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October 24, 2010 7:26:48 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

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October 24, 2010 9:55:17 PM

with an ancient (in the computer world) AGP slot your best option would be to save your money for a new build.

you can try to find a cheap used ATI 4650 or 4670 AGP card to hold you over some
a c 141 à CPUs
October 24, 2010 10:08:35 PM

I agree, not worth investing much, if any, money into that system. and that reminds me, Ive got to put my agp 3850 up on ebay. LOL
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October 25, 2010 5:43:19 AM

To be honest you are probably better off saving a little more and replacing the whole computer.

http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/Back_To_School_2010/
Check out that computer....if you get rid of some fluff and add a discrete graphics card....i got it down to $480.
Quad core, 2Gb ram, 5450 vid card....sweet deal if you ask me.
a c 103 à CPUs
October 25, 2010 6:21:34 AM

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-770t-d3l-amd...(x16)-ddr3-1666(oc)-sata-3gb-s-sata-raid-atx £51.43

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/amd-athlon-ii-x3-450-ran... £66.33

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/4gb-(2x2gb)-corsair-ddr3-pc3-10666-(1333)-non-ecc-unbuffered-cas-9-9-9-24-150v £57.69

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-xfx-hd-5770-pci-e-21...(x16)-4800mhz-gddr5-gpu-850mhz-800-cores-2x-dl-dvi-i-mini-dp £112.29

Total £287.74, you can probably shop about and shave a few quid off though
and you will need to check out a good psu as well
This is re-using your hard drive/case etc so fresh install of your windows will be needed, make a note of your key before wiping it :p 
Moto
October 25, 2010 6:29:02 AM

Motopsychojdn said:
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-770t-d3l-amd...(x16)-ddr3-1666(oc)-sata-3gb-s-sata-raid-atx £51.43

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/amd-athlon-ii-x3-450-ran... £66.33

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/4gb-(2x2gb)-corsair-ddr3-pc3-10666-(1333)-non-ecc-unbuffered-cas-9-9-9-24-150v £57.69

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-xfx-hd-5770-pci-e-21...(x16)-4800mhz-gddr5-gpu-850mhz-800-cores-2x-dl-dvi-i-mini-dp £112.29

Total £287.74, you can probably shop about and shave a few quid off though
and you will need to check out a good psu as well
This is re-using your hard drive/case etc so fresh install of your windows will be needed, make a note of your key before wiping it :p 
Moto


There are for sure easy ways to build a computer for very cheap prices, and i guess it really comes down to does he want to build or buy pre-built. If you are looking for a huge boost on the cheap you might want to try a good dual core, matched w/ 2 Gb ram, and the best vid card you can afford.
October 25, 2010 4:39:35 PM

Getting new parts at christmas just using this current case i have now and hardrive...

thats why i posted this to see if any other parts from this desktop will be used again (:
a c 103 à CPUs
October 25, 2010 6:40:37 PM

Realistically, the only things you'll be re-using from your old unit are:
Case (Assuming it will take an Atx Mobo)
Cd/Dvd drive/s
hard drive/s
and any fans you have in there may be worth keeping,
on the plus side, 2 more months of saving up and it should up your budget a touch

Moto
October 26, 2010 9:00:58 AM

Motopsychojdn said:
Realistically, the only things you'll be re-using from your old unit are:
Case (Assuming it will take an Atx Mobo)
Cd/Dvd drive/s
hard drive/s
and any fans you have in there may be worth keeping,
on the plus side, 2 more months of saving up and it should up your budget a touch

Moto


k thx, ive also been to a local computer store and found some custom built comps ill try and write the details when i can and all are under 300 which is great
a c 103 à CPUs
October 26, 2010 7:19:57 PM

cool, We'll keep an eye out for your updates man,
Moto
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