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.
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
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.
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.