Intel which 2.6? What socket type? Your RAM? Is that 1x512 and 1x 256? 184 pin? PC 2100-2700-3200? All of these things help to determine if changing ONLY the mobo will be enough for whatever AGP card you want to buy.darkstuarez said:I have to bump this for more responses, i feel this is the only place i can get some help.
That's a good idea. Get some money together, get an idea of what you want, what you'd like to have later on, then re-post. There's lotsa guys here that will be glad to help with hardware ideas/suggestions, upgrade-ability, etc.darkstuarez said:I think if it comes down to it, i'll just get a job, and save up to build a custom pc or one with ok specs that i can upgrade a little.
vnf4ultra said:If you can spend $800, you could build yourself a pretty decent machine.
Here's an example.
Cpu amd 3200+ $172
Motherboard Chaintech Vnf4 $71.50
Ram Corsair VS 1gb $81
Video X800gto fireblade $168
Hard drive seagate 80gb sata $64.50
Dvd drive lite on 16x $48
Os windows xp home oem $95
Case cheap tower case $48.50
Power supply, xclio 450w $55
Total $803.50 shipped.
I checked cyberpower before posting, and got a price of $799.00 for basically the same setup, but the $799 isn't including shipping. Also, I recently read that cyberpower is one of the worst rated pc building companies(according to pcworld), so I didn't feel I could recommend them. I then checked alienware(good ratings), and lets just say your not getting much from alienware for $800.It has and continues to be my "opinion" that you might find a prefabed unit cheaper than putting one together yourself.
I thought the same thing, so I did an online "chat" with'em, asked the appropriate questions, and was satisfied. Bought XP Home from 'em for around $60 for my mom's rig- works fine. It was a Gateway OEM, so you end up with the Gway recovery data installed, but otherwise no problem. Updated, registered, and checked through "Genuine Windows" test fine. I'm gonna get an extra copy or two of Pro from 'em. (They even sent a follow-up email to be sure I was happy with it!) :giddy:vnf4ultra said:I checked cyberpower before posting, and got a price of $799.00 for basically the same setup, but the $799 isn't including shipping. Also, I recently read that cyberpower is one of the worst rated pc building companies(according to pcworld), so I didn't feel I could recommend them. I then checked alienware(good ratings), and lets just say your not getting much from alienware for $800.
Plus, it's fun to build it yourself, at least to me.
Also, is eDirectSofware legit? Their prices seem too good to be true.
darkstuarez said:Ok, so, i have a crappy eMachines with 3 PCI slots. My problem is, my geforce fx 5500 pci video card isn't cutting it for my new games, would it be worth it to just buy a new mother board with an AGP or PCI-E slot? If so, i could use some suggestions on some boards.
Im not talking about a generic case. The impression I got was that he was going to put a non Emachine mobo into an Emachine case. If that wasnt his original intent then I misunderstood.truflip said:its not 50/50 .. its more a 10% chance it wont fit right.. even then it'll still fit but may be missing one screw. my 'proprietary' Asus p4sd-la fitted in a TT Swing case jus fine but for some reason, the board had 2 extra holes that doesnt seem to be of any use in the old compaq case nor the new TT swing case. otherwise it fitted fine. as for the back slots not fitting video cards, as long as u align ur board right and what not there shouldnt be any problems unless u have a super ghetto super generic case or motherboard thats made somewhere in the jungle.. hmm
Wow great advice there "But yes you will definatly have to upgrade to a PCIe or AGP motherboard to play the newer games." NO **** SHERLOCK YOUR ARENT GONNA PLAY BF2 ON HIGH WITH A ISA VIDEO CARD. "Yea like hewybo said you have to make sure that the motherboard that you get is going to be compatible with your Processor,RAM,etc." WOW THX CAPTAIN OBVIOUS, JESUS CHRIST.Foxracer15 said:Yea like hewybo said you have to make sure that the motherboard that you get is going to be compatible with your Processor,RAM,etc.
But yes you will definatly have to upgrade to a PCIe or AGP motherboard to play the newer games.
ASUS,MSI,ABIT are your best choices in brands. but there are some other decent brands like GIGABYTE or CHAINTEC.
Good Luck :bounce: :bounce: