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Old 04-17-2007, 09:23 PM   #1
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ok first off id like to apologize in advance for any typical stupid noob questions i might ask......
i have an old Emachines p4 2.4Ghz...its pretty much ancient!! about 5 years i think.. anyways not to long ago i upgraded the ram to 1.5 gigs got a atiX700 pro graphics card, platinum sound card and a 200gig HD and a dvd/cd burner....what im looking to do is basically build a new computer from the upgraded parts i have....i dont even know if i can do this but im thinking i need a new MOBO and processor for sure and then whatever else i need.....im looking to keep it under $500..... any help would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks!!
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Old 04-17-2007, 09:24 PM   #2
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what speed it the ram, becuase that will determine if you should still use it. And what do you want the comp to be able to do, gaming? what games?
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Old 04-17-2007, 09:35 PM   #3
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im pretty sure pc3200???? how could i check without pulling it out?? also i play a few games like Half-Life but imainly it will be used for video/audio edidting and a little bit of 3d modeling
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if it's pc3200 you should look for a skt939 board and get an opteron 175 x2 processor.
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Old 04-17-2007, 09:57 PM   #5
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ok if i go with that will i need a new case or power supply also??? and will i be able to run the operating system currently on my HD?
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You'll be able to keep the same OS that is running on your HD, as for the power supply, since it's an Emachine I'd recommend getting yourself a better powersupply, 400-500W should be more than enough to support the hardware that you specified.
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I second what kchi55 has said. Just when you transfer the HDD to a motherboard, follow this guide: http://www.computerforums.org/showthread.php?p=355351
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Old 04-17-2007, 10:47 PM   #8
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will that setup just put my current comp to shame??
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Old 04-18-2007, 07:00 PM   #9
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if it would be worth spending the extra $150 for some new memory i could....what would be my best option then as far as ram, processor, and mobo for under say $600-650......also i need a agp slot for my video card..just somthing to keep in mind...
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ok i just downloaded that cpu-z program and found out i have 512mb of pc2100 and 1gig of pc3200........is that bad to mix and match???
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