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jdbrendel

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After deliberating about whether or not to buy a new gaming computer, I've decided not to for financial reasons. Right now I'm running:

P4 2.0Ghz processor
512 MB DDR RAM (Recently Added)
Integrated Graphics (Yuck)
Integrated Sound (Yuck)
160w Power Supply (Yuck)
40 GB HD (Works for me)

I've been looking to add a graphic card, and have done my homework considerably. My mobo is a 845 chipset, which unfortunately means I obviously don't have anything for a PCI-E, as well as the fact that it doesn't support AGP 8x, but does support AGP 4x. I've decided on a GeForce 6600 256MB that is 4x/8x compatible and have a great price on it. It fits my 1.5v slot on my mobo as well.

My real question is, what sort of power supply do I need to upgrade to now? Obviously 160w isn't enough to power everything once I add the graphic card. I've been looking at something in the 420w range, but am not entirely sure about what physical size will work with my case (I have a gateway E-4000 with a full tower case) and any other components I need to buy to make it work.

Additionally, I would like some advice on what kind of sound card to buy, as well as what kind of newer/popular games I will reasonably be able to play with this new setup.

Thanks!
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dsenette

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gonna move this topic to system building and what not...since it's not related to xp at all
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After deliberating about whether or not to buy a new gaming computer, I've decided not to for financial reasons. Right now I'm running:

P4 2.0Ghz processor
512 MB DDR RAM (Recently Added)
Integrated Graphics (Yuck)
Integrated Sound (Yuck)
160w Power Supply (Yuck)
40 GB HD (Works for me)

I've been looking to add a graphic card, and have done my homework considerably. My mobo is a 845 chipset, which unfortunately means I obviously don't have anything for a PCI-E, as well as the fact that it doesn't support AGP 8x, but does support AGP 4x. I've decided on a GeForce 6600 256MB that is 4x/8x compatible and have a great price on it. It fits my 1.5v slot on my mobo as well.

My real question is, what sort of power supply do I need to upgrade to now? Obviously 160w isn't enough to power everything once I add the graphic card. I've been looking at something in the 420w range, but am not entirely sure about what physical size will work with my case (I have a gateway E-4000 with a full tower case) and any other components I need to buy to make it work.

Additionally, I would like some advice on what kind of sound card to buy, as well as what kind of newer/popular games I will reasonably be able to play with this new setup.

Thanks!



You would be better off getting a new pc. The agp slot at 4x sucks. 8x agp is still fine and fast if you have a fast video card to mach up to it.

Since your going to just upgrade your current pc look at the thermaltake 420 watt powersupply its only around $38-$40 and it is a true power, power supply and it is a good company/brand.

For a good quality sound card the new xtreme music series is good with the X-Fi chip in it. Cost usually around $115 or a hair more. The audigy 2 sound cards are still nice also but the x-fi's are new.

512 mb ram is not enough really for a computer. I would try and upgrade the memory to 1gb. It makes a world of a difference between 512mb and 1gb of ram.
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X-fis are ridiculously extravegant though its the kind of thing you get after you have everything else in our computer up to scratch, onboard is sufficent but an audugy 2 is dirt cheap at the moment and its more than adequate for sound.

RAMs a good option, but the AGP4x will be giving you a bottleneck and its not going to be much of a gamer, you would be better just starting a good savings account and saving up the cash for a new system.
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