Upgrading Low End 2006 Desktop

Siv

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I'm looking to upgrade my desktop from 2006 for some low to mid performance gaming (RuneScape, Minecraft, TOR, LOTRO) and have $265 to spend including shipping. I have all peripherals and a hard drive that I hope to transfer from the current system to the next as well as a CD drive.

Processor
Name-AMD Athlon 64 3500+
CodeName- ClawHammer
Package-Socket 939
Core Speed - 2210.1 MHz
Bus Speed - 200.9 MHz

Mainboard
Manufacturer - ASUSTeK Computer INC.
Model- A8N-VM-CSM Rev1.xx
NViDIA GeForce 6150 Chipset
NVIDIA nForce 410/430 MCP Southbridge
Graphic Interface Version- PCI-Express
Link Width: x16
Max. Supported x16

Memory
Type - DDR
Size- 1024 MBytes
DRAM Frequency- 200.9 MHz

DirectX Version- DirectX 9.0c
Device Name- NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS
Approx Memory - 512.0 MB
Main Driver - nv4_disp.dll
Version - 6.14.0011.7516



I was told to look for CPU/Mobo/RAM combos, but I haven't been able to find these packages. Can you give me some suggestions on

1) How to tell what my current chassis is (I'm looking into this now)

Edit: The chassis is an Antec Atlas 550

2) Give me possible upgrades (Right now I'm looking at just removing the guts and starting fresh)
 

IAntDemo

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I've gone for performance and price and manged to find a nice setup ... it'll even run the latest on mid I suppose

Intel E5800 Dual Core 3.2GHz CPU + 4GB DDR3 RAM + HDMI Motherboard COMBO | eBay

XFX ATI Radeon HD 5770 (HD-577A-ZHFC) 1 GB w lifetime warranty | eBay

or with returns

Intel E5700 3.0Ghz Pentium Dual Core CPU Motherboard 4GB DDR3 RAM Combo New | eBay

If you can push the price, altho no returns the second guy has good feedback and it's still under 1yr warranty.

I'm expecting you to have the psu, hard drive, screen and accessories

I remember I use to play runescape lol, my name : InventD lol

long time since then
 

Siv

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That setup is just a little bit out of my price range.
Moved my paycheck to PayPal and I'm sitting at exactly $250.

Can you lower the specs and price just slightly?
Secondly, what kind of PSU and HDD does a setup need?
 

IAntDemo

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Siv

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The current PSU I have is an Antec SmartPower 2.0 SP-350 350W ATX12V.
I was planning on taking the 1GB of RAM that I have and using it in my new build, but if that doesn't work I can try to get more cash. How much would be necessary to make the build work?
 

IAntDemo

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Siv

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So, to make the build work I would need:

-The RAM listed above with my 1GB current RAM
-Raedon HD 6670
-Hercules PSU
-AMD Athlon 64

And would I install that to my current Mobo, or would I need to buy a new one?
 

Siv

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Well I still have $25 left. Is there anything else that I can/should add?
 
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