Rebuilding an HP Pavilion 750n from the mobo up.

I just found an older pc I had in storage, its not ancient, it's about 5 years old maybe a little newer then that. It was crashed so i cleared the computer out and reinstalled windows xp home fresh. I want to make it capable of playing most of the new games, and much faster then it is. Its an HP pavilion 750n the specs can be found here

The main things I want to upgrade are the Motherboard, CPU, The ram, and the graphics card. I think those are the only things I need to change to make my pc good. If theres anything else I should upgrade id love to hear it. I have 2 cd drives, a DVD drive and a CD-R drive. The PC has an 80gb hard drive. The rest im not sure, its all in the above link.

As of now I have an Asus motherboard, a pentium 4 1.6ghz CPU, 512mb RAM and a Nvidia tnt2 M64 graphics card, so basically a horrible setup. I guess the best place to start would be a new motherboard, what would be a good motherboard to buy that doesnt skimp on performance too much but is cheaply priced. I'm not sure what my two cd drivers and my hard drive will be compatible with, but as I said above, that link is to my computers specs. I don't have a prefrence in online stores, and Il buy refurbished hardware as long as its in great working order, warrantys would be nice as well. I would really, really appreciate the help. Thanks !!
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  1. Oh and I thought id let everyone know, Im a beginner, this will be my first build so lamens terms would help....I took a tech class a few years back so I can put it together, but I dont know all the technical names for everything an all that so bare with me. Thanks

    The time frame I'm looking at would preferably be within the next month maybe two.
  2. I found a motherboard + processor combo sounds good, input would be nice though, its a Intel Pentium 4 531 3.0GHz LGA775 CPU/MB/Fan Combo w/ Biostar P4M900-M7 Motherboard, Audio, Video, LAN, and Fan
    has 1 pcie x16 slot and 1 pcie x1 I can put in a good graphics card, supports up to 4gb memory, Front Side Bus 1066 / 800 MHz, 2 x 240-pin DDR2 Memory Slots, DDR2 667/533 MHz Support, 2 x PCI Slots, 2 x Serial ATA 3Gb/s Ports, 1 x VGA Port, 1 x COM Port.

    The most important question is will my HD and my CD drives be compatible with this Motherboard. Also, will this mobo be good enough for a decent gaming system, or should I say a system capable of playing new games smoothly.
  3. Pentium 4, gaming...? no thanks...
    Look at a e7xxx series CPU at the minimum, and pair it with a p45 chipset board for around 60$~ and get a 4670 or 4770 depending on your PSU, and youll be relativetly set for gaming at medium settings... or go with AMD with a athlon II x3 CPU and 790x chipset board
  4. would an e63 be good enough ya think?
  5. nvm how about this IPSG Core 2 Quad Processor Q8200
    I found a good price on that cpu how would that do?

    note: its only 2.33ghz
  6. Yea thats plently powerful enough, and is also regarded as a good OCer. The e63 would be bout 5x better then that P4 you were considering getting for basically anythg
  7. so which would be better, the e63 or the q8200?
  8. For gaming i would recommend the e63, q8200 if your more into photoshop, video editing, autocad etc
  9. found my processor, cheap price too. Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 Processor BX80571E7500 - 2.93GHz, 3MB Cache, 1066MHz FSB, Wolfdale-3M, Dual-Core, Retail, Socket 775
  10. found the e7500 for cheaper then the e63 and its faster too. so now I need a mobo to go with it. what would you recomend with the e7500?
  11. Yea go for that, but youll also need a new mobo to support that thing and possibly new ram.
  12. yea im plannin on gettin new mobo ram and video card. im lookin through atm found the cpu at tigerdirect but has good mobo prices
  13. ok how about this one
    Biostar P4M900-M7 FE LGA775 1066FSB DDR2 PCI-E mATX Motherboard w/ Video, LAN, and Audio (RETAIL)

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  14. Thats one old board... i mean seriously old... sorry internet kinda messed up atm, go on newegg, and find a p45 board for around 60~ from asus or gigabyte
    Actually just a X4x board will do, just not a G31 basically
  15. how about this combo deal on newegg...comes with
    1. Intel Pentium Dual-Core E6500 Wolfdale 2.93GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80571E6500 - Retail
    2. ECS BLACK SERIES P45T-A LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

    that a good setup?
  16. wuth this memory
    PQI POWER Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model MAD44GUOE-X2 - Retail
  17. now what i need is a good video card that matches my setup...this is were im lost...I dont know anything about video cards...I need a lot of direction in this part.
  18. What has to be compatible when choosing a memory card for your pc? I know that you need a pcie slot for almost all new video cards, but besides that what do I need to match up?
  19. Im not sure if this is compaytible or not but it uses the same pcie slot as the mobo im going to get...and its also 4670 like you suggested earlier

    XFX HD-467X-ZDF2 Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail

    sounds like what I need but like I said, I don't know much about video cards.
  20. Your paying nearly 20$ more on your mobo over your CPU? big no no...
    Theres a much better combo for you.
    As for ram, look at something from corsair, gskill, kingstone, adata, ocz, never heard of PQI so i wouldnt recommend them.
    As for video card compatability, as long as your mobo has a pcie16x slot, which all mobos of the past 4 or so years have, and you have a good enough PSU to power it you are fine
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