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Upgrading my computer - Help please.


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Not sure on the motherboard, I will open and take a look as soon as the warranty expires (June the first.)
300w PSU,

IntelŪ PentiumŪDual CPU E2220 @ 2.40GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.4GHz?

Analog (Blue?) Cable, Digital (White?) cable is available, but it goes funky on the lower resolutions (640x480, 720x480, 800x600, 848x480.) and my Graphics Card isn't powerful enough to handle anything higher than that in the newer games.

2 x 69.7GB Hard Drive, installing another 200 (120 + 60) when I open my computer.

I'm not really sure what depths I can go into on any of these, I'll have a go at the Optical Drive.

DVD+R9, ultraspeed??
Please bear with me, I'm not the best at finding system information.
Thanks for any advice you can give, if there is any way I can more extensively provide this information don't hesitate to tell me.

Edited by Tripcode, 01 May 2010 - 06:06 AM.

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Is this a custom build or a bulk-manufactured OEM unit? If OEM, post make and model - that will help tremendously. If not, these programs may help a bit:

CPU-Z
SIW
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ACER ASPIRE M1641 Personal Computer.

Intel Pentium E2220

Code name: Conroe

1mb cache

GPU:

ATi Radeon HD 2400 PRO
Code Name:RV610

TechnologyL 65nm

CLOCKS:
Core - 525MHz

Memory - 400MHz

MEMORY:
Side - 128 MBytes

Bus Width - 64 bits

MOTHERBOARD


Manufacturer
ACER

Model:

MCP73VE -> NVIDIA MCP73

Chipset - NVIDIA GeForce 7050

Southbridge - NVIDIA nForce 620i

LPCIO - ITE I!8718



Graphic Interface:

Version - PCI-Express

Link Width - x16

Max. supported - x16

I'm not sure If I'm shooting blanks with this information...
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http://www.tomshardw...op-geforce-9800

Here is a thread on the Tom's Hardware forums discussing the exact machine you have, looks like a graphics and PSU upgrade seems to work fine.

Also for the RAM upgrade, apparently the board supports DDR2-667 but your specs seem to be saying you have DDR2-800... The best way to confirm is pull the current stick out and purchase more sticks with exactly the same specs.

In my opinion, a HD5770 would be too powerful for this machine... I personally would leave the CPU as is, put a good mid-range PSU in (such as Antec EarthWatts 430W), 2 GB of RAM total, and a mid-range graphics card such as the HD5570... Once you've had enough of that, you should have enough saved to build a new one.
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2GB is become too little to run the latest games, and if you do not recommend putting an HD5770 in this machine or upgrading the CPU or any of the things I planned on upgrading, really.

Would you suggest I earn a bit more and get a new PC?

I'm looking for a high-end computer that can run the latest games with ease..

edit:

After following the link, I have to say that my system has 2GB of ram.

Edited by Tripcode, 04 May 2010 - 04:38 PM.

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Yes, definitely new machine time, I wouldn't bother spending too much money on that Acer. A small upgrade would be fine as I've mentioned above, however it seems you want more than that which I would not bother with it.
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Can you recommend any with a budget of $1000 AUD?

Edited by Tripcode, 05 May 2010 - 02:38 AM.

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Probably could get something half decent alright, where are you buying from? Post links and I'll put up some parts from there.
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Not really sure where I would buy them from, so It's either build my own with parts from Umart or someone can give me a link or two.

Thanks again.
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Umart is pretty good, sometimes beating my supplier's pricing. I've actually shopped a few times there myself but customer support could be better... Warranty issues can be confusing.

Anyway, just specced up a really good machine for your budget:

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Holy....
Thanks man!

This looks great!

If there is anything I can do in return...
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Post pictures when it's finished :)
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I'll get it in a week or two so it comes just in time for my birthday.

Pictures will be posted.
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I just noticed you're from Canberra, as far as I know there is no Umart in Canberra. What other cheap stores are around your area? Perhaps take the list around and get some quotes, it might work out cheaper there than copping the shipping as well.

Just be sure to confirm back here first if they want to change any parts.
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Will do!

My older brother has a copy of Windows 7 64-bit so I'll use that instead of paying for another copy.

I'll have to find out about local stores though.
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