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CPU, Mobo,RAM upgrade for AMDAthlonxp + 1GBDDR RAM + 2004's mobo

Last response: in Systems
October 28, 2010 7:48:21 AM

I have the following system and want to upgrade to a system for following purpose:

Purpose of upgrade:
Gonna be used by my parents--web surfing, MS office, watching 720, 1080i movies, some basic gaming, Hassle free operation, Fast boot time, durable (work for long hours- will be switched on for 5-9 hrs per day).

OLD system (purchased in 2004):

CPU: AMD AthlonXP 2400+
Mobo: MSI K7N2 Delta - L
RAM : 758MB DDR1 RAM ( 256MB 333Mhz + 512 MB 400MHz).
GPU: 256MB AGP Graphics Card which plays 720p videos

This is giving some intermittent boot problem, RAM problem & problems which stall usage. As of now , I am bored to troubleshoot the problem in this and decided to go for an upgrade.

1. Is it wise to change the entire CPU, Mobo, RAM or just change the mobo alone or RAM?
2. Budget is $170 - $200 (Indian Rupees 7000 - 10000)
3. AMD based or Intel?

4. How much can I get from selling the old CPU, mobo, RAM?

I request you inputs.
a b B Homebuilt system
October 28, 2010 11:59:35 AM

Hi p1tin, AMD costs more in India than Intel. So to me it'll make no sense to get AMD.

You cannot change just the mobo. It wont even impact your performance even 1 iota. Get an altogether modern system, if you can afford it, IMO.

I'll say, get an i3 530 with an Intel H55 mobo bundled for around 8000 odd. The 540 will cost you a bit more.

Along with that, get a 2GB DDR3 RAM stick (with possible future upgrade to 4) for around 2000 odd.

You'll prolly need a new PSU as well. If so, get a 45-550 watt one from frontech or i-ball for around 500-700.

You wont get a lot from those used parts. They are far too old & people will prefer Intel anyways. 500-1000 odd is an absolute max. I doubt it though somehow.