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March 15, 2011 9:39:28 PM

I built a desktop about 5 years ago. And at the time I would say it was a decent build. I have not really used it in past year or two as I just use my laptop. But I have recently got into making HD gaming videos and my laptop bogs way down and even freezes up under heavy load. I am unable to upgrade my laptop and want to upgrade my desktop instead.

In desktop I currently have a MSI K8N-NEO4 mobo which has a 939 socket. Which apparently is obsolete nowadays. I was thinking of upgrading the cpu to a dual core but the socket type is rather expensive $150-$300 plus. Crucial memory would be about $180 plus for 4GB. So I was wondering if it would make more sense to just do a partial rebuild. I know looking at th money it does but I can't afford more than a new mobo, cpu, memory.

For a partial rebuild I would replace the mobo, cpu, and memory.

I was looking at this combo

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


Plus this for memory stick (same as they had in a similar bundle for mobo)

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

But I am hesitant because I do not know if everything else in my tower would be compatible. (HDD, DVD Burner, Graphics card) I have an nvidia graphics card I think 8800 series but not 100% sure. Also I was going to upgrade it to windows 7 from XP. Doing a complete OS unistall then reinstall.

My main focus for the desktop would be to run photoshop, sony vegas 9, movie maker, and handle the feed from my Hauppanage HD PVR. I will most likely not use it for internet and just use it for video editing.

Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

P.S. My spending limit is around $300 or less for the hardware. I already have windows 7.

P.S.S. If more info is needed I will try my best to answer. But what I have provided is off the top of my head.
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March 15, 2011 10:52:18 PM

The Tiger Direct page doesn't load for me.
You need to look at your drives and see if they are IDE or sata. You will probably have a sata HDD and an IDE DVD so you may need to add an IDE to sata adapter if the motherboard doesn't have 2 IDE ports. (You dont want the HDD and the DVD ont he same ribbon cable)

I have used these before and they worked well.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 16, 2011 3:00:00 AM

My friend plays sc2 with his single-core AMD CPU, and a 9500 gt graphics card, which is less than what you have. When he installed Windows 7, however, the game became unplayable, and his system lost a lot of running power. Stay with windows XP, and buy yourself a something like this
http://cgi.ebay.com/AMD-Athlon-64-X2-4200-2-2-GHz-939-C...
but be informed. Those CPUs are quickly being a...'shutter' collectible item. Buying one in anything but used condition will be more expensive than buying a newer intel platform and a cheap 45nm chip.
Also, any DDR2 RAM will do ya. That link you posted has a good example, and anything over 4gb would be overkill. (anything over 2 is hardly necessary with windows XP)
Hope that helps.
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