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NoSkill

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My question: Is it plausible to install a new PSU, get a new monitor, OC my cpu, and replace CPU fan for around $200?

MY System: eMachines Model ET1161-07

CPU - DualCore AMD Athlon 4050e, 2100 MHz

Mainboard - ECS MCP61PM-GM (eMachines OEM)
MB BIOS - Phoenix - Award WorkstationBIOS v6.00PG
MB PCB Version - 1.03
BIOS Version/Date - Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG, 10/29/2008
VBIOS ?

HDD(IDE/SATA) - Hitachi HDT721032SLA

Memory
DIMM1: Empty
DIMM2: Nanya Technology 1G DDR2 800 DIMM CL6
DIMM3: Nanya Technology 1G DDR2 800 DIMM CL6
DIMM4: Nanya Technology 1G DDR2 800 DIMM CL6

VGA Card - Sapphire HD5670 GDDR5 PCI-E HDMI/DVI-I/VGA
VGA Driver - Catalyst Version 11.7

PSU - Lite-On PS-5251-7

CD-ROM(IDE/SATA) - label flash DVD-R+DL

USB Devices - mouse + wireless adapter w/o RF antennae


My Goal : I want to replace the monitor, PSU, ram and possibly CPU cooler (if my mobo/bios allows OC'ing) to play BF3 on my PC.

I am trying to find a cheap way to play BF3. When I saw the trailers for the upcoming FPS, I decided to try and get this game. Sadly, BF3 is going to require a better system to run on min specs.

I thought that I should find a guide on building a custom PC. However, the things I read made me realize that I might be able to save money (and get desired results faster) by using what I already have (i.e. case, MB, HDD, CPU, GPU and ROM drive).

I'm very low on funds. I'm trying to cut corners financially. I don't want to sacrifice the quality or the integrity of the build/mod. I just want to achieve my existing machine's full potential (Without frying it or breaking the bank).
 

Gr3iz

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eMachines computers are not known for quality components. What you suggest would probably be like dressing up a pig and trying to teach it to dance. You'll end up frustrated and just irritate the pig.

Seriously, you'd be much better off saving your $$ and buying/building a better system. Last time I built one I bought pieces as I could afford them and find a good deal on them.

I's not likely that your m/b would allow overclocking.

My opinion, for what it's worth ...
 
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Just get a New AMD A6 CPU + AMD MB + 4GB ===> $110 + $80 + $30.. CAD..forget to overclock your CPU... not worth ...
 
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Take the advice offered in posr #2 and don't waste your money trying to mod an eMachine.
 

NoSkill

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Ok >Emachines + upgrades = fail

That's fine. Thanks for the input. I'll definitely check out the options offered by sonexpc and win2kpro.

@gr3iz - the pig analogy gave me a good smile, thanks for that.

EDIT: I was wondering how much I need to save before I can build a minimal PC. I have like $200- $250 right now and I am pretty broke.

Can anyone point me in the right direction for guides to get me started on the right foot?
 
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