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Old 05-01-2009, 02:49 PM   #1
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So, one guy brought his computer in today. After pulling out 5 handfuls of dust (no exaggeration), I got a look at this computer. He has an ASUS A7X8X-X motherboard with an AMD Athlon XP processor. He wants to upgrade this for Empire: Total War. He gave me $400 to do this. He said I could keep whatever I didn't spend. I need the cheapest possible option to run that game around high settings with decent framerates. I'm most probably going to need a new power supply too. What do you think of this combo, or can I go cheaper? He won't be overclocking and isn't a hardcore gamer. Plays at a resolution of 1280x1024.

CPU: http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0309833

Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813135075

RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231144

PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182016

GPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102822

Can you guys find any combo deals?
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Old 05-01-2009, 03:02 PM   #2
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Let me do a little looking around. As you know from last night, Rohan, I'm certainly no specialist in ATI/AMD products. But I can do my best to help

I found the minimum system specs.
* CPU: 2.6Ghz single core processor
* RAM: 1GB RAM (2GB for Vista)
* Graphics: a DirectX 9.0c card with 256mb RAM
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Old 05-01-2009, 03:05 PM   #3
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Thanks. I'm usually good with deals when helping other people, just not for myself, haha. I want to at least make around $100. I really need the money. Cheaper is better, though!
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Old 05-01-2009, 03:07 PM   #4
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Newegg or Tigerdirect. Or whatever can be bought from the same place for less?

Moreover, is he keeping the same harddrive? and case? as well as optical drive?
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I don't care where it's ordered from. I just want the absolute cheapest price. My zip code is 21703. I'm going to start searching ebay. I don't want to rip this guy off with crappy parts. I'm going to start searching for a good case and power supply combo.
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Arg. I don't know. You design an AMD based one, I'll see if I can get an Intel based system using a Pentium Dual Core.

EDIT: I think i've got something

CPU/MOBO - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.189777
RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231203
PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817153023
GPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150245
Case - You choose. It can be with a PSU and take the one I found out or w/o a PSU.
HDD(if you need one) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148397
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Old 05-01-2009, 04:17 PM   #7
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The guy wants to use the case he has now. I just bought an Ultra 550w power supply for a great price. I don't need a hard drive. I like your choice, but I'm going to lean towards AMD. The Kuma is a better gaming chip. I want to give him an ATX board for upgrading later on if he wants.
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