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    Hi everyone, I'm new here and am looking for some suggestions. I have a rig(in my signature) that I am looking to upgrade. I know that the first thing on my list is going to be a new PSU (which I would like a recommendation for). I would like to stick with the AM2/AM2+ platform for now so that I can re-use my RAM. My goals for upgrading is going to be getting into gaming and OC'ing. So, I am pretty much wondering what would be the best upgrade options for me? I know I can't go too far with my current motherboard but will my CPU keep up with the current games when I get a new graphics card or will I need a dual or quad core and new mobo right away? I was planning on going with a GTX 260 or a GTS 250 or something $200 or less

    To sum it all up... If I get a nice PSU and mid range graphics card, will I be able to play the newest games and be alright until I upgrade more come tax season? If so, what should I get?
    Last edited by johnnywannaoc; 12-02-2009 at 02:38 PM.
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    CPU:AMD Athlon 3800+ Orleans AM2
    Motherboard: MSI K9VGM-V
    RAM: Crucial DDR2 667 2GB
    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 160GB 7200.9
    PSU: Bestec 250-12Z

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    Where do you live?
    I suppose you can't buy an Arctic Fusion, right?

    And to be honest: you should throw your Memory away with the rest, can't win anything with that...
    And a GTX260 isn't that good anymore, no D3D11 support and so on, the HD5 Series from AMD is better, if it were available...

    How much money do you want to spend for the whole thing?
    What case do you have? (µATX or ATX)?

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    I live in the US and would like to buy a component at a time seeming how I don't save money very well. I'm using a mATX case for now. I will be upgrading more once tax season comes but want to game through the winter. I might even want an inexpensive GPU to last me until that time. I will be running a 17" CRT monitor to game on so I don't need high resolution until I upgrade my monitor too.
    Current rig

    CPU:AMD Athlon 3800+ Orleans AM2
    Motherboard: MSI K9VGM-V
    RAM: Crucial DDR2 667 2GB
    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 160GB 7200.9
    PSU: Bestec 250-12Z

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    AMD boards are very affordable. Replace it :
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131595

    You can find cheaper ones too.

    This way you can get a better CPU. A few inexpensive options :
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103688
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103726

    You can find a 4870/5770 with 1 GB memory for under $200 and they are good cards.
    Those are too much for a 17" screen (1024x768 I guess) though, so you can go with
    something cheaper and less powerful. Even the integrated video will be enough for
    some gaming at this resolution (and the integrated video of a 790GX mobo will be even faster).

    Get a decent PSU too.

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    The new PSU is a given. I am looking into either a Corsair or an Antec Earthwatts. That will be my first purchase. I am going with one thing at a time and I want to get the GPU right after the PSU. Seems like the max resolution of the monitor is 1440x900. After I get the PSU and GPU out of the way, I will be looking into options for motherboard, CPU and RAM. I would like to spend around $200 total between the PSU and GPU if I can get away with some decent gaming for that much. That way I can leave some money to save for Motherboard, CPU and RAM. Just need something to tie me over until tax season Still open to options on both of those.
    Current rig

    CPU:AMD Athlon 3800+ Orleans AM2
    Motherboard: MSI K9VGM-V
    RAM: Crucial DDR2 667 2GB
    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 160GB 7200.9
    PSU: Bestec 250-12Z

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    ok, so your slowly upgrading little by little so whats your end goal? Need to know max power needed to choose good power supply to match everything else.
    Antec Lanboy
    Corsair Gaming Series GS600
    ASRock M3A770DE AM3 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
    Crucial Ballistix 4GB(2X2GB) DDR3 1600 8-8-8-24-32-T2
    Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz AM3 65W
    HIS Radeon HD 4850 Turbo 512MB
    Sony Blu-ray Burner BDU-101U IDE
    Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB
    Maxtor 500GB
    Seagate 750GB

    All that is Left is the Case and Some bigger storage Drives.

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    @haru15b Speaking of PSU's you might want to reconsider your Apevia.

    But yes it all depends on what you want to end up with. If you are going to stay with your MATX case you will be hard strapped to find a sli board for it, there are some but are expensive. So assuming a non-sli rig with only a dual core like you are saying and with the restrictions of the case something like a gtx260 is about the biggest you can squeeze in there. So a good 500-550W psu will be more than enough and will also be good if you ever want to expand to a large motherboard and case/quad core.
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    Eventually I want to run a quad core cpu, overclocked. I don't think I need crossfire or sli. I'm looking for good quality/inexpensive price for the PSU.
    Current rig

    CPU:AMD Athlon 3800+ Orleans AM2
    Motherboard: MSI K9VGM-V
    RAM: Crucial DDR2 667 2GB
    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 160GB 7200.9
    PSU: Bestec 250-12Z

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    @370forlife I'v had this guy for 5 years and the only reason i have it is that it was free with a case i ordered just for the motherboard plate. its worked for this system and it won't be going up when i upgrade my core part.

    i say 500-600W also since A: i don't know how far you going to upgrade, B: 500W is a nice sweat spot for single card solutions.

    if you can give us a spec/newegg list of parts you would want at the end.

    start here
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341022
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371016
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341017
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371015
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151092
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341023
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341001
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139004
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    Antec Lanboy
    Corsair Gaming Series GS600
    ASRock M3A770DE AM3 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
    Crucial Ballistix 4GB(2X2GB) DDR3 1600 8-8-8-24-32-T2
    Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz AM3 65W
    HIS Radeon HD 4850 Turbo 512MB
    Sony Blu-ray Burner BDU-101U IDE
    Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB
    Maxtor 500GB
    Seagate 750GB

    All that is Left is the Case and Some bigger storage Drives.

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    an Apevia PSU that's lasted 5 years?

    call the Smithsonian!
    Rig 1: Phenom II X2 550-Asus M5A78L-MLX--2x4 Patriot DDR3 1333--Asus Formula HD4770--Enermax Triathlor 450--LG Flatron W2252TQ--Win 10 x64
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