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My friend has a Pre-Built HP that he bought a year or so ago. He wants to be able to play Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2 at Max Settings (or at least high) and have an overall strong computer. However, I need to find the most inexpensive way to do this. I am thinking that moderate upgrades to the cpu, gpu, and psu will take care of this, with a new case to allow room and airflow. He has never built a PC before so I'm trying to make it as easy as possible.

Here is the HP Desktop that he currently has:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01852860&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&product=4006351

Specs:

Processor : AMD Sempron LE-1250 2.20Ghz
Motherboard : PEGATRON CORPORATION M2N68-LA (NARRA5)
Chipset : nVidia GeForce 6100V
Processor Socket Type : Socket AM2 (940)
Memory : 4096MB
Hard Drive 1 : 320GB
Video Card + Video Card Memory Size : NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 128 MB
Optical Drive : DVDRW (DVD BURNER)
Network Card : NVIDIA nForce 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
Power Supply: 220w
Sound Card : Hewlett-Packard Company nForce 430 (MCP61) High Definition Audio
Operating System : Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit


The motherboard specs state that it can support AM3 CPU's w/ 95w TDP and has a 16x PCI-E Slot. With that in mind, I was thinking the best options would be:

AMD Phenom II Deneb CPU
Phenom II x4 830 (95w) for $49

Nvidia GTX 460
(I'll find one used in the Marketplace.)

Case/PSU Combo (Something like this?)
Raidmax Atlas w/ 500w PSU


What do you guys think? Am I mistaken about any of this and are there better options? Will this even max D3 and SC2 as I believe it will?

Thanks so much for the help!
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post #2 of 21
Make sure the mobo is a standard ATX format (or mATX) so you can mount it in the new case. Or you might have to also buy a new mobo.
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post #4 of 21
You could save money on a case, just fit a rear exhaust fan.. When I upgrade pre-built computers I find the best version of that model and stick to that cpu..

That board is built by ASUS for HP and should support that processor, the graphics card will be fine.
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post #5 of 21
How much does he want to spend?

I am assuming as little as possible?

It might be worth ditching the pre built case.
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post #6 of 21
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The main problem w/ the case is the power supply. I believe you have to buy a special made one from HP to fit. However, if the case will work then it can definitely be used as that will save more money. I was just afraid that the airflow would be poor.

Yes, no set budget, just looking to stay as cheap as possible without running into any headaches.
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post #7 of 21
I doubt a Raidmax case and power supply combo at $70 is worth while, now or in the future.
Corsair CX430 (or 500), Antec Neo Eco, Rosewill Green, among others go on sale regularly with rebates
I would trust a CX430 much more than a Raidmax 500.
A NZXT Source 210 ($40 from Ammazon with prime) might be the place to start.
NCIX.US Easter sale has the Zalman Z9 Plus for $49.99 before $10 MIR, may need something more to reach $50 free shipping.

Be certain any power supply has the PCIe connectors for the best video card contemplated. 6/2, 6/0, whatever.

I doubt the motherboard will overclock, so an AMD heatpipe cooler should be fine.

We would need to know the current and intended resolutions of the monitor to recomment a video card,
What will max at 1360x768 won''t at 1920x1080.

Microcenter carries the NZXT Source 210 at $40, or, if it is an mATX motherboard the Fractal Coore 1000, though it gets some mixed reviews.
Antec 302 would be very good.
Edited by brasslad - 4/6/12 at 3:13pm
post #8 of 21
with the chip set on that board a PH II 5** is all you need and load windows 7 on a 30gig ssd and the gpu and PSU you sugested will do the trick
post #9 of 21
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Okay, so will any of those Deneb CPU's be fine? Will even the slower ones be strong enough or must it be one of the faster clocked models?

As for screen size and resolution, I believe he has a 22" LG Monitor so it will be 1920x1080.

Thanks!
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post #10 of 21
Only supports AM2+

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Possible upgrades..? http://www.cpu-upgrade.com/mb-ASUS/M2N68-LA_%28Narra3-GL8E%29.html
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