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    Budget upgrade

    Current specs

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    Mobo - MSI K7N2 Delta2 (MS-6570E)
    Memory - 1 gig of DDR400
    Graphics - x1950 Pro (256mb)
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    Budget - £100

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Budget upgrade

    Upgrade to achieve what?

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    Re: Budget upgrade

    if its gaming ... probably most of it.
    ... it its just for work then probably better ram
    "Gaming" Rig (is it actually good enough to be classed as a gaming rig?

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    Re: Budget upgrade

    buy this new processor: http://www.nabiltech.co.uk/catalog/p...products_id=55

    buy 2 of this ram: http://www.microdirect.co.uk/(6691)1...jor-Brand.aspx

    this should speed up ur pc and you will have money left over

    good luck shopping

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    Re: Budget upgrade

    Will be for gaming - should of mentioned that.

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    Re: Budget upgrade

    ram and gpu probably get a second hand 8800 gtx!!
    "Gaming" Rig (is it actually good enough to be classed as a gaming rig?

    OS: Windows XP 32-bit // Case: Antec P182 // CPU: Core2Duo E6600 @ 2.4 (stock cooler) // GPU: GeForce 8800 GTX (stock cooling) // PSU: 550 Watts // HDD: Seagate Barracuda 320 GB // RAM: 2GB // MoBo: Asus P5N

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    Re: Budget upgrade

    If I were you, I'd save a bit more money then upgrade the entire rig. For modern games, even if upgraded, that rig is not gonna cut it.

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    Re: Budget upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by morda8 View Post
    buy this new processor: http://www.nabiltech.co.uk/catalog/p...products_id=55

    buy 2 of this ram: http://www.microdirect.co.uk/(6691)1...jor-Brand.aspx

    this should speed up ur pc and you will have money left over

    good luck shopping
    How exactly will a Socket 939 CPU fit into a socket A motherboard ?


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    Re: Budget upgrade

    should have looked the motherboard up my mistake and yeah save up money and buy a whole new pc
    maybe sell your current one for like 150-200 quid

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    Re: Budget upgrade

    I would agree with Vmong, get another 1GB of RAM and a new graphics card, btw ive got an 8800GTX spare, PM me if you happen to be interested.

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    Re: Budget upgrade

    socket a = agp at the best, so no 8800gtx.
    gotta agree with most replies, for gaming a complete overhaul would be far better spent money.
    if you must stick with your main system, an agp 3850 and some ram are most likely the best bet.
    or get a 1tb harddrive. will speed the system up and be of use in the future.
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    Re: Budget upgrade

    IMHO it would be better to save up some more money and do a full system upgrade.

    However if you want to upgrade now you can get an HD3850 AGP card from Play.com for 85 quid:

    http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/796622...+Graphics+Card

    Hopefully it should be OK on your current PSU if the power requirements are similar to the existing card you have. If not you should get a new PSU.

    Your CPU will still hold back your graphics card though.

    You should also be able to get another 1gb of RAM with the remainder of your budget.

    If you sell your existing graphics card on Ebay you should be able to get at least 50 to 60 quid for it.

    Your existing CPU and motherboard should also get around 60 quid too on Ebay.

    Hence you could have a total budget of at least 200 quid if you sell your CPU,motherboard and graphics card!!

    This would mean you could get the following instead:

    AMD X2 5200+ - around 50 quid
    Cheap motherboard - around 35 quid
    2gb RAM - under 20 quid
    9600GT - 75 quid
    Silverstone 350w/Silverpower 400w - around 25 quid
    SATA DVD drive (as most new motherboards have only one IDE connector) - around 15 quid

    Total: around 220 quid.

    If you have a retail copy of XP you will need to re-register it though. If you have a preinstalled XP copy though I am uncertain if you can reinstall this or whether you would to get a new copy?

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    Re: Budget upgrade

    Alright, I have decided to wait until I have more money and buy a completely new PC.

    Thanks guys.

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    Re: Budget upgrade

    For good news the Hard drive and case are salvageable

    If money is an issue then you could check ebay for an ASRock 4coredual-vsta motherboard and a cheap socket 775 cpu.
    That will let you continue to use your ddr memory and agp graphics card, while letting you get a pci-e graphics card and ddr2 memory later on.
    This is purely a step-by-step upgrade solution so you can save up between buying individual components.

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