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Old 11-27-2007, 07:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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As we all know, Christmas is right around the corner, and I really need a PC upgrade.

System as of now:
AMD Semperon 3000+
512 RAM
nVIDIA GeForce 4MX 64 MB
120 GB HDD

I don't need much, all I want to run well is Counter-Strike: Source, I could care less about these DirectX 10 games, my only wish is to run about 60-80 FPS on the Stress Test with decent settings. The only issue is, I have about a 300$ budget, if yall can work out a system that will run CS:S well at that budget and post me the parts, I will forever love you, and mail you some chocolate chip cookies around Christmas once I make them!

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Old 11-27-2007, 07:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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In my opinion, your budget is so low that a new machine wouldn't be worth it.
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Old 11-27-2007, 07:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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In my opinion, your budget is so low that a new machine wouldn't be worth it.
Well, I can't play on what I have. I have a rough idea about what I can get, but it is at about 240$ without a GPU or PSU.
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ya.. its not worth buying a new system with that low budget.. if u have like $500 then thats when I'd recommend something new..
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I don't see what I can do then. I mean, the list I have is a solid PC, I Just need a PSU and GPU, the list is this:
MSI AM2 Barebone:
Newegg.com - MSI MBOX K9VGM-V AMD Socket AM2 AMD Athlon X2 / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 VIA K9M890 2 x 240Pin VIA Chrome9 Barebone - Retail
$74.99 + $15.11

AMD Athlon 64 3200+
Newegg.com - AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Orleans 2.0GHz 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor - Retail
$42.99 + $0.00

Kingston 1GB DDR2-800
Newegg.com - Kingston 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory - Retail
$25.99 + $4.99

Hitachi SATA 80 GB
Newegg.com - HITACHI Deskstar 7K160 HDS721680PLA380 (0A32727) 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
$42.99 + $6.14

Lite-On IDE DVD-RW
Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 20X DVD±R DVD Burner - Retail
$29.99 + $0.00

If anyone has any suggestions as to what I can change to get more money or whatever, please let me know.
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Here is a list of decent cards, starting with the cheapest and moving up:

Radeon X1650 GT
Radeon HD 2600 XT
GeForce 8600 GT
Radeon X1950 PRO
GeForce 7900 GS

I guess just go with what you can afford, but seeing as how you're on such a tight budget, you'll likely be getting the cheap one, and even that was $75 last time I checked.
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What socket is your cpu and its agp yeah?
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What socket is your cpu and its agp yeah?
I am 95% sure the AMD is AM2, and the socket for the video card is PCIe x 16.
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On that barebones kit you listed, the socket is AM2.

LGA775 is an Intel socket.
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really now?

If thats the case then it might not be too difficult to work out some kind of upgrade.

check it out for me and tell me for certain and ill figure something out for your budget.

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