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How to turn my computer into a very powerful gaming pc.

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July 16, 2013 1:14:25 PM

Hello, everyone. I'm not going to lie, I am not very good when it comes to selecting hardware, or finding the proper hardware for upgrading a computer. I've recently wanted to start a project to transform this old computer into a high-standard gaming PC. Here are my specs, I've been told they are bad.

Windows Vista (Home Premium)

Manufacturer: Acer

Model: Aspire M5100

Graphics Card: ATI Radeon X1250

Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4400+ 2.30 GHz

Ram: 2.00 GB

System Type: 32-bit Operating System

At the moment I have a very low budget of 300-400 Dollars, but I really want to complete this project. Can you guys help me with what I need to get, and how I should get it and such? Thank you.

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a b 4 Gaming
July 16, 2013 1:18:12 PM

well i would just recommend a whole new system and sell that if you can, for a custom build i assume you need an OS
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July 16, 2013 1:23:04 PM

I don't know what to buy, or how to properly sell it. I am horrible at this. :( 
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a b 4 Gaming
July 16, 2013 1:24:36 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($56.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.61 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($95.38 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($43.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $406.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-16 16:24 EDT-0400)

this is the best i can do with $400 and if you need an OS it will be closer to $500
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July 16, 2013 1:26:15 PM

Now if I purchase and put all that into the computer. How should games go?
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a b 4 Gaming
July 16, 2013 1:29:22 PM

ImperfectReflection said:
Now if I purchase and put all that into the computer. How should games go?


you will be able to play on medium high settings for most games and should be able to get about 50-60fps on medium and 30-40 on high. ultra would be like 20-30fps
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July 16, 2013 1:32:02 PM

Youll be spending $400+ on just a video card for any "very powerful computer". That computer build above me would games decently but in no way would that be considered powerful in any way, shape or form.
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July 16, 2013 1:34:27 PM

Alright well, I was thinking about a different approach to this. Since I am making this a project and not a "quick-fix" I think I'd be willing to put a lot of money into one component of the computer. So in the end, I'd have an incredible gaming PC. So how about hardware for 100-300 dollars?
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a b 4 Gaming
July 16, 2013 1:38:20 PM

ImperfectReflection said:
Now if I purchase and put all that into the computer. How should games go?


Well you don't actually put all that into the old computer, You build a new computer with those parts. Sell the old computer, if you can, or keep it for Web surfing.

How should games go... Pretty good at 1680x1050.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7770-7750...

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a b 4 Gaming
July 16, 2013 1:39:14 PM

ImperfectReflection said:
Alright well, I was thinking about a different approach to this. Since I am making this a project and not a "quick-fix" I think I'd be willing to put a lot of money into one component of the computer. So in the end, I'd have an incredible gaming PC. So how about hardware for 100-300 dollars?


if you want an incredible pc it is going to cost you, the one i have in my sig is an above average i would assume when it totals at about $2200
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a b 4 Gaming
July 16, 2013 1:41:33 PM

ImperfectReflection said:
Alright well, I was thinking about a different approach to this. Since I am making this a project and not a "quick-fix" I think I'd be willing to put a lot of money into one component of the computer. So in the end, I'd have an incredible gaming PC. So how about hardware for 100-300 dollars?


Bad news, man. A good gaming PC requires a good graphics card (which is about $300 all by itself), and that requires a serious PSU (you will NOT get away with a cheap 430W PSU), and a more expensive case with enough room and cooling, and a good CPU and enough RAM so it's not bottlenecked, etc. Maybe you should wait until you've got more money, say, $1000 or so....
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a b 4 Gaming
July 16, 2013 1:43:12 PM

aevm said:
ImperfectReflection said:
Alright well, I was thinking about a different approach to this. Since I am making this a project and not a "quick-fix" I think I'd be willing to put a lot of money into one component of the computer. So in the end, I'd have an incredible gaming PC. So how about hardware for 100-300 dollars?


Bad news, man. A good gaming PC requires a good graphics card (which is about $300 all by itself), and that requires a serious PSU (you will NOT get away with a cheap 430W PSU), and a more expensive case with enough room and cooling, and a good CPU and enough RAM so it's not bottlenecked, etc. Maybe you should wait until you've got more money, say, $1000 or so....


i mean for like $750 even i can make a system that will be able to play ultra with some nice fps
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July 16, 2013 1:45:00 PM

The thing is, I want to start getting the parts together. I can speed 300-400 at the moment. I am asking what should I buy first with that?
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December 31, 2013 6:24:22 PM

ImperfectReflection said:
I don't know what to buy, or how to properly sell it. I am horrible at this. :( 


contact me at barneysings199900@yahoo.com ill tell you how
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