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March 30, 2010 5:12:26 AM

I have the following computer specifications:
- Intel Pentium 4 524 3.06GHz
- GA-8I865GME-775-RH (rev01)
- Radeon 9800XT (AGP)
- 2GB DDR-400
- 460W Extreme Power Cooler Master

I was wondering if any upgrades are possible without spending money on basically a new computer.
And yes i know it's an archaic machine but it still works and that's the main thing. I just want to give it something more to last that little bit longer. Any suggestions welcome

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March 30, 2010 6:37:00 AM

Ya not much you can do with that, but a graphic card would be a start
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March 30, 2010 6:44:08 AM

I see, this was a GREAT pc ~5 years back.

but hmm... an agp/ddr1/single-core build... (ouch)
Well, i'm sorry but you really need pci-e and ddr2/3 to upgrade your system nowadays.
Well, you could put in a new agp card, but it isn't worth it, just build a new pc from scratch.

But hey, you are able to build a good pc for less then $500,- nowadays.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor - Retail
$74.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model PGV34G1333ELK - Retail
Combo: $184.98

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX HD-567X-ZNF3 Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
$119.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
$52.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000CSRTL 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Retail
$64.99

Total ~475. Go find some case/dvd-drive and your system is ready :D 
This'll be a GREAT and über-fast build.
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March 30, 2010 1:53:13 PM

Agreed! Not much to be done with your current rig, it is already too old and belongs to the museum.
It is better to start thinking to create a new rig from scratch.
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March 30, 2010 2:27:47 PM

Hmm do u want to game or just a faster general rig for 24/7 tasks? Could be you can upgrade on the (ultra) cheap actually hehe
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March 30, 2010 8:14:40 PM

Well, what are you suggesting? I do a bit of light gaming on older games but thats about it. So what is your ultra cheap suggestion?
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March 30, 2010 8:26:21 PM

If you are serious about spending some money on a new system, I recommend formatting your post as shown in the *How To Ask For New Build Advice* sticky. This way, we can take into account your current system usages and preferences while forming a build within your budget.

However, if you do only play older games (with no intentions of playing newer releases) and use your PC for mostly everyday purposes, then I'd have to agree with the route dmen recommended. A solid athlon ii x3/x4 would be worth it.
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March 31, 2010 6:09:32 AM


and reuse PSU and everything else ^^ CM 460 Xtreme not the greatest but a Rana/HD 5670 set up not exactly power guzzling hehe
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