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post #1 of 6
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Hi guys,

Just finished skimming over the specs of my mom's rig (formerly mine ^^) and i'd really like to make some quick and cheap upgrades to get it going a bit faster, but i do have some questions so i hope you guys can help me out smile.gif

Rig in question:
MB: Asus A8N5X
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3200
GPU: nVidia G100
RAM: 2x512MB 184-pin DDR @ 400MHz
PSU: Really cheap one -.- (it has even started to shut down from time to time... mainly the reason for the upgrades / no idea what wattage cause i could only look with teamviewer)

I'll be keeping the MB and GPU (since my mom doesn't do all that much on a PC anyways). Now to the stuff that needs to be changed..

CPU: Was looking on ebay and i found a couple of Athlon 64 X2 4600 with the E4, E6 stepping (just as it said on the CPU support list). But i have to wonder... is the MB really gonna be okay with a CPU that has a 110TDP? I know it should, given that it's on the Support list, but i just wanna run it by you guys as well for certainty.

RAM: Gonna look for some 2x1GB 184-pin DDR @ 400MHz, anything else would be way to expensive from what i saw.

PSU: Antec Earthwatts 380D? Is this overkill for this rig? (Even so, it's pretty cheap and i imagine there's some room for mounting another HDD and some extra fans and such)

EDIT: Does anyone have any idea which BIOS version is best for this MB?

Thanks.
Edited by kyuubi654 - 2/23/12 at 2:56pm
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post #2 of 6
How much money are you going to be spending on this CPU and PSU?

EDIT OT: Are you kyuubicake?
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post #3 of 6
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Um, saw the PSU for 35-40EUR. The CPU i'm going to try and get as cheap as possible on ebay. Why?

Nope, not kyuubicake smile.gif Sorry.
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post #4 of 6
Because I was in a similar predicament with my old rig I donated to my parents, and I ended up just buying them a Zacate platform e-350. In total I think I got them up and running for $120 with 4GB of DDR3. Ended up being similar performance and 24W TDP, essentially paying for itself after a year.

The best bios to use will be the newest OEM release if you choose to go your route. The Antec should be just fine. While it is overkill it wattage, it's not on price.
Edited by S.M. - 2/23/12 at 6:49pm
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post #5 of 6
You could move to the E350. They're great for youtube, and browsing. Heck. It runs HAWX 2 at 1080P, max detail at 4 fps smile.gif
Most of them are passive cooled too =3
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post #6 of 6
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Adding the parts up it would come out to about 140EUR to go E350, whereas upgrading 3 parts gets me to about 85EUR (i'm usually lucky at ebay auctions so i'm hoping for a low price on the CPU).

Then there's the performance difference that comes up between the two platforms(Benchmark Comparison)

I'd also like something new rather than keep re-using old components, but it does seem right now that older is better, wouldn't you say so?

BTW, i just noticed that the 64 x2 4600 only has 1MB L2Cache, so i might be going for either the 4400 or the 4800 since those have 2MB.
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CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Cooler Master Hyper 212+ 120mm Xilence Red Wing @ 1300rpm 120mm Xilence Red Wing @ 1500rpm Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
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