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Old 11-10-2008, 07:28 AM   #1
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Default 300-400$ to spend

Im in need of help to know what parts i should get within that total to get me the best bang for my buck

Heres my current specs.

Computer:
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)
Computer Name BRANDON-7497CF2
User Name Owner

Motherboard:
CPU Type AMD Athlon 64, 2400 MHz (12 x 200) 3800+
Motherboard Name Unknown
Motherboard Chipset Unknown
System Memory 1984 MB
BIOS Type AMI (01/09/06)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

Display:
Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce 6100 (256 MB)
Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT (512 MB)
3D Accelerator nVIDIA C51
Monitor Plug and Play Monitor [NoDB] (92968CA015785)

Multimedia:
Audio Adapter BrookTree Bt878 Video Capture Device - Audio Section

Storage:
IDE Controller NVIDIA MCP51 Serial ATA Controller
IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
SCSI/RAID Controller AXI1DPSB IDE Controller
Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
Disk Drive ST3250820AS (232 GB, IDE)
Disk Drive IC USB Storage-SMC USB Device
Disk Drive IC USB Storage-CFC USB Device
Disk Drive IC USB Storage-MMC USB Device
Disk Drive IC USB Storage-MSC USB Device
Optical Drive DVD 16X
Optical Drive DVDRW 16X16
Optical Drive HMX FG5QVCH SCSI CdRom Device
SMART Hard Disks Status OK

Partitions:
C: (NTFS) 238464 MB (140528 MB free)

Input:
Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
Mouse HID-compliant mouse

Network:
Network Adapter NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller (192.168.1.102)

Peripherals:
Printer Microsoft Office Document Image Writer
USB1 Controller Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller [NoDB]
USB2 Controller Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller [NoDB]
USB Device USB Audio Device
USB Device USB camera
USB Device USB Composite Device
USB Device USB Composite Device
USB Device USB Human Interface Device
USB Device USB Human Interface Device
USB Device USB Mass Storage Device
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Old 11-10-2008, 08:51 AM   #2
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Default Re: 300-400$ to spend

you have 2 video cards?
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I think upgrading your CPU would be a great step...and then i would say take out those 2 video cards...and buy 1 more high end card.

Is there something in specific you are looking for? Are you a gamer?
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Old 11-10-2008, 11:48 AM   #4
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The first display is intergrated. He's probably not using it, as the system disables the onboard GPU with a PEG card in there.

I'd say the CPU. Most systems nowdays runs dual-core. But the board might refrain you from getting a quad core. So, let me give out my suggestion:
Board: GIGABYTE GA-MA790GP-DS4H AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128352
$139

CPU: AMD Phenom 9650 2.3GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 95W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103288
$170

Total of all items included WITHOUT taxes and shipping is set to: $309
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The first display is intergrated. He's probably not using it, as the system disables the onboard GPU with a PEG card in there.

I'd say the CPU. Most systems nowdays runs dual-core. But the board might refrain you from getting a quad core. So, let me give out my suggestion:
Board: GIGABYTE GA-MA790GP-DS4H AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128352
$139

CPU: AMD Phenom 9650 2.3GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 95W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103288
$170

Total of all items included WITHOUT taxes and shipping is set to: $309

Great Suggestion. exactly what i was thinking myself. +1
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Old 11-10-2008, 12:38 PM   #6
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why not the 9850 for the same price?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103249

and his computer might only support DDR, and not DDR2, so he might need some new ram.
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Old 11-10-2008, 05:45 PM   #7
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Someone before asked me what im using it for and i am indeed using it for gaming if that changes anything.

Just wanted to make sure that all that stuff is compatible with my computer and would be good for higher end gaming?
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