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ppik 03-21-2006 10:53 PM

Up Grade help for older Desk Top
I would like to upgrade my 12 year olds computer. It is an original Compaq 5360 Presario. It is in a mini tower. I would like to upgade the CPU and Mobo, as well as memory. The unit is used mainley for Instant Messaging, and some online gaming sites. Please give some advice that would keep the upgrade around $300.00-$400.00. Your time and advice will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

neweyedeya18 03-21-2006 11:21 PM

you could build a computer for 400 bucks, scrap that computer, no offense but its not worth it. if u want one of us can help put a super cheap pc together for you. im sure you can also buy a comp (maybe not because of how new you are) from the buy/sell threads. in a lil bit ill put one together for you on

aliasaid 03-21-2006 11:33 PM

ya, keep the monitor and the other peripherals, and just buy a new comp altogether. for instant messaging comp $400 is enough. give us a bit more detail on your current computer and we could tell you what you could scavange from it.

ppik 03-21-2006 11:35 PM

Thanks for the quick re-ply! I have a mid tower with a 300 watt ps that I can use. I also have floppy and cd drives. I'm using a wireless card for internet that I would rob from the old unit.The info then I think I need would be the Mobo,cpu,video card, and sound card. Again I appreciate your help. Thanks PPIK

aliasaid 03-22-2006 12:15 AM

k well might as well put up my view on things..

msi mobo w/ integrated video and pci-express slot for future upgrade $69

athlon64 3000+ venice $135

corsair value ram 1gb (2 X 512) $66.25

250gb seage HD, SATA, NCQ $90

case $30

total: $390.24

aliasaid 03-22-2006 12:18 AM

i hope the powersupply you have is good enough. but there's nothing power hungry here, so until you add a video card (which you won't need to unless your 12yr old decides to play Doom3 or something..), the 300watt should suffice. you can stick in your optical and floppy drives in there. and you also have to add taxes and shipping which i didn't.. so you'll go a bit over $400.

if you have to buy anything else, then you'll have to downgrade to socket 754 to stay within budget...

neweyedeya18 03-22-2006 12:24 AM

dvd-rom/burner 38$

case 25$

hard drive 70$

motherboard 43$

cpu 135$

video card

EDIT: any cheap ram

365$ including shipping to my zip anyways

add an os/ for about 100 bucks and its mid 400's but for a new computer you cant beat that, if u were going to upgrade a 12 yr old presario you would probably just buy new mobo/cpu/vid card but you would have to find all the parts used from someone. hope that helps, good luck with whatever you do, (worst case scenario buy a cheap dell desktop, it will run circles around that 450mhz cpu in the compaq)

neweyedeya18 03-22-2006 12:29 AM

[QUOTE]Originally posted by aliasaid
[B]k well might as well put up my view on things..

haha i was just putting together a list when u posted... my b, good list tho, just add an OS unless willing to run linux or other freeware...

ppik 03-22-2006 09:35 AM

Thanks Guys you've been great!

JohnnyX 03-22-2006 10:15 AM

That mobo is 9.6" x 9.6" make sure it will fit in your case...

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