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Old 08-01-2007, 07:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Howdy.

I've been using the same computer since 2004, and I think its time for an upgrade. I'm on a very strict budget, but i'd like to gain some performance on games like Need For Speed: Carbon, The Sims 2, FarCry, and Fable.

My current system:
1.7GHz AMD Sempron (overclocked to 2.0) *Socket 462
512MB Ram *pc2700
Geforce FX 5700le.
Raidmax 420w PSU (20+4 pin)

I'd like a new motherboard so I can get a newer graphics card and so I can upgrade my CPU later, I don't want to spring for the latest CPU right now.. I want something really cheap, I cant afford a 3ghz right now.

I'd LOVE a Geforce 8600gs, and those things are pretty cheap.

I have no idea how to upgrade however, what I will need.. how it will all work, I dont even know what to buy.. Thats why I came here for help I'm also on a very small budget of $300, and without a credit card my only means of payment is money order (sites like newegg support that I see)
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Motherboard - Biostar TF7025
CPU - AMD Athlon X2 3600+
RAM - 1GB G. Skill NR DDR2-800
Power supply - FSP (Fortron Source) 400w
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So no need for a CPU fan? That power is enough?
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Default Re: Upgrade an old system.

That CPU is retail, comes with a fan.
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Is there anything missing that I would need, upgrading so many items from such an old PC, I don't want to sit down only to find somethings are incompatible or i'm missing some mystery cord.
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Nothing seems missing. That's like a whole new system can even run barebones.
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I was also thinking about my power supply, Would I actually need a new one? If my old one is a 20+4 pin, it would also accept 24 pin, wouldnt it?
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Well since you've been using it for 2 years already, I guess probably it would be OK. It's just that, it's not a recommended brand here.
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So its okay? I would love to upgrade it.. But I'm tight on cash, Also I upgraded the GFX card to a $20 dollar more one.
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Oh really? Which one?
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