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February 12, 2011 3:23:41 PM

Hey!

I have $300 bucks to use on my computer upgrade. I seriously want a better video card and processor.

i want to be able to play dragon age origins 2 and i dont meet recommended processor or video card requirements and i really dont want to buy a new comp so do you guys have anything that can run with this power supply to?


My current system:
Gateway DX 4200 09.

Processor
Type AMD Phenom X4 9100e / 1.8 GHz
Multi-Core processor technology Quad-Core
64-bit processor Yes
Installed Qty 1
Max processors supported 1
WIndows Vista 64

Cache Memory
Type L2 cache Installed Size 2 MB
Mainboard
Chipset type AMD 780G
Data bus speed 3600 MHz

RAM
Installed Size 4 GB / 8 GB (max)
Technology DDR2 SDRAM
Memory speed 800 MHz
Memory specification compliance PC2-6400


Expansion / Connectivity
Expansion Slots Total (Free) 1 ( 0 ) x Processor - Socket AM2 , 4 ( 2 ) x Memory - DIMM 240-pin , 1 ( 0 ) x PCI Express x16 , ( 0 ) x PCI Express x1 , 1 ( 0 ) x PCI Interfaces 1 x Mouse - Generic - 6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2 style) , 1 x Keyboard - Generic - 6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2 style) , 6 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 pin USB Type A ( 2 in front ) , 1 x Display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) , 1 x Network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45 , 1 x Modem - Phone line - RJ-11 , 8 x Audio - Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm , 1 x Audio / video - HDMI - 19 pin HDMI Type A , 2 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire)

Power
Power device type Power supply
Power provided 300 Watt

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a c 214 U Graphics card
February 12, 2011 3:55:27 PM

Do you not have a graphics card installed already?

You would have to do a complete overhaul if you wanted to get a new CPU and mobo and graphics card.I don't think it's possible to upgrade your CPU without having to get a new motherboard.But it all can be done for under $300.If you do want to proceed with this do you know how to install all of the compents?

Heres what you'll need to upgrade,CPU,Mobo,PSU,GPU.
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February 12, 2011 4:01:28 PM

this is my graphics card, ATI Radeon HD 3200

yeah i can do it im just sure what to get.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
February 12, 2011 4:05:15 PM

What brand/model no. is your PSU?
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a c 214 U Graphics card
February 12, 2011 4:19:00 PM

Here's what i've got so far.Found some DDR2 mobo's so you can salvage/use your current memory.

Mobo $50=$40 after MIR + Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Proscessor $90 + Free Shipping.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card $130=$100 after MIR + Free Shipping

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

Power Supply $45 + Free Shipping

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

Tota is $315 before rebates and $275 after Rebates.Everything has free shipping so no need to worry about that.
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February 12, 2011 4:21:18 PM

thanks alot purple, im not sure where to find the info on my processor all i lnow is its this

AMD Phenom X4 9100e / 1.8 GHz
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a c 214 U Graphics card
February 12, 2011 4:22:22 PM

It's okay i think i got everything sorted out.Only problem is i don't know if it will all fit or not.Some of the stuff i listed fit's into a regualr ATX Mid tower case.I think your current case is a Micro ATX.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
February 12, 2011 4:23:32 PM

What resoultion is your monitor?
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February 12, 2011 4:25:29 PM

1152 x 864
its also a xerox brand with built in speakers.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
February 12, 2011 4:30:34 PM

Do you play any other games?
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February 12, 2011 4:31:52 PM

mostly RTS's but my pos can run them now but im upgrading so i can play dragon age 2 at a decent fps.
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February 12, 2011 4:46:03 PM

is it possible to use my current motherboard or do i need to upgrade to the one you recommended?
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a c 214 U Graphics card
February 12, 2011 4:47:31 PM

Well you will defnitly be maxing that out and every other game you can think of when you get this built.After rebates you have $25 to spend do you want to upgrade you CPU to a Triple or Quad core?
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February 12, 2011 4:52:21 PM

id prefer a quad for the right price.
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February 12, 2011 5:05:14 PM

thanks for all the help purple i think i will go with the quad, you just saved me a ton of money instead of buying a $700 computer :) 
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a c 214 U Graphics card
February 12, 2011 6:06:42 PM

Your welcome.
Are you sure you can put it all together?If not, their are plenty of videos on youtube.

Goodluck and Happy Gaming.
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February 21, 2011 11:51:53 PM

Best answer selected by LBD3893.
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