Hello, i know almost nothing about computers. I need a new graphics card, i would love to play wow on high settings, also Allods online. Whenever guildwars2 comes out i will love to play that high settings. I dont know how to link my computer specs or anything because i suck at using computers. PLz help
Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp_sp2_qfe.100216-2016)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: GATEWA
System Model: W6409
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 1918MB RAM
Page File: 574MB used, 3234MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.2180 32bit Unicode
This comes to $173, leaving you around $130 for your GPU. The 5770 before rebate is easy, the 6850 after rebate might be doable if you can swing a bit more. Cheapest 6850 on newegg right now. $150 after rebate.
NO! to that P.O.S. Allied PSU! If it has a little voltage switch, at best it is an obsolete, inefficient design; at worst it is an overrated, system-killing piece of junk. The 380W Antec Earthwatts PSU for $40 would be an excellent choice.
Is your e-Machines PSU a Bestec? If so, it's garbage, and it's a wonder your mobo hasn't been killed yet (see Jonnyguru review "Best of the Bestec").
If it's a Delta or FSP, it can safely handle a HD5670 or HD6670. Either of those would be ok if your resolution is up to 1440x900 or 1280x1024, but your CPU is sufficiently weak that getting good performance out of your current system may be an exercise in futility.
If you can scrape up another $100 (you won't be able to re-use your OS), then 4745454b's idea to rebuild makes the most sense, although I'd suggest a stronger CPU; nothing less than an Athlon X3. The CPU in his combo doesn't include a cooler, so you'd need another $15-$20 for that too.
This the absolutely cheapest I'd build a system today. Remove anything you don't need, like the case and optical drive if you can re-use them. Sometimes a combo will turn up, or a Shellshocker, or other good deal; check on the day you buy.
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$49.99 -$6.00 Instant $43.99
There are faster, but on a budget this should be a reliable drive, and big enough.
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
$99.99 -$10.00 Instant $89.99
Not much choice here.
Xigmatek ASGARD II B/B CPC-T45UC-U01 Black / Black 0.8 mm SECC / Aluminum and Aluminum Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer ...
$39.99 -$10.00 Instant $29.99
Rosewill also has some decent cheap cases. Sometimes there will be a special, so you may lower this another $5-$10.
ASRock 880GM-LE AM3 AMD 880G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
$59.99 -$5.00 Instant $54.99
I've used this board. For a basic build, it should be just fine. If you can spend as little as $10 more, look for an AM3+ mobo if you'd like to upgrade to Bulldozer some day.
SAPPHIRE 100287VGAL Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 512MB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
Depending on your resolution, this should be able to play any game, just that you may need to lower some settings. As budget allows, this would be the first item to improve for gaming. A HD5770 is as low as $95 if you play the rebate game and win.
Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power ...
Model #:EA-380D Green
$59.99 -$20.00 Instant $39.99
This has been my "goto" PSU for basic builds for the last few years. None have failed, been noisy, hot, or had other problems. Will handle a HD5770 without any trouble.
AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX450WFGMBOX
You want at least three cores. Four would be nice, but on a tight budget, this should do well enough.
G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS
I bought a few G.Skill RAM kits recently, and have not had any problems.
LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support
Meh. One optical drive is much like another. This one has Lightscribe.
Deals may chop this down a little, but you don't want to buy junk. I can recommend these parts (in fact I have used them) and keep a clear conscience about it.
Wow. They charge the same $40 for that crap as they do for the 380Green? Amazing.
I agree that a tri core would have been better, but I was trying to stay on budget. No way to get a tri in there unless your getting a 5570 or something like that. I should have mentioned the OS issue, and I flat missed the HSF not being there. It was a guide however, I'm sure if he pokes around newegg he'll be able to find a combo that includes a retail CPU.