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October 24, 2010 2:33:25 PM

Hi i currently have an Acer aspire sa80 and i play world of warcraft frequently usually raiding or leveling alts. Im looking to upgrade my systems components with the price range of 300 pounds (470 dollars) here is a link to all the components of the sa80 i havent modified or added newer parts so its still got factory components heres the details


General-

Type- Personal computer
Product Form Factor- Mini tower
Width- 18 cm
Depth- 44.1 cm
Height- 36 cm
Localisation- Germany

Processor-

Type- Intel Celeron D 336 / 2.8 GHz
64-bit Computing- Yes
Installed Qty- 1
Max Supported Qty- 1
Processor Main Features- Intel Extended Memory 64 Technology, Intel Execute Disable Bit

Cache Memory-

Type- L2 Cache
Installed Size- 256 KB
Cache Per Processor- 256 KB

Mainboard-

Data Bus Speed- 533 MHz

RAM-

Installed Size- 512 MB / 2 GB (max)
Technology- DDR SDRAM
Memory Speed- 400 MHz
Memory Specification Compliance- PC3200
Form Factor- DIMM 184-PIN

Storage Controller-

Type- 1 x Serial ATA - integrated
Controller Interface Type- Serial ATA-150
Channel Qty- 2

Storage Controller (2nd)-

Type- 1 x IDE - integrated
Controller Interface- Type ATA-100

Storage-

Hard Drive- 1 x 160 GB - standard - 7200 rpm

Optical Storage-

Type- DVD±RW (+R double layer) - IDE

Monitor-

Monitor Type- None.

Graphics Controller-

Type- AGP 8x - plug-in card
Graphics Processor / Vendor- ATI Radeon 9250
Installed Size- 128 MB

Audio Output-

Type Sound card - integrated
Sound Output Mode- 5.1 channel surround
Compliant Standards- AC '97

Networking-

Networking- Network adapter - integrated
Data Link Protocol- Ethernet, Fast Ethernet

Expansion / Connectivity-

Expansion Bays Total (Free)-
Front accessible - 5.25" x 1/2H
Internal - 3.5" x 1/3H
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Expansion Slots Total (Free) -
1 ( 0 ) x AGP 8x
3 ( 3 ) x PCI
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Interfaces-
8 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 PIN USB Type A ( 4 in front )
1 x microphone - input - mini-phone 3.5mm ( 1 in front )
1 x headphones - output - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ( 1 in front )
1 x keyboard - generic - 6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2 style)
1 x mouse - generic - 6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2 style)
1 x parallel - IEEE 1284 (EPP/ECP) - 25 pin D-Sub (DB-25)
1 x serial - RS-232 - 9 pin D-Sub (DB-9)
1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15)
1 x audio - line-In - mini-phone 3.5mm
1 x audio - line-out - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
1 x display / video - TV-out
1 x display / video - DVI-Digital output - 24 pin digital DVI

Miscellaneous-

Features- Administrator password, system password

Power-

Device- Type Power supply
Power- Provided 300 Watt

Operating System / Software-

OS- Provided Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Software- Acer Self Burn Recovery





so please help me thx :) 

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October 24, 2010 9:52:46 PM

If you really want to upgrade, you could throw in a 4650 Video card, Additional RAM and potentially a new power supply could be required.

But really, you should not upgrade something this old. I would just repost this in the new homebuilt section, you should be able to re-use your Hard Drive and DVD. You're probabaly looking at a Athalon II X2 CPU around 3GHz in a 790GX motherboard, 350W brand name power suppy, 2GB DDR3 RAM (for now) of ram, and a 5670 Video Card. This will give you a huge performance boost compared to an upgrade, and not for a lot more money.
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