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post #1 of 32
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So when my year old laptop that I payed $800 for failed to play games like TF2 and CSS on max(even mid) settings at a decent frame rate and resolution, I decided to see if it was possible to upgrade a $400 desktop I purchased a few years ago.

ATI Radeon Xpress 200 chipset
Intel Celeron D 3.20 GHz Processor 352
ATI Radeon X200-based integrated graphics

Its an emachines t3516 (http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=T3516-R) with an AGP and 2 pci ports. Its running a 300w power supply and I was wondering what would be the best possible video card I could buy for it that might have a chance at running these games, without failing because of lack of power from the power supply. Also should/can I upgrade the ram and processor on this thing. Thanks for any help.
post #2 of 32
not gonna be much power for the money you will spend.

You could upgrade it all but its going to cost you similar to a newer light weight build.

GPU- you could try a 4650 for AGP on newegg.com
CPU- None of the processors are going to be huge jumps
RAM- Not gonna jump in size, but $70 for 2GB DDR on newegg.com
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Evga 9800gt Akimbo - $50 at tigerdirect ATM (no rebates)

Grab a cheap quad or dual (second hand or brand new and OC it)

and you have got yourself a gaming rig
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Evga 9800gt Akimbo - $50 at tigerdirect ATM (no rebates)

Grab a cheap quad or dual (second hand or brand new and OC it)

and you have got yourself a gaming rig
Since when did 9800gt's come in apg flavor?
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post #5 of 32
it wont be worth while, I'd say you sell that Pc and get into the new fad, PCIE ..

some old AGP cards / versions cost more then some higher end graphics cards thesedays..

But if you still want to get it, I'd say try to grab a AGP version of HD3650 - HD3870 or a HD4650 (plays most games in good balance of quality/ performance and settings)..
post #6 of 32
By the time you spend a bunch of money on old parts you could easily just have a newer platform.

Also, I'm sure you're now aware of this but whenever buying a laptop, avoid GMA like the plague.
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ATI Radeon Xpress 200 chipset
Intel Celeron D 3.20 GHz Processor 352
ATI Radeon X200-based integrated graphics
not to bad specs

but then I saw...

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Its an emachines t3516
    
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I would save up and re-do the build..you can get a budget gaming build quite reasonably priced now.
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I wouldnt spend any money on a E-machines system. Sell it on ebay, with the money you got for it, put towards a Pentium 4 or even a pentium D.
    
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I wouldnt spend any money on a E-machines system. Sell it on ebay, with the money you got for it, put towards a Pentium 4 or even a pentium D.
What? Why would you suggest such a senseless move as that?
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