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Friend needs some upgrading

By nanaki2007
Jun 8, 2009
  1. I'm helping a friend upgrade his desktop for college and he has about $250 to spend. He has an eMachines T6412 that is upgraded a bit. The whole thing is currently 2.2 GHz AMD 3400+, 1.5gb ram, 200gb hdd, radeon 1300/1550 video card, and a 300 watt psu. Any suggestions for maxing out his overall gaming performance for the money? (his goal is fallout 3 btw)
     
  2. nanaki2007

    nanaki2007 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    I was looking at maybe this...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371007 - 500w Antec PSU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102794 - Sapphire Radeon 3850
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145505 - Corsair 1GB Ram

    ...which comes out to about $180. Any suggestions beyond this? I'd really like to do something for his processor but I wasn't sure how easy it would be to upgrade. From what I understand sometimes they are attached and sometimes they aren't :S
     
  3. spehling

    spehling TS Rookie Posts: 54

    Think about what your powering first. A lot of people tend to go overboard with PSU but dont really need to. Upgrading the video card would be a great idea but you havent described what mobo he has. the card you show is PCI express.so, your gonna want to make sure you have a mobo to accomidate it. if its an older mobo, you may only have PCI or AGP slots. the other thing is the ram, that would be good, I would try to match the vendors if possible. theres one thing that I say you can never have to much of. "fans". Keeping cool is paramount. I would rather upgrade my heatsink or install a hard drive fan or something critical of that nature. Overheating is a common problem, just keeping the ambient temperature down will help quite a bit. dual PCI fans help with that. I hope this helps in your upgrading decisions.
     
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Those selections look good. I would recommend this card or an HD 4670 instead of the HD 3850 though.
     
  5. Gryphonheart13

    Gryphonheart13 TS Rookie

    Hello. I'm the friend. My motherboard is a ATI Radeon Xpress 200. Also, going back to the processor... Would it be possible to upgrade it (I realize that it would be expensive, but I'm willing to do so)?
     
  6. deazy86

    deazy86 TS Rookie Posts: 32

    Sapphire Radeon 3850 is a good option to go with.
     
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    @Gryphonheart13, you can use any AMD Athlon 64 X2 Socket 939 CPU upto the X2 4800+, since you have an MSI MS-7184 motherboard I believe. Confirm this information with eMachines to be sure.

    Look for these CPUs on eBay and the like. You would be extremely lucky to find any in stock at online retailers or any local computer shops. These CPUs are not made any more.
     
  8. nanaki2007

    nanaki2007 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

  9. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    He would require a better PSU than the one in the eMachines PC. Something like this will do fine.
     
  10. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    Sorry, but i just had to add.....

    Everytime i happen across your post and your thread title "Friend needs some upgrading" i can't help but giggle and think "Do you really need new friends?" :D
     
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