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Ok so i am wanting to upgrade/build a new system. I dont want to have to get a new video card since right now i have a 2900pro OC'd to xt speeds. I do not need a new cd, dvd, or any kind of drive except hard drive but if you know of a great dvd +-RW that is sata 3gb's i would be interested. My budget is pretty cheap i want to go as low as possible but i know for a good gaming system logically it has to be around 600+. I will post my current specs so you know what i am working off of.Also i would like to be able to use my old ram as well with a new mobo.

CPUentium D 945 socket lga775
RAM:3gb(3 1gb sticks) PNY 240-Pin DDR2 (PC2 5300)
HD:80gb sata P.O.S.
MOBO: ECS 945P-A (1.1) LGA 775 Intel 945P ATX Intel Motherboard
(EDIT)PS. need a power supply too

Ok well i hope you all can help me a bit. As far as amd and intel i dont give a crap as long as i can play my games good and it has room to o/c but i dont want to have to o/c to play good either.
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Intel Pentium D 3.4ghz ECS 945p-A 1.1v Saphire ATI X1300XT 512mb 1gb Geil DDR2 667 1gb Gskill DDR2 667 
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2 80gb one SATA one IDE WIN Xp Home 17"compaq Cheap 20pin 400w 
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2 80gb one SATA one IDE WIN Xp Home 17"compaq Cheap 20pin 400w 
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post #2 of 8
This would be my suggestion for a GOOD gaming platform:
Total: $639.94

Alternative CPU is the Q6600, but that will add another $40.

If this suggestion is too expensive, here is an alternative that will perform quite well also:
Total: $431.94

Yes, the PSU is the most expensive part in this second list

I did include RAM, since I do recommend you upgrade the RAM. RAM prices are crazy low, and your current RAM will hold your overclock down.

It's up to you how much you spend. You could just pick some from each list
    
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I'm not sure how well your board OC's but a q6600 or e8400 would be a good upgrade for you. As far as power supplies go there are a few brands people like such as Corsair, OCZ, PC Power and Cooling, Seasonic.
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OCZ Agility3 120GB Seagate 1TB Samsung Cooler Master Hyper 412 
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OCZ Agility3 120GB Seagate 1TB Samsung Cooler Master Hyper 412 
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Originally Posted by Jpshaff01 View Post
I'm not sure how well your board OC's but a q6600 or e8400 would be a good upgrade for you. As far as power supplies go there are a few brands people like such as Corsair, OCZ, PC Power and Cooling, Seasonic.
I am pretty sure his current motherboard does NOT support the Q6600 nor he E8400... that's quite an old chipset.
    
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yeah my mobo is pretty lame. Thanks for the advice. that was one of the chips i was looking at but wasn't sure what chip was good right now on the market.
All that looks good though. Power supplies lately i have noticed are kinda rediculous in price considering just a couple years ago i could get a nice 500w for 50 bucks lol. One question i have though is are you sure that 550w can handle the hd2900pro power consumption oc'd?

BTW i actually allready have the artic cooler 7 but would you suggest the other over it because honnestly i have had a horrible time with mine staying on the board and keeping the temps below 60c
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Intel Pentium D 3.4ghz ECS 945p-A 1.1v Saphire ATI X1300XT 512mb 1gb Geil DDR2 667 1gb Gskill DDR2 667 
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2 80gb one SATA one IDE WIN Xp Home 17"compaq Cheap 20pin 400w 
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Intel Pentium D 3.4ghz ECS 945p-A 1.1v Saphire ATI X1300XT 512mb 1gb Geil DDR2 667 1gb Gskill DDR2 667 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2 80gb one SATA one IDE WIN Xp Home 17"compaq Cheap 20pin 400w 
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I would recommend the Tuniq over the Arctic cooler. The Arctic is good for its price, but the Tuniq is still one of the better coolers on the market. It's quite huge though

The E8400 is a very capable chip, and you'll love it. Overclocks like mad also in general.

Well, I can recommend you a decent 500W PSU for $50, but that won't be one that can keep up with your rig (including video card). The Corsair I linked is a very nice PSU, and even though it delivers 'only' 550W, it boast a hecty 12V rail of 41A, which is more than enough for your rig with the 2900PRO.
    
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E8400 @ 3.8 GHz DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R eVGA 8400GS 2GB Mushkin DDR2 800 (single stick) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB WD SATA None Windows XP Pro 32-bit HP Pavilion f1703 
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E8400 @ 3.8 GHz DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R eVGA 8400GS 2GB Mushkin DDR2 800 (single stick) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB WD SATA None Windows XP Pro 32-bit HP Pavilion f1703 
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post #7 of 8
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ok cool this is really helping alot. I hope i am not asking too many questions in light of searching it is just i can not seem to get good answerers from spec sheets on what is better or better for me. Thoes motherboards is there any reason why the dfi would be worth the extra $40?

Cause this seems like the system i would make outta what you put up so far.

Western Digital Caviar 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX ATX12V V2.2 550W Power Supply

G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual
Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ

Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400
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Intel Pentium D 3.4ghz ECS 945p-A 1.1v Saphire ATI X1300XT 512mb 1gb Geil DDR2 667 1gb Gskill DDR2 667 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2 80gb one SATA one IDE WIN Xp Home 17"compaq Cheap 20pin 400w 
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coolmax 
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Intel Pentium D 3.4ghz ECS 945p-A 1.1v Saphire ATI X1300XT 512mb 1gb Geil DDR2 667 1gb Gskill DDR2 667 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2 80gb one SATA one IDE WIN Xp Home 17"compaq Cheap 20pin 400w 
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post #8 of 8
Quality wise, they're both good boards. However, with the DFI you have more overclocking options, and the board likely overclocks better. In general, it's worth the extra $40, although the Gigabyte won't disappoint you too much
    
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E8400 @ 3.8 GHz DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R eVGA 8400GS 2GB Mushkin DDR2 800 (single stick) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB WD SATA None Windows XP Pro 32-bit HP Pavilion f1703 
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Mouse Pad
N/A 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB WD SATA None Windows XP Pro 32-bit HP Pavilion f1703 
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