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  1. bradcb New Member

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    Hi, im have an old crappy PC laying down by the side of my desk at home not being used and i decided that why dont i start having a crack at getting this thing in reasonably good spec. I woluld like it 2 have a PCI Express Graphics Card and a fairly descent MB and Processor (Dual Core if possible) etc. so in other words i want a Pc that has the old AGP to come into todays standards. Im on a moderate budget and wondered if you guys could help at all. Any suggested greatly appreciated. Thanks
  2. HookeyStreet

    HookeyStreet Eat, sleep, game!

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    What are the specs of the crappy PC you have m8, because it may be worth your while just building a new system from sratch :)
  3. bradcb New Member

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    Well, i think its got a PC Chips MB (Not sure what one) A Radeon 9550, a AMD Sempron 1.8Ghz, 400 Watt PSU, 80GB HDD, DVD drive, 768MB RAM. Thats bout it really i think.
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    You say you have a "moderate budget" could you please give an approximate dollar, pound, euro value so we can help you better
  5. bradcb New Member

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    well ive got maybe upto about £500 - £600 to spend.
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    What will the PC be used for, ie gaming, internet, DVD encoding etc???
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    What about something like this:

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3800+ (Socket 939)
    Asus A8N-VM CSM Micro ATX (Socket 939)
    Corsair 1GB DDR XMS3200C2PT Platinum CAS2
    Sapphire X1600 XT 256MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/DVI (PCI-Express)
    Asus TA-210 Series Midi Tower (Black) - 360W PSU
    Liteon DRW-6S160P-05C 16x16 DVD±RW Dual Layer ReWriter (Black)
    Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 10 NCQ 200GB 6V200E0 SATA-II 8MB Cache

    I just banged that together using Overclockers.co.uk and the total including VAT would be: £449.04 :D
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    xylomn New Member

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    Well I did a very quick check on overclockers uk

    Core 2 Duo 6300
    2x Leadtek GeForce 7600 GT 256MB (SLI :) )
    Asus P5NSLI nForce 570 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard
    2GB Corsair XMS2 800Mhz DDR2

    Total: £602.72 (that includes VAT)

    You can reuse your hdd, optical drives etc.

    The core 2 duo will easily handle big overclocks on air :D

    This could obviously easily be jiggled about so you get 1GB of ram insted of 2GB and then be able to buy a bigger hard drive or etc.

    I must stress that this was a very quick look.
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  9. bradcb New Member

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    it will mainly be used for gaming and browsing the internet. Thanks for the help
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    Using a single high end card is often better than using 2 mid/low end cards. Plus, I doubt his current PSU is sufficient.
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    I can see your point, but those 2 cards could easily be taken out and a single more powerful card put in

    --EDIT--

    quickly checked overclockers

    how about this little ateration then

    Core 2 Duo 6300
    GeForce 7900 GTX 512MB or Radeon 1900XTX 512MB
    Asus P5NSLI nForce 570 (nvidia card) or MSI 965P NEO (ati card)
    1GB Corsair XMS2 800Mhz DDR2
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  12. bradcb New Member

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    If i was wanted to upgrade later to play next gen games coz im looking at making this my main PC when its all done will a Dual Core Processor and around 1.8Ghz be able to run thses games on playable settings. I dont really know much about the whole dual core processors. lol
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