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Old 11-20-2009, 05:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default $300 budget help.

My video card burned out about a month ago and now i figure christmas would be a great time to upgrade my old parts.

I had an old geforce 8400, my motherboard is an old asus with 2 ddr2 ram slots and a pcie slot, and i run an Intel Celeron CPU E1200 @ 1.60GHz (2 CPUs).
Terrible, but 2 years old.

I need a new motherboard, processor and graphics card for my christmas budget of $300. I want this build for gaming, but i do not need the best of the best. Great parts that fit together (as long as I'm switching my cpu and motherboard I don't have a preference of amd or intel) and are under $300, or not too far over, would be great.

I appreciate you taking the time to read this, I have been looking at newegg and other sites for weeks and I'm having trouble.

I live in the U.S.
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Old 11-20-2009, 06:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It might make more sense to keep that motherboard. How much ram do you have?
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Old 11-20-2009, 06:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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two 1gb ocz sticks. its enough for now, i was considering upgrading later. what i'm really looking for though is a pcie 2 slot for graphics.
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Thats not really important. pcie2 cards are backward compatible with pcie 1.0.

This is gonna be kinda tricky since your motherboard only has 2 ram slots.

I was thinking you should go for a dual core socket 775 cpu like the e6300 ($73) and the rest can go for a really good video card (4890) since you said this is a gaming computer. But with only 2gigs of ram, this might date your computer quite a bit. You can still go this route and later on switch out the ram with 2X2gb.

However, the more i think about it, i feel like going all new is better for future upgradeability. Only problem is you won't have much money left over for a good GPU. I'll see what i can do going both routes...
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Old 11-20-2009, 06:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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you also have to consider the power supply. if its too weak, it will limit what kinds of cards you can upgrade to.

post some info on it, like make/model, or watts/amps (all of which is located on the sticker on the psu itself)
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