Extremely tight budget: Upgrading 5-year old eMachines to play newer games

By agi_shi
Nov 18, 2006
  1. Ok, so I'm on a mission to get this old eMachines good enough to play Far Cry, FEAR, and the likes (FPS's) decently (low/medium...)

    The parts I'm reusing are:
    MicroATX eMachines case (soon to be modded for a side fan);
    .... pretty much it.

    I also have a 500W [new] powersupply that is simply sitting here under my desk in its box since I'm not using it. So count the powersupply as FREE, since I'm gonna use this one (compared to the 5-year old 250W one).

    Here are the current specs:
    Foxconn SiS chipset mobo, socket A, AGP 8x
    SiS integrated crap
    AthlonXP [Socket A ;) ] 2000+
    512 generic ram

    Now, I can do anything you say. Change it all, just add in some graphics card, whatever you say.

    I do not have a "specific" budget. Let's just say that the lower we can get it the better. (So uhh... yeah... no E6300 + 7600GT + 1GB ram k? ;) )

    I'm open to suggestions =). I already have some ideas of my own, but I want to here what YOU would do in this case.

    Thanks in advance =).
  2. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Hi man,
    I'd get an Athlon 64 3000+, then a Radeon X800 card, and a good, cheap 939 mobo, like THIS ONE. MicroATX, even SLI support (for future upgrades), and great EVGA brand.

    And finally, a cheap 512MB Corsair Value Select RAM (1GB highly recommended), and a fast 80GB 7200RPM Western Digital IDE HDD.

    Regards :wave:
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