Updating my computer - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > System Upgrades
Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-24-2009, 12:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 3
Default Updating my computer

Well I wanted to update my computer a bit since it seems to be a bit lacking in the power department so I'm looking to buy some things from tigerdirect after doing my homework on them for a day or two.
To make it easier here's my current system I'm working with.
Windows XP Media Center Edition Service Pack 3 (build 2600)
Install Language: English (United States)
System Locale: English (United States) Compaq Presario
Enclosure Type: Desktop

2.40 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64
128 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache
64-bit ready
Not hyper-threaded Board: ASUSTek Computer INC. NAGAMI2 2.00
Bus Clock: 199 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 3.11 09/19/2006
Drives Memory Modules c,d
250.03 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity

TSSTcorp CD/DVDW TS-H652L [CD-ROM drive]

Slot 'A0' has 512 MB
Slot 'A1' has 512 MB
Slot 'A2' is Empty
Slot 'A3' is Empty
Now I wanted to upgrade the PSU (Which is currently 300Watts), get a video card (I only have an integrated NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE) and upgrade the RAM.

Here are the products I'm looking to buy.
Ultra LSP650 650-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready, 135mm Fan

EVGA GeForce 9500 GT Video Card - 1GB DDR2, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Support, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, VGA Support
2x Transcend 1024MB PC3200 DDR 400MHz Memory (For 3GB total)

I checked to make sure I have a PCIe slot for the video card and my motherboard uses DDR memory for it's RAM but I'm just wondering if it'll all work together. I'm still new to this so I might be missing something so obvious or something nitty gritty.

If you need anymore info on my computer I'd be glad to post it if I can.

Liminality is offline  
Old 09-24-2009, 08:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
muffin enthusiast
Muffin Man's Avatar
Join Date: May 2009
Location: new york
Posts: 2,722
Default Re: Updating my computer

the psu and card you picked would total $130. this psu and card would total a little less, and perform better.
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies
Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100225L Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Muffin Man is offline  
Old 09-24-2009, 11:25 AM   #3 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 3
Default Re: Updating my computer

I'm still new at this and the answer is probably right in front of my eyes but, how is the 400W PSU better than the 650W psu I picked out?

Same with the graphics card, not sure what really makes some better than others.

Is it just it'll work better with my motherboard?
Liminality is offline  
Old 09-24-2009, 02:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
muffin enthusiast
Muffin Man's Avatar
Join Date: May 2009
Location: new york
Posts: 2,722
Default Re: Updating my computer

well i meant better really for the graphics card. take a look at this thread which is stickied at the top of this subforum.
Graphics Performance List

to give you an example, you had picked a 9500 gt, which is ranked at #50. the 3870 i suggested for you is ranked at #27. all the cards are listed according to their performance, #1 being the best, so pretty simple to figure out the rest.

as for the psu, having a higher wattage psu doesnt make it better, especially if they arent from a good brand. i dont know how good ultra psus are, but i do know that corsair is one of the best and you dont need 650w. that 400w psu i suggested will have plenty of power for your rig, its the amps that matter more than the wattage.

plus, i was trying to stay within the same amount of money you were spending on a psu and graphics card. im assuming you chose those because you have a set budget in mind. those are better options though.
Muffin Man is offline  
Old 09-24-2009, 02:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 3
Default Re: Updating my computer

Thanks for the reply muffin, I wasn't doubting your computer expertise it was just curiosity.
Liminality is offline  
Old 09-24-2009, 02:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
Seg Fault'n
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: The dried husk where America came from
Posts: 5,799
Default Re: Updating my computer

Ultra is on the avoid list here: *READ FIRST* Power Supply Guide

Even if this is one of the Ultras that are not so bad, it is not as good as the corsair.


There are in order of increasing severity: lies, darn lies, statistics, and computer benchmarks. - diskinfo man page
"Get your money and let's go to court!" - Craig Mudie, MS
kmote is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Warning: Building a computer may lead to nervous breakdown! White_Wolf Off Topic Discussion 18 04-09-2009 05:43 PM
Computer stops working, Almost Completely, when Browsing or Multitasking VistaGamer Microsoft Windows and Software 7 01-16-2009 08:51 PM
Computer won't Load narmerguy Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 1 01-08-2008 07:19 AM
A Computer Building Guide.....by Elbatrop1 Elbatrop1 System Upgrades 31 04-07-2007 07:26 PM

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:34 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.