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Old September 4, 2010, 10:31 PM
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Hello. Im helping a friend biuld a new pc. He is in res at university and money is tight so he wants to find the cheapest solution.
He wants something that can play most games with decent graphics.
He already has a computer with Pentium E5300 cpu. He would need new ram, a new vga, and a new psu. is this worth it?

The alternative is to buy a whole new computer. This is the list ive put together, but i dont really know much about lower end parts, so any advice would be helpful. ( He would use the case and DVD drive, and HDD from his old rig )

Intel i5 530 2.93 GHz -- $109.99
Asus P7P55 LX -- $116.34
Patriot 2x2gb RAM -- $86.79
Silverstone 500w PSU -- $55.18
eVGA GTS 250 1gb -- $129.80

TOTAL -------- $498.10 + gst

He'll price match and buy everything from Memory Express so their's no shipping

Any help is appreciated. Thnx
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Old September 4, 2010, 10:47 PM
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How about something along these lines?

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16819103843
Newegg.ca - GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Newegg.ca - Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996585
Newegg.ca - Palit NE5TX460FHD79 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Newegg.ca - Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Comes to $536.95, and I'm sure you can search around and find things cheaper, or similar parts.

Granted Palit may not be the best company, but it's a GTX460! Would definitely help far more with gaming over an i5 with a GTS250.

PSU is a solid 40A on a single rail. Can't go wrong there. Not sure what Silverstone model you're looking at, but perhaps it would suffice as well.

Cheap RAM, not like it matters much for these budget builds.

X3 440 is only about $10 more than a similarly clocked X2, so might as well have the extra core.
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or upgrade psu and slap in a gtx 460? must oc the cpu :)

dollar spent per fps would be best with this little upgrade, unless hes got a strong enough psu which would make it really a no brainer
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his psu is only 300w
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does the box take a gtx 460 or its too cramped?

and theres a dude selling used 250's, another one 260's

see if the case takes 9.5(plus..edit..) inch cards and report back.

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The cheapest solution is to upgrade its current platform with a Gigabyte GeForce GTX 460 OC 768MB ($200), maybe add some RAM (2GB DDR2 $40) and a new PSU: FSP SAGA 500W $47
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Well judging by his post over here: Best graphics card for ~100$

To me, that motherboard is absolute garbage. ATI chipset, only 800FSB support, only 2 DIMMs. Overclocking probably isn't feasible, and you can't drop in a faster LGA775 CPU. And since this motherboard is trash, I'm guessing the PSU is one that you find in a $20 case.

Shoving a GTX460 into this seems like a terrible idea. And if it is a el-cheapo case, I'd even question putting the parts I listed into it. Probably lacks cooling...

So if that's the case, then I'd revise it to something like this:

Newegg.ca - AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX440WFGIBOX
Newegg.ca - GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Newegg.ca - Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996585
Newegg.ca - MSI N250GTS Twin Frozr GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Newegg.ca - Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Newegg.ca - Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Total: $516.94 - $30MIR on the GPU
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