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Upgrades for an HP M8400F with $400

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July 29, 2009 9:59:35 PM

Sup!

I have $400-500 to spend on my pc upgrades. I want to upgrade my vid card hella badly but I'm a bit worried about bottlenecking. I know for sure the PSU needs to be upgraded. What would you recommend to upgrade for my PC? I game on a 22" 1680x1050 res Monitor and would like to get pretty decent FPS (60+) in the games I play now; World at War, L4D, CoD4-Upcoming : L4D2, Bad Company 2, CoD6 MW2, and Assassin's Creed 2. One thing I'm concerned about is the PCI-E Slot in the Mobo, it covers the SATA ports if i get a GTX 260 so I'm here to ask you for recommendations.

My Main concerns: PSU, GPU, Mobo ///CPU (Least, just can't oc with OEM Mobo)


Right Now i see this as a great deal::http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thx PPL


My PC:
HP M8400F

Processor
Type AMD Phenom X4 9500 / 2.2 GHz
Multi-Core processor technology Quad-Core
64-bit processor Yes
Windows 7 64

RAM
Installed Size 6 GB / 8 GB (max)
4GB Readyboost
Technology DDR2 SDRAM
Memory speed 800 MHz
Memory specification compliance PC2-6400

HDD:
Seagate Barracuda 360GB X2: 720GB total.

Video Card
Asus 8500GT G86 256MB

Power Supply 300 Watts

Motherboard: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?lc=en&dlc=e...

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July 29, 2009 10:21:02 PM

ASUS M4A78-EM - $85
Phenom II X2 545 - $90
Corsair 650TX - $100
HD4870 512MB - $135
Total - $410

from newegg
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July 29, 2009 10:23:15 PM

thx ill check it out
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a b U Graphics card
July 30, 2009 12:02:56 AM

I'd probably just get a new power supply (Corsair 550w or equivalent)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Your choice of the GTX260 216 or a HD4870

and a couple of 90 degree SATA cable that will still fit under the graphic card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Keep your old stuff, when you decide to build or buy a new system, reinstall old parts and sell the old system then move the new parts to your new build.
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