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July 3, 2006 11:21:01 PM

Hey guys, I'd like to upgrade my computer to be able to handle the newer games out there. I'm on a budget of $500 to spend and I'd like to get the most bang for my buck.

What I have now:

1.8ghz Intel P4 (OC 2.2)
2gb DDR1 3200 Patriot Memory
ATI Sapphire Radeon 9800 (256mb, AGP)
ASUS Mobo (Need to upgrade this, one USB is dead, some other problems)
Hard Drives (Don't need new ones.)
CD/DVD drives/burners (Don't need new ones.)
Case (I'd like to upgrade this)
350W Power Supply (Need to replace, fans going bad.)
Monitor (Don't need a new one.)

So what would you guys recommend so that I would be able to play the newer games, at least for a while (current system's lasted me a year and a half, I'd like this one to as well)? Is it possible with only $500, or do I need to wait until I can gather more money (should I)? Please let me know what you guys think, as I am totally stumped as of now. I've read the Tom's Hardware guide to "4.0ghz Dual Core" gaming rig, but the negative posts have led me to drop that idea.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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July 4, 2006 12:35:07 AM

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Since you already have 2GB of DDR RAM, you should look at the socket 939 Athlon 64s. Here's an example of what you can do for $500:

Motherboard: ASUS A8N5X

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Venice

Video card: PNY GeForce 7600GT

Case: Cooler Master Centurion 5 ATX Mid Tower with window

Power Supply: Antec TruePower II 550 watt power supply

All of this comes to $460 without shipping, after the $30 MIR on the video card.


Thanks. I'd like to see a possible Intel and/or ATI configuration as well, if anyone else has any suggestions.

Note: I was possibly thinking of the Intel 8xx series processors, maybe the 805, and just overclocking it.
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July 4, 2006 7:05:49 AM

I agree with angry_ducky's suggestion, except I would swap the video card for this eVGA Geforce 7600GT. The core is 20Mhz faster, and the Ram is 100Mhz faster.

As for your "overclock an 805" theory..... No... stay far, far away, especially if this system is going to be used for gaming. AMD currently holds the crown for gaming systems (if you ignore the fact that Conroe is 3 weeks away), which makes it fit much better into your "most bang for your buck" criteria.
July 4, 2006 7:19:05 AM

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I agree with angry_ducky's suggestion, except I would swap the video card for this eVGA Geforce 7600GT. The core is 20Mhz faster, and the Ram is 100Mhz faster.

As for your "overclock an 805" theory..... No... stay far, far away, especially if this system is going to be used for gaming. AMD currently holds the crown for gaming systems (if you ignore the fact that Conroe is 3 weeks away), which makes it fit much better into your "most bang for your buck" criteria.


Alright, thanks. Should I stick with 939 here as the suggestion or do you think I would be better off with AM2?
July 4, 2006 8:41:41 AM

Given your $500 budget, stick with 939. If you went AM2, your cost would probably hit about $700-800.
July 4, 2006 10:00:05 AM

I'm selling my mobo proc and ram for 300 euro
the mother board is a Gigabyte GAK8N ultra sli nforce4 amd64 3700(San deigo) and 1GB(2x512) OCZ platium pc3200 2,2,2,5 that a cheap upgrade could get the exact number but couldn't be arsed i know it's the best pc3200 that OCZ have though
July 8, 2006 10:27:48 PM

Just would like to update this thread. I went with the 939 build shown in this thread.

With 3DMark05

Old System: 1348 3D Marks
New System: 5868 3D Marks

I think it's a great improvement.
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