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March 11, 2011 9:56:41 PM

I'm looking to upgrade my computer so there's no bottleneck of my graphics card and so i can get better performance while playing comp games (WoW etc...).

I was thinking about buying a few parts could you guys tell me if it would be worth it/compatible for my system?

If not could you request something else. thanks.


specs

-geforce gtx 460 768mb gddr5. gc version
-HP windows vista service pack 2
-4G Ram
-64 bit operating system
-Processor: intel(R) pentium(R) dual CPU E2220 @ 2.40GHz 2.40GHZ
500 w psu (was told its a cheapo and need to look into another)
atx cpu
pcie x16 slot
my Monitor is 1440x900 720p hd
HP. atx. model a6838f. bought in 2007.

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one of these processors.

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processor #1
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applica [...] u=A79-0260
AMD Athlon II X2 260 Dual Core Processor
Manufacturer: AMD


CPU Type: Desktop
Processor Interface: Socket AM3
Processor Class: Athlon II X2
Processor Speed: X2 260 / 3.20GHz
Cores: Dual
L2 Cache: 512KB
Fan: Included
Wattage: 65W
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processor #2
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applica [...] u=A79-0450


AMD Athlon II X3 450 Triple Core Processor
Manufacturer: AMD
CPU Type: Desktop
Processor Interface: Socket AM3
Processor Class: Athlon II X3
Processor Speed: 3.20GHz
Cores: Triple
L2 Cache: 1.5MB
Fan: Included
Wattage: 95W
Additional Technologies: MMX
Enhanced 3DNow!
NX bit
Cool'n'Quiet
AMD Virtualization


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PSU


http://www.tigerdirect.com/applica [...] =C283-3058


Cooler Master GX Series 750W Power Supply
Form Factor: ATX
Wattage: 750W
SLI/Crossfire: SLI Ready
Modular Cabling: No
Special Features: SLI Ready
80PLUS
Active PFC
Energy Efficiency: 80 PLUS Bronze
Fan: 120 mm
Input Voltage: 110~240VAC
+3.3V: 25 A
+5V: 25 A
+12V 1: 60 A
+12V Rails: 1
-12V: 0.5 A
+5VSB: 2.5 A
Motherboard Connector: 20+4 Pin
4-Pin P4: 1
6-Pin/8-Pin PCI-Express Connector: 4
4-Pin Floppy Connector: 1
4-Pin Peripheral Connector: 3
SATA Power Connector: 9


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motherboard


http://www.tigerdirect.com/applica [...] =M452-6066


MSI 785GTM-E45 Motherboard
Processor Socket: AMD


Processor Interface: Socket AM2+


Form Factor: Micro ATX


Processors Supported: AMD Athlon
AMD Sempron
AMD Phenom
AMD Phenom II
AMD Athlon II


Additional Technologies: AMD Cool 'n' Quiet
HyperTransport Bus: 2.6GHz
Northbridge: AMD® 785G and SB710 Chipset
Southbridge: SB710
Memory Type: DDR2
Maximum Memory Supported: 8GB - 64-Bit
Channels: 8 Channels
Audio Chipset: Realtek® High-End Audio
LAN Type: 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet
PCI Slots: 2
PCI Express X1 Slots: 1
PCI Express X16 Slots: 1
RAID Support: Yes
PS/2 Keyboard Connectors: 1
PS/2 Mouse Connectors: 1
USB Ports (Total): 4
LAN Ports: 1
Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s Headers: 6
DVI Ports: 1
HDMI Ports: 1
Length: 24.4cm
Width: 22.9cm


in the review the guy said there is a pcie 2.0 on this mb

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March 11, 2011 10:06:52 PM

Hello v18;

How much is that upgrade going to cost?
List the make, model and age of your current power supply.
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March 11, 2011 10:12:59 PM

Lets get a look at what motherboard you actually have in there:
Download and run CPU-z. The Mainboard tab will ID the board you have installed.

List the MFGR & Model, and Chipset. Also include the BIOS brand, version and date.

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March 11, 2011 10:23:29 PM

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March 11, 2011 10:23:43 PM

You may want to consider selling your HP and then doing a complete new build...

http://bizsupport1.austin.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport...

HERE's WHY:

You need a new copy of the operating system. Yup, the copy of Vista you have is tied to the HP motherboard and can't be used..

You need new RAM. The new CPU's & Motherboards almost all use DDR3 1066/1333/or 1600. Your RAM is DDR2 800, Not compatible with most newer CPU/MB combos. Yes, you could get an AMD AM3/AM2+ MB, but the slower RAM slows things down. The only Intel that uses DDR2 RAM is a 775 socket chip and I would Not recommend one for any new build.

You need a new case. There simply isn't enough cooling; fans & space to make a good gaming build work.

You need a new hard disk. It's just a bad idea to build a new system around a 4 year old hard drive. They typically only last 3--5 years.

You already know you need; CPU/MB/Power Supply....

WHAT YOU CAN SAVE:

The DVD drive. The video card, if you build a new system and use two in Crossfire, that would be pretty powerful.

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March 11, 2011 10:27:52 PM

jb6684 said:
You may want to consider selling your HP and then doing a complete new build....



didnt even think about the whole new operating system =/

any cheap desktop you suggest to start with since i already want to spend 200-250 on parts?

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March 11, 2011 10:42:52 PM

a6838f Specifications

Processor upgrade information: Motherboard supports the following processor upgrades:

* Intel Core 2 Quad (Y) Q9xxxx
* Intel Core 2 Duo (W) E8xxx
* Intel Core 2 Quad (K) up to Q6600
* Core 2 Duo E6x00 (C) up to E6700
* Core 2 Duo E4x00 (C) up to E4400

The old, but new CPUs that motherboard will support are still hideously expensive when compared to new parts.
Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz $200
Core 2 Quad Q9650 Yorkfield 3.0GHz $340

You might want to check around to see what a used, but functioning E8500 is going for these days.

Benchmark comparison: Athlon II X2 265 - 3.3GHz vs Core 2 Duo E8500 - 3.16GHz You can also plug in Athlon II X3 450 for that same comparison.
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