Help me upgrade my Comp OT

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  1. Strife

    Strife Active Member

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    I'm planning to upgrade my Sony Viao to make it more gaming compatible since I bought it 3 years ago. I'm keeping the cd/dvd drives, hardrive, and sound cards to save some money since they won't affect performance and I won't have to reinstall everything.

    I've already decided on the E6400 Duo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115004

    and I'm planning on 2gigs of ram, this Corsair DDR2 675 seemed like a good price, only $200 after MIR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145015

    I have no idea which motherboard to get though and I was thinking of getting a Radeon X1600 Pro video card which seems pretty reasonable right now, but I'm not sure if theres something better @512MB around the $200 range.

    Besides that, I probably need to upgrade my power supply to 500W and in terms of a fan I have no idea if I need a new one or not?
    Any advice on motherboard, video card, powersupply/fan is appreciated, thanks.
     
  2. hyukki

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    If you're looking at the x1600 pro, you could probably get it for 120 or less.

    I got mine for 180 and I think I could've done better.

    x1600 looks promising because of the 512MB. Try to go with the DDR3's instead of the DDR2's.

    You can get an x1600 pro but I think you could get something better for the same price.

    Just some heads up.
     
  3. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    A lot depends on budget.

    I recommend going with either Asus, Gigabyte, or Intel for your motherboard.

    As far as overclocking, it will be Gigabyte > Asus > Intel.

    I've been hearing a lot of good about this Gigabyte board.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813128323

    And of course the Asus boards
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131045
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131071


    eVga also has a hot Core 2 Duo board out. I haven't heard much about it yet, but it's eVga so I would probably trust it.
    It's pricey though - $250
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813188009


    As far as psu goes, I would personally trust every one on this page for a single video card computer.
    (With the one exception of the Enermax Liberty)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?Submit=Property&Subcategory=58&Description=&Type=&srchInDesc=&MinPrice=&MaxPrice=&Manufactory=1516&Manufactory=1697&Manufactory=1918&Manufactory=1389&Manufactory=1379&Manufactory=1400&Manufactory=9830&PropertyCodeValue=1314%3A14179



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  4. Strife

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    Thanks, yea I was looking at ebay for the x1600 Pro and I could get one around $130, seems like a really good deal for what you get. I think alot might be selling them from the $99 deal at BB on black friday.

    I was thinking of an Asus board also, the ones u listed look good.
    I'm trying to stay on a budget of around $700ish right now so I'm not sure if I want to pay extra for DDR3 atm. 2GB's of DDR2 should be able to run most games right now at decent settings I imagine.

    Also I found this tower which comes with a 550W power supply, I haven't matched up everything to see if its all compatable yet but it seems good if it is. $99 only.
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2485587&Sku=TC3J-2191
     
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  5. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    As far as memory, here is what I highly recommend that you do.

    Get a pair of 512mb sticks for a total of 1gb in dual channel for now.

    All those motherboards have four slots, so you can add another gb later on.

    With the extra money you can get yourself a much higher end video card.

    Doing it that way, you'll have a system that would smoke the one you would get by going with a lesser card and 2gb of memory.
     
  6. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    That Coolermaster bundle would probably do well for a single video card build.

    I'm not saying great, but it would probably do.

    Just don't be surprised if the psu doesn't hold up for long.


    If you're tight on budget and want a deal you can trust, try one of the higher watt Antec cases.
     

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