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August 29, 2007 7:27:23 PM

I was looking to give my old rig one final upgrade, but after reading about the X1950XT for AGP, and it's 999 problems on various forums, I figured there is no other way than move to PCIe ASAP! Now, I only got the money I intended to use on the X1950XT, so I challange all of you to put together a low budget PCIe/LGA775 computer with great upgrade possibilities. I already got the HDD, PSU, cabinet, Monitor, keyboard and mouse.. all it really comes down to is.. mobo, RAM, CPU, GPU (depending on the mobo).

I've been looking around a bit my self, but I came to the conclusion that I have been out of the market for to long, it would take me months to read up on everything. What I am thinking though is something like a Celeron D, 2x512mb DDR2 dual ram (pc-5300) to get things started, but when it comes to the mobo, I'm lost...

All suggestions welcome..! 190 US$ Budget!
August 29, 2007 7:57:49 PM

You are better off with am2 x2 cpu and board.

You get nforce 7025 boards with dvi and vga ports for $70 or less.
With intel the boards start at $99 and that is for a g33 board with vga only.

Am2 x2 cpus start at $60

you can get am2 x2 4400 and 7050 board for $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
August 29, 2007 8:14:29 PM

you can get 2gb or ddr2 800 for about $60-$80 as well.
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August 29, 2007 8:24:10 PM

$190 is not enough unless you want a old school hand me down.
August 29, 2007 8:24:28 PM

What are the specifications of your current system?

Motherboard/CPU/Socket/RAM Speed?

-Wolf queries
August 29, 2007 8:26:37 PM

I hate to say it, but it's not happening for $190.


Why? Because you will need Mobo, CPU, GPU, a RAM.

Mobo $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU $65 - x2 4000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM $40 1gb ddr2-667
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Pitiful PCIE-Video Card - $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total - $185+Shipping.

Probably worse than your current system due to the graphics.
There is nothing to cut to get a better GPU.

Increase the Budget to $250 and you may get a useable video card.
August 29, 2007 8:32:43 PM

@Joe: could you link to those RAM plz?

@Wolf: Current specs are..

Asrock K7NF2-Raid
AMD XP2800+ OC'ed to 200Mhz FSB 2.2Ghz
2x512Mb pc 3200 Kingston HyperX (Dual ram) timings are 2-3-2-4-1 (CL 2)

@Zen: Graphic dosen't matter, it's all about the upgrade possibilities.. I just need a platform to start upgrading on.. a new piece every month.

August 29, 2007 9:09:04 PM

Not a bad idea it seems.. could you recommend a 939 board?
August 29, 2007 9:13:55 PM

The 939 Mobo may not be a bad option.

$35 after rebate for the Mobo.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Transfer your RAM and CPU.

This would leave about $130 before you get your rebate which would leave some very nice GPU options.

Then when you get some more cash saved up, you trash your $35 Mobo and get a New Mobo, CPU, and RAM.
August 29, 2007 9:18:09 PM

I can transfer the RAM, but not the CPU.. it's a socket A
August 29, 2007 9:40:04 PM

tlmck: That looks to be the winner so far. I can still play some games with that upgrade and I'm not bound to upgrade the GPU for at least the next couple of month.

That mobo you are suggesting is no where to be found in scandinavia, I'm gonne go with AsRock 4CoreDual-VSTA instead. I think it's pretty much the same...

Thanks everyone for your great help!

That system tlmck proposed exeeds my budget a bit here in europe where everything is just tad more expensive, anyway I gotta get that system. I believe I will be alot happier with this than I ever would have with the X1950XT for AGP - In 6-10 month I would be stuck again.

Thanks again everyone! C2D and PCIe here I come. MUWAHAHA!
August 29, 2007 10:10:08 PM

Voting for tlmck's build. Hard to beat it for what you want to do with the $ available.
This would work, but it would be behind the Intel, just because it's s939
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductCombos.aspx?Item=N...
I'd go with the Biostar board on those combo's, but not going to save you much. Just thought I'd show a different option (not that it would be any better). Of coarse, use the 7600gt that tlmck found.
August 29, 2007 10:19:26 PM

Why not just get a 1gb stick and a 7600gt?
August 29, 2007 10:55:16 PM

Probably because all that money would be going down the drain.
He wants a based on which he can do some upgrades with.

In this case above, only the $45 is really being wasted since the new Mobo will need to be replaced with the RAM as the 1st logical upgrade.

The 7600GT is actually a decent card for those with very limited funds.
August 30, 2007 4:05:38 AM

albenza said:
tlmck: That looks to be the winner so far. I can still play some games with that upgrade and I'm not bound to upgrade the GPU for at least the next couple of month.

That mobo you are suggesting is no where to be found in scandinavia, I'm gonne go with AsRock 4CoreDual-VSTA instead. I think it's pretty much the same...

Thanks everyone for your great help!

That system tlmck proposed exeeds my budget a bit here in europe where everything is just tad more expensive, anyway I gotta get that system. I believe I will be alot happier with this than I ever would have with the X1950XT for AGP - In 6-10 month I would be stuck again.

Thanks again everyone! C2D and PCIe here I come. MUWAHAHA!


Forgot to mention that the Asrock's, the video card, and that CPU will be very overclockable down the road with a better CPU Cooler and a better PSU. A couple of items for the future upgrade channel.
September 6, 2007 11:22:12 PM

I feel an urge to thank you once more for your suggestion here tlmck. I just received my parts earlier today...

First thing I did was reinstall win xp, install drivers, then play HL2. Nothing to say but WOW! I can run it with zero lag even though I got all settings on max, same with CS:S, and the smoothness of the whole computer, when unzipping a movie while browsing the forums.. god I love that feeling!

Anyway, thanks a million! To everyone else struggling with their old PC, go ahead and upgrade it ASAP! it surely brought a part of my long gone enthusiasm back!
September 8, 2007 1:19:57 AM

Congratulations! It may not be bleeding edge, but if it works, it works!
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