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August 29, 2008 4:08:52 AM

Hey, Im new to these forums, and this is my first post ( so please excuse any mistakes :p ). I don't know much about what I would need to buy to create a good gaming PC, and I was wondering if these specs would make a good one. Feel free to leave tips on how this could be altered (without a ton of cost) to improve performance, and I'd like to thank you in advance :D 

Mainboard :Acer EM61SM/EM61PM

Chipset :nVidia 6100V

Processor :AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ 2.80GHz / 1MB Cache / 1000MHz (2000 MT/s) FSB / Dual Core (Windsor) / Processor with Fan

Physical Memory :4048 MB (4 x 1024 DDR2-SDRAM ) Will only max out at 3.5GB (32 - bit Vista)

Video Card :Visiontek Radeon HD 4850 Video Card - 512MB GDDR3, PCI Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, HDMI Support, VGA Support

Hard Disk:Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB Hard Drive - 7200, 16MB, SATA-300, OEM

DVD-Rom Drive :HL-DT-ST DVD-RW_GSA-H41N ATA Device

Monitor Type :AOC International AOC Spectrum - 18 inches

Network Card :Marvell Semiconductor (Was: Galileo Technology Ltd) 802.11b/g Wireless Controller

Network Card :Marvell Semiconductor (Was: Galileo Technology Ltd) Yukon 88E8056 PCI-E Gigabit
Ethernet Controller

Operating System : Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium Home Edition 6.00.6000

DirectX : Version 10.00

Please leave your opinion :D 

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August 29, 2008 4:25:22 AM

You need to drop the ram to 2 gigs since you are on a budget.

You need a power supply:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Why are you buying a network card? Most motherboards of good quality have these already. Drop it and invest in a good motherboard.


What case are you getting? If you're not looking for flare you can get this case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would go with a gigabyte motherboard. I will find a link to a good one and post back in a a few...

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

If you dont mind being limited by a micro atx motherboard to 1 video card and two memory slots:

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

August 29, 2008 4:29:26 AM

Shoot, sorry I should have mentioned this before, this is an upgrade, so not all those parts are being bought, for example, (the network card) already came with the motherboard, and I already have a power supply, and case. But I should drop the extra gigs, and buy a better mobo?
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August 29, 2008 4:34:17 AM

If you are on a budget and already have the motherboard you listed then stay with that for now. If you have the money and can swing a better board, I would go that route.

But again, if money is tight and you already have the acer then give it a try.

August 29, 2008 4:36:22 AM

Okay, thanks for your help :) , anything else?
August 29, 2008 4:37:28 AM

What power supply do you have? You need to be sure to have enough for that video card...
August 29, 2008 4:40:52 AM

Hmm. Im not quite sure, would I need to take apart my case to find out, or is there an easier way?
August 29, 2008 4:44:21 AM

You will likely need to remove it to see the label on the side to see the amps and the wattage. If you can just get the brand and the model number that will be enough for us to give you better advice.

You dont want to put a good set of parts on a lame power supply. I learned that a while back the psu is the heart of your system and you NEVER skimp on the psu...
August 29, 2008 4:46:14 AM

Alright, Ill take it apart and be back soon.
August 29, 2008 4:55:52 AM

Lets see if I can help you a little here.

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$60 (Antec 300)
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$60 (Antec 550W, Modular)
MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$90 (Gigabyte 780G ATX X-Fire with onboard)
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$87 (5400+ BE)(same price, but this one is a Black Edition)
HSF: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$25 (Arctic Cooling Freezer 64)
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$75 (4GB DDR2 800, 2x 2GB)
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$70 (500GB WD)
VID: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$175 (ATI 4850)
DVD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$30 (20x DVDR/RW, litescribe)
OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$100

Total: $772 + S&H (Not counting MIR, or Specials/Combo which many do have)

srry for adding a case, posted while you were replying to englandr
August 29, 2008 5:00:47 AM

He mentioned later he was upgrading and didnt need the case, power supply (we are determining that now) and other parts since it was an upgrade.

He forgot to mention this at 1st but did later in the post...
August 29, 2008 5:03:18 AM

Okay, sorry about the wait. I wasnt sure what to write down from the label on the PSU so I just wrote it all down,

Brand : Delta Electronics
Model : DPS - 250AB - 22 B
Input : 100 - 127V ~ /6A 220 - 240V ~ /3.15 A : 50hz-60hz
Output: 250W Max
August 29, 2008 5:04:14 AM

If he needs a power supply (in which I think he does) the corsair I mentioned is plenty and will be 49.99 after the 20.00 rebate. Hard to beat that.

If hes going to go with a full atx mobo with 2 pci-ex slots then he will need to up the power supply to a 650 watt or higher, preferrerably a 750 watt for growing pains...
August 29, 2008 5:07:42 AM

Get a new power supply.

Are you planning to change the motherboard to be able to run two video cards later? If so get this power supply:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Its 99.99 after the rebate, great deal!

If you are going to stay with 1 video card and dont care to go crossfire then stay with this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This should get you in prime shape for a long lasting system. Let us know if theres anything else we can help u with.

Good luck!!
August 29, 2008 5:09:02 AM

Okay, great help guys you saved me a lot of pain :) ! Thanks a bunch.
August 29, 2008 5:15:50 AM

No trouble at all. Good luck with your upgrades, I think you will be happy with it...
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