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Old 11-10-2010, 04:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Upgrading my Packard Bell

I have a Packard Bell Imedia MC 2770, which I’ve owned since early 2007.

Machine has served me well, only had one problem which I got fixed and actually resulted in me having a better machine than the original spec, i.e. it now has 3 GB of RAM instead of the standard 2.

I am considering upgrading my PC so I can also use it for gaming (the kids have the Wii which I also use every now & again – just for fun!!!) and I used to own a PS1 & PS2 and have dabbled with PC gaming too.

I know I need to update my graphics card from the factory fit ATI Radeon X1600 Series to something capable of playing today’s games & with that will bring the need to upgrade the PSU.

I’ve done some research into graphics cards – blown away by the many options there are!! I’ve seen that the Radeon 4850 is / was a good card , now superceded by newer cards I know, but the 4850 seems capable of playing some of the titles I’d consider getting. I’ve found a VTX ATI Radeon HD 4850 online for around 60.

Question 1 is, Is the VTX ATI Radeon HD 4850 a good option, or should I be looking at something more up to date, possibly with 1GB graphics memory instead of the 512mb of the 4850?

Question 2 is, would the CPU on my MC 2770, a core 2 duo E6400, 2.13GHz & be ok with the Radeon 4850 / whichever other card you think I should get?

To assist with question 2, I’ve contacted Packard Bell support and they say the MC 2770 has CPU support for Intel Core 2 Duo models with LGA775, max FSB of 1066 MHz. In theory, the “best” CPU I could get would be the Intel E7600 as that matches those specs. They retail for around 100, so not bank blowing, but would add another 100 to my upgrade cost.

If CPU also needs upgrading, then the upgrade cost will be graphics card + PSU + CPU, by the time I’ve added that together would I just be as well getting a PS3 / Xbox for my gaming desires?

Thanks in advance for your much appreciated help.
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