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Upgrading a computer I already have.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by AYMG, May 24, 2012.

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  1. AYMG

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    Hello Tech Guy community!

    I have an eMachines W1050 Desktop in fully working condition with all the factory parts in it.
    I want to spend no more than 500 dollars.

    Is it possible to upgrade this computer with a new motherboard, video card, RAM, and CPU (or anything else) with this amount of money and be able to play most current games between mid-high detail running at at least 30 fps?

    I would like this computer to end up with at least an i7 processor and a video card with at least 512mb of dedicated memory good enough to play, for example, Diablo III on max settings using a 1366x768 resolution setting, DDR3 RAM (any amount over 1GB) and a hard drive with a minimum of 250GB.

    Thank you for your help!
     
  2. nicker

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    sell this one and get new one :)
     
  3. AYMG

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    How much would I be able to sell it for?
    Why should I sell it instead of upgrading it?

    Please explain so I may understand in detail the advantages and disadvantages of selling and/or upgrading!

    Thanks!

    -A
     
  4. wowzer

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    I'll paraphrase someone else in another thread said... The price of a happy meal... ;)
    Someone in the gaming/hardware forum would be better to answer that question, needing to know the specs on the motherboard and if it can handle the needs your looking for.

    just my thoughts
     
  5. Triple6

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    Honestly your system is worth almost nothing, it's pretty old and eMachine's are low end computers to begin with. Upgrading this system in reality would be building a completely new system, there's nothing in that system is compatible or useful in a modern system.

    You'll be hard pressed to build a good gaming computer for $500.
     
  6. wowzer

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    XP Pro forever... ;)
     
  7. AYMG

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    Awww man!

    So nothing useful in it at all? Power supply? Fans? Case?

    Dang...

    Thanks a lot for your input! I guess I'll sell it for parts or recycle it. Maybe sell it as a whole.

    What about the hard drive or the CD-Drive?
     
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    eMachines are famous for their junk power supplies. Fans are cheap. Most people don't want the eMachine case, nor are they of any good build quality and they may not accept standard parts easily. Most new systems have either no IDE/PATA ports or only one, all new hard drives and optical drives are SATA and newer hard drives are considerably faster than older hard drives anyway.
     
  9. AYMG

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    My best bet is a clean slate?
     
  10. Triple6

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    Absolutely.
     
  11. AYMG

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    I can't make enough money for that yet... :/
     
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