New Hometheatre/gaming computer/upgrade


BUDGET RANGE: trying to stay around $400-500. I have $1000 to upgrade my desktop and buy a 11-15" ultralight/netbook with HDMI with a ok graphics card. Before / After Rebates- not a big fan of mail in rebates

1. Watching Movies on a 46" TV
2. Games(currently playing WOW, Dragon Age and Fallout 3)
3. Surfing net
4. home office items

My current computer has these parts which could be reused:
AMD Athlon™ 64 x2 Dual Core Processor 6000+ 3.00GHZ

Asus M3N78-VM Socket AM2+/ GeForce 8200/ DDR2-1066/ Hybrid SLI/ HDMI/ A&V&GbE/ MATX Motherboard

Currently using motherboards onboard GeForce 8200.

4gig Ram DDR2 800

Western Digital 300gig hard drive WDC WD3200AAKS-75VYA0 ATA Device
-Also have a 1TB External Drive


-Corsair TX650w Power Supply

-Windows 7 64bit Professional

Have a Logitech Wireless keyboard and mouse with a very long range. I mostly use my 46" Sony Bravia TV 1080hp 12-mhz as a monitor.

-In need of a Laser Jet printer. This can wait though.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS Any US store., (have a store still locally).

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would love to be able to upgrade to an i7. Been told by a friend he can get one for me for $200.

OVERCLOCKING: Never done it before... Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200) 1920x1080. Will be using two monitors. One is my 46" Sony Bravia 1080hp 120mhz TV.

My goal is to upgrade my computer into something I can use as a great home theatre and game system and also be able to afford a lightweight gaming/work notebook to take on the go. Thanks for your help in advance!
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  1. No way no how can you upgrade to a i7-920 for 500 bucks.

    200 for Processor from Microcenter
    180 for ram
    200+ for Mobo.

    Already out of the price range.

    Ill post a build after lunch.
  2. Well I can go up to $1000 but will need to save some to purchase a cheap lightweight laptop with HDMI
  3. GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 210

    i7-920 $200

    G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) CL7 1600 $180

    HD5850 310-330

    HDD seagate 500GB 7200.12 $55 This is one of the newer drives that uses the 500GB platters alot better then the WD you currently have.

    Antec 300 illusion $70

    Even this comes out to around 925 or so. If you wanted you could ditch the HDD and get one later I guess and save the 55 bucks.
  4. Thank you for your quick reply! I have a couple of questions:

    1. The motherboard does not state it supports DDR3 1600. Would this motherboard be better?

    2. I found this for ram. Is there any difference?

    3. What about this case?

    4. Finally, will I need any extra coolant?
  5. 1) EVGA makes good boards but I tend to stick with Gigabyte or Asus right now. As well as that board does not look like it supports USB3 and Sata 6. As far as the Ram goes the only thing you have to do is set the timing in bios to get it to work all it will do is default to a slower speed until this is done.

    2) It is a little slower then the Ram I provided in my link. Also from what I have heard OCZ sometimes has issues with certain mother boards. If you go with that ram check both the Mobo manufactures site as well as the OCZ site and make sure that it is compatible.

    3) For one the Mobo will not fit in that case it needs a Micro ATX board. Second, I really do not know much about that case other then what size mobo it needs. Lastly I just suggested a quality, inexpensive case with good airflow that will provide everything you really need.

    4) I am assuming you mean cooler. If you are planning on Over clocking then I suggest this cooler. AND THANK GOD THE PRICE WENT BACK DOWN........It is the cheapest I have seen it with out a sale.
  6. Thanks again. First time builder so this is very helpful. I will have a i7-930 within a week and will slowly start putting this together. Guess I will be the cooler right now also!
  7. Depending on how long it is going to takes you to get all of the parts might want to keep checking in because everything changes so quickly.
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