)
Newegg.com - OCZ Vista Upgrade 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
Seagate 250GB 7200/16mb - 65.00
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250620AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
ASUS 20x DVD burner - 31.00
Newegg.com - ASUS Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 14X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM
Cooler Master Centurion w/400W PSU - 75.00
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion RC-534-SKR5 Black/ Silver Aluminum & Mesh bezel, SECC chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 400W Power Supply - Retail

488.00 without shipping
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i can do more than that if i need, probably like 600 before shipping for sure, and i have a tower already, and a 450 watt power supply that is still on warranty...
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Here's a small list...

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-P35C-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

Newegg.com - FSP Group Blue Storm II ATX 2.2 500W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CSA, VDE, NEMKO, CNS, CE, CB, FCC - Retail

Newegg.com - DIAMOND 3850PE3256SB Radeon HD 3850 RV650 55nm 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 Conroe 2.33GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail

That's with you using your present case, optical(s), HD, and OS. Total comes to $629 w/o shipping. Obviously you can scale back if you want to, such as a less powerful CPU or maybe an older gen GFX card. But this would set you up for a while.
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that looks nice man, really along the lines of what i was thinking, but one thing though.. my friend told me to get a really good psu, like 600 watts +... woudl the 500W one you linked serve me well?

Thanks for the advice, that all looks good.

also, my budget isnt STRICT, so if a small upgrade here and there would make a big diff, dont hesiate to suggest it
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FSP are rock solid PSUs.

+$25:
Newegg.com - FSP Group FX600-GLN V2.2/EPS12V 600W Power Supply 100 - 240 V CB, CE, CSA, TUV, UL, FCC - Retail

+$40:
Newegg.com - FSP Group FX700-GLN ATX12V V2.2/EPS12V 700W Power Supply 100 - 240 V CSA, IEC, UL, CE, TUV - Retail
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If you budget isn't that restricted, then why not build a whole new system and then clean up your old one and sell it for a couple 100... Someone is always looking for a cheap puter and then you know you have alll new parts that won't crap out on your...
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INTEL E6550 - 170.00
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 Conroe 2.33GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
abit IP35-E - 90.00
Newegg.com - ABIT IP35-E LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Crucial Ballistix 2GB DDR2 800 - 75.00 (25 mir)
Newegg.com - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
SAPPHIRE HD 3850 - 200.00
Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100226L Radeon HD 3850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Seagate Barr. 250GB 7200/16mb Sata - 65.00
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250620AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Antec trupower trio 650W - 110.00 (40 mir)
Newegg.com - Antec True Power Trio TP3-650 ATX12V 650W Power Supply with Three 12V Rails 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, FCC, TUV, CE, C-tick, CCC, CB - Retail
LG super multi 18X DVD burner - 27.00
Newegg.com - LG Electronics Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 10X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 18X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM Write - OEM
Antec 900 - 115.00 (40 mir)
Newegg.com - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

852.00 without shipping

747.00 without shipping (after rebates)
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