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HP Slimline died...thinking of upgrading

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June 26, 2011 3:09:47 PM

We currently have an HP Pavilion Slimline PC in my son's room. It has an Intel Pentium E5200, 3GB RAM, and 320 GB HD. It's a pretty basic system, and we've always got away with running the onboard video.

Anyway, the other night, the thing shut down. Whenever I try to turn it on, the lights come on in the case, and the fans start to go, but the fans quickly shut off. I'm not great at diagnostics, but it seems to me the motherboard is what went bad. 2nd guess would be the CPU, but I think I'd get a CPU error message if the mobo was still working.

Anyway, I decided to order a new mobo on newegg to replace it. I then realized this would be a good opportunity to add a low end video card (kid started playing some games where onboard video struggles ie Minecraft). The 220 W PSU in the existing unit probably won't cut it though, so I decided to replace that and the case since a standard PSU won't fit in the Slimline case. Here's what I came up with:

Case + PSU : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147099

Video card : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162053

Motherboard : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130242

Grand total is $150 with shipping. I think I should be good to go with the existing E5200 CPU. Does this look good, or do you have any better suggestions? I'm really trying to keep this as affordable as possible.
June 26, 2011 3:39:24 PM

You could definitively do better with the video card. NVIDIA tends to overprice what they offer in terms of performance. Your better off with the GPU I've listed below for a variety of reasons. All you need to know is that its a better performer and has better technology than your selected card.

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

Your motherboard link is a duplicate of the GPU link. If you fix it we could better help you.
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June 26, 2011 3:54:15 PM

Oops...sorry about that.

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130242

As for the video card, I just thought that GeForce was better to go with considering it's an Intel CPU. I actually built my own gaming PC with AMD cpu and HD5850 graphics card. I'll definitely go with your suggestion there. Thanks for the input!

EDIT: Actually, mobo I selected doesn't support PCI Express 2.1 (I don't think it does anyway). May have to revise mobo or gpu.
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June 26, 2011 4:28:08 PM

No you won't have to revise anything. If your are using a 2.1 GPU and a 2.0 mobo, the GPU will just go to 2.0, not that there is much difference anyways. Its actually not even noticeable but just another gimmick people buy into for an extra $20.
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