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Is there an upgrade for the Geforce 6150SE card?

By Richard41
Feb 13, 2010
  1. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    The AMD 790 X / GX / FX chipsets are excellent ones especially when you're overclocking your CPU. However, when you're trying to stay at about 500 bucks for a decent system, the 790 series does become a trifle expensive.

    Here's what I would suggest at your budget:

    AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz - $56.99
    ASRock M3A770DE AM3 - $59.99
    BFG Tech GS-550 550W - $49.99
    A-DATA Gaming Series 2 x 2GB DDR3 1333 - $91.99
    XFX Radeon HD 4770 512MB - $114.99
    Antec Three Hundred Illusion - $61.99
    HITACHI Deskstar 7200RPM 1TB - $79.99
    Sony Optiarc AD-7241S-0B - $26.99

    Total - $542.92

    You could save some money by going in for the HD 4770 manufactured by a brand other than XFX. Also, you could pick an HDD with lesser storage space.

    The above system should let you play most games at decent settings. Modern Warfare 2 should run like a charm. :)
     
  2. Richard41

    Richard41 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Thanks for itemizing the hardware, that's a big help. Yeah a TB is a bit much for what I'm going to do with it. I'm thinking 320 Gig HDD, that would double what I got. Is that graphics card a bit pricey? I saw some for half that price, or a little more. I'm not questioning you, just trying to save where I can. This system will definitely get the gaming job done that's for sure.

    I think with a little tweaking, the cost could come under $500.00 and be a pretty good computer for some time to come. What do you think?

    Thanks
     
  3. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    The MSI Radeon HD 4770 is available for $91.99 at newegg. So you'll save about $23.

    Just want you to know that although the HD 4770 is a very nice card don't expect too much out of it in games like Crysis. Clear SKy, etc. at high settings. But for all other intents and purposes the card will be able to hold its own.
     
  4. Richard41

    Richard41 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Hi Rit,

    What's your view on this HDD? HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C HDS721032CLA362 (0A39264) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive, and it's less than $50.00. That 4770 card should do just fine, and $23.00 in savings is great. I like first person shooter games and don't play much online. Playing cod6 mw2, WGT.com golf and playing web video is just about all I use my computer for. I know, pretty boring right? lol

    *Edit: The WGT golf game plays out of the browser, no downloads.

    Thanks Rit.
     
  5. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    The Hitachi 320GB should be fine enough.

    Let us know how your build works out. Good luck. :)
     
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,816   +922

    Given the choice I would opt for either a WD or Seagate drive. However not any of the WD "Caviar Green" series.
     
  7. Richard41

    Richard41 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Is this video card, XFX HD-477A-YDFC Radeon HD 4770 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16- compatible with this mobo AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz? I noticed the AMD mobo supports DDR3 and the video card is GDDR5.
     
  8. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,456   +228

    You listed an AMD processor, not a motherboard.
     
  9. Richard41

    Richard41 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    My apologies. ASRock M3A770DE AM3 - look at the above post (7 posts back) and you'll see a list of hardware Ritwit laid out or me.
     
  10. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,059   +76

    VRAM type has nothing to do with ram type supported by motherboard.
     
  11. Richard41

    Richard41 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Thanks for the reply Archean, it was helpful.
     
     
  12. Richard41

    Richard41 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Is this RAM, A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GB2G9-AG compatible with this mobo, ASRock M3A770DE AM3? I ask because I don't know if the PC3 12800 is to much for the listed mobo.

    Thanks for your help in advance.
     
  13. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    It should be compatible. Newegg lists that the board uses DDR3 1600 memory which means PC3 12800.
     
  14. Richard41

    Richard41 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    O ok Ritwik thanks. I have another question. What kind of cables do I need to get to make the above (12 post up) listed components come together? sata, cables or anything like that?

    Thanks again.
     
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