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[Upgrade]Gateway DX 4200-11

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November 27, 2011 11:20:16 PM

Hey guys, I'm hoping to upgrade this computer to be able to run games like Diablo 3, Skyrim and WoW somewhat smoothly. I'm not really looking for it to be a monster gaming machine, Just something to get me by for a year or two till I can build my own. I know I need to put a new power supply and graphics card in it but i'm not sure if i would need something beyond that as well. My budget is about $300 maybe a bit more.Here are the specs

Operating System Windows Vista™ Home Premium (64-bit) operating system with Service Pack 1
Processor AMD Phenom™ 9550 processor, 64-bit quad core processor

Each core operates at 2.20 GHz
2 MB shared L3 cache
3600 MHz HT 3.0 system bus

Chipset AMD RS780 consisting of:

Northbridge: RS780
Southbridge: SB700

Memory
Installed: 6 GB (6144 MB) 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM (two 2048 MB and two 1024 MB modules)
Expandable to: 8 GB (four DDR2 DIMM slots)
Hard Drive 640 GB 7200 RPM SATA II hard drive
Optical Drive 18X DVD ±R/RW super multi drive featuring Labelflash™ technology
Supports Labelflash on disc printing (requires Labelflash media)
Media Card Reader 15-in-1 high speed digital media manager supporting the following:

Compact Flash (CF) I, II
IBM Microdrive™ (MD)
SmartMedia Card (SMC)
Memory Stick™ (MS)
Memory Stick Duo (MS Duo)
Memory Stick PRO (MS PRO)
Memory Stick PRO Duo (MS PRO Duo)
Secure Digital™ (SD)
Mini Secure Digital (MiniSD)
Multi Media Card (MMC)
RS Multi Media Card (RS-MMC) (need adapter)
Multi Media Plus Card (MMC Plus)
Multi Media Mobile Card (MMC Mobile)
xD-Picture Card (xD)

Video ATI Radeon® HD 3450 graphics with 256 MB DDR2 memory
Ports:

One VGA
One DVI-I

DVI-to-HDMI adapter included
Audio Integrated 8-Channel (7.1) High Definition Audio
Network Support Integrated Marvell 8071/8075 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet LAN
Modem 56K PCI data/fax modem
Power Supply 300 watt
Add-in Card Slots
One PCI Express ×16 (graphics interface)
One PCI Express ×1
Two PCI conventional
External Connectors
Two PS/2 ports
One HDMI port
One VGA port
Six USB 2.0 ports (two front, four rear)
One IEEE 1394 port
One network (LAN) port
Eight audio jacks (two front, six rear)
Drive Bays
Two external 5.25-inch drive bays
Six internal 3.5-inch drive bays
Physical Dimensions
(H × W × D) 16.34 × 7.09 × 17.32 inches (415 × 180 × 440 mm)
Weight (Unpackaged) 24.25 lbs. (11 kg)

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November 28, 2011 2:36:58 AM

Just buy a new GPU and PSU. Only other thing will be the CPU, but you'll likely not get anything better for your price range. As a matter of fact, if it was me, I would only upgrade the GPU and PSU, and save the rest of my money for a new PC a year from now. But that is just me.

I did some research, nontheless, and discovered that your computer is a AM2 socket. Currently, I couldn't find any for sale that would really benefit you. So save your money in that area and focus on a new GPU.
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November 28, 2011 6:47:59 PM

hey thanks for the info, I appreciate it. Any ideas on what would be a good GPU/PSU to put in it? I'm not really familiar with hardware when it comes to computers. I'm not sure what kind to get.
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November 29, 2011 12:53:08 AM

I'm not really all too familiar with AMD GPUs, and I don't feel like doing any research tonight. So for running those games 'somewhat' smoothly, as you put it, then a nVidia GTX 550 Ti (or its AMD equivilant) should suffice for medium to high settings at 30 FPS or more. Not very future proof IMO, but with a limited budget that is what you get.

As for PSU, you have a few options. You can get one that you can transfer to a new build when you are ready. Or, you can get one that will immediately satisfy your needs.

If its the latter, then this should be okay: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 7, 2011 12:17:07 AM

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