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  1. #1
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    Where do I start with my upgrade?

    I was just wondering if a few of you that are savvy with computer hardware could help me out by pointing me in the right direction to upgrade my system. I am thinking it would be in my best interest to upgrade my motherboard, RAM, Video Card, and Processor. What do you all think?

    System:

    Computer:
    Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
    DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)


    Motherboard:
    CPU Type AMD Athlon 64, 2033 MHz (10 x 203) 3200+
    Motherboard Name Abit AV8 / AV8-3rd Eye / RocketBoy AV8 (5 PCI, 1 AGP, 4 DDR DIMM, Audio, Gigabit LAN, IEEE-1394)
    Motherboard Chipset VIA K8T800Pro, AMD Hammer
    System Memory 1024 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
    BIOS Type Award (07/28/05)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
    Communication Port Printer Port (LPT1)

    Display:
    Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 (256 MB)
    3D Accelerator nVIDIA GeForce FX 5200
    Monitor HW191D [NoDB] (625GH30CA0649)

    Multimedia:
    Audio Adapter Creative SB Live! 5.1 Sound Card

    Storage:
    IDE Controller VIA Bus Master IDE Controller
    SCSI/RAID Controller VIA SATA RAID Controller
    Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
    Disk Drive VIA SATA RAID 0 SCSI Disk Device (298 GB)
    Optical Drive SONY DVD RW DW-D22A (DVD+R9:2.4x, DVD+RW:16x/4x, DVD-RW:8x/4x, DVD-ROM:16x, CD:48x/24x/48x DVD+RW/DVD-RW)
    SMART Hard Disks Status OK

    Partitions:
    E: (NTFS) 305242 MB (221951 MB free)

    Input:
    Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
    Mouse Microsoft USB IntelliMouse Optical

    Network:
    Network Adapter VIA Networking Velocity Family Giga-bit Ethernet Adapter (24.117.236.186)
    Modem Standard Modem

    Peripherals:
    Printer Auto HP DeskJet 895Cse on DELL
    USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller
    USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller
    USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller
    USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller
    USB2 Controller VIA USB 2.0 Enhanced Host Controller
    USB Device Microsoft USB IntelliMouse Optical


    I guess my question comes down to what are my options for upgrading? My budget is 400 to 600 but the cheaper the better. Of course I want to be able to run games like Oblivion at good settings (not necessarily highest) smoothly. If I should replace my motherboard as well can I use the same tower and hard drive I am currently running? Thank you so much for all of your help.

  2. #2
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dizzam
    ... Abit AV8 / AV8-3rd Eye / RocketBoy AV8 (5 PCI, 1 AGP, 4 DDR DIMM, Audio, Gigabit LAN, IEEE-1394 ...
    Since the current mobo is ATX form factor,
    The chassis should be re-usable.
    Exception would be if you purchased something highly irregular.
    eg. server mobo,
    You can use the following to see current PSU in the chassis is adequate,
    Quote Originally Posted by Justintime



    lotsa cpus etc. supported.
    "I know nothing."
    Cheers.

  3. #3
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    If your budget is $600 I would do this... All can be found on newegg or zipzoomfly:

    Intel e4300 dual core cpu

    Nvidia geforce 8800 GTS 320MB

    2x 1gb PC6400 ram (you can go on newegg and grab corsair/kingston etc. with rebates, you can get this for $75 or so)

    a P35 Motherboard, maybe MSI or Asus.

    and at least a 700watt, brand name PS.

    You should be able to grab all of these for just around, or a tiny bit more than $600
    Q6600 @3.2 | Gigabyte P35-DS3L mobo | 24" BenQ LCD | 6 GB Crucial Ballistix PC6400 RAM| 750 GB WD HDD/250GB Hitachi Hdd | PC Power and cooling 610Watt PS | Sapphire 4870 1GB | Logitec 5.1 surrond sound speakers w/subwoofer z-560 | |

    E4500 | 2 GB Crucial Tracer PC6400 Ram| MSI Geforce 8600GT| GIGABYTE Intel P35 | 19 BenQ" LCD | 160 GB WD HDD

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    and at least a 700watt, brand name PS
    If you get a good name brand, you won't need 700 watts. This is a good source of information on psu's. Your current psu may not have enough power, especially if generic, and may lack some of the new connectors required for current video cards.

  5. #5
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    I was thinking ahead, in case he wanted to go quad core in the future. But he is right, with a good name PS you will not need 700 watts.
    Q6600 @3.2 | Gigabyte P35-DS3L mobo | 24" BenQ LCD | 6 GB Crucial Ballistix PC6400 RAM| 750 GB WD HDD/250GB Hitachi Hdd | PC Power and cooling 610Watt PS | Sapphire 4870 1GB | Logitec 5.1 surrond sound speakers w/subwoofer z-560 | |

    E4500 | 2 GB Crucial Tracer PC6400 Ram| MSI Geforce 8600GT| GIGABYTE Intel P35 | 19 BenQ" LCD | 160 GB WD HDD

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