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Old September 15, 2009, 12:22 PM
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Default Been in the dark ages...$500 build..

I have been in the Navy for the past 3 years and as such my computer has been collecting dust in a closet 3000 miles away. I know when I get home I am going to be due for a new rig....heres the specs on my dinosaur.

asrock 939dual-sata2
AMD 3300+ socket 939
4GB DDR 800Mhz
36GB Raptor
6800GT AGP

As you can see its about 4 years old...it ran WOW decent back then I only have about $500 set aside for new computer parts I dont need a new case or psu. I was just thinking about getting the AM2 CPU expansion card and getting a 6000+, 4GB DDR2, and a Radeon 4870. However, I think the gfx card will be bottle necked by the mobo...

Can you guys suggest a budget build for me?
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Old September 15, 2009, 01:15 PM
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Is your ram DDR2? b/c 800mhz is DDR2, so you can reuse your ram if so.
Just get an x2 550, along with a mobo with a SB710/SB750 w/ ACC(sp) control.

Then get a 4870, possibly a new power supply is needed.
Shouldn't cost over $450.
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Old September 25, 2009, 10:41 PM
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It looks like your RAM is only DDR.

To upgrade, I'd also suggest the AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE because if you get lucky, you might be able to unlock the 2 disabled cores and get a quad core cpu for only $102 US.
Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Check out this thread to see how to unlock the 2 disabled cores (not guaranteed) Phenom II X2 550BE (UNLOCKED)

You'll need a motherboard with a Southbridge of 710 or 750 to unlock the cores. This motherboard is great:
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards

This motherboard requires DDR2 Ram, so these are good:
Newegg.com - mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996593 - Desktop Memory

For a video card, people here like the gtx260 or the 4870 for a nice upgrade on video cards.

So cost to upgrade:
CPU: $102
Motherboard: $110
Ram: $77

Total: $289 US

So you'll have approximately $200 US for a video card. Make sure your power supply has the required PCI-E plugs to run the video card that you get.
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Old September 25, 2009, 11:19 PM
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If you only plan on running 1 gpu than there are cheaper motherboards with ACC and SB710. Such as the one in my sig. Might save you 20-40$. Also, for the cost of the phenom 550, you may want to consider a x3 720, or athlon II x4. Both similarly priced.

Any interest in selling some of that ram? My dad's dinosaur needs a tweak. He's too lame to go new.
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Old September 26, 2009, 05:48 AM
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First of all, what case and PSU do you have ?

You might want to consider selling parts to increase your budget.

But assuming your case and PSU can fit those, here's a suggestion:

NCIX Value Bundle Deal AMD Athlon II X4 620 AM3 CPU & Gigabyte MA785GMT-UD2H DDR3 785G Motherboard 179.99

G.SKILL F3-10666CL9D-4GBNQ PC3-10666 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1333 CL9-9-9-24 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit 88.88

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA2 3.5IN 8.5MS 7200RPM 16MB Hard Drive OEM *3YR MFR Warranty* 55.98

Powercolor Radeon HD 4870 770MHZ 1GB 3.6GHZ GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI-I Video Card *IR-$25* 164.99

You could always lower the GPU to a 4850 depending on the resolution you play at. You could also look in the BST section of this forum in order to get yourself some used parts. This computer is not amazing, but it will surely leave your old computer in the dust.

You could also consider the option Redwagon said with the Phenom II X2, but that depends on you. Do you prefer a more powerful dual core or a less powerful quad core. Here I am not talking about unlocking the 2 extra cores on the Phenom II because I don't know if its in your plans or even if u will manage to do it, but of course that option gives you the most.

If you can manage to sell your computer, the added budget would surely help to include a new PSU, maybe a case maybe a better CPU.
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