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April 10, 2011 6:55:10 PM

Okay, I have a old hp A810N but, I wanna upgrade it so I could play wow if upgrade the specs would (I would keep the mother board) If you suggest to get a new one please tell me.

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But I want to also keep the motherboard and spend a minium of like 600$ for this prebuilt for upgrade

The processor is a old 2.4ghz althon 64 could it run world of warcraft cataclysm if not suggest a good cheap motherboard that could use like a dual or quad core cpu. Is this a good thing? but my main concern is if the motherboard or psu will fit. My custom built has the same PSU and is kinda small. But it doesn't look like it will fit. I do have a other pentium 4 pc that has a 3.6ghz on it will that run it with some upgrades (that has 2gigs and is ddr2) So what ever you think I should do please help.

Sincerley, Addison

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a b V Motherboard
April 10, 2011 7:31:25 PM

You can build something new and shiny for $600 and have better performance. Time to let that trusty old HP take a vacation. Feel free to reuse the case though.

i5-2400: $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asrock H61 SATA/USB3: $87
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Elite 341: $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4GB DDR3 1333: $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate 1TB: $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Burner: $19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD6850: $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $611

It should eat cataclysm for breakfast.
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April 10, 2011 7:44:50 PM

But I want pci slots so I can put in like antenna for internet. Could I over clock the cpu or change it to like a dual core? I have a gaming pc already but my bros play with that a lot. I just want a computer that can play wow on good settings and get good fps like a decent pc.
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April 10, 2011 8:35:13 PM

Timop said:
Whoops, gave you the wrong link. The actually Mobo is this one with 2 PCI slots.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You hit a wall with OC, as Intel disabled it for the non-K series, but if you want a dual (2 less cores) here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The cpus are extremely fast even at stick though.




I don't really wanna make a pc I have a mother board with intel on it. Could i use that? I mean It could be upgraded to like a pentium D and already has 2 gigs of ram And just buy a different video card. Like the same one just with a pcie slot and a new PSU???
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April 10, 2011 8:51:51 PM

addison said:
I don't really wanna make a pc I have a mother board with intel on it. Could i use that? I mean It could be upgraded to like a pentium D and already has 2 gigs of ram And just buy a different video card. Like the same one just with a pcie slot and a new PSU???


That's like adding ceramic brakes and a carbon fiber spoiler to your 1989 civic, hoping that it can keep up with a nissan GTR because it's brakes cost more and it produces more downforce. It just doesn't make any sense.

That PC may have had a good run, but when upgrading, especially with a socket that old, you really need to dump the motherboard and start fresh. You can reuse stuff like the hard drive, the PSU, case, the graphics card and (maybe) ram. Spending $600 on parts to add to those old motherboards and CPUs is completely pointless. The CPU/Mobo will be limiting your gaming and the parts you added would be working at 25%.

to boot, WoW is a very CPU-intensive game. If you want playable frame rates at decent settings you're likely going to have to upgrade, and if you're upgrading that build posted above seems great :) 
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April 10, 2011 9:04:42 PM

How much are you looking to spend? What size is your monitor? Will you need windows? Being an HP, you can't reuse that same windows CD key on a new motherboard, so unless you have a genuine windows auth code lying around, you're likely to need that as well.
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April 10, 2011 9:08:00 PM

Right now I have a 22inch and a 18 inch. I play WoW. I have windows xp on the pc but for my windows 7 I have like 1 more time to download it to a anthoer pc so should I also change my hard drive? My minium I would like to spend for changing or upgrading is 400.
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April 10, 2011 9:12:56 PM

so you're spending ~$400-$600?

The above build is great for your purposes. It's ~$600 without windows.

Also, don't download windows 7 until you build the new PC with the new motherboard.

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April 10, 2011 9:17:19 PM

I have a windows 7 installsion disk (i build a gaming pc) And I can install one more time. I'd rather try to save money. Because it can get very expensive. But thank you. I might go to COMPUSA to get a mobo. And other things I need.
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April 10, 2011 9:21:34 PM

www.newegg.com

I'd highly suggest you order the build above. You're not gonna find better for that price. You can probably build a new PC from newegg with ~$300-400 that would suit you very well.

But if you don't want to order over the net, if you have a microcenter near you it would be much cheaper and a broader choice of components than a COMPUSA.
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April 10, 2011 9:28:01 PM

Should I build from scratch??? Like take old pc parts and combine them. Also, I wanna upgrade my gaming pc's video card but the motherboard southbridge heatsink is blocking it how do I get rid of the problem here is the link : http://www.msi.com/product/mb/KA790GX-M.html#Spec I wanna put like a nivida (500 serires) in there but I can't because of it. What should I do???
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April 10, 2011 9:41:57 PM

I don't think you know what you want to do...

First you'd like to reuse an older AMD athlon 64, then a pentium 4, now you're linking an am2+ motherboard. Either you're confused about the naming and sockets or you're having a hard time explaining yourself.

I'm guessing you want to run WoW at decent settings on a PC. You have a budget of up to $600 and you have a copy of windows 7. What PCs do you have and what are you going to do with them? Do they just sit there and take up space? Does somebody use them?

Btw, is that windows 7 32bit or 64bit?
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April 10, 2011 9:43:34 PM

64bit. But the psu is WEAK that graphics card will fry it within a week.
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April 10, 2011 9:46:44 PM

What are you going to do with the older computers? If you're not going to use them then what are they? what do they have?
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April 10, 2011 9:47:49 PM

Plus, I mean to switch mother boards the one with AMD and INTEL install the new os (with a new hard drive) And hopefully hopfully grade the cpu (pentium D 3.0) 2gb can run wow. With like a ati Iceq4670 can that do it and like a 500 watt and a hardrive can you run 7 with a pentium D? The specs for WoW areMinimum systems specs:

Windows XP 32bit (SP3), Windows XP 64bit (SP2), Windows Vista 32bit (SP1), Windows Vista 64bit (SP1):
Intel Pentium 4 1.3 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1500
1GB or more of RAM
NVIDIA GeForce FX or ATI Radeon 9500 video card or better
DirectX-compatible sound card or motherboard sound capability
25 GB free hard drive space
You must have an active broadband Internet connection to play

Recommended specs:

Windows XP 32bit (SP3), Windows XP 64bit (SP2), Windows Vista 32bit (SP1), Windows Vista 64bit (SP1) Windows 7:
Dual-core processor, such as the Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 X2
2 GB RAM (2 GB for Vista users)
3D graphics processor with Vertex and Pixel Shader capability with 256 MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600 or ATI Radeon
2600 or better DirectX-compatible sound card or motherboard sound capability
Broadband Internet connection
Multi-button mouse with scroll wheel recommended
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April 10, 2011 9:51:36 PM

I can tell you right now that *hoping* to use that pentium or older AMD just won't work. You aren't going to be getting playable frame rates at your monitor's resolution at any decent settings.

Blizzard makes great games that are incredibly fun, unfortunately they also chew up a lot of resources for absolutely no reason, especially CPU resources.

What socket is that amd? what CPU is it?

What about the Intel? Which chip/socket?
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April 10, 2011 9:58:07 PM

The AMD is a old 754 with a althon 64 2.4 ghz or 3300+

The intel is a : http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Docume... Pentium 4 3.6 but can be upgraded to a pentium D also if I can play it at LEAST good it's fine. The monitor is like a 15inch so... It's old and still works. Just need speakers.
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April 10, 2011 10:01:58 PM

You said you have a 22inch monitor...

And yes, you will need to build a new PC. Neither of those will be any good for WoW
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April 10, 2011 10:12:04 PM

No, I use the 22 inch for my gaming pc (has 2 monitors one 22inch and one 15inch) I use the 15inch for that pc.
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April 10, 2011 10:34:07 PM
April 10, 2011 10:37:06 PM

Okay. Thank you.
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a b V Motherboard
April 11, 2011 5:41:33 AM

@pelov--That case is a waste of at least $45. It's not more useful than an Antec 300 Illusion for $55 on Newegg w/free shipping.

He wants to play WOW--that means a GeForce card. It is a cold hard fact that GeForce cards run WOW better. You want a GTX 460 1GB for the best price you can find.

Nice Screen.

CPU/Mobo: i3-2100/H61 combo. Better performance for the same price (matches Phenom II x4 970): http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

That mobo only has two RAM slots, but 4GB should be plenty for the next two years.

You can either get a nearly obsolete new $400 computer or a good new $600 computer. One will work for a year, the other will work for 4 years.

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