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Post  Hydriz on November 16th 2009, 1:32 pm

To all you geeks out there, i need recommendations to upgrade my freaking old com with minimal expenditure.

Motherboard: Gigabyte 965P-S3
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 1.86Ghz
RAM: Geil PC800 (512MB x 2) Kit
Memory: Hitachi 160GB SATA2 harddisk
Gfx card: Leadtek 7600GT 256MB PCIE
Power: 300W

I intend to change my RAM and Gfx card. I dun really need a major upgrade, as long as it's just enough to support current games like COD6 and stuff. I dun like it when i experience frame lag. =( Also, i'm a noob when it comes to computer hardware. So please explain to me why i need to change also. I wanna learn.... =) Thanks in advance.

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Post  pksllayer on November 16th 2009, 2:39 pm

Definately want to change your graphics card la, 7600GT is how old liao lol. Uhh since your motherboard already PCI express then should be quite good, i think at the moment the ATI cards are outperforming the NVDIA ones, so you might want to look at the new range of ATI cards. If you're a little more money conscious might i suggest the HD4870? if not then i think the HD 4890 should be a pretty good card to get for its price lah.

As for RAM you'll need to check what your motherboard supports and im too lazy to google but it looks like DDR2 i think, so again should be straight forward la, go get another GB of RAM at least.

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Post  clearwater87 on November 17th 2009, 12:15 pm

yupp as mentioned i think an additional 2GB RAM STICK and a ATI Radeon(any from 4000 series depending on budget) gfx card would be considered minimal upgrades liao. Not sure abt power supply though. Anything else like upgrading ur processor speed wldnt be considered 'minimal' liao. Where blood. Blood and Ace come give advice!!
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Post  pksllayer on November 19th 2009, 11:35 am

water you got mw 2 or not????

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Post  clearwater87 on November 19th 2009, 11:46 am

dont have lol.. maybe if the official petition is a success (resulting in implementation of dedicated servers somehow ) i might get mw2.. if not i guess il have to go gameless til march 2010, BF : BC2 !
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Post  nemesis on November 19th 2009, 2:23 pm

a couple of our guys haev got MW2 so u guys can look for them.

we're also discussing abt BC2. hopefully dedicated servers are allowed. hope to bang with u guys then Very Happy
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Post  sumako on November 19th 2009, 3:40 pm

kingston 2gb ddr2 800 - $72
sapphire 5850 / powercolor 4870 1gb - $399 / $259
cosair hx520 - $159
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Post  AceComBat007 on November 20th 2009, 8:39 am

Haha i dont know anything bout comps okay. The only thing i know is graphic card. Get ATI, its smooth running lah. My prev graphic card is GeForce 8800, kind of choppy if ping are higher than 60 even though the graphics are good. For ATI, idk which is mine bt even my ping quite high, the frames are smooth...strange things eh Smile

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Post  pksllayer on November 30th 2009, 6:12 am

clearwater87 wrote:dont have lol.. maybe if the official petition is a success (resulting in implementation of dedicated servers somehow ) i might get mw2.. if not i guess il have to go gameless til march 2010, BF : BC2 !

Eh dun like that leh :/ march i go holiday in tekong liao leh :/

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Post  Ghost_000 on November 30th 2009, 9:32 am

then play in game la!!!

don't get confined arr, later can't play mw2 during weekend!!
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Post  AceComBat007 on November 30th 2009, 2:41 pm

Lol, good news for u guys. My boss gona try out MW2 on NEW pcs coming into my LAN so haha, even u guys dun hav MW2. No worries, juz get a steam account and get rdy to train at my LAN here. The ranks and profiles are saved in ur STEAM acc so dunnid scared of cnt saving the ranks Smile

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Post  Ghost_000 on November 30th 2009, 2:47 pm

AceComBat007 wrote:Lol, good news for u guys. My boss gona try out MW2 on NEW pcs coming into my LAN so haha, even u guys dun hav MW2. No worries, juz get a steam account and get rdy to train at my LAN here. The ranks and profiles are saved in ur STEAM acc so dunnid scared of cnt saving the ranks Smile

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Post  AceComBat007 on December 1st 2009, 11:55 pm

Lol no larh. Dun screw me up again please!

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Post  Des7.ny on December 2nd 2009, 2:56 am

hello all!
driz: what's your budget first? #1 tip: get a solid PSU first. a PSU should be the first thing when you all invest in a new setup or upgrading cause a solid PSU can guarantee much better performance. your PSU 300W cannot support higher end cards for sure, doubt it can even support the 46XX or 48XX. so i would recommend you upgrade your psu first, andyson is highly recommended, a new psu of about 450W above shld be sufficient for a lower end GFX.
IMHO, it's much more worth it to overhaul your current setup soon (i know $$ doesn't really permits you) cause it's not worth it to upgrade a few parts as it'll still be a bottleneck. it's only a short term solution if you change your GFX and RAM.

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Post  Hydriz on December 2nd 2009, 4:13 am

So basically, i should just change the entire thing eh? I've been considering that for a long time. So i guess it's time to con my parents to gimme some moooooooooooooooooonieeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

clearwater: eat shit and die.

sumako: chim leh. i com noob, i dun even know wad is wad.

destiny: thanks. i know 300W is damn low for a com. barely making it. was thinking of getting about 650W to save the trouble of thinking so much.

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Post  Ghost_000 on December 2nd 2009, 5:32 am

ask des or ace or sumako or blood or anyone who know hardware thingy to pick the part for you lo... then ask them to assemble as well... save the service charge!
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Post  Des7.ny on December 2nd 2009, 5:34 am

you tell me your budget? i help to try to set up a simple rig from hwz recommendations. 650W may be overkill, it's not the power output but how efficient, there's different classes of PSU nowadays.
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Post  clearwater87 on December 2nd 2009, 6:39 am

muahwhaha buy new com again loll.
looks like its $$ again il want to get a new com too buy i think the $200 i spent ( $173 for ati4830 and $37 for Geil 2GB) can last me for another good 2 years. $100 upgrade per year for an otherwise problemless performance does mi justice =) Of cos it might change when bfbc2 comes out but til then, my com not a single major prob for any of the games up til codWAW.
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Post  Des7.ny on December 2nd 2009, 8:14 am

OT abit. Who wants to play BF2? Let's play man! Haven't gamed in a while already. Feel like playing all the old games.
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Post  AceComBat007 on December 5th 2009, 12:58 am

Lol how bout battlefield heros? I heard its free xD

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Post  pksllayer on December 7th 2009, 1:17 pm

but closest server is in aus...

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Post  Hydriz on December 9th 2009, 4:41 pm

Hmm, cheap cheap budget. $1.3k to $1.5k.

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Post  AceComBat007 on December 11th 2009, 4:09 pm

Wa what a BIG BUDGET u have sia. Cheap budget = $800!

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Post  Des7.ny on December 12th 2009, 4:14 am

1.3k is not a small budget already lor. i got my rig 2+ years ago for around that much, now it's probably worth just half of what i paid back then. any preference for your gfx? ATI and NVIDIA in my opinion are almost the same, the difference is probably insignificant since the rig is not the most high end. AMD will be cheaper than Intel also. so it depends on what you want, 1.3-1.5k can play around quite a lot so can save on some stuff and maybe invest in something better also.


AMD Phenom II X4 925 & ASUS M4A77TD PRO $348
WD Caviar Green 1TB $125
OCZ/Corsair 2X2GB 1333 CL9 78X2 = $156
Andyson 80+ 650W $119 (3 Years Warranty)
Samsung DVD+RW SATA $32
HD4890 $299 (depending on which brand you like, generally almost the same)
Windows 7 Home Premium $170
CM 690 $139


This is quite a basic setup, damage is under $1400. i went along with AMD so maybe you can pump in more for your gfx. i decided on 4890 cuz the newer models support up to DirectX 11 which is not really mainstream now so i would rather you invest in a good casing and PSU. these 2 components are actually very important when you consider future upgrades. Above prices all taken from Fuwell pricelists. i'm assuming here that you're using your old peripherals so i didn't include the most important monitor.
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Post  blood_seeker92 on December 12th 2009, 8:35 am

alamak! i so long never come in liao. u pple got miss me not? hahaha

anw, i think destiny rec is solid maybe can get WD black. more performance. and good time to get a 5850 at 399. but if too much, 4870 is more than enough. PSU dont know much but think seasonic is good?

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