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Upgrading old computer

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November 24, 2011 12:27:17 PM

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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a b B Homebuilt system
November 24, 2011 12:44:04 PM

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
November 24, 2011 12:49:00 PM

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.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 24, 2011 1:17:41 PM

CPU and Graphics card are the most important parts of a system, mostly graphics card though
November 24, 2011 1:19:43 PM

Well?. Any suggestions?. I have no clue about it, though I usually come up with one.
The Wattage limit isnt helping me!
November 24, 2011 1:23:24 PM

Nvidia GT440 or AMD Radeon 6450/6570?
a b B Homebuilt system
November 24, 2011 1:46:06 PM

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
November 24, 2011 2:52:10 PM

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.
November 25, 2011 10:53:10 AM


So a 6770 won't bottleneck on an E2180?.