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November 16, 2008 1:02:23 PM

Currently i play game's, mostly world of warcraft, on a AMD Athlon 2800+on a A7N8X-VM400, 7600GS, 2GB Ram. So my question is can i get a better system with a $3-500 budget, or just keep what i got and upgrade the CPU maybe?

Build Idea

ASUS M2N-MX SE Plus AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD $46.99

Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $54.99

Video Card
CHAINTECH GSE95GT DDR2 512MB GeForce 9500 GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI $59.99

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory $34.99

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor $59.00

Total $255.96

Need Case and Power Supply - Would using existing Windows XP Pro disk

Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC 430W ATX12V Power Supply $40.99

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $44.99


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November 16, 2008 1:28:22 PM

IMHO, it is time for a motherboard, CPU, memory and Video card upgrade.
I would seriously go for a budget rebuild, rather than spend money on the platform you have.
November 16, 2008 1:39:29 PM

^agree'd, but see in that price range, computers usually from dell are alot cheaper because they fill the computer with bloatware... it slows down the computer, but it sure as hell brings down the price, so instead of building one, you might want to look into a pre-built one... just get rid of the bloatware, and you have a care free build with a warranty

i would say anything over $700 is no longer worth getting from a company simply because they cheap out on the video card almost 90% of the time... why am i getting an 8800gt for a $1500 computer, i'll never know...
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November 16, 2008 1:46:37 PM

Thanks for the input so far, put my build idea in original post.
November 16, 2008 1:47:54 PM

Ah, is OP using a Dell? I missed that. Don't bother with trying to upgrade it if that is the case. Save a little more money.....
November 16, 2008 1:49:44 PM

9500 GT is not much a gamers card. Go with a least a 9600.
November 16, 2008 1:53:07 PM

jitpublisher said:
Ah, is OP using a Dell? I missed that. Don't bother with trying to upgrade it if that is the case. Save a little more money.....

Not using a Dell, its a custom built from 5 or so years ago.
November 16, 2008 2:20:26 PM

jitpublisher said:
9500 GT is not much a gamers card. Go with a least a 9600.

Was going to upgrade to something better next year. Just need something to get me by, was thinking that 9500gt would be better then the 7600gs agp card i use now.
November 16, 2008 2:23:37 PM

You can get a quad core refurbished on tigerdirect in your budget.
November 16, 2008 2:45:43 PM

ok, you can actually build a nice comp for the amount of money you want to spend. My personal opinion is to keep an eye on tiger direct, a week ago they were selling this
for 180 dollars, a great deal.
combo that with a 9600 gso, and you have a really nice comp.
November 16, 2008 2:53:28 PM

Go with the Antec 300 case and the 500w power supply in the combo deal, you'd actually save about $20 in shipping.

replace that chaintech 9500GT with a 9600GT, HD3870 or a HD4670 for substantially better performance in WoW.

This CPU and motherboard combo for better upgrade path at +$5

all about same budget, but better performance and better upgrade path.

November 18, 2008 9:07:09 PM

Thank you all for your input. Going to go with what dirt suggested, and what i had left over in my cart. Thanks again.
November 19, 2008 12:28:02 PM

I agree with dirtmountain also. If you re-use your existing case, you can get the PSU he suggested, or save a few bucks and get an Earthwatts 500.
November 19, 2008 12:46:41 PM

and hopefully you didnt get the oem version of xp on your last build, cuz its not transferable...
November 19, 2008 6:10:33 PM

I do also suggest the 4670 on that budget. However, build new man. I was in your boat, and ended up with an Athlon x2 5200+, it's a world of difference.

Also on video cards, I know some of the 4670's can be found for 65 or so after rebate, and I think the same was true on the 9600 gso cards.