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November 24, 2009 9:16:42 PM

Im looking to replace 4 parts of my computer, they are way out dated.

CPU is a old P4 at 2.4ghz OC to 2.6ghz
GPU is a x1650 AGP 8x 512mb thats at 128bit.. ya i know

i want to get a new CPU, MB, GPU and RAM for $300 that can max or at least get 30+ fps in 25man raids in wow, i get 1-2 fps now. play Stalker CS at more than 5-10 fps on low (what i get now), play CoD 6 MW 2 at more than 10 fps (what i get now)

im looking at getting the parts this week or next week. I want to just play Games and watch movies, i have other computers that do the rest.

Parts not needed:
PSU, Case, Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor, HDD, CD/DVD drive, Fans, Speakers, well anything but the 4 parts below.

CPU / MB combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Comes to $314.54, somewhat over but its $15

now my PSU is a 500w and only has 28a on the 12v, i am only going to have 2 HDD and 2 case fans, no CD/DVD or anything else like that, will that PSU be enough? if it is not, i can take out a HDD so i only have one if that makes a dif.


I just want to play new games more than 10 fps, prefer 20-30 at med or max settings at 1024x768

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November 24, 2009 9:20:48 PM

When you replace your mobo you have to reinstall the OS aswell. If you have a Dell, emachines ect, since it is OEM, you wont be able to use it more than 30 days(grace period) since the key for it is tied you your old mobo. You will have to drop $100 on a new os.
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November 24, 2009 9:41:40 PM

i have Win7 i bought a week ago.
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November 24, 2009 9:50:04 PM

In addition to the parts you picked, you need a 400W power supply. You usually cant get a decent psu for under $50. Even a low end graphics card uses as much power as 4-5 hard drives, good graphics cards are more like 10 times.

This is the best deal on a good PSU I have seen (Antec Earthwatts 380- $30 after MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Unfortunately I dont think the objectives you want to achieve will be practical with your budget. Simply getting a better AGP graphics card like a 4670 or 4650 and a PSU is probably a much better solution for now.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,...

Then you can use the power supply when you replace everything else later.
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November 24, 2009 9:59:53 PM

dndhatcher said:
In addition to the parts you picked, you need a 400W power supply and an OS. You usually cant get a decent psu for under $50

This is the best deal on a good PSU I have seen (Antec Earthwatts 380- $30 after MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Unfortunately I dont think the objectives you want to achieve will be practical with your budget. Simply getting a better AGP graphics card like a 4670 is probably a much better solution for now.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,...


i have a 500w PSU its still kinda new, i read that the GPU runs on a 400w with 26a on the 12v, wont mine be enough? and i wont have to buy windows 7 again just cause im getting 4 new parts will i?

its not just the GPU i need to replace, im CPU limited to really low FPS in alot of games. the new GTA game needs a Dual core, Assassin's Creed needs a dual core, Prototype needs a Dual core :(  i want to play them but cant atm.
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November 24, 2009 10:00:52 PM



28A on 12V for HD 4770 is good to go
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November 24, 2009 10:01:18 PM

Sorry, a 500W PSU should be fine - I thought I saw 250W...
No you shouldnt have to buy Win7 again.

Batuchka has a decent looking combo there.
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November 24, 2009 10:01:52 PM

The 500w will be sufficient, what brand is it? You wont need to buy win again, you said you just bought it a few days ago.
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November 24, 2009 10:06:32 PM

sonic-boom said:
The 500w will be sufficient, what brand is it? You wont need to buy win again, you said you just bought it a few days ago.


Ultra X Connect, i cant find it online anymore.


batuchka:

will that run games like Farcry 2, fallout 3, WoW etc on high settings at 1024x768 and still be over 20-30 fps?
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November 24, 2009 10:15:17 PM

Yes that 4770 should run pretty high. Bad PSU brand, don't be mad if your processor fries.
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November 24, 2009 10:26:22 PM

sonic-boom said:
Yes that 4770 should run pretty high. Bad PSU brand, don't be mad if your processor fries.



i have a old 500w 24a PSU that cost like $150 when i got it Years and Years ago, should i use that?
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November 24, 2009 10:26:57 PM

Ya 1024 x 768 is no where near a demanding resolution ^^
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November 24, 2009 10:50:46 PM

Ok, Thank you all for your help!

small thing, with tax and shipping its $326 vs $315

but if it will all work then $26 extra is nothing i guess
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December 1, 2009 6:26:28 PM

hate to bring this thread up again, but the parts you listed sold out right as i was going to buy them lol



how are those? its a microATX but that shouldn't be a problem will it?
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December 1, 2009 6:38:55 PM

Nope good to go mid towers have standoffs for ATX as well as mATX mobos to mount on em ^^ Hmm actually i would get a single 2GB stick RAM and keep a DIMM slot free in case u need more next time
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December 1, 2009 9:07:44 PM

batuchka said:
Nope good to go mid towers have standoffs for ATX as well as mATX mobos to mount on em ^^ Hmm actually i would get a single 2GB stick RAM and keep a DIMM slot free in case u need more next time



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

ya its cheap but i have pc3200 atm and it will be a upgrade so im happy if it will work.

i also have a full tower case
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December 2, 2009 2:43:14 AM

Ya that would be fine and Full tower is good to go as well ^^
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December 12, 2009 10:44:17 AM

Done!

Just a small update, got all the parts and its working GREAT! anything over 20 fps is a gift from god, playing games for 5 years at 10-15 fps does that to ya...

every game i throw at it i can max and never go below 30 fps, WoW, steady 45fps in 25man raids

STALKER Clear Sky, 34-50 fps all the time

Fallout 3 never drops below 53

Assassin's creed never goes below 32

Prototype never goes below 57 LoL

dead space is god like, my old card was 5-10 fps max, now i can max all the gfx and get 47 fps all the time :D 

Borderlands....just wow... min 42 fps all the time


Again, thank you all for you help with this, made my month :) 
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December 12, 2009 11:38:31 AM

Great to hear you gaming on and enjoying your revamped rig hehe You are welcomed ^^
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