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upgrading my emachines t6524 to a gaming pc

by The One61542 / March 13, 2007 10:03 AM PDT

i wat to kno what i need to make this pc a gaming powerhouse.
I need a new motherboard, graphics card(probably the NVIDIA GeForce Go 8800 GTX), new processor(i was looking towards the intel core 2 duo 1.6ghz), and anything els you guys might suggest.


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i forgot
by The One61542 / March 13, 2007 10:04 AM PDT

i forgot to add that my bugget is $900

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game comp.
by lisaharrisstudio / March 14, 2007 4:41 PM PDT

I would start by spending some money ($100 to $200) on a very good power supply, somewhere between 500 and 1000 watts max. for your new graphic card. The standard power supply on a typical emachine is 300 watts max (like almost all retail computers not built for gaming)and the better graphic cards will need 350 watts or more. The 8800 costs between $380 and $550 (also check spec. for power supply) so there goes a big chunk of your $900. Also up-grade to 2 gb ram. Check your current motherboard spec. and see if it can take an AMD X2 (AM2 or 939, $100-$200). If it can, it would be cheaper and you would not have to buy a new motherboard.
Good luck!

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upgrading t6524 to be a gamer
by ramarc / March 15, 2007 2:09 AM PDT

unfortunately, dual-core athlon 64 x2s for socket 939 are almost completely gone. zipzoomfly has the x2 4200+, but considering its more expensive than the x2 4800+ was three weeks ago, its a tough pill to swallow.

still, i think you should keep your motherboard so you don't have to get a new xp/vista license. you also won't have to go through a lot of software reinstalls. here's my suggestions for your $900 to get a pc with dual core cpu, 2GB ram, and a 8800gts dx10 video card.

CPU: $245, athlon x2 4200,
RAM: $87, kingston 1gb ddr2-400 cas 3,
VIDEO: $400, msi geforce 8800gts OC, 640mb, Company of Heroes game, $30 rebate available,
POWER SUPPLY: $95, coolermaster igreen, 500W,

total: $827 including shipping ($797 after rebate)

if you replace the motherboard, cpu, video card, and power supply, you might as well just build a new pc. you'll definitely have to buy another license for xp/vista ($110/$120 but i won't include it in your $900 budget.

CASE/POWER SUPPLY: $137, antec performance tx w/500W,
POWER SUPPLY: $95, coolermaster igreen, 500W,
MOBO: $102, gigabyte ga-965p-s3,
CPU: $170, e4300 core 2 duo,
RAM: $160, g.skill 2GB ddr2-800,
VIDEO (1): $177, asus radeon x1950pro, 256mb,
VIDEO (2): $290, evga geForce 8800GTS, 320MB, dark messiah game, $20 rebate available,

total w/x1950pro: $841 including shipping
total w/geforce 8800gts: $954 including shipping ($934 after shipping)

OS (1): windows XP MCE w/express upgrade to Vista Premium, $109
OS (2): windows Vista premium, $120

sell your emachines for about $200 and finish up your pc with:
HARD DRIVE: $95, seagate barracuda 7200.10, 320gb,
DVD BURNER: $45, lite-on 20x, full retail,

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