250 bucks and this setup what would you do?

By Bossman
Nov 23, 2009
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  1. Hello All

    Ok here is the question I have a Home made PC
    Specs

    Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
    Northbridge NVIDIA GeForce 7050 rev. A2 {I think this is the motherboard}
    Southbridge NVIDIA nForce 610i rev. A2 {I think this is the motherboard}

    Graphic Interface PCI-Express x16
    Ram Memory Type DDR2
    Ram Memory Size 2048 MBytes
    Memory Frequency 266.7 MHz (3:4)
    512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT
    OS winxp

    20" flat screen monitor.

    Ok I have around 250 to 300 bucks what would you do to get the most out of this system UPGRADE. UPGRADE.

    case size
    17" tall
    16-1/2" long
    8" wide
    thats about all i know of the case

    Ok i did the dxdiag in the run command
    this is what i got
    Model: #GA-73VM-52
    Manufacture: Gigabyte Technology Company
    Intel Pentium{R} 4 CPU 3.00GHz {2 CPUS}
    Thats it
  2. BlindObject

    BlindObject Newcomer, in training Posts: 446

    1. Sell computer (250 tops if you're lucky)
    2. Save more money, (about 200)
    3. Buy a decent 700 dollar machine
    4 ?????
    5. Profit!
  3. Bossman

    Bossman Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 40

    Blind what does

    4.???? mean
    and 5. Profit??????????????
  4. BlindObject

    BlindObject Newcomer, in training Posts: 446

    Lmao, sorry.

    Basically, you're better off selling your current machine and saving a bit more and buying a nice barebone.

    BUT, if you really wanna upgrade your current machine, you could look for a new video card, like a 9600gt-9800gt and perhaps more RAM. It sounds like you have a nice motherboard, but a somewhat old processor, and if you'd like to upgrade processor, you'd basically have to upgrade a lot more. Can you find out what kind of cpu socket your motherboard uses?

    And what exactly do you like to do on your computer? Gaming? Basic computing?
  5. Bossman

    Bossman Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 40

    Thanks Blind

    How would I find out what kind of cpu socket my motherboard uses?

    How much are good upto date processors?

    Gaming Basic computing it what I use it for nothen els realy
  6. BlindObject

    BlindObject Newcomer, in training Posts: 446

    Can you get a model on the mother board? Is it GA-73VM-S2?

    Do you play current games or older ones?

    If older generation, a p4 at 3ghz should do okay, but you really need a video card and more ram to support it.

    Depending on the socket, you might be able to upgrade the processor, to maybe a duo or quad, which go from $150 to $200.

    If it's a 775 socket, which i'm pretty sure it is, you can go and look for some core 2 duos which are pretty cheap nowadays. Unless you rather get a new video card. Or maybe even both.
  7. Bossman

    Bossman Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 40

    DAM LOOK AT THIS,

    IS THIS A GOOD PC I CAN GET IT FOR $150 OVER MY BUDGET


    Processor AMD Athlon II X2 240(2.8GHz)
    Processor Main Features 64 bit Dual Core Processor
    Cache Per Processor 2 x 1MB L2 Cache
    Memory 4GB DDR2 800
    Hard Drive 500GB SATA II
    Optical Drive 1 22X DL DVD+/-RW Drive
    Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 9500GT 1GB
    Audio Sound card - Integrated
    Ethernet 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet
    Power Supply 480W
    Keyboard iBUYPOWER USB Deluxe Keyboard
    Mouse iBUYPOWER USB Mouse
    Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    Special Features NZXT GAMMA Gaming Tower
    Motherboard
    Chipset AMD 780G
    CPU
    CPU Type Athlon II X2
    Installed Qty 1
    CPU Speed 240(2.8GHz)
    L2 Cache Per CPU 2 x 1MB
    CPU Socket Type AM3
    CPU Main Features 64 bit Dual Core Processor
    Graphics
    GPU/VPU Type NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT
    Graphics Interface PCI Express 2.0 x16
    Memory
    Memory Capacity 4GB DDR2
    Memory Speed DDR2 800
    Form Factor DIMM 240-pin
    Memory Spec 2GB x 2
    Memory Slots (Available/Total) 2/4
    Maximum Memory Supported 8GB
    Hard Drive
    HDD Capacity 500GB
    HDD Interface SATA II
    Optical Drive
    Optical Drive Type DVD±RW
    Optical Drive Spec 22X DL DVD+/-RW Drive
    Audio
    Audio Chipset Integrated
    Audio Channels 8 channels
    Communications
    LAN Chipset Integrated
    LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps
    Front Panel Ports
    Front USB 2
    Front eSATA 1 x eSATA (based on motherboard availability)
    Front Audio Ports 2
    Back Panel Ports
    PS/2 1
    Rear USB 6
    Rear IEEE 1394 1
    eSATA 1
    RJ45 1 port
    Rear Audio Ports 6 ports
    S/P DIF 1 x S/PDIF out
    Expansion
    PCI Slots (Available/Total) 1 x PCI-Express x16
    1 x PCI-Express x1
    2 x PCI

    Also includes OCZ Eclipse gaming mouse and RAZER Arctosa Gaming keyboard

    Genuine Windows 7 preinstalled. Perfect christmas gift for someone who loves to play video games or use a computer regularly. Blue LED Lighting on case.
  8. Bossman

    Bossman Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 40

    OR DOUBLE DAM WHAT ONE DO YOU LIKE THE BEST BOTH ARE THE SAME PRICE

    Operating System- Windows 7 Ultimate (I will Install Windows XP PRO instead if you want)

    Case- Apollo NZXT

    Monitor- Samsung SyncMaster 940BW 19 inch widescreen

    Microsoft Office 2007

    Graphics/Video Card- EVGA Nvidia GTX 260 OVERCLOCKED 896MB of onboard memory

    RAM/Memory- 4 Gigabytes PC-2 6400

    Processor- Intel Pentum 4 Dual Core 2.80 GHz

    Motherboard- Gigabyte EP43-UD3L

    Heat Sink- Coolermaster GEMENII with 5 copper heat pipes

    Power Supply- Antec ATX 650 watts

    DVD/CD- Lightscribe SATA DVD/CD Burner

    Hard Drive- 640 Gigabytes SATA with a hard drive cooling fan

    PCI WiFi- Trentnet Wireless N Wifi

    Keyboard- Logitech

    Gaming Mouse- Wolf King Trooper 2200 DPI

    Speakers- Boston 2.1 with powered subwoofer

    This is a package deal and it will include all cables, keyboard, gaming mouse, monitor, and speaker. I also have all the hardware driver CD's, Microsoft Office 2007 CD, and Windows 7 Ultimate CD. I will reformat and istall either Windows 7 Ultimate or Windows XP PRO. I will also include Call of Duty 4 and Battlefield 2142 as well.
  9. BlindObject

    BlindObject Newcomer, in training Posts: 446

    Second one, no doubt. Where did you find these?
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Um, instead of posting multiple computers for sale (seeming there's a quadzillion of them ;))
    Just post the link (to eBay, or Dell or where-ever they come from)

    Anyway, so the Topic title is now, what newer computer I can buy?
    How much do you want to spend?
  11. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,889   +85

    In addition to that, what will this computer be used for?
     
  12. Bossman

    Bossman Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 40

    Gaming mostly
  13. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Oh here's one for $4000

    Did you want to spend $250 or $4000 or somewhere in between?
  14. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    For about $600 - $700 you can build yourself a very nice gaming rig. Let us know if you'll DIY. :)
  15. Bossman

    Bossman Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 40

    I can by the 2nd one for $400

    "OR DOUBLE DAM WHAT ONE DO YOU LIKE THE BEST BOTH ARE THE SAME PRICE"

    Operating System- Windows 7 Ultimate (I will Install Windows XP PRO instead if you want)

    Case- Apollo NZXT

    Monitor- Samsung SyncMaster 940BW 19 inch widescreen

    Microsoft Office 2007

    Graphics/Video Card- EVGA Nvidia GTX 260 OVERCLOCKED 896MB of onboard memory

    RAM/Memory- 4 Gigabytes PC-2 6400

    Processor- Intel Pentum 4 Dual Core 2.80 GHz

    Motherboard- Gigabyte EP43-UD3L

    Heat Sink- Coolermaster GEMENII with 5 copper heat pipes

    Power Supply- Antec ATX 650 watts

    DVD/CD- Lightscribe SATA DVD/CD Burner

    Hard Drive- 640 Gigabytes SATA with a hard drive cooling fan

    PCI WiFi- Trentnet Wireless N Wifi

    Keyboard- Logitech

    Gaming Mouse- Wolf King Trooper 2200 DPI

    Speakers- Boston 2.1 with powered subwoofer

    This is a package deal and it will include all cables, keyboard, gaming mouse, monitor, and speaker. I also have all the hardware driver CD's, Microsoft Office 2007 CD, and Windows 7 Ultimate CD. I will reformat and istall either Windows 7 Ultimate or Windows XP PRO. I will also include Call of Duty 4 and Battlefield 2142 as well.
  16. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    I'm not too sure of the CPU on that rig. The rest seems OK.
  17. Bossman

    Bossman Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 40

    whats wrong with the cpu
  18. magaman598

    magaman598 TechSpot Booster Posts: 275

    I can see where Ritwik is coming from, Computers are only as fast as the Slowest Component.

    The Rig looks great besides the Processor, so I'd have to agree with Ritwik there.
  19. Bossman

    Bossman Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 40

  20. magaman598

    magaman598 TechSpot Booster Posts: 275

    Something in the Core 2 Duo/Core 2 Quad Line, I just checked the CPU Support list, the max you can go with a Core 2 Duo is the E8600, the max for the Core 2 Quad is the Q9650.

    The Motherboard also supports the Core 2 Extreme line, I don't know the Prices on those tho.

    Core 2 Duo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...0340343 1051707842 1050722265&name=Core 2 Duo

    Core 2 Quad http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...10340343 1051707842 1302825342&name=Quad-Core

    Please Note that the Links I've provided are just so you can get the Prices of the Processors themselves, I'm not too Savvy with Intel, if it was AMD, it'd be a different Story. =)
  21. Bossman

    Bossman Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 40

    I found this what do u think



    The CPU is already set in the motherboard with its fan. This combo will include 2GB of Crucial DDR2 PC6400 RAM. These items are used, but the CPU has been tested in the motherboard and everything still works beautifully. For more information on the components, see the following websites:

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Windsor 2.6GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor:
    http://products.amd.com/en-us/Deskt...&f7=&f8=&f9=2000&f10=False&f11=False&f12=True

    BIOSTAR NF520-A2 AM2 NVIDIA nForce 520
    http://www.biostar-usa.com/app/en-us/mb/content.php?S_ID=159
  22. Bossman

    Bossman Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 40

    or this



    Experience a new world of dual-core computing with the 3.0GHz AMD Athlon X2 6000+. Every aspect of this processor was designed with speed and energy efficiency in mind. Dual cores reside on one chip and calculate data on two streams to increase speed while running multiple programs at once.

    You’ll enjoy better multitasking for increased office productivity. The HyperTransport Technology can provide up to 16.0GB/s bandwidth to reduce system bottlenecks and this processor is ready for the 64bit operating systems.

    Energy efficiency is important to AMD, allowing you to enjoy a cool, quiet PC while saving energy and reducing heat, noise and the effect of your computer on the environment. Energy efficiency innovations include Cool’n’Quiet and AMD CoolCore. These technologies reduce power consumption and processor activity. Add the convenience and power of multi-core processing and enjoy the benefits of energy efficiency with a 3.0GHz AMD Athlon 6000+
  23. magaman598

    magaman598 TechSpot Booster Posts: 275

  24. BlindObject

    BlindObject Newcomer, in training Posts: 446

    Its nice, but I didnt know P4s came in duals.
  25. Bossman

    Bossman Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 40

    yes they do i just check
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