E2140 maximum gaming potential..

By pctobeupgraded
Mar 14, 2010
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  1. my brther have a kinda crappy pc and he needs an upgrade because he wants to become a pc gamer but he wants to keep his processor and mobo.. any tips??? he wants to stay under 700 bucks or 700bks : mobo: D945gcnl and E2140 duhh!! thxs for reading
  2. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,317   +117

    Can you be more specific about his computer?
    I'm pretty sure you have a single PCI-E slot...so for now I will tentatively suggest a 5770 or 5750 with a corsair 400w.
  3. pctobeupgraded

    pctobeupgraded Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 81

    specific plz teel what you wanna know..
  4. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,783   +639

    It would be handy to know what power supply is in the system (model, wattage, amperage for +12 volt rail/s), how much RAM is onboard (the board has 2 memory DIMM's that can hold a maximum of 2Gb DDR2 running at 333 (DDR2-667) according to Intel's spercification.
    What graphics card is presently installed ?
    As hellokitty mentioned, the board has a PCIe x16 (v1.0) slot so updating to a capable card is not a problem. The CPU, and to a much lesser degree RAM, are going to be the factors in holding back any significant performance increase- dependant upon what games will be played, what screen resolution is used and what level of graphics upgrade you choose.
  5. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,317   +117

  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,397   +830

    I seem to be suffering from "postus interruptus. Sorry.
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,397   +830

    Why not the better video card? After all, you can take it with you, so to speak.

    Besides, we're claiming a $700.00 budget to "upgrade" an Intel 945 chipset board. :rolleyes: Really, at the $500.00 price point you can just get rid of it.
  8. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,572   +9

    Maybe its not 700 USD..... For all you know its 700 Yen, or RMB....
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,397   +830

    Then Pctobeupgraded needs to work on his communication skills, and monetary conversion, because I don't need to work on my reading interpretation.

    I don't discount that this could be a bizarre convergence with American English slang, and the actual name of another country's currency.
  10. pctobeupgraded

    pctobeupgraded Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 81

    its 700dollars american dollar s
  11. pctobeupgraded

    pctobeupgraded Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 81

    srry for not expressing well
     
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,397   +830

    Then I'll go back to my original suggestion, to replace the PC, not upgrade.

    $700.00 buys a lot of PC. As long as you're not costing in Keyboard, monitor, and mouse for the time being. There are great performance gains to be had in Intel (core 1i-3 & i5) systems, as well as AMD's "Phenom" series.

    DDR-3 & native SATA HDD interface to name just 2.
  13. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,317   +117

    That is true...as personal preference, it would be most money efficient to put in the corsair 400w and the 5670, however, it is ultimately up to the poster.

    If you could be a bit more specific on your budget...or if you want to build an entirely new computer.
  14. pctobeupgraded

    pctobeupgraded Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 81

    hi srry for not completing my ideas what i ried to say but i didnt say is that a wanna create a new pc but keep the procc and the mb thats it
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,397   +830

    We get that, we just can't figure out why.
  16. pctobeupgraded

    pctobeupgraded Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 81

    i dont know why its my bros decition but plz can you help me hes is busy studyng in the university and he ask me that favour
  17. sw123

    sw123 Newcomer, in training Posts: 752

    Trust me bro, your not going to want to keep that mobo and processor

    You should do what im doing in a couple weeks

    I have an $800 USD budget, and im getting an entirely new computer. The only thing im saving is an ATX case from like 1998. However, considering im aiming for the higher-level PC gaming area, i think a $700 USD would be a great improvement over your current PC.

    If you want simpler gaming, i would take an AMD Phenom II Triple or Quad core processor, a new mobo that support PCI-E 2.0 x16, DDR3 RAM support, and an AM3 socket for that badass processor :D and at least 600W of power

    I would recommend Windows 7, about 2-4 GB RAM, and possibly an nVidia GeForce 8800+ or something along those lines, and maybe a 500gb Hard drive, with a SATA interface. And the best part is, as long as its an ATX case, you can save it and it should save you a good bit of money :)

    I am going to post a guide to building computers very soon, just as soon as i can get my new parts in so i can take some pictures. If your not sure how to build one, there are several video tutorials on youtube, theres some books you can read, and, if you wait a couple weeks, my tutorial that i will post

    Good Luck,

    sw123
  18. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,572   +9

    I would say it doesn't make any sense at all to stick with the E2140. I have an E2xxx CPU on my comp used as a NAS. I use it sometimes to surf the net, since its in the most accessible area in the house (weird huh?).

    I still think that even for surfing, that CPU is crap.

    So for gaming, I would just ditch the $50 CPU, and what seems to be an equally crappy motherboard as well, although you can probably save a few bucks and stick with the motherboard, and get an E8xxx CPU to go with that. But thats about all I'd keep. I'd replace everything else in the box, including the PSU.
     
  19. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,317   +117

    If you are willing to spend the money:

    E7400
    Corsair 450
    5770
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