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Kilobyte

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#1 9 years ago

Ok, its time for me to replace my old computer.

My old System is as follows.

* 2400+ AMD Athlon XP Socket A/462 * 1GB DDR1 * 160GB HDD EIDE * Geforce 6800 128mb AGP * 17" LCD Gateway FPD1730 * 200w PSU * DVD-ROM * CD-RW No SATA * XP Home

The potential replacement system is as follows.

$298 * Celeron 440 2.2GHZ LGA775 * 1GBx2 DDR2 * 250GB Sata 300 * 1 PCI-Express x16 slot * Onboard Intel GMA adapter. * 19" Widescreen LCD * 300w PSU * DVD+/-RW * Vista Basic (I do have an unused Vista Ultimate Upgrade CD-Key lying around though.)

It does have a two week return period on it, so I decided to get your opinions.

The way I figure it, if I can come up with the money for a new system, then I could just sell this system. If I can't, then this would be a good starter package, that is plenty upgradeable. I could also sell the monitor for $100, and that will bring the cost of the computer itself to $200.

While the processor is a tad slow, I could easily slap a new GPU in it, and upgrade the CPU later.

I could slap this GPU in for $50, $25 after rebates.

Later I might get this CPU, for $75.

So I could get a functional gaming system, not the best, but functional, for $300. The biggest hold-up for me, is the operating system. I could build a decent system on Newegg, but it would be without the OS. . . . --- Merged ---

Seriously, no advice?

I guess I shouldn't be surprised. I had $600 saved up, but after determining that my old computer would not meet my Mom's need for a computer, I decided to take advantage of this offer.

Which left me $300 for my computer. So I could either go ahead an buy something that I might be able to upgrade inexpensively, or save up for another two years and get a good gaming machine. Unfortunately, nothing in my current machine, aside from the hard drive, could really be used to lower the cost of building a new machine.




Kilobyte

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#2 8 years ago

Seriously, no advice?

I guess I shouldn't be surprised. I had $600 saved up, but after determining that my old computer would not meet my Mom's need for a computer, I decided to take advantage of this offer.

Which left me $300 for my computer. So I could either go ahead an buy something that I might be able to upgrade inexpensively, or save up for another two years and get a good gaming machine. Unfortunately, nothing in my current machine, aside from the hard drive, could really be used to lower the cost of building a new machine.




Adrian Ţrumpeş Forum Mod

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#3 8 years ago

I'd say get at least an 8600 if you want a decent gaming rig, like this one from evga: Newegg.com - EVGA 256-P2-N753-TR GeForce 8600 GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

or this 8800 GTS: EVGA GeForce 8800 GTS Video Card - 512MB, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV at TigerDirect.com

I know it's from tigerdirect, but I'll strongly recommend getting at least an 8600. Also, what games are you planning on playing?


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Kilobyte

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#4 8 years ago

Well, the 8800 is more than I have left. Right now I'm not looking for anything that high end just yet. Just something to get me by.

Now for the first link, the 8600 GT. It is a slightly faster card than the 8500 GT I posted, however it is limited to only 256mb of RAM. Which was my concern when I looked at it.

32 stream processors, 256mb of RAM, vs 16 stream processors and 512mb of RAM. Having not kept up with the latest trends, I'm not sure which is more important. However, my concern was that 256mb would be too limiting.




ikyojo

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#5 8 years ago

You should try and buy a 512mb version i still have one in our media pc and these tend to use GDDR3 which is faster.