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January 14, 2012 7:34:53 PM

I have an old AMD 64 2800+ with 2.5 GB ram and a 7300GT graphics card.

I want to upgrade (even minimally) but the price if at all possible needs to be $225 or less.

Seeing that the system is so old I'm hoping this is possible but if not can someone at least give me some best options please?

Thanks,

Jeff

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January 14, 2012 7:46:44 PM

What is your main goal for the upgrade, gaming or just general computer speed up? What brand and model is your motherboard? I assume that you are running Windows XP?
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January 14, 2012 7:47:51 PM

Get an AMD RAdeon HD 6850 or 6870. What CPU socket do u have?
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January 14, 2012 8:00:40 PM
January 15, 2012 3:23:17 AM

Ill check out the links addict thanks.

As for the other questions, I am doing very mild gaming nothing new or heavily graphics intensive and am just looking to get out of the last decade as far as overall system performance.

I would like a nice bump in overall performance with the key being inexpensive but not junk hardware.

My current mobo is a solid but old Asus which is why I want my mobo to be the "best" component of the four I'm seeking to upgrade.

thanks,

Jeff
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January 15, 2012 3:37:17 AM

Ill check out the links addict thanks.

As for the other questions, I'm using Linux Mint 10 and doing very mild gaming nothing new or heavily graphics intensive and am just looking to get out of the last decade as far as overall system performance.

I would like a nice bump in overall performance with the key being inexpensive but not junk hardware.

My current mobo is a solid but old Asus which is why I want my mobo to be the "best" component of the four I'm seeking to upgrade.

thanks,

Jeff
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January 17, 2012 12:30:18 AM

What case and PSU do you have?

Based on what you said, this will handle whatever you want to do easily.

GIGABYTE GA-A55M-DS2 FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) Micro ATX AMD Motherboard $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD A6-3650 Llano 2.6GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6530D AD3650WNGXBOX $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $225 before shipping and taxes (if applicable)

I would normally suggest this board
ASUS F1A75-M LE FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

but the Gigabyte board gets you within budget
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January 17, 2012 10:06:46 AM

Today's shellshocker special is right in your price range. You can sell the leftover parts on craigslist to help pay for it, but the hardrive alone is worth getting at this combo price: http://www.newegg.com/Special/ShellShocker.aspx?cm_sp=S...
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January 18, 2012 1:41:10 AM

Thanks for the responses guys.

It's probably going to be a few weeks yet until I make the purchase but am keeping my options open until then.

I am fine with either AMD or Intel and like Asus boards (I've put together 3 systems with Asus boards all still running) but don't have to go with Asus.

I've got a 550 watt power supply and a full size metal case that may be Antec but its in a position that I can't see every side and don't see the name the way its sitting. (fan on top, fan on one side and two in back besides the power supply fan of course)

LinuxMan (Jeff)
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January 18, 2012 2:28:09 AM

If the case and PSU are Antec I think you are in good shape. Keep us posted when you decide to pull the trigger on a build :) 
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February 5, 2012 2:42:46 AM

I still haven't made the purchase yet and may be waiting for tax return money in a couple more weeks to bump the price a little up to $250 or $275 but the responses are great.
I'm going to keep the links for the suggested items at Newegg and will definitely let you all know my final decision.
Thanks for all the help.
Jeff
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February 12, 2012 3:32:19 AM

Hi Guys,
The latest is it looks like I can bump my budget up to around $250.
Do your recommendations remain the same for all or does that allow for a worthwhile mobo (or other component) upgrade?
My purchase target is roughly 2 to 4 weeks from now.
Thanks,
Jeff
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February 25, 2012 4:23:49 AM




Thanks Oldie,
I'm looking at making the purchase in the next 10 days but newegg says the AMD you mentioned is out of stock and may not be restocked. What do you think of the AMD A6-3650 Llano 2.6GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop that hpdeskjet recommended as a substitute?

Jeff
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February 25, 2012 8:40:27 AM

It should work fine. You'll need a socket fm1 board for it. Might as well try the onboard video before ordering any video cards. It may run the games you need until you have enough for a separate card. You won't need a low end card with amd's onboard video. If you want a decent card later, save enough for a 6770 or 6850. Don't settle for less.
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February 29, 2012 2:20:20 AM

o1die said:
It should work fine. You'll need a socket fm1 board for it. Might as well try the onboard video before ordering any video cards. It may run the games you need until you have enough for a separate card. You won't need a low end card with amd's onboard video. If you want a decent card later, save enough for a 6770 or 6850. Don't settle for less.



Hi Oldie,
What processor would you recommend in place of the discontinued one with the Asus board you mentioned. I will be making a final decision in the next couple of days.

Thanks,
jeff
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February 29, 2012 7:37:43 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you're ordering from newegg, wait a day or two for the next amd shellshocker special. A few days ago, they had a full combo for $224 that included the board, cpu, heatsink, 4 gb ddr3, hardrive, and case/power supply. If you get the biostar and send in for the rebate, expect to wait 12 weeks for it, and make copies of the rebate form and newegg invoice for warranty purposes, and save the original biostar box for shipping, just in case. I've had good service from biostar; they sent me a new board in only nine days, the fastest of any manufacturer I've dealt with.
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February 29, 2012 7:49:20 AM

Why not a Pentium G620 and something like an HD6670? That should outperform the llano and give you an upgrade path. You would still have enough money within your budget to buy a MB and 4GB of memory
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February 29, 2012 9:56:14 AM

You may see an affordable Intel shellshocker combo close to the amd in price. The g620 was featured in one recently. If you see one with the 25% discount, get off the fence and order it the same day. Either the amd or Intel shellshocker combo will suite your needs and is the best you can do within your budget.
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February 29, 2012 9:42:23 PM

You guys are great thanks!
I will be watching the shell shockers like a hawk over the next couple days.
Should have either another question or a purchase to report in short order.

Thanks again for all you're help.

Jeff ;) 
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February 29, 2012 9:50:10 PM

holy sh*$, ithink you have the same old brand as me, i have the same cpu, and an old brown asus mobo, i pulled it out of an hp. my upgrade is around 250
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March 1, 2012 11:00:04 PM

Ok, for good or ill this is the way I went:

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ASUS M4A88T-M AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131657

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AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4100WMGUSBX
Item #: N82E16819103996


1 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL
Item #: N82E16820231426

Totaled out around $230 and the Asus board with the FX4100 was a newegg combo deal.

Jeff
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March 2, 2012 11:04:21 AM

o1die said:
You may see an affordable Intel shellshocker combo close to the amd in price. The g620 was featured in one recently. If you see one with the 25% discount, get off the fence and order it the same day. Either the amd or Intel shellshocker combo will suite your needs and is the best you can do within your budget.


Ok, for good or ill this is the way I went:

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ASUS M4A88T-M AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131657

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AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4100WMGUSBX
Item #: N82E16819103996


1 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL
Item #: N82E16820231426

Totaled out around $230 and the Asus board with the FX4100 was a newegg combo deal.

Jeff
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March 2, 2012 11:06:42 AM

Oldie,
Newegg bundled the Asus AM3 with the AM3+ processor.
They do work together as far as you (or anyone else) knows correct?
I only had a little time to look into it after the fact and seem to be getting mixed messages on compatibility.

Thanks,
Jeff
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March 2, 2012 3:10:41 PM

You should have waited and gone with a shellshocker special. That cpu won't run on your asus board. Use newegg's online support or call them and explain your predicament. See if they'll swap boards without a restocking fee. They may even pay for return shipping. Just tell them the board doesn't work; last time this happened to me, they issued me a UPS shipping label good for about 14 days. You just print out the label; attach to the box the board came in, and drop it off at the nearest ups station or catch a ups driver and give it to him. Some new boards won't run the 4100 without a bios flash, but newegg is almost out of the old phenom II's. I recommend this board for the 4100: asus m5a88-m for $107.55 shipped (link broken); if you decide to swap the 4100 instead of changing boards, I recommend this cpu:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (you may try overclocking it). I won't recommend which course of action you should take; it may depend on your budget.
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March 2, 2012 8:25:13 PM

Hi Oldie,
They are fine with the return of the mobo & cpu.
Shoud I still just wait to see what kind of shell shockers appear or do you have an alternate recommendation?

Thanks,
Jeff
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March 2, 2012 8:46:07 PM

I would wait. They've had some great packages, though the case and power supply are just adequate for onboard video. I would use the ps as a spare. The combo package they had for $224 included an fm1 processor and board. I've never seen a shellshocker combo with the wrong cpu or board; they've been spec'd properly to work. But it just takes a minute to go the mother board webpage which is always listed under "details>Manufacturer Product Page" and use the "cpu support" section to verify. Don't be sloppy when ordering components. I never take someone's else's word for compatability. Be sure newegg pays the return postage on your items. The ups label was emailed to me the last time I needed it and when ups scans it, it goes to the newegg address in california.
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March 2, 2012 9:00:22 PM

What if I keep that Asus AM3 board and go with this processor:

newegg AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HD96ZTWFGRBOX (299)

Series: Phenom II X4
L2 Cache: 4 x 512KB
L3 Cache: 6MB
Manufacturing Tech: 45 nm
Model #: HD96ZTWFGRBOX
Item #: N82E16819103995
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy

Now: $124.99
Free Shipping



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March 2, 2012 9:13:13 PM

It should work; some of those cpus will allow you to unlock two cores to make it six, but if the cores are bad, your board won't post. Then you reset the bios and return to the default settings.
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March 2, 2012 10:05:35 PM

o1die said:
It should work; some of those cpus will allow you to unlock two cores to make it six, but if the cores are bad, your board won't post. Then you reset the bios and return to the default settings.



Thanks again o1die!

I'm ordering it shortly.

Jeff
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March 3, 2012 12:59:16 AM

I picked this up:

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL

$39.99
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March 3, 2012 11:32:05 PM

LinuxMan 2011 said:
I picked this up:

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL

$39.99

I just found this to keep your goal at a low budget. But you got a steal for the Ripjaws. Good choice.
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March 4, 2012 6:38:48 AM

gcmartini said:
I just found this to keep your goal at a low budget. But you got a steal for the Ripjaws. Good choice.


At least I got one good deal after all this lol.

:) 
Jeff
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March 10, 2012 3:41:49 AM

The Asus AM3 AMD 960T and Ripjaws Ram are working fantastically.
Thanks for all the help the moved me toward the final combination.
You all were great.

Jeff
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