Upgrading old computer

I'm looking to upgrade my old computer as I'm already getting a new one. This one is going to my cousin. He games quite a bit. Budget is around 200$. Using it for a few years and then laying it off. Have a case, HDD, 1 GB DDR2 RAM.(Salvaged). Need a GPU and a CPU.

The PSU -180W. (6v)

Im looking at

CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 260 (3.2/2M/AM3)

Mobo: Asus MotherBoard - M4N68T-M LE V2

GPU: One that's able to run games good. The CPU holds up 65W for it. So I guess I got about 80W - 90W Headroom for it.( I hear some cards don't use that much at load too)

Currently have an Intel Dual core - E2180/7300 LE. Upgrade path here?. No idea about the mobo.
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  1. Same more money and buy a new system, any upgrades you'll be making won't let your cousin game for too long (that is if he plays modern games). I would recommend getting another $200 ish dollars for a new build, and salvage the case and HDD
  2. Thing is I'm stuck with the 200$ budget. And hes got a crappy P3. I already salvaged the Case HDD and PSU. Just looking for word on the CPU, Mobo.
  3. CPU and Graphics card are the most important parts of a system, mostly graphics card though
  4. Well?. Any suggestions?. I have no clue about it, though I usually come up with one.
    The Wattage limit isnt helping me!
  5. Nvidia GT440 or AMD Radeon 6450/6570?
  6. Well, here is your problem. You have 1GB of DDR2 RAM while your motherboard only supports DDR3...

    New selection:
    CPU $88:

    MoBo $40:

    gfx card $70:

    RAM: $20:

    + $10 mail in rebate for gfx card
    Total: $218 w/o rebate
  7. So you have an E2180 with a mobo already?
    I have the same CPU on my old computer, OC'd to 3.0ghz, with 4gb ram and a 1gb 4870 that runs games fairly well.
    If you pick up 2gb on the cheap to give you 3gb total and maybe a 6770 (=5770 and very close to 4870) + new PSU, it would make for an OK gaming rig, with upgrade potential on CPU.
    2gb=$20, 4gb=$40
    If he is still not happy, there are many lga775 cpu's out there that would be a nice upgrade for him if he can find say a used Q8400, E8400, + another 2gb of ram.
  8. PSU = Rosewill Green Series RG530-S12 530W - $54,99

    VGA = PowerColor AX6770 1GBD5-H - $109,99 + $ 4,99 Shipping

    Memory = Wintec Value 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 - $39,99

    Total + Shipping = $209,96

    With $20 mail-in rebate from VGA = $189,96
  9. Okayy...

    So a 6770 won't bottleneck on an E2180?.
  10. Don't get that PSU suggested by Vitornob, Rosewill produces unreliable PSUs, go with Corsair, Seasonic, OCZ, Antec, or Thermaltake Something like this will work:

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