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Upgrading on a budget.

by AmongtheShadows / March 11, 2007 8:29 AM PDT

I'm looking to upgrade my current system, but i only have $1,400 available to complete the task. I'm looking to upgrade the basics if i can get away with it for now. example the cpu, motherboard, ram, case, and power supply. i am running a agp graphics card right now as well, and if figure i might have to upgrade that as well. Plus i also want to stick with windows xp if i can, i realize that i will have to buy a new copy xp when doing this, and so that cost i have factored out. so the remaining amount is the above number. if someone could help me out that would be great. thanks.

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by steve749 / March 11, 2007 10:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Upgrading on a budget.

You don't state what you are running now or what you would like the upgraded system to be able to handle. For example, do you play a lot of games, do photo editing, or just want a basic system for surfing the net and home office uses?

If you upgrade the motherboard, cpu, case, ram and power supply, how is that not a new system or darn near it?

For example, you could look on Extremetech's $800 build it yourself gaming system and then pick which parts to upgrade to fit your budget and wants.


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$1130 pc
by ramarc / March 11, 2007 11:25 AM PDT
In reply to: Upgrading on a budget.

the config below is a good gaming pc. if you've no interest in gaming, you can omit the video card and use the built-in graphics.

mobo, $112: gigabyte ga-965gm-s2
cpu, $185: core2duo e6300
2gb ram, $165: corsair vs2gbkit667d2 2x1gb ddr2-667
250gb hard drive, $80: seagate st3250824as sata
mid-range video, $155: sapphire radeon x1950gt 256mb
dvd burner, $40: any lg/lite-on/sony 16x-18x retail
keyboard/mouse, $42: microsoft 69n-00013s wireless combo

newegg total: $779

case/power supply $125: antec sonata ii w/450w power supply from circuit city/best buy/compusa
(i always buy cases locally so i don't wind up with a damaged unit; price is about the same since shipping is pretty expensive.)

grand total: $904

if you want a nice monitor, here's an acer 20" widescreen for $225: http://www.buy.com/prod/acer-20-widescreen-lcd-monitor-1680x1050-600-1-8ms-dvi/q/loc/101/203390155.htm

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