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Awesome site, can't believe I haven't run into this place before. Anyways, glad I found it!

Well, it's finally time for me to upgrade my rig. I have a settlement check coming soon from an old employer and my tax refund is also coming .

This is what I'm running right now:

Mainboard :Asus M2A-VM
Chipset :AMD RS690/RS690M
Processor :AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ @ 2800MHz
Physical Memory :2048MB (2 x 1024 DDR2-SDRAM )
Video Card :NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT
Hard Disk :Western Digital WD3200AAKS-00B3A0 ATA Device (320GB)
DVD-Rom Drive :Toshiba-Samsung CDDVDW SH-S202J
Monitor Type :ViewSonic VA2026w - 20 inches
Network Card :Realtek Semiconductor RTL8168/8111 PCIe Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
Network Card :Ralink Technology RT2561/RT61 802.11g PCI
Operating System :Windows 7 Ultimate Professional Media Center 6.01.7600 (64-bit)
DirectX :Version 11.00
Windows Performance Index :5.5 on 7.9

600W power supply.

I think to get the most bang for my buck I would really need to go ahead and get a new MB, memory etc right? I would like to keep it under $400.

Let me know what you all think!
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post #2 of 15
TBH you're probably better off saving and upgrading the whole thing.
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post #3 of 15
What make and model is your PSU... if its a generic then i wont suggest any upgrades but that for the moment.
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post #4 of 15
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I'm not sure what brand PS it is. I would probably need to look in the case to find out right?

I realize I would probably need to upgrade everything, the MB, processor, new memory and then a video card but I do have a case and all the other various stuff I need so it wouldn't be a completely new build.

I was thinking of maybe just putting more ram in my current set up and trying to get another year out of it or something but I am really upgrading for an upcoming game(rift). The engine the game runs or something doesn't agree with my set up right now, my FPS in that game isn't that good.

Basically thats the main reason I want to upgrade but I am also getting a little bit of unexpected cash and why not now ya know?
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post #5 of 15
Yes but if the PSU is generic crap you wanna replace it with a decent unit. otherwise it can bite you in the ass and blow up taking any new parts with it... You want a decent unit that will last you a good 5 years if you get a decent unit.
Edited by jammo2k5 - 2/9/11 at 11:18pm
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post #6 of 15
As Jammo said, PSU upgrade will most likely be a must. Let us know what brand it is.

Keep the case, DVDRW, Monitor, etc, maybe even the HDD. But if you're going to upgrade, save a bit more and get a new mobo, CPU, GPU, and RAM. Maybe a PSU too, depending.

You've already got Win7 so no worries there.
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post #7 of 15
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Ok, let's assume that my power supply is decent. I'll find out what brand it is later but I'm assuming I'll need to upgrade it. Also I'm prob keep the HDD for now and upgrade it a little down the line when I have the extra $, I know I might sacrifice some performance with an older HDD but it should be ok for now don't ya think? Basically I'm looking at a good mobo and CPU combination that I can get for less $250, less if possible. I already know the card I'm going to get after doing a good bit of research on the forums.

What do you all think for mobo and a good deal on a quad core CPU? Oh yeah and the ram as well.
Edited by gotskil - 2/10/11 at 12:26pm
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post #9 of 15
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^Thanks, I really hate on board video. What do you all think of the asus and gigabyte here:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007625%2060001 3659%20600007943%20600008296&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&Sh owDeactivatedMark=False&CompareItemList=22|13-131-647^13-131-647-TS,13-128-443^13-128-443-TS,13-130-309^13-130-309-TS

Or the MSI here:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130275

I've read a lot of funky stuff goes on with those AMI boards but it's a good price.

This is the PS I have:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817116008
Edited by gotskil - 2/10/11 at 2:55pm
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post #10 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by jasonhardin View Post
No.
1. Avoid generic RAM, there is always better priced performance RAM
2. Motherboard not too good for price

- $120 [Amazon]
Crucial Ballistix 1333 CL7 - $40, $34 after promo DM15A02US
Biostar A880G+ - $65 shipped

Total - $219 shipped, $18 lower than the quoted combo and with better parts
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