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January 21, 2010 3:07:21 AM

i know that i couldnt play games like cod 6: mw2, gta iv and far cry 2 but would i be able to if i upgraded my GPU to a Nvidia XFX GT240 1Gb gddr3 graphics card? :??:  :??: 

Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 @ 1.86Ghz

1GB ddr2 667Mhz ram

Nvidia 7650 GS


what type of improvements would i get from upgrading the GPU to the GT240???

P.S. do you have any GPU upgrade suggestions for under $150 to be able to play those games, especially cod 6: mw2

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January 21, 2010 3:50:02 AM

Oh and get that 240 :)  You won't regret !
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January 21, 2010 3:59:36 AM

thnx mate, ive tried the link before but they only have the minimum requirements and i would like to play a bit better than the minimum, i would like decent graphics
ill probs get it then
would i be able to play cod 6: mw2 then??
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January 21, 2010 4:10:34 AM

What OS are you running? I'm going to guess XP, but even at that, you should be at 2 gigs ram at least for gaming. Is this upgrading a pre-built system? That presents a power supply issue if its low.

What resolution monitor?
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January 21, 2010 4:47:53 AM

yeah, xp pro, and yeah its a prebuilt, i was thinking of getting 2 gigs, the power supply it 400watt, and im usin a 22" monitor at 1680x1050
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January 21, 2010 6:31:20 AM

Well, this is a tough spot to be in. Your CPU can't be overclocked or upgraded on that mobo and adding a current GPU like the 5670 (better than the GT 240 http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5670,2533... ) would be held back by the CPU. Also, there's alot more GPU that can be bought at that price point, but would require a little more PSU too.

The long stretch might be a lower GPU (older 4670 or 9600 GSO) for around $60, another gig of ram for $25, then a socket 775 mobo like G31 or G41 for under $50 if your case can house a standard mATX board. The rest can go towards another gig of ram, a better HSF because you'll have to OC your CPU, or add it to the GPU budget.

I feel its a lot of money for a minor upgrade that won't really last that long. You'll have to build complete sooner than later, and if you can raise funds relatively quick, I'd just wait.
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January 21, 2010 7:43:58 AM

yeah, i know. i really want and NEED a new pc, but dont have the money. otherwise id already have a nice pc, im getting really sick of this pc and how slow it can be at times.

plus i mostly want to at least be able to play cod 4 online right now and cod 6 online when and if i get it, but ill only get it if i know i can run it of coarse
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January 21, 2010 7:53:10 AM

whats your monitor resolution and how do you feel about overclocking?
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January 21, 2010 7:55:55 AM

ive got a 22" at 1680x1050, and i havnt overclocked before but im keen on trying it, and as u know i cant on this board
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January 21, 2010 8:20:20 AM

Thats right, I asked the monitor thing already. Sorry.

Then the only way I see you getting around this is:
G31 mobo and GT 240 1gb $97 amir http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Ram: the mobo above only has 2 ram slots, so if your ram is 1 chip already, then just buy a second for $23 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If its 2 chips, then this $40 (free shipping) 2gig chip http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You could do 2.5 gigs in this case.

That would eat up all your budget but give you a decent GPU with a mobo to OC that CPU. I wouldn't expect more than 2.5-2.8ghz on the chip, but it will make it playable.

What shape case is the prebuilt? If there's enough room for an aftermarket HSF something like this would help: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 21, 2010 8:34:12 AM

yeah thnx for the suggestions, i might do that or just start my way buying a brand new sweet gamin pc, buy a few parts now and then. the case has a sort of divider thingo in the middle that would proberly get in the way, there might be a way to take it out but right now im not so sure there is
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January 21, 2010 8:38:26 AM

a microatx might not be right next to the divider fixing that problem but because its prebuit im not sure if it will support mATX

plus i have a 5.1 sound system so a need to be able to use 5.1 sound
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January 21, 2010 5:12:43 PM

Iv got a Nividia GeForce GTS 250. it runs all toes games you mentioned without a problem at 1920x1080p maxed out settings. In farcry2 you can run it maxed but its a little nicer to look at if you throttle a few of the graphics settings down one notch from MAX (sometimes to much isn't always the best). But i play modernwarfare2 on max graphics without a problem, same with the Crysis pack. not even running SLI. just a single card.
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January 21, 2010 5:16:11 PM

but you might get diffrent results with your system, i donno how this card interacts with a system configuration like yours.
im running a Core 2 quad q9400 overclocked 3.2ghz on an asus P5Q-turbo 4gigs ddr2 1066
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January 21, 2010 8:47:38 PM

Another longer term approach to upgrading might go something like this.

Initial Investment:
Athlon II x2 $53-$58 (no HSF/ retail HSF)
AM3 770 or 785 mobo $60-$70
2gb stick DDR3 $50
ATX case $30-$40 (look for free shipping)
PSU, like 500w OCZ $40 amir
GPU as much as you can afford. $60+

That puts initial around $300 reusing the HDD, optical, keyboard, mouse, speakers and OS (this may or may not work on your next system, depends on how the install disk was set up from dell or HP or whoever made it. If it doesn't work, you'll need another $100 for Win 7. There's also a work around for using the cheaper upgrade version of Win 7 as a clean install)

But you'll have an AM3 setup that you can drop a higher end Phenom II into later, DDR3 ram should be much cheaper in a year and you can upgrade that, and the GPU as you need. If you can get more for a GPU, that would be better as in a 5750 at $150 is a great match for the 1680x1050 monitors. Might be cheaper as GT100 chips come out from nVidia by the time you get the cash.

I'd rather see you push to get the extra cash instead of sinking that much into lifesupporting your current rig. But you could probably sell it outright online for $100 and you'd be able to move sooner than later on the new build.
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January 21, 2010 11:20:40 PM

yeah that seems like a great idea, then i can upgrade to a sweet cpu when i need to and same with gpu, i bought or my parents bought this pc in like 2006 or 2007 for $1300, cant remember what year but its old now, i should be able to get a couple hundred at least on ebay for it, its more of a media pc, its got a fair few amount of connections to plug it up to basically anything except for the newer hdmi of coarse. right now i have about $300 in my pocket spare cash to spend, and maybe a bit more if i sell this pc, but ill have to plan what to get before i sell this pc because im basically on the computer day in, day out. so not having one for a while wouldnt be so good. looks like you have some great ideas though, you know ur stuff

oh and also my cousin has a fully workin version of windows 7 ultimate that ill be able get off him to use
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January 21, 2010 11:53:11 PM

subpk10 said:
yeah that seems like a great idea, then i can upgrade to a sweet cpu when i need to and same with gpu, i bought or my parents bought this pc in like 2006 or 2007 for $1300, cant remember what year but its old now, i should be able to get a couple hundred at least on ebay for it, its more of a media pc, its got a fair few amount of connections to plug it up to basically anything except for the newer hdmi of coarse. right now i have about $300 in my pocket spare cash to spend, and maybe a bit more if i sell this pc, but ill have to plan what to get before i sell this pc because im basically on the computer day in, day out. so not having one for a while wouldnt be so good. looks like you have some great ideas though, you know ur stuff

oh and also my cousin has a fully workin version of windows 7 ultimate that ill be able get off him to use



I would say to you, save your 300, and put it towards a new Build. Its best to get ALL the parts you want at once, or you might get mad because when you buy parts one at a time, you watch the prices for them go down cheaper and cheaper and then you wish you waited.
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January 22, 2010 12:02:00 AM

steadfast1984 said:
I would say to you, save your 300, and put it towards a new Build. Its best to get ALL the parts you want at once, or you might get mad because when you buy parts one at a time, you watch the prices for them go down cheaper and cheaper and then you wish you waited.

I think thats what he's talking about now, but just getting a place holder CPU right now.

subpk10,

If you have the $300 now, we can spec out specific parts if you want. With the way you plan to phase this, I'd say get the 785g mobo and use the onboard graphics so you can stay connected to the net. Won't be able to game, but then you can sell your current PC (with your parents permission) and take whatever cash you have left over and the proceeds for the GPU.

Question on selling the old PC, do you plan to keep the optical drive and HDD, or sell them with it. A great 500gb HDD is $55 in the spinpoint F3 and DVD drive is only $25. So let me know what you want to look at and we'll spec something out later tonight if you want. I'm off to watch a hockey game I have on the DVR.
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January 22, 2010 2:05:42 AM

yeah sure, i had a quick look at a website for a custom pc shop close to us and made a quick sort of list of parts

Athlon II X2 240 @ 2.8Ghz - $66
Gigabyte GA-MA785GT - $110
Seagate Barracuda 500GB - $58
Lite-On Super AllWrite $39.60
Kingston DDR3 2GB PC-8500/1066 CL7 Value Ram - $66
Intech H340B Case (550W PSU Included) - $49.50

Total - $389.10 Australian Dollar

the mobo is good and in the future i can add second GPU if need be and more ram.
i might be able to get a bit of money from my parents to get a bit better GPU hopefully since the whole system is cheap in the first place


P.S. hope the hockey game is good ;) 
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January 22, 2010 9:39:23 AM

it was www.centrecom.com.au, any of the australian ones i geuss. i do like scorpian technology they have a mass list of products, there pretty good. it bit expensive compared to others sometimes.

P.S. i can get i student rebate here that i can claim up to $1500 back and get half of it, so if i have a $1500 pc i get $750 back and so on.

since i have $300, i might be able to get my parents to pay an extra $300 and then i will get half of it back from the rebate which will be $300 and my parents can get there money back, that would be able to get me a decent gamin pc now with a good GPU
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January 23, 2010 9:17:57 AM

That list you have above is a great start. The only things I would comment on are:

Mobo: Spend a little more if you can and get one with USB 3.0 on it. $123.40
http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?pr...

And the case/PSU combo. When its that cheap, youre taking a risk because the PSU will be very low quality for them both to be that cheap. I'd shop around and spend more for a combo with a known good PSU or buy separate. I see the price jumps hugely, but the PSU is one corner I never like to cut.

Just keep shopping around and settle on a budget. You're off to a good educated start.
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January 23, 2010 9:27:17 AM

yeah, i usually go for a good branded PSU, but thats only some of there products, if u go to the shop u can choose out of all there products the custom quoter is more like just to get an idea and stuff. Im gona keep looking a bit more on a few different sites aswell
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January 23, 2010 10:58:11 PM

Best answer selected by subpk10.
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January 24, 2010 3:44:17 AM

Cool, sounds like you're on the right path. PM me if you want a look over your final list. Hopefully you can find the right parts at the right price.
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January 24, 2010 6:01:54 AM

ok, thnx for all the help ,i sure will if i need to :D  :D 
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