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July 22, 2010 7:30:42 PM

I posted on here before about wanting to upgrade my CPU and graphics card, but after much thought I decided to save up a bit more money. Now I'm up to $470(Canadian) and I'm considering possibly buying a whole new machine or doing more upgrades than just my CPU and video card.

this is currently what I have:
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3500+
Motherboard: ASUSTeK A8N-VM CSM (PCI-E graphic interface)
Power Supply: 400w
Storage: 160gb HDD, 30gb HDD
Memory: 1.5 GB DDR
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6600 LE
OS: Windows XP Pro Service Pack 3

I'm not interested in building my own machine. I know a home computer business that I always go to whenever I'm upgrading. I just need to have an idea as to what I should be upgrading. Any advice?

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July 22, 2010 8:28:04 PM

Given the age and type of ram and cpu socket, I wouldn't spend any money on it and use the $ for a new system.
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July 24, 2010 11:30:09 AM

What should I be looking for in a new system?
I play computer games, online games, stream video (using Livestream Procaster), download movies and TV shows as well as watch them (would like to watch HD videos but they don't work well on my current computer).

I found this system on ebay, it's in my price range and looks good to me.
http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=12042...
$419.00 (+$40.00 shipping)
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5200+ AM2,1MB,2.7GHz,65W
Memory: 2x Kingston DDR2 PC2-6400 2GB/800MHz (4GB total)
Motherboard: ASUS M2N68-AM SE2 (AM2+/3,NVIDIA Geforce 7025,DDR2-1066,SATAII)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 16MB SATAII 7200RPM
Optical Drive: LG 22X GH22NS30 DVD+/-RW Dual Layer SATA Rewriter (Black)
Video: ATI Radeon HD 4650 1GB DDR2 PCI-E 2.0 DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out
Audio: Onboard 6 Channel High Definition Audio
Power Supply: PRO-POWER 500W Deluxe Switching Power Supply


I might ask them to upgrade the video card from the Radeon 4650 to a 4670. It doesn't come with an operating system, but I can install my own copy of Windows XP.
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July 24, 2010 6:48:11 PM

The cpu is a little better but not much from your current one. An AMD Phenom X4 would be a much better step up.
For the ram 800mhz is a few years old, 1333mhz is current.
Video card is a few years old, will do ok with blue-ray but is less powerfull for games.
The LG DVD drive may not play blue-ray discs.
Sorry I'm not good at recommending stuff, too many $ choices.
I think Tiger Direct and a few other websites that sell pc's offer 6 months to a year with no interst if you pay it off before the 6 months is up. You could get a better pc, more $ though, if you'd have the money in a few months time.

I'd look at Tom's cpu charts and graphics cards charts (past and present) to give you an idea of where your current cpu/gpu and a new systems cpu/gpu compare.
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August 7, 2010 7:32:46 PM

Thanks for the advice Orac.

I found another listing on Ebay from LU Computers.
http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=20048...

C $350.99
+ $40.00 shipping and 13% tax (HST)
CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 Quad-Core 640 AM3 3.0GHz 2MB 95W 45nm
CPU Cooling: AMD Original AM2/AM2+/AM3 Stock CPU Cooler
Memory: 1 Kingston 2GB PC3-10666 1333MHz (KVR1333D3N9/2G)
Motherboard: ASUS M4N68T-M (VGA,2DDR3,2PCI,PCI-E,GbLAN,mATX)
Hard Drive 1: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB,16MB,SATA (ST3500418AS)
Optical Drive: 1 LG 22X GH22NS50 DVD+/-RW DL,SATA (Black)
Video: Onboard Video (verify availability within motherboard)
Audio: Onboard Audio
Network Card: Onboard Network Card
Case: ETC GF2872B Stylish Deluxe Black ATX Mid Case
Power Supply: ETC Generic Standard ATX 500W

The video card seems to be the only thing missing here. I'll either ask them to add it or I can pick up a radeon 4670 at newegg here
Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 for $94.34 (-$15 after rebate)

all together should be $515. My budget is $500 so that's already going a bit over my price limit.
There's also another one from LU Computers that is the exact same, except it has a 635 processor (2.9 Ghz) and it's almost $25 less. So if I can overclock that, I might as well save myself the $25.
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August 9, 2010 7:15:12 PM

I think I'm getting a pretty good deal here, what do you guys think?
I really have to stress that I can't go over $500.

After looking around though, I've considered getting a GT 240 512mb GDDR5 instead. I looked up some stuff online and youtube videos and the GT 240 is the same price, if not a little less, but performs better.
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August 10, 2010 6:04:09 PM

That's very cheap for those components IMO. With such limited margin, I'd be afraid that you get what you pay for and you may not be happy with what you get.

Price out the components at Newegg to get an idea of the margins.
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