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Help me upgrade my OLD computer!

Hey guys,

Want to ask for help in choosing some components for building a new computer. My computer has been acting up a lot.

Here's my current old computer specs:
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ABIT KX7-333 Motherboard
AMD Athlon XP 2100+ 1.73 GHz
2GB of RAM
Radeon 8500 Video Card
Creative Audigy 2 Platinum eX
Sony DVD RW DRU-500A
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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Nov/Dec 2010

BUDGET RANGE: $400 max

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: video encoding, surfing internet, watching movies, gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor, speakers, OS, keyboard, mouse, *maybe DVD Burner unless the Dual Layer burner is worth the upgrade*

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: It'd be great if the motherboard could come with integrated audio

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: a quiet PC will be great since my current one sounds like a truck whenever i turned it on


Any help/suggestions will be greatly appreciated!
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  1. Thanks for the response shovenose. Everything looks pretty good although the 1GB graphics seems overkill for me. Would 512Mb be sufficient?
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  3. vlasciar said:
    Thanks for the response shovenose. Everything looks pretty good although the 1GB graphics seems overkill for me. Would 512Mb be sufficient?


    Here's a HD 5750 with 512MB. It's $5 cheaper than the 1GB version.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131331&cm_re=HD_5750-_-14-131-331-_-Product


    Generally speaking you can get away with a 512MB card for a 1680 x 1050 (or lower) resolution monitor, which you have.
  4. but for $5, its worth getting the 1GB if you ever get a bigger monitor (or games use more vram)
  5. well for a $5 difference i would say its wort hit
  6. I guess for $5 more it does make sense to just get the next upgrade. thanks all for the suggestions.
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