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March 6, 2009 12:31:01 AM

I want to upgrade my comp in the coming months so i can play the latest games. I need help with choosing parts because i dont know whats compatible to what and so on. Thank you! :) 
Here is my comp specs (i got this by typing in RUN DxDiag)
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System Information
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Time of this report: 3/5/2009, 20:21:29
Machine name: Mathieu
Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.080814-1233)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Compaq Presario 061
System Model: RE476AA-ABA SR2050NX NA680
BIOS: BIOS Date: 01/18/2007 Ver: 08.00.12
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 2.80GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 1024MB RAM
Page File: 610MB used, 1754MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.2180 32bit Unicode

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DxDiag Notes
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DirectX Files Tab: The file d3d9d.dll is a debug version, which will run slower than the retail version.
Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Music Tab: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.
Network Tab: No problems found.

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DirectX Debug Levels
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Direct3D: 0/4 (n/a)
DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
DirectInput: 0/5 (retail)
DirectMusic: 0/5 (n/a)
DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

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Display Devices
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Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce 8600 GT
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0402&SUBSYS_C7563842&REV_A1
Display Memory: 512.0 MB
Current Mode: 1280 x 1024 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: HP vs17 flat panel monitor
Monitor Max Res: 1280,1024
Driver Name: nv4_disp.dll
Driver Version: 6.14.0011.7824 (English)
DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 10/7/2008 12:33:00, 6058112 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
WHQL Date Stamp: n/a
VDD: n/a
Mini VDD: nv4_mini.sys
Mini VDD Date: 10/7/2008 13:33:00, 6133856 bytes
Device Identifier: {D7B71E3E-4742-11CF-6245-5DE700C2CB35}
Vendor ID: 0x10DE
Device ID: 0x0402
SubSys ID: 0xC7563842
Revision ID: 0x00A1
Revision ID: 0x00A1
Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_C ModeMPEG2_D ModeWMV9_B ModeWMV9_A
Deinterlace Caps: {6CB69578-7617-4637-91E5-1C02DB810285}: Format(In/Out)=(YUY2,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive
{335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(YUY2,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch
{6CB69578-7617-4637-91E5-1C02DB810285}: Format(In/Out)=(UYVY,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive
{335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(UYVY,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch
{6CB69578-7617-4637-91E5-1C02DB810285}: Format(In/Out)=(YV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive
{335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(YV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch
{6CB69578-7617-4637-91E5-1C02DB810285}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive
{335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch
Registry: OK
DDraw Status: Enabled
D3D Status: Enabled
AGP Status: Enabled
DDraw Test Result: Not run
D3D7 Test Result: Not run
D3D8 Test Result: Not run
D3D9 Test Result: Not run

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Sound Devices
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Description: Realtek HD Audio rear output
Default Sound Playback: Yes
Default Voice Playback: Yes
Hardware ID: HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0888&SUBSYS_103C2A3D&REV_1000
Manufacturer ID: 1
Product ID: 100
Type: WDM
Driver Name: RtkHDAud.sys
Driver Version: 5.10.0000.5502 (English)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
Date and Size: 10/25/2007 05:29:00, 4623872 bytes
Other Files:
Driver Provider: Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
HW Accel Level: Full
Cap Flags: 0xF5F
Min/Max Sample Rate: 8000, 192000
Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs: 33, 32
Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs: 33, 32
HW Memory: 0
Voice Management: No
EAX(tm) 2.0 Listen/Src: Yes, Yes
I3DL2(tm) Listen/Src: Yes, Yes
Sensaura(tm) ZoomFX(tm): No
Registry: OK
Sound Test Result: Not run

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Sound Capture Devices
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Description: Line in/Mic in
Default Sound Capture: Yes
Default Voice Capture: Yes
Driver Name: RtkHDAud.sys
Driver Version: 5.10.0000.5502 (English)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Date and Size: 10/25/2007 05:29:00, 4623872 bytes
Cap Flags: 0x41
Format Flags: 0xFFF

More about : upgrade

March 6, 2009 12:47:51 AM

1: i dont think all that information is needed.

2: Just need your brand names and versions (example: GTX 260/asus motherboard etc..

3: and your budget and surely you will get a pretty nice setup from many people.
March 6, 2009 2:51:17 AM

i want to go around $200-400 budget and sorry about all the info
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March 6, 2009 4:04:44 AM

Well it looks like its a compaq branded comp ...
And as it goes wit these computers, the Power supply tat comes wit it cannot handle upgrades...So if u want to upgrade, then u would have to change the PSU as well...
and if u can get some info on what is the motherboard present in ur computer...
Else atleast the proper model number of ur compaq computer for further help...
March 6, 2009 8:32:03 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $39.99
COOLER MASTER Elite 330 RC-330-KKN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ400FTY 400W ATX12V / EPS12V Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99
GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail / Product of preference with 2 Oz Copper PCB & DualBIOS

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $72.99 Free Shipping*
Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail

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G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

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Western Digital Caviar RE WD2500YD 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

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LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM

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SAPPHIRE 100265HDMI Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

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Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM

Total: $560.91 (not including shipping and rebates)
a b B Homebuilt system
March 6, 2009 3:17:15 PM

The only thing I'd change on Why_Me's list is the PSU. That one may not be bad, but I'd get one that is also 80+ certified.
Surprise surprise, there are no current deals at Newegg on any of the Antec Earthwatts models (usually there are), so I'd probably choose this one:
SeaSonic SS-400ET 400W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.91 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $57
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
...or maybe this one:
PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS420X 420W ATX12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b B Homebuilt system
March 6, 2009 3:21:47 PM

Hmmm, I see after a closer look at some (but not all) of the images, that the OCZ may also be 80+.
March 6, 2009 5:11:39 PM

Onus said:
Hmmm, I see after a closer look at some (but not all) of the images, that the OCZ may also be 80+.


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

  1. Model
  2. Brand OCZ
  3. Model OCZ400FTY
  4. Series Fatal1ty
  5. Spec
  6. Type ATX12V / EPS12V
  7. Maximum Power 400W
  8. Fans 120mm fan
  9. PFC Active
  10. Main Connector 20+4Pin
  11. +12V Rails 2
  12. SLI No
  13. CrossFire No
  14. Modular No
  15. Efficiency 82% Typical
  16. Over Voltage Protection Yes
  17. Input Voltage 100 - 240 V
  18. Input Frequency Range 50/60 Hz
  19. Input Current 8A
  20. Output +3.3V@25A,+5V@25A,+12V1@18A,+12V2@18A,-12V@0.3A, +5VSB@2.5A
  21. MTBF >100,000 Hours
  22. Features
  23. Connectors 1 x Main connector (20+4Pin)
  24. 1 x 12V(P4)
  25. 1 x 12V(8Pin)
  26. 5 x Peripheral
  27. 3 x SATA
  28. 1 x Floppy
  29. 1 x PCI-E
  30. Features OCZ PowerWhisper Technology
March 6, 2009 7:54:11 PM

Also, i forgot to add that I've got the 8600 gt and an new psu last summer. Thanks for the advice guys keep it coming!
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