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post #1 of 11
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Hey everyone. I want to upgrade my GT5408 desktop for above-casual gaming.. it currently has a 1.8 GHz E3400 and an 8600 GTS.. very outdated

Here's my mobo:
http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHERB...6160Rsp2.shtml

And here is my Newegg wishlist:
http://secure.newegg.ca/WishList/Pub...umber=19423927

Does this look fine? Will everything be like compatible? (As in the sockets, wattage, etc.)

My budget is around $400.. since this is only $200 I figured I could spend the rest on other goodies and/or save some money.. I was thinking:

RAM (I currently have 3 GB of DDR2, but I guess to upgrade this I would buy another mobo?)
HDD (320 GB is really small)
Power supply (if I buy other "goodies")

Also, I have an AMD thread here: http://www.overclock.net/amd-general...l#post12341964
Would it be better to go the AMD way? (for quad core) Or buy an Intel mobo and buy an Intel quad core (I read that Intel is more expensive)
Edited by gh0st3 - 2/10/11 at 8:13pm
post #2 of 11
You need to share that wishlist so we can see it.
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My bad. It's shared now.
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You'll need to fix the link as well

Anyway. It all depends on what games you want to play.
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post #5 of 11
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Haha new to this..

Fixed it, hopefully will work now.

I'm into RTS games and shooters.

I guess I'd be playing games like..:

CSS (easy to run)
RUSE
Garry's Mod (again, easy to run)
Rome Total War
Empire Total War
Crysis
Dragon Age Origins
TF2
World in Conflict
Red Alert 3
Tiberium Wars
Rise of Nations
Warcraft 3

etc. etc.

What do you think? Can I play those games on high settings on at least 1280 x 720?
post #6 of 11
Assuming your power supply can run that stuff, yeah. However, I doubt it can. OEMs tend to underpower their machines.
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post #7 of 11
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I bought a 450w PSU a few years back, any idea if that would cut it?
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Originally Posted by gh0st3 View Post
I bought a 450w PSU a few years back, any idea if that would cut it?
If it's a reputable 450w, you've got more than enough power. Do you know the model of PSU you have?
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What PSU? If it's a good-quality PSU, you should be good to go.

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If it's a reputable 450w, you've got more than enough power. Do you know the model of PSU you have?
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post #10 of 11
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Not sure guys. My mom made me throw out the box like 2 weeks ago D:

can I check on the outside of the computer? (but i can't check right now)
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