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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by sakaar, Jun 18, 2012.

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  1. sakaar

    sakaar Thread Starter

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    Some of my pc specs are here -
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
    Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3000+, x86 Family 15 Model 47 Stepping 2
    Processor Count: 1
    RAM: 1087 Mb
    Graphics Card: VIA/S3G UniChrome Pro IGP, 64 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 19845 MB, Free - 15577 MB; D: Total - 19587 MB, Free - 13276 MB; E: Total - 20026 MB, Free - 14897 MB; F: Total - 19069 MB, Free - 18488 MB;
    Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., A8V-MX
    Antivirus: avast! Internet Security, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

    I would be really helpfull by the tech guru support for helping me i would like you to help me ...
    I bought my pc in 2007 and now its 5 years so i want to upgrade my pc and i need help in that including graphic card ,processor,hard disk or whater ever which can help me
    thank you
     
  2. black-wolf

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    Was your computer home built or a big box computer like Dell or HP?

    What do you use your computer for?

    What is your budget?
     
  3. leroys1000

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    The motherboard in your specs is old and
    not really worth thowing money at to upgrade.
    Especially since it has an old AGP video card slot.
    You probably want to start from the case up.
    Parts really depend on what you want it to do
    and your budget.
    If you are using an IDE hard drive,you may not
    be able to use it with some newer motherboards without
    an IDE adapter card.
    Might look around for some combo sales on sites like newegg and tiger direct.

    I have been keeping an eye on this page.
    Some pretty good motherboard?CPU bundle deals.
    http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundlePROMO.html
    There is a quad core and six core deal at the bottom for $100.
    You will probably want a sata hard drive and PCI express X16 video card,
    some memory,which is pretty cheap right now.
    You will also want a good 80+ certified power supply to handle the load.
    A lot of motherboards these days have HD audio headers that wont
    work with older AC97 case front panels.
    So basically you are looking at building a new computer rather than wasting
    money trying to upgrade that one.

    You will need windows to install on it also.
     
  4. flavallee

    flavallee Frank Trusted Advisor

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    The ASUS A8V-MX motherboard in that old desktop supports a maximum of 2048 MB(2 GB) of DDR PC3200 RAM and has an AGP 8x slot for installing a video card.

    If you're planning to continue using Windows XP in it, maxing out the RAM and upgrading the VIA integrated graphics to a video card is all the money and effort that I would put into it.

    You didn't mention what the wattage of the power supply is, so that may limit the type of video card that you can install.

    If you're considering doing a full hardware upgrade to that old desktop, you're fighting a losing battle and would be better off buying a new computer.

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  5. sakaar

    sakaar Thread Starter

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    actually i am in class 9th and preparing to by a laptop in next 2 years so till then i am wishing to upgrade my pc to some extent.my budget is max-100$ which atleast should be able to give me atleast 256 mb graphic card 512 ram and whatever possible .
    thanx
     
  6. flavallee

    flavallee Frank Trusted Advisor

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    I've upgraded a number of old desktops that have a limited wattage power supply.

    An AGP video card with 256 MB of video memory and heatsink cooling(no electrical fan) has worked well for me.

    I also prefer the NVIDIA GeForce 6200 / 8400 GS chipset models.

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  7. sakaar

    sakaar Thread Starter

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    Actually i,m not so good in these hardwares so if my budget is 100$ so please in normal language pleasse explain how can i get my computer upgraded atleast till some extent should i buy a cheap new motherboard and does in needs to change my procesor also or i should just find harwares compatible with my specs
    thanx for help
     
  8. sakaar

    sakaar Thread Starter

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    @black-wolf my pc is a proper buyed pc(not home built)
     
  9. leroys1000

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    You can use an older AGP graphics card that will be better
    than your onboard graphics,but your still not looking
    at being able to play newer games.
    You will probably need to upgrade your power supply to do it.
    Here is an older mid range video card for example.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/XFX-PVT43ANDF3-Nvidia-GeForce-6600GT-128MB-128-bit-GDDR3-AGP-4X-8X-Video-Card-/130711407510?pt=PCC_Video_TV_Cards&hash=item1e6f01cb96

    Your motherboard is capable of using a dual core processor
    and the X2 3800+ is going pretty cheap on ebay now.
    You can see some of them here.......
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p5197.m570.l1313&_nkw=socket+939+3800%2B&_sacat=0
    Faster than the 3000+.
    I am still using one in my HTPC.
    Another 1 gb memory would help.
    If you are using 2X512Mb memory boards,then you would have to replace them
    with 2X1GB for max memory.
    Although these parts would make the system somewhat faster,it still won't really
    be a gaming machine.
    Within your budget that is the best I can do.......
     
  10. flavallee

    flavallee Frank Trusted Advisor

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    It's going to cost you a lot more than $100.00 to upgrade that old desktop with a video card, RAM, processor, power supply, etc..

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