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    Post Upgrade time

    Not sure if this is the right forums, but here goes.

    My friend wants to upgrade his Dell machine.

    All for the budget of £200 we need to buy him;

    A Micro-ATX motherboard to take the existing 1.8GHz socket 478 P4 & existing 512MB of standard DDR RAM
    An AGP card capable of running games
    An ATX PSU capable of driving the new hardware (we're not trusting the 200W Dell one)

    Now I haven't been keeping track of the hardware world as much as I did back when I was actually building my last PC, so I'm a bit behin with the times. So all help appreciated.

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    What kinda games we looking at playing here?

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    To be honest he's best off flogging the 1.8ghz p4/mobo/ram and buying a skt 754 combination, or wait a bit untill m2 comes out and get a cheap socket 939 athlon 64 3200+/1gb Ram & PCI-e gfx card, they can be overclocked like silly even with value ram. Much more performance for a similarly cheap price.

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    I have to agree with Dave, S754 setups are great bang for buck.

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    Bascially Even with a 7800GT AGP that pc probably would bearly play modern games as they would be limited so much by that cpu, aslo 512mb is often a minumum nowdays. However i am jumping to conclutions, does he only want to play football manager and EA sports generic 2006?

    He is better off spending £100 more on an xbox 360 or getting a new system.
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    • lost eden's system
      • Motherboard:
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      • CPU:
      • E7300 @ 3GHz
      • Memory:
      • 6GiB
      • Storage:
      • 3x 2TB Samsung F3EG + 160GB system disk
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 8600GT
      • PSU:
      • 500W Antec Earthwatts
      • Case:
      • Antec Sonata III
      • Operating System:
      • 64-bit Archlinux
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 2007WFP (a04 S-IPS) + Samsung 2043NX
    Well I believe that he already has an XBox but wanted a PC as well. I told him that I would build him an okay one for the money, but he didn't want to wait & stupidly went out & bought a Dell. When his mate came to install an AGP card, he found that Dell had kindly not soldered the AGP slot to the motherboard & had instead left only the solder points.

    I'll get in touch & ask him what kind of games he expects to be playing on the system, from memory he likes world war FPS games, battlefield 2 might be the most demamnding game he would want to run.

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    battlefield 2 can benefit from more than 1Gb RAM, 512Mb will struggle

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