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peasofme August 19, 2011 08:34 AM

what to upgrade?
i have about $325 to spend. i live in california. my pc is 3 yrs old.

cpu: amd athlon x64 x2 5000+ 2.6ghz (games stutter if i overclock) brisbane am2 65w
gpu: saphire radeon hd 4850 512ram, takes up 2 slots (overclock causes stutter)
psu: broadway com corp 600w $30 from newegg (only has a bunch of peripheral 4 pin connectors) i used an adapter to 6-pin pcie plug for my 4850.

mobo: ASUS M2N-MX SE Plus, am2/am2+ micro atx, cpus up to 95w. Athlon II X2 255 (3.1 GHz)and Athlon II X4 640 @3GHz work with it but aren't recognized by it.

ram: 2x2gb ddr2 240pin 800 (pc2 6400) one by g.skill, one by allcomponents
artic silver thermal paste
hdd: 1.5 tb seagate scsi sata has win7 32bit, 135gb ide ata by western digital (from the previous pc) has win xp 32bit which i don't use anymore

new games stutter. wei out of 7.9 (windows experience index) - cpu 5.8, ram 6.5, gpu 7.4, hdd 5.9

thanks in advance

_dangtx_ August 19, 2011 09:09 AM

you need to upgrade cpu mobo ram and gpu

and psu unless thats a quality unit and i've missed its oem..but probably not

2500k+your choice of mobo with 4-8 gigs ddr3 and a nice 6950.

newer games should be playable on 1920x1080 on good quality settings,for the most part.

and welcome aboard.

Bond007 August 19, 2011 09:11 AM

CPU/MOB/RAM would be my suggestion. A deal along these lines would do fairly well LINK. Then save the rest and more for a new PSU and video card. That said I suggested this stuff only knowing your budget...what do you use the computer for? What resolution?

Above suggestion by dangtx is obviously great, but will be well over budget.

peasofme August 19, 2011 09:16 AM

new games at low res, windowed mode, on vga crt monitor

Keywork August 19, 2011 09:18 AM

Note: You may need to update your BIOS for those CPU's to be recognized properly.

Since you only have $325 bucks, I highly suggest you upgrade your CPU, MOBO, RAM, and power supply.

For example: Intel Core i3 2120 (can be had for $120), Asus or GB MOBO for $100ish, 8GB's of RAM for $50-$60, and a decent, lower wattage PS can be had for let's say $60? Your budget is low but definitely doable!

_dangtx_ August 19, 2011 09:56 AM

looks to me like the lcd should come first. your eyes are more important than fps or games and such!

Eldonko August 19, 2011 10:01 AM

For that budget, I would go with this:
Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!

and this memory:
Newegg.com - ADATA Premier Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model AD3U1333C4G9-DRH

and this PSU:
Newegg.com - Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Comes to $358 but there is a $20 MIR. Tough to find a better mb, cpu, mem, psu combo than that for the $$.

Welcome to HWC :)

Galcobar August 19, 2011 02:21 PM

I'd save some more.

Bond007 August 19, 2011 03:01 PM


Originally Posted by Eldonko (Post 542312)

not bad at all.

Since he already has an hd 4850 (more powerful than integrated on llano) I would say reuse the hd 4850 and go for this stuff...keeps you pretty much on budget (tax and shipping included = $327.54) and would be good upgrades all around.

antec eco neo 520w

adata 8gb ddr3 39.99

i3 2100 and ASUS P8H67-M LX combo

you should really get a new monitor next.

peasofme August 19, 2011 03:10 PM

i'm going to go i3 2100. and was thinking to crossfire two 4850's. what psu would i need?

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