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REALLY Need help. GT 520 not doing it for me

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So, I got this old Dell dimension E520 a while back, and I wanted to start doing some gaming.
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dimE520/en/SM_EN/specs.htm
Those are the stock specs.
305 Watt PSU
Crappy GPU
1.86 GHZ Core 2 duo Conroe
2 GB DDR2


I had about $250 to upgrade it as much as possible (Keep in mind I also had to buy a keyboard, mouse, and monitor)
So I made a trip to best buy and bought
EVGA 2GB Nvidia GT520
430 Watt psu
500GB HDD
22 inch monitor
Wireless keyboard and mouse
Quest wireless adapter (For internet)

I didn't really research the parts or anything, I didn't even know if they would work, but I took a chance and put it all together.
Obviously, they are all working. But the performance is still lacking extremely when it comes to gaming. I did a little research and found out how crappy the GT520 is.
Also, I found out that virtually no overclocking is possible with this mother board (0wg864)
Alright, so to get more performance, I understand that some upgrades are in order.
Motherboard
Graphics card
RAM
Processor

Well, luckily before I bought these items I read up and found out that Dell probably also made it impossible to fit any other Motherboard in the case.
So now I am left with a choice:

Sell my computer, use the money to make an extreme budget computer ($400-$450)

Attempt to fit in an after market motherboard and buy more ram,a better cpu, and a better graphics card. (After selling the GT520)

Any help is immensely appreciated and thank you in advance.
post #2 of 7
Sell it all and build a budget computer. tongue.gif
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both options seem to start from scratch, scrap the old computer and save the power supply if that will work, and go from there.
post #4 of 7
sell your computer and build something from scratch again...

see if you return the stuff from best buy...its a overpriced and low selection store when it comes to computer parts.
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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6lq1
This should be good. smile.gif
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Oh man. That build looks amazing. I don't know how you guys do it. So I guess I'm going to have to try to sell a computer with no Hard drive or power supply for as much as possible? Where would be a good place to sell? Craigslist?
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Originally Posted by sjh981 View Post

Oh man. That build looks amazing. I don't know how you guys do it. So I guess I'm going to have to try to sell a computer with no Hard drive or power supply for as much as possible? Where would be a good place to sell? Craigslist?

Craigslist usually is full of low ballers or people who don't know what they're talking about. You can take a shot at eBay or other online sites.
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