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Old 06-05-2010, 04:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Upgrading - Compatibility Check Please!

I have an old Alienware (Area 51 2004 Model) that I would like to 'gut' and rebuild. I'm on a strict budget of $500 so instead of building from scratch, I'm going to use as many old components as possible.

I would like the system to be able to easily run the current and next gen MMOs and FPSs.

Due to budget, I'm going to go all out on the CPU/RAM/MOBO and go with an older GPU, so that I can just upgrade the GPU at a later date without having to revamp the system.

I need to make sure the new and old parts are all compatible with each other! So here is the build:

OLD PARTS: (I just read the labels, don't know exact names)
Case: Alienware Area 51 Blue Tower Case
Power Supply: Turbo-Cool 510 ATX Deluxe 650W Peak 510 Continuous
Optical Drives: Plextor Premium CD/RW | Plextor Premium DVD/R
Sound Card: Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS
OS: Windows 7 64 Bit
HD: 70GB Raptor 10k RPM

NEW PARTS:
CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 955 | Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

Motherboard: Asus Evo 785G | http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131398

RAM: 4GB Corsair XMS3 | Newegg.com - OCZ Special Ops Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3SOE1600LV4GK

GPU: XFX Radeon 5770 | Newegg.com - XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Is everything compatible? I was worried about the old PS maybe not being compatible.
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Two suggestions, but both are just over the $150 mark.

Newegg.com - XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$160

Newegg.com - XFX HD-487A-ZWFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$155

Everything else should be good to go.
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Thanks Trotter, and you think the rest of the components work together fine? The old components included?

Also, which of those GPU's you mentioned would you go for? I notice they are right next to each other on the GPU Performance List at 15 and 16.
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Yes, everything should work together just fine.

I would go for the 5770 as it is DX11.
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Awesome. Time to fill my shopping cart.

Last question, it will run most games at passable FPS? Example: Bad Company 2...

I know it wont max out all current games but it really should do pretty well, right?
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You've got only 1 problem. Your psu doesn't have a pci-e connecter, so any gpu do get ensure it comes with the 2 4 pin to 6 pin pci-e adaptors.
Both the xfx cards have them.
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Correct, the PSU doesn't say PCI on it anywhere I noticed that when trying to find a photo of it.

But if I get the 5770 that Trotter suggested, it will still run fine with the PSU?

Do you need any more info on the PSU, I can go look at the label again.
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I did a google search and found it.
Turbo-Cool 510 ATX Power Supply

It'll be more than adaquate for for alot of gpus including trotters suggestions.
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I did a google search and found it.
Turbo-Cool 510 ATX Power Supply

It'll be more than adaquate for for alot of gpus including trotters suggestions.
It's actually not that one. Mine says 'Deluxe' under the ATX on the label and the PSU is black. I don't know why... Couldn't find a photo of one with Deluxe on it.

Everything else is the same.
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Then this one then:
BigBruin.Com - PC Power and Cooling 510 ATX-Deluxe PSU Review

Still the same as my above response.
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