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I acquired a Packard Bell iExtreme M3720 and was thinking of upgrading it into a light gaming PC.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 2.5 GHz
Generic DDR2 RAM @ 800 MHz
MCP73PVT-PM Motherboard (It's a mATX board and has a x16 slot)
GeForce 7100 IGP <-- Yup, sucks.
Windows 7 Home Premium

I'm going to spend up to £100 upgrading the power supply and getting a dedicated graphics card, for the hell of it.

Power Supply: http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/powersupplies/cmpsu-430cxv2uk.html - Would 430W be enough?
Graphics Card: http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/atiradeongraphicscards/atihd6600series/90-c1cqr5-l0uay0yz.html - Seems to be a decent performing card for the price.

I should also mention that the PC is hooked up to a 17" 1280x1024 monitor.

One more thing, I'm debating weather or not to buy a case too, The OEM one it's in at the moment can't be very good. The Fractal Design Core 1000 looks great value.

Opinions? Any better suggestions?

Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 8
that corsair cx430w would be fine for what you have inc. the HD 6670.
Would you consider buying used parts?
I have seen HD 6850's going used for around £60-65
and you could get a good 500w psu for around £40, i got my corsair hx520w for £40 last year, still with 3 years of warranty left on it (iirc all corsair psu's have 5 years warranty)
also avforums have a good classified section, just need to pm a mod to start buying


Oh if gaming, try to have 4gb ram
personally i would get a higher res monitor before getting a case, it will be worth it
edit. can you see the link to avforums? as i cant confused.gif
Edited by j.col - 5/14/12 at 1:48pm
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post #3 of 8
You can go used, with the 7xxx series popping up, your going to be seeing a lot of people selling their last gen cards for dirt cheap so the can upgrade. Or you could go with something like a 7670, but your going to have to wait until it is released in the not so distant future. 400-500 watt PSU's can power most mid-low range cards with ease.
post #4 of 8
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Thanks for the suggestions. I'll have a look out for any used graphics cards but I'd much prefer to buy new.
post #5 of 8
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Sorry to double post but it seems as so the x16 slot on the motherboard is dead or something. I tried installing my dad's old 9500GT in it, which has been working fine for over 3 years and it doesn't show a display but it does heat up like it would do if it was running normally.

So to the above paragraph, is it worth buying a 775 motherboard bearing in mind I only have DDR2 RAM or should I just buy a newer motherboard, processor and RAM and increase my budget to £200?

Essentially this will be like a new budget gaming PC as it would appear.
post #6 of 8
you will get a Intel 2nd gen Gxx Series CPU with H61 motherboard 4Gigs for RAM and 6770 in that budget something like
PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Pentium G840 2.8GHz Dual-Core Processor (£50.99 @ Novatech)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-VS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£36.50 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: AMD Entertainment Edition 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£12.49 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 6770 1GB Video Card (£70.25 @ Ebuyer)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply (£34.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Total: £205.22

thats a dual core CPU but a Great CPU for budget gaming builds and the CPU is as good as a FX-8150 when it comes to gaming have a look HERE even Tomshardware says the G840 is in the same class of CPU as FX-8120 when it comes to gaming Linkie eek.gif
Quote:
Tomshardware.com

Intel's $75 Pentium G630 beat the FX-4100, -6100, and -8120 in our recent sub-$200 CPU gaming comparison. In fact, it finished right on par with the Phenom II X4 955.
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source

that CPU is just making me nuts man

588


hope you like it smile.gif
Edited by Tarun - 5/23/12 at 3:38am
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
Wow, thanks so much. Really helpful! I'll certainly take a majority of that into consideration. Though I do need to add a case into that price, so I'll have to settle with a cheaper graphics card like a 6670 to keep it near £200.

One more thing, will I be able to overclock that pentium?

+Rep
post #8 of 8
try the 6750 you can flash it to 6770 i have heard and if going with a 6670 make sure it GDDR5 aka DDR5 is the same thumb.gif
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