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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by The-Don, Feb 17, 2013.

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  1. The-Don

    The-Don Thread Starter

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    Before starting, let me thank you all for offering such a great forum to ask for technical advice

    I am the owner of a HP Pavillion Slimline s5311uk, and as the name suggests it is a slimline desktop computer. With that, you get the problem that upgrades are going to be a royal pain so I've decided to bit the bullet and go for a case upgrade. I'm not a complete amateur, so I realize this will in turn mean a mobo upgrade. Since I'm doing all of this, I'd probably want to upgrade my Graphics card and thus my PSU at the same time too.

    I want to save money wherever possible, and my CPU is still pretty decent. It's an AMD Athlon(tm) II X4 630 Processor @ 2.80 ghz. Therefore I would like to keep this if possible, otherwise I may as well just start a new build.

    As to what graphics card, case, mobo and CPU to have to complement this CPU I have no idea. I want to be able to game to a decent level, and my HD Radeon 5450 doesn't really allow that. If at all possible, I would also like to be able to support at least 8 gb ram, as I'm currently capped at 4.

    I'm looking to spend around £200 - £300 max but would obviously to prefer to spend less. Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Triple6

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    I'd sell the whole the whole system as is and get money that you can use for the new build. The Athlon II X4 630 isn't that great of a processor and the shell of the computer without that has zero value but if its sold as a complete system you can re-coup some money back.

    So what you absolutely need are the following:
    1) Motherboard
    2) RAM
    3) Power supply
    4) Graphics card
    5) New copy of Windows - yup you need a new copy if you replace your motherboard.

    So the only things you could keep are:
    1) Hard drive
    2) Optical drive
    3) Maybe the CPU
    4) Maybe the RAM to use in addition to the new RAM

    At your budget, it simply won't happen.

    Here's a sample:

    Motherboard: http://www.ebuyer.com/349910-gigaby...7-1-channel-audio-atx-motherboard-ga-970a-ds3

    CPU(Optional): http://www.ebuyer.com/287683-amd-fx...4-core-3-6ghz-socket-am3-8mb-l3-fd4100wmgusbx

    Power supply: http://www.ebuyer.com/430675-corsair-gaming-series-2013-edition-700-watt-80-bronze-atx-cp-9020064-uk

    Case: http://www.ebuyer.com/416998-cooler-master-k-series-k350-usb3-0-atx-case-side-window-rc-k350-kwn2-en

    Memory: http://www.ebuyer.com/389197-corsair-8gb-ddr3-1600mhz-vengeance-lp-performance-cml8gx3m1a1600c10

    Video card: http://www.ebuyer.com/452446-exdisp...port-pci-e-graphics-card-ebr1-ax7850-1gbd5-dh

    Windows: http://www.ebuyer.com/259863-microsoft-windows-7-home-premium-w-sp1-licence-and-media-1-gfc-02050

    Hard Drive(Optional): http://www.ebuyer.com/395417-toshiba-500gb-internal-hard-drive-dt01aca050

    DVD Burner (Optional): http://www.ebuyer.com/410561-liteon-ihas120-20x-dvd-rw-dual-r-ram-sata-drive-ihas120-04
     
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  4. Triple6

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    Sorry to break it to you, but that 250 watt constant(450 watt peak) power supply is going to have be replaced as soon as he needs to install a graphics card. Speaking of which, the system only has integrated graphics and that won't really be adequate for any real gaming, it's on par with graphics cards from about 2007 in terms or performance. The CPU is also pretty weak, it's in the performance range of 4 year old processors which isn't good and making it worse than what he currently has. Actually I'm being nice on that first point, a PSU that comes with a case for $39 and can only deliver 55% of it's peak wattage is a complete piece of junk and likely will blow up or die pretty quickly possibly damaging other hardware on it's way out.
     
  5. Simba7

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    Hey.. The OP said a complete system in that price range. He (or she) is going to spend alot more than that for a gaming system.

    I just wanted to show how much a system of that price range would allow. It's not much. Although, I was able to get my desktop for ~$300. I did have to get a better PSU, I had a spare GTS 250 card, and I grabbed an LG BD-RE drive.
     
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