Replacing Several Parts On My Computer - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > New Systems | Building and Buying
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 09-28-2011, 05:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 6
Default Replacing Several Parts On My Computer

Hey guys I'm looking to replace my:
-GPU, an aging overheating 4850,
-my PSU, a Rosewill 550w

and to invest in a budget, yet workhorse of a cooler (if such a thing exists, I've never gotten a cooler before) and possibly invest in another 4 gb of RAM, my MoBo only supports DDR-2 but has 4 slots and I'm currently running 4 GB 2x2 G-skill brand.

Other specs:
GA-MA790X-UD4P Gigabyte MoBo,
AMD Athlon(tm) 7750 Dual-Core Processor (2 CPUs), ~2.7GHz

If you guys had a recommendation for a workhouse of a processor that I could get to fit within my budget that would be nice as well.

This station needs to be able to run SW: The Old Republic at high settings, currently it overheats when running it, (i'm a beta tester for it for those of you who realize it's not out yet) and that is what spurred this, but I figured while I was at it I might as well upgrade more. (IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO RESIST UPGRADING ONCE YOU START THINKING ABOUT IT!!!!!)

My budget for this project is $500 tops, although quality and longevity is more important then saving a few bucks.

Any help with builds would be apprecaited, I'm an AMD and ATI radeon type of guy, and my MoBo supports AM2+ and AM3.

To paraphrase, minimum needs are: GPU, PSU, and Cooler

Ideally I would also like to add: 2-4 GB of RAM in 2x2 DDR2 form, a new HD, and potentially a new processor.

Thanks for the help!!!
__________________

Hordfest is offline  
Old 09-28-2011, 10:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
Lord of Bacon
 
Roark's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 1,352
Default Re: Replacing Several Parts On My Computer

What country are you in? Need to know so we can link to relevant sites.
__________________

__________________
Please read through the thread thoroughly before responding.
Nobody wants to read a wall of text, formatting is your friend.

i5 3570k | 8GB G.Skill 1600MHz | R9 290 | SeaSonic 750X
Roark is offline  
Old 09-29-2011, 02:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 6
Default Re: Replacing Several Parts On My Computer

I am American!
Hordfest is offline  
Old 09-29-2011, 09:21 AM   #4 (permalink)
Lord of Bacon
 
Roark's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 1,352
Default Re: Replacing Several Parts On My Computer

Heres my 2 cents:
CPU + Cooler: $163 AMD Phenom II X4 965BE + Corsair CAFA70.
GPU: $195 XFX HD 6870.
PSU: $85 Corsair TX650 V2.
Thermal Grease: $7 Tuniq TX-2.

Total = $450, $35 in rebates, not sure what shipping will be.

Still wiggle room in there for more RAM, but it would be good to know what speed your current RAM is.
You can mix different speeds, but the higher one will downclock to the lower one, better to just match.

Also, was it just your CPU that was overheating, or everything?
What case are you using, if you can you might want to add more fans.

*Edit - Also good to know which case so you can be sure the aftermarket cooler will fit.
__________________
Please read through the thread thoroughly before responding.
Nobody wants to read a wall of text, formatting is your friend.

i5 3570k | 8GB G.Skill 1600MHz | R9 290 | SeaSonic 750X
Roark is offline  
Old 09-29-2011, 10:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
Grandfather of Techist

\_(ツ)_/
 
Trotter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: The South
Posts: 31,307
Default Re: Replacing Several Parts On My Computer

Be sure to update your BIOS before installing the 965. It requires at least version F8. Version F10C can handle up to a X6 1100.

More power for less:
Newegg.com - Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Continuous Power Supply

$89.99 w/$25 MIR and $10 off w/ promo code EMCKAHA46, ends 10/1 = $54.99 after rebate and discount.

Plus it is 53A on one rail vs 120A on four rails.
__________________


My Rig: SABLE
Antec 300 Illusion / Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W / ASUS GeForce GTX 960 GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5
AMD FX 8320 x8 Black Edition / Gelid Tranquillo / MSI 970A-G43
Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB / Samsung 840 120GB / WD Black 750GB / WD Green 1TB
2x4GB DDR3 1600 - 2x2GB DDR3 1600
Win10 Ent 64-bit - Mionix Naos 7000 Mouse - CM Storm QuickFire Rapid Mech Keyboard


R.I.P. Danny L. Trotter ... 14 Nov 1945 - 4 Sept 2009
Trotter 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
Help updating or replacing older computer Havok3 New Systems | Building and Buying 10 03-03-2009 02:10 AM
replacing 4 year old computer mode8power New Systems | Building and Buying 1 10-02-2008 09:53 AM
is replacing computer casing difficult? triple5soul8781 System Upgrades 6 01-11-2006 05:08 AM
Old Dell computer - replacing MB whoami1234 Monitors, Printers and Peripherals 5 02-17-2005 11:40 AM
replacing 133 Computer Mem in a 1000mhz Athon computer muckmail Monitors, Printers and Peripherals 7 01-22-2005 07:40 PM



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:26 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.