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New Motherboard or Keep Old One


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Mark033

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I found a desktop computer in the industrial bin at my boarding school and I have decided to upgrade it, mainly for gaming. At the moment it has and ASUS P4GE VM motherboard (specs can be found here) and a 32mb graphics card, 256mb of RAM as well as an Intel Pentium 4 2.4Ghz CPU. This motherboard only supports DDR SDRAM and AGP x4 graphics cards. I was thinking of either:

Buying two sticks of this RAM and getting this graphics card to put into the existing ASUS motherboard

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Getting this pack of RAM, this graphics card and this heat sink to put into this motherboard (that I would also purchase).

The main reason for upgrading the motherboard would be DDR2 RAM and PCI Express Slot/s for graphics card/s. In the future I am looking to add a DVD burner and a second hard drive to the setup. As I said earlier this is going to be mainly a gaming PC it will also be used for word processing and web surfing. The game I really want to play is Oblivion (with the expansions) but Unreal Tournament 2004 would be great as well. Obviously I live in Australia and I have bought products from I-Tech before and think it is a great site. I am particularly worried about the graphics card and heat sink that I am considering if a new motherboard is the way to go, specifically I am worried about the graphics card being crap and the heat sink not fitting the new motherboard. If there are better parts for my proposed setup available on I-Tech for around the same price I would love to know. Any advice at all would be great!

Edited by Mark033, 25 June 2008 - 01:29 AM.

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Hi there,

I would suggest the upgrading pretty much the whole computer, if you can afford it. First off, you'd need to add a new CPU, as the existing processor would not fit in the socket 775 motherboard you have chosen. By choosing a retail CPU, it would come with a heatsink/fan.

The PCI-Express graphics card you have selected is, well, not a very good gaming choice. There are better ones out there, of course, but they cost more money. :)

If you can't afford it all, your first scenario would be the best, if at all. I would avoid spending any money on this "beast", and save for a better system down the line. Just a hint, don't bother with Lemel RAM, it's just "branded" generic junk. I've wasted my money on them in the past. :) Get this Kingston stick, lifetime warranty. :) Even just 1GB should be plenty to give you some half-decent performance, along with that X1650 Pro.

Do you know what PSU is in the system - will it be able to withstand the upgrades?

Cheers

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How much would it cost to put together a decent computer from scratch? I mean like buying the case and PSU and all. I think I might just save up a bit and build my own system a bit further down the track. If I built a computer from scratch an ATX mobo would be the way to go right?

Edited by Mark033, 25 June 2008 - 06:50 AM.

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Hi there,

An ATX motherboard would be a possibility, but it's more the features and performance we're looking at, over the form factor. :)

I made a build for a customer recently, it was about $600 in parts, but was using onboard video - so depending on the graphics card used (and purchase place), I should think about $750 - $800 would give you a really good gaming box.

Going less than this would still work, but obviously less performance. :)

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