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Upgrading Nov 2007 crap prebuilt, need suggestions/advice

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November 3, 2010 12:52:48 AM

I have a piece of garbage HP a6200n that I bought in Nov 2007, which I was using for school in addition to running WoW on lowest settings possible. This actually worked at around 25-30 fps. My problem is that I want to try FFXIV before the March 2011 PS3 release, which has significantly higher required and recommended specs.

I plan on building a brand new rig sometime mid 2011, but in the meantime I was hoping to use parts for that intended rig in my crap HP a6200n, to run FFXIV until it's released for PS3. Is this even possible?

I ask this question because the HP a6200n specs include

1)Physical Spec
Dimensions
16.28" x 6.89" x 15.24"

2)Expansion
PCI Slots (Available/Total)
(1/2) PCI slots
(1/1) PCI-E x16 slot
(1/1) PCI-E x1 slot

3)Hard Drive
HDD Capacity
360GB
HDD Interface
SATA
HDD RPM
7200rpm

4)Memory Capacity
2GB DDR2
Memory Speed
DDR2 667
Form Factor
DIMM 240-pin
Memory Spec
1GB x 2
Memory Slots (Available/Total)
2/4
Maximum Memory Supported
8GB

5)Motherboard
Chipset
NVIDIA nForce 430

6)CPU
CPU Type
Athlon 64 X2
CPU Speed
5000+
L2 Cache Per CPU
2 x 512KB
CPU Socket Type
AM2

So, I'm guessing based on my extremely limited knowledge that even if I buy a new power supply (at around 450W), 460GTX 1GB DDR5 graphics card, and 4GB DDR3 memory, that I would be experiencing significant "bottlenecking" due to my slow hard drive and out-of-date CPU. Additionally, I don't even know if those upgrades would fit in the extremely tiny and cramped a6200n case. Would this quick fix work until the PS3 and this summer when I can make a proper rig, and if so, would these upgrades be reusable in the new rig?

Sorry for the noob ignorance and idiocy, and thanks in advance.
November 3, 2010 7:40:52 AM

Hello, your CPU is still pretty nice and will be a limited bottleneck on most mid range graphics cards.

You can't run DDR3 in you motherboard as it only supports DDR2.

Are you looking to upgrade the components now then take them with you to a new build? If so you might want a bit more muscle from the PSU and GPU even if your not going to use it right now. Or were you just going to build a whole new PC and leave this one with its upgrades?

If your leaving the components in this PC when you rebuild I would suggest:

ATI HD5770 $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair 2x1GB DDR2 667 $38
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $218

This will leave you with a pretty nice gaming PC. Much better then anything your used to and much better then a stupid PS3.
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