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September 3, 2012 11:50:56 PM

Hello everyone, I've decided on upgrading the old family desktop from 6 years ago to gaming performance. I plan on replacing the mobo, processor, ram and graphics card.
Just for a reference the old desktop is the no longer made Packard Bell iMedia 1529

Really I'm new to this and need some help, here are the components that i have so far decided on, I would appreciate is someone would give some advice on how they fair when used for gaming and if they all work in conjunction with each other:

http://www.ebuyer.com/311396-amd-960t-black-edition-3-0...

http://www.ebuyer.com/349910-gigabyte-ga-970a-ds3-socke...

http://www.ebuyer.com/341130-corsair-4gb-ddr3-1600mhz-v...

so far i have not decided on the graphics card due to a budget of only £200

Really I want to know if these are good for gaming and will they work with the peripherals of the old Packard Bell iMedia 1529 (Power supply, disk drive, card reader, etc)

Thanks in advance
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September 4, 2012 12:02:25 AM

Can you post the specs from the old Packard Bell desktop (original config)? I'm having trouble looking up its specs.

I'd guess the power supply will probably need an upgrade though, brand models tend to use lower-wattage psu's just sufficient for basic use.
September 4, 2012 12:13:27 AM

Better off just building a new system TBH.. that's what your going to end up with besides a couple of parts anyway.
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September 4, 2012 9:30:29 AM

Yes the old specs,although I can't see why you would need them because most of the components are being replaced

Packard Bell Imedia 1529
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 3.06Ghz
RAM: 1Gb DDR2
HDD: 160Gb
DVD Re-writer
Graphics: Nvidia Geforce 6200 LE
Card Reader
2x Front 4x Rear USB Ports
PS/2 ports
Firewire 400



September 4, 2012 11:28:19 AM

in the end you will probaly remain only with you old case , case-fans,dvd-r,card reader
September 4, 2012 11:53:56 AM

Yes that is what i was planning, because of a low budget I've decided to upgrade other than build new one which will save me some money. I shall keep the hard drive, the dvd-r card reader case and hopefully I wont need a new psu. I could not find out what power supply the old iMedia 1529 uses online so I'll open it up later on today and check. I'd imagine that 450+ watts will be good enough for the new components.
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September 4, 2012 12:02:19 PM

You will almost definitely need a new PSU to power your upgrade. I wouldn't want to carry the case forward if i was you either. Best to salvage the HDD and the dvd r and start from scratch im afraid.
September 4, 2012 12:36:24 PM

Yeah I just opened it up and the psu is only 250 watts, from what I know that will not be good enough for a stable system so that needs replacing. As for the case it's in remarkably good condition for a 6 years old PC as far as I know about cases, why would you not recommend me using it? I'll just add it's a large case and its solid, full metal so much better than some new PC I've seen.
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September 4, 2012 12:38:25 PM

This is just speculation as i haven't actually looked at the case but generally cases from OEM builds are small, cramped and have poor air flow, not what id want to put a bunch of new expensive components into.

But obviously dont feel compelled that you cant use it.
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September 4, 2012 12:39:37 PM

Just seen u've edited your message, if its large enough and you feel comfortable using it then by all means go ahead, definitely a new PSU though.
September 4, 2012 12:46:02 PM

Hmm, Yeah obviously I'd prefer a nice, expensive gaming case with a few fans to improve the air flow. If I am going to buy the components that I've listed and install them in the Packard Bell case I still wouldn't be using the computer too often not until i can get a graphics card then i can start gaming, until then the computer will have minimal usage so overheating wouldn't be a problem. But thanks I'll try to find a good rated case that I could get before I start gaming
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September 4, 2012 12:51:05 PM

Good plan, if you need any case advice we can always offer suggestions for your budget.
September 4, 2012 2:02:44 PM

Just a quick update for those interested Ive decided to purchase (have not though atm) the above items in addition to this case and psu (combo)

http://www.ebuyer.com/343258-cit-1017-black-mesh-midi-c...

although I do not know much about the psu, from what I've read 500watts should make the mark and with the gaming case the airflow should be better than the old Packard Bell iMedia 1529 case.

From the Packard Bell I'll remove the Hard drive (Its only 160Gb but when i get the money I'll upgrade), the Disk drive and the card reader.

The total is £190.63 (with P&P) just £9 below my budget

If anyone's got any advice or can check the compatability of the items I would appreciate it:) 
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September 4, 2012 2:06:31 PM

It is my recommendation to never buy a bundled PSU, they are generally of low quality, the total wattage is not a big factor to go on, you need to consider the amps on the 12v rails and the general quality of the components.

September 4, 2012 2:33:55 PM

So, better to use the old case with a new psu? Really I have no idea about this and I would appreciate if you could recommend one for £35.34 max
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September 4, 2012 2:37:22 PM

A case or PSU? and PSU's are not the place you want to skimp on, it can lead to the rest of your hardware going down the drain if you get a cheapo and it fails in some manner.
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September 4, 2012 2:45:14 PM

Can you post your complete new system bar PSU so i know what i need to account for, and i doubt i will make it under 35 im afraid.
September 4, 2012 2:46:06 PM

Bar PSU?
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September 4, 2012 3:59:31 PM

Dont include a PSU in the list. Just post the rest of the system. Then i can work out a PSU
September 4, 2012 5:46:44 PM

Here are the links to everything I'm buying so far,

AMD 960T Black Edition: http://www.ebuyer.com/311396-amd-960t-black-edition-3-0...

Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3: http://www.ebuyer.com/349910-gigabyte-ga-970a-ds3-socke...

Corsair 4GB DDR3 1600MHz Vengeance Memory x1, i will get another down the line if needed: http://www.ebuyer.com/341130-corsair-4gb-ddr3-1600mhz-v...

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

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

Graphics Card: None currently but I'm going to save for a good one seeming as this system is for gaming

and the 15 in 1 card reader, I cant find any information about it, but i doubt you need a super high spec psu to use it...:) 
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September 5, 2012 7:04:48 AM

I need to know what kind of graphics card you're looking at and whether you intend to x-fire in the future as this will make a big impact on the PSU that you need.
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September 5, 2012 9:25:51 PM

Ok ill get back to this tomorrow and recommend you something decent at the best price that will still cover your needs.
September 6, 2012 12:26:35 PM

yeah thanks so much! Really thanks for all the help:) 
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September 6, 2012 12:37:30 PM

You're welcome.
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