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Upgrading my pc... need help :P

Last response: in Systems
November 11, 2010 3:41:37 PM

okay, so back in 2003 i bought a stock everything Dell computer..
Only came with 256mb of ram and a terrible graphics card :p .

System specs are,
Intel Pentium 4 2.66ghz, 768 mb ram,
Ati radeon 9250 256mb graphics card
not sure about power supply.


So i was looking at getting something that can atleast run farmville with no super lagg for my mom. :p , I was going to make my own high end pc later on.

but so far ive came up with this.

GIGABYTE GA-MA78LMT-S2 AM3 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

GIGABYTE GV-N430OC-1GL GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Video Card

Rosewill RV2-500 500 W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready Power Supply

AMD Athlon II X2 245 Regor 2.9GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor ADX245OCGQBOX

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model ...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM


I was going to keep the small mini atx case that came with it. lol...

The problem is the power supply is mounted on the top of the case, so i need a power supply that has the back side fan. lol

i think 600W psu is also overkilling it o-o.

Tell me what you think.

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a b B Homebuilt system
November 14, 2010 5:42:00 AM

Hmm by my calculations u have spent $355 w/o a case and Rosewill is actually progressing wth their PSUs with the Green/Xtreme 80+ series but -ve to RV2 @@ Also GT430 for $65AR is awful frames/$$ as even previous gen HD 4670/9600GT stomps all over it

3.1 ghz X3 + 4GB DDR3 featuring 80+ PSU

HD 5670 $65AR

$364 Grand Total

a c 91 B Homebuilt system
November 14, 2010 8:16:11 AM

^ Agreed, cept this not like an upgrade, it's just a new computer basically.

Umm... another card you might look into is the XFX 4850, it's 115$ but after MIR its only 89$... Plus XFX has 2 lifetime warranty and a great support network. But... uhh otherwise if you don't like MIRs then the 5670 is the way to go.

or this.

a GTS 450 for 95$ After MIR, it's EVGA so I would suspect the MIR to be good. Plus EVGA has the step up program which is really sweet for future upgrades. Also it comes with to 50$ games, HAWX 2 and Civ 5. (I have HAWX 1 and it was pretty fun I'd expect Hawx 2 to be the same)