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Old 08-29-2007, 01:06 AM   #1
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Default Need help with how to upgrade this setup

Ok, now I know it's not a perfect computer system guys, but I got it for $58.97 total. My brother works for the county and got it for that much. Please any help would be appreciated, not many computer forums seem to want to help me for some reason Well anyway, this is what it comes with:

Gateway E-6100C workstation; 7 bay tower case w/250 watt power supply
-Floppy and/or IOMEGA Drive 3.5 inch 1.44MB diskette drive
-104+ keyboard
-Integrated ultra ATA100 and serial ATA150 controllers
-Integrated Intel 10/100/1000 Ethernet(Gigabit) adapter
-80GB Ultra ATA100 7200 rpm harddrive
-Pentium 4 3.2GHz
-DVDR/RW/CD-RW recorder and 16x DVD-ROM drive
-1gb PC3200 400MHz DDR SDRAM
-128MB Nvidia GeForce FX5200G
-VX1130 22 in. Mitsubushi Diamondtron Monitor
-Sound Blaster Audio PCI 128D
-2 speakers
-USB optical wheel mouse
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Old 08-29-2007, 01:13 AM   #2
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Ok, the first thing I would do is throw the PSU and get a higher wattage one. Perhaps this one will suit you:
FSP Group (Fortron Source) AX450-PN ATX12V 450W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817104954

Then update the RAM to two gigs, preferably 667Mhz, maybe even 800Mhz if your mobo supports it. Give me the mobo data and I will select it.

The next thing, if you are going with the same mobo is to get a better GPU. Good AGP slot cards are not that easy to find but here is a good one for the price:
EVGA 256-A8-N542-T2 GeForce 7600GS 256MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130076

After that, you might want to get a better HDD.
This one is nice:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148262

Now, are you getting a new mobo, or keeping this one?
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Old 08-29-2007, 01:16 AM   #3
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Crap...I don't even know what motherboard it has. It doesn't say it on the paper...without that info I can't really do anything, right?
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Well the components I showed you WILL work with your mobo, I am almost definite of that, but if you want to find out the mobo you can download Everest Ultimate the trial, then see what data is shows for the mobo.

Here is a link: http://www.download.com/Everest-Ulti...ml?tag=lst-0-1
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Old 08-29-2007, 01:21 AM   #5
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get a bigger psu 500
and if your willing to spend the money
u can get up to a 7900 geforce in agp
on newegg
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Old 08-29-2007, 01:21 AM   #6
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Oh ok, great, thanks. I don't have the computer yet though. But I'm definitely getting the 450W power supply, another 2gb of ram, and one person told me this card is better than a 7600:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102093
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ya it deff is
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Oh it is, but I didn't think you wanted to spend that much. I can reccomend you THE best AGP card, but it will be pricey.
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Ok, what is THE best AGP that would work WITHIN my specs ONCE I upgrade the power supply and ram ?
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Here is the best AGP card I could find that is reasonably priced.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161082
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