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Upgrading my desktop after a while (on a budget)

Q: Upgrading my desktop after a while (on a budget)

I currently own a dell XPS 8300 with the following specs:

Processor: i7 2600 3.4 ghz quad core
RAM: 12 gb
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6670
PSU: 460W
I am a computer science student and plan on using unreal engine 4 for some game development. I also plan to do some gaming over the next 4 months.

What do you guys think I need to upgrade, if at all? I don't want to spend too much money, I recently received a $75 gift card for best buy and would prefer to use that towards my purchase.

What do you guys think of the following:

ZOTAC GeForce 750 Ti 2GB

Diamond Radeon R7 250 OC 1GB GDDR5


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I'm looking for a motherboard for my current ATX case. Currently, if you look at my specs, I am using an ECS L7VMM v1.1 with an AMD Athlon XP 1700+ processor and 512 MB DDR SDRAM. I will upgrade the RAM soon enough but I'd like to know what would be the best solution on a $200 budget, maybe $300 if I can get a halfway decent processor on the cheap. Must have AGP 8x/4x as I currently use GeForce FX 5500 and would like it keep it that way for now. Wouldn't be for anything special other than DOS playability via WIndows 98 and VB programming via Win 2K/XP.

Just some thoughts amongst the community about which one would be the better overall product for me.

Thanks in advance.

A:Upgrading on a budget

Well, are you hoping to recycle any parts from your current setup or are you wanting to have 2 total?

Take a look at this bit I stole from Rage_3k_Moiz in this thread.

Try this build:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail - $59.99
GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail - $79.99
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail - $34.99
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM - $74.99
Antec earthwatts EA380 380W ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail - $39.99
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail - $54.95
Grand Total = $303.92 without considering shipping on some items (Shipping is free for most of them). A nice sturdy system that will last long and will do everything you want it to effortlessly. It gives you expansion options too, with a PCI Express slot on the motherboard and a PSU capable of supporting any card upto an 8800GT (Just in case you think of delving into the addiction that is PC gaming ).Click to expand...

I think you'll have some difficulties getting 98 to run properly on a modern system, so you may be better off running 98 in a virtual machine from within XP on that.

That machine obviously doesn't have an AGP slot, but its not worth buying a motherboard now that has one because it limits you so much on everything else, trust me, I did it once. Plus that FX5500 probably isn't any better than the onboard video on the motherboard.
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A:upgrading to barton on a budget

Originally posted by conradguerrero
damn fedex dont wanna drive through the 'ocean' to deliver my package in Hawaii, gotta take a 'plane' to Hawaii.Click to expand...

Haha, that's funny.

You may good choices on your parts. I would have gotten a "better" brand name of RAM or a more "higher quality" RAM. I'd give that stick a good change of being defective.
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A:Upgrading on a budget, Your thoughts please!

First of all this would save you $1 and give you 4 meg cache.
Forget Allied psu...junk go with Antec, Enermax or Thermaltake.
What are you thinking for a motherboard, rest looks fine.
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A:Upgrading video card and PSU on a budget

here you go

GPU - Club 3D ATI Radeon HD 5770 512MB £112.99 inc VAT £96.16 ex VAT
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A:Advice on upgrading my Dell on a budget

That's not an upgrade.. That's replacing the whole system

If you are looking for an upgradable mobo with a future, then your current RAM will probably be useless and your current processor too. So basically you are looking for a new computer here.

What is your budget? We need to know that in order to give any useful advice.
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A:Upgrading my PC to run games smoothly, budget of $250ish

No point of upgrading that computer with your budget. For example if you upgrade your CPU (which would cost ~$250) you will still have a bad graphics card, bad memory and I assume a bad PSU and vice versa to upgrading the rest. And if you did increase your budget I wouldn't upgrade that computer but make a completely new one as all the hardware on that is pretty much outdated.
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A:Upgrading small business system on a budget

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It really gets down to HOW low your budget is.
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A:Upgrading small business system on a budget

You can download and run the XP Upgrade Advisor here:

It should tell you which programs are compatible . .

And you can compare the two versions here: . .

I usually reccomend the Home version because it costs half as much . . but the Pro version does have some features that make it worth the extra cost if you use them ( but frankly, most folks do not . . they just like seeing Pro on the startup . . and that is gone with sp2 now)

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A:Extremely tight budget: Upgrading 5-year old eMachines to play newer games

Hi man,
I'd get an Athlon 64 3000+, then a Radeon X800 card, and a good, cheap 939 mobo, like THIS ONE. MicroATX, even SLI support (for future upgrades), and great EVGA brand.

And finally, a cheap 512MB Corsair Value Select RAM (1GB highly recommended), and a fast 80GB 7200RPM Western Digital IDE HDD.

Regards :wave:
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A:Building my first desktop (for StarCraft II) -- $600 CA budget

Ive made a few changes.. I'll bold and underline them.

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A:Budget Build - Custom Desktop - Suggestions?

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A:Upgrading my desktop

Looks good but doesn't seem to list a graphic card, onboard one is not enough for gaming.
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A:Upgrading a hp 110-023 desktop pc?

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A:Upgrading Desktop - Is the PSU enough?

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A:Desktop upgrading

Throw me a budget and I'll see what builds I can find for you.
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A:Upgrading my laptop and my desktop

um, you got a brand new system! What the heck! It's a pretty decent one too. There's not much nor can you upgrade much.
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Wait so you want a new CPU, new RAM, a new graphics card, and new powersupply for 250 USD?
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It has been around for awhile waiting for the official release:

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The Dell Precision 390 WorkStation desktop is a very old model that originally came with Windows XP Professional. however it will run Windows 7 32-bit.

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Good Motherboard. I have that board and it performs rather nicely.

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A:Please help? Strange folder appeared on desktop after upgrading to the new Windows Live Messenger

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A:Budget Rig

Try this as an alternative build:

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A:PC build, £700 budget

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A:Need a budget gaming pc

Hello Tech,
try this configuration, leaves you room for speakers,optical, etc

good for performance at 1680x1050 on high for most games

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A:Budget PC Quest

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A:Budget processor - is this the right one?

Hello there.

Are you building a new computer or are you replacing a CPU in the computer you alread have?

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A:budget gfx card

Stay away from the 5200. It'll just dissappoint you.

I'd recommend looking for a cheap GeForce4 Ti 4200. You might be able to find one under $80 now.
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A:AMD or Intel CPU Budget

7750 or e5200, the difference your not going to see.

go with whats cheaper.

i tested the 7750, it is no doubt amd's best dual core chip in the athlon x2 line.
i tested it against the x2 6400.

clock for clock, the 7750 came out on top, and the temp difference was amazing.
the 7750 ran 10C cooler in the same system.

3.4Ghz is a good stable overclock on the 7750. (2.7 stock)
thats a 700mhz overclock.

i cant speak on the e5200 overclocking, because i have not owned one myself.
im sure it can overclock past 3.4 tho, given you have a good cpu cooler.

but what im trying to say, either chip you get, the performance is almost identical to the other.

here is my 6400 vs 7750 chart i made @ another site after a couple of bencharmarks were completed.

test system:
asus m2n-e 570 ultra mobo
ocz platinum ddr2 800 ram
evga gtx 280
x2 7750 and x2 6400

the 3dmark score is cpu score only, the actual scores both are in the 12k range, but that is thanks to the gpu.

edit: get a getter video card than that x1900 series.
if your going ati, grab a 4830 if you can afford it, its about $100
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A:First Build Low-budget

Nice build there. You could go with this cooler instead though, for $10 more. The added cooling performance is worth it, as is the better reliability. You can spend less on the PSU too and get this one, which will also be more than sufficient.

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A:What should I look for in budget Laptop?

Well I like Toshiba but this site is a great place toget laptop reviews
Averatec is another decent budget laptop