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upgrading computer

by dzdzdz / November 20, 2006 9:43 AM PST

I need help deciding what to upgrade my computer with and im looking to spend around 300 to 400 dollars. My computer is a emachines T2875 and here's the specs:

*CPU: AMD Athlon? XP 2800+ Processor
(2.083GHz, 333MHz FSB, 512KB L2 cache)
*Operating System: Genuine Microsoft

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OK...let's start with why do you want to upgrade ?
by VAPCMD / November 20, 2006 11:16 AM PST
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And what do you use the machine for ?

VAPCMD

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i need to upgrade the computer because ...
by dzdzdz / November 20, 2006 1:58 PM PST

My computer can't handle the current video games i have and i don't know what to buy for the computer such as video cards, ram and etc.

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Two routes:
by VAPCMD / November 20, 2006 11:26 PM PST

1. Get a separate video card suitable for the games you want to play (see video card reviews at http://www.tomshardware.com) AND add another 512MBs System RAM. Choose the video card with care ...if too robust...it might require a new power supply to support it.

2. Sell the existing rig ($150-$200 ??) and buy a one new equipped for use intended.... enough RAM and video GPU and PSU for gaming.

Adding the proceeds from your old rig plus cash available for upgrade .... is the route I'd recommend.

VAPCMD

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In my opin9on "upgrading"
by Ray Harinec / November 20, 2006 11:38 AM PST
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can mean anything. Upgrading an existing proprietary type is usually a waste of money UNLESS one starts with a larger case for better cooling ability, a new mobo, CPU and memory ansd power supply. A mobo with either an AGP slot [or PCIEx 16] for video. Then transfer all the other stuff from the eMachines. The better [larger] case and versatile mobo will then allow for further upgrading.

For AMD the socket 939 mobo's still allow for some growth. For Intel, get a mobo that will eventually allow you to put a Conroe core in it. Apparently the 965 chipset will do, and one can get such mobos with extensive extra features to allow for future growth.

Forcing hotter running CPU's into those small cases and putting a decent video card in them [if they even have a slot for a video card] will overwhelm the cooling capability and power supply.

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So...
by dzdzdz / November 20, 2006 2:17 PM PST

What would you suggest i build with a larger case? since i mostly use my computer for gaming and school work.

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You should understand that gaming
by Ray Harinec / November 21, 2006 8:44 AM PST
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and extensive video work place the most severe demands for having a good computer system in all areas, CPU speed, Memory [FSB] speed & quantity, A great [and very hot running] Video card.

With the exception of the Intel Conroe cores, at present, all of these items consume mucho power and thus generate mucho heat that must somehow be moved out of the computer.

The school work can usually be handled by a $400 HP or Dell without blinking an eye. They just use Micro ATX mobos, small but cute cases and simply do not accomdate the upgrade to gaming because of the things mentioned.

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