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    Some help with upgrade please?

    I want to upgrade my pc, with the main focus being on a better graphics card for gaming but I need some advice on this. Here are my system specs:

    Silverstone SG01-Evolution (small form factor)
    OS: Win XP Pro SP3
    Micro Atx Mobo: Asus P5L-VM 1394 (full size expansion slots)
    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 @ 2.20Ghz
    Ram: 2 Gig DDR2 SDRAM (going to add another 2 gig)
    Current Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce 7300 LE (512 MB)
    PSU: 400W

    I'm also going to add a 2TB SATA HDD

    I want to spend a maximum of £150. So what are my options????

    Thank you in advance

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    What brand is the PSU and what does it say the +12V amperage is?

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    Keep in mind that with XP, you won't be able to use 4gb of your RAM. You'll only be able to use about 3.5, not including video card RAM. Unless you have the 64 bit version, which I have heard never received much support and wasn't really worth ever having.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JPMiller View Post
    What brand is the PSU and what does it say the +12V amperage is?
    The PSU is unbranded. +12v is 24A

    Quote Originally Posted by -FMA View Post
    Keep in mind that with XP, you won't be able to use 4gb of your RAM. You'll only be able to use about 3.5, not including video card RAM. Unless you have the 64 bit version, which I have heard never received much support and wasn't really worth ever having.
    I didn't know that. I don't have the 64 bit version. I also need to look into my systems compatibility with Windows 7 then.

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    The £150 max I want to spend is on the graphics card btw, not the hdd.

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    any suggestions? (keep it clean )

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    Isn't that around $ 250 American?
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    PSU: Corsair CX 430W ATX2.2 Power Supply

    Video Card: XFX ATI Radeon 6850 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express - Retail


    GPU will probably Be bottlenecked by the lowly 2.2GHz Pentium Dual core, but after these upgrades the next Recommendations would be to forget about 2GB RAM increase, especially with DDR2's Prices Versus DDR3 being cheaper right now. And Save Up for an entirely newer More Updated System, then Transfer the GPU and PSU over to that.

    Nothing really high end, but something with better upgrade routes than the current outdated platform you have now.

    AMD Socket AM3 or AM3+, though current AM3+ boards are more or less a Stop gap for once AM3+ CPU's come out, as I'm sure AMD will have an entirely new Chipset dedicated to AM3+, the current couple/few AM3+ boards out now are current AM3 Chipsets with AM3+ CPU Socket Support mainly.

    Or Intel's Socket 1155 Sandybridge based Platform.

    Something With DDR3 Support, and better newer CPU upgrade path mainly.



    Just as an example:

    CPU: Intel Core i3 2100 3.1GHz (Sandy Bridge) Socket LGA1155 - Retail.

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    Memory: Patriot Signature 4GB DDR3 PC3-10600 1333MHz Memory Module

    Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 64MB Cache Hard Disk Drive SATA 6 Gb/s 126MB/s <4.2ms 7200rpm - OEM

    just those 4 parts minus the OS = Total Basket Ex VAT: £269.96


    Win7 64-bit: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit DVD - OEM - Service Pack 1

    Total Basket Ex VAT: £336.62
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuckiechan View Post
    Isn't that around $ 250 American?
    It is indeed

    Quote Originally Posted by ShyguyXPC View Post
    PSU: Corsair CX 430W ATX2.2 Power Supply

    Video Card: XFX ATI Radeon 6850 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express - Retail


    GPU will probably Be bottlenecked by the lowly 2.2GHz Pentium Dual core, but after these upgrades the next Recommendations would be to forget about 2GB RAM increase, especially with DDR2's Prices Versus DDR3 being cheaper right now. And Save Up for an entirely newer More Updated System, then Transfer the GPU and PSU over to that.

    Nothing really high end, but something with better upgrade routes than the current outdated platform you have now.
    I had considered a new system altogether but didn't want to spend that much just at the moment. An upgraded video card and psu to then transfer at a later date is a great idea and should give me a boost until I can afford to replace the rest of the system.

    Thank you

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