$400

Discussion in 'Desktop Computers' started by Dr Studly, Dec 20, 2006.

  1. Dr Studly

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    i can spend $400


    ideas?


    here is the computer i have:

    Compaq Deskpro 450+
    Intel Penitum 3 Slot 1 866MHz
    256MB RAM
    Nvidia Riva TNT2 Model64

    idk much about my mobo
    but i know that my motherboard has 5 PCI slots, no APG, no PCI-e, 2 RAM slots... 512 is max memory

    i have a monitor, i have a keyboard, i have a mouse, i have speakers, i have a harddrive, (i have a case and PSU, but idk if it would work with anything i bought...)

    what is the best thing to do with this money?

    what should i buy?

    the only thing i really would want to do that i can't do now is play Battle For Middle Earth

    if i could i'd liketo play that game full graphics online:

    its system requirements are:


    System Requirements
    Operating System: Windows XP
    CPU: 1.6 GHz or faster
    RAM: 256 MB or more
    CD: 8x or faster CD/DVD drive
    Hard Disk Space: 6.0 GB or more free space
    VIDEO: DirectX 9.0c compatible Video card with 64 MB or more memory and one of these chipsets is required: ATI Radeon 8500 or greater; NVIDIA GeForce 3 or greater (GeForce 4 MX not supported)
    CPU: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card




    i only want to spend this on my computer or buying parts to a computer if there is a way i could play this game on full graphics ( i can't even play it right now) without lag... online
     
  2. Jet

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    AMD 3200+ AM2 $80
    Cheap AM2 motherboard $60
    512MB DDR2 memory $60
    Video card. (7600GS?) $75
    Case $40
    PSU $40

    Total: ~$355
     
  3. Grey410

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  4. Jet

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    AMD 3200+ AM2
    Biostar Tforce 550 (Lots of overclocking options)
    Patriot 1GB (2x512MB)
    Western Digital 250GB (7200RPM/16MB/SATAII)
    Antec Sonata w/ 450w Antec SM2.0 PSU
    X800GTO (unlocked and oced to X800XT) $75 + $10 S/H

    TOTAL: $519 - $20MIR +S/H (~$30) = ~$529

    Obviously there are things you can cut out..

    EDIT: Oh...that's a little much over budget. So, I'd say, go down to 512MB of RAM, and get the cheapest hard drive (or use your current one). You can downgrade the motherboard a little if you want, but I wouldn't too much.
     
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2006
  5. Dr Studly

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    i would use my current harddrive
     
  6. Geoff

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    Theres really nothing you can do to upgrade that, you would be much better off buying a computer that Jet posted.
     
  7. Jet

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    Then that puts it down to ~$449 shipped after MIR
     

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