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Old 09-09-2005, 12:42 AM   #1
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bought this comptuer off ebay almost 5 years ago.. $200... have upgrade the ram and HD... (painted the case) but its just not cutting it anymore...

heres what its got:
FIC-SD11 Motherboard
AMD 550mghz
80gb running OS
120gb with media w/ cooling fan
512 SD RAM
PCI sound card
PCI firewire card
PCI ethernet card
PCI video card
350 amp power supply?

basically i want to upgrade the motherboard and ram... maybe the video card... everything else should be ok...

i want to keep the same case and such...

can you guys help me out with what i need to buy..to make it compatible...
i know how to put it together, but wanna make sure it goes together right...

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what u want is to stay 32bit, 64 isnt well supported yet so thats a no no

id reccomend an AMD Athlon XP 3000+ or similar (2800+, 2700+) with the barton core

gigabyte motherboard, any model that supports socket a (i use the ga-7n400-L and have had no probs with it at all, id also reccomend the GA-7NNXP its a higher end model and performs better)

ram: supertalent brand, they use high quality chips, are cheap in price and have a lifetime warranty, i bought mine from eagepc.com for next to nothing compared to other brands and have had no problems.

video card: ATI Radeon 9800 series or better (i personally have a 9800XT 256mb and love it)

power supply: NOTHING less than 500w, all that nice equip will burn out a smaller power supply

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what u want is to stay 32bit, 64 isnt well supported yet so thats a no no

id reccomend an AMD Athlon XP 3000+ or similar (2800+, 2700+) with the barton core

gigabyte motherboard, any model that supports socket a (i use the ga-7n400-L and have had no probs with it at all, id also reccomend the GA-7NNXP its a higher end model and performs better)

ram: supertalent brand, they use high quality chips, are cheap in price and have a lifetime warranty, i bought mine from eagepc.com for next to nothing compared to other brands and have had no problems.

video card: ATI Radeon 9800 series or better (i personally have a 9800XT 256mb and love it)

power supply: NOTHING less than 500w, all that nice equip will burn out a smaller power supply

my 2 cents
sorry to be an ***...but ebay links if possible

thanks so far though!
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what u want is to stay 32bit, 64 isnt well supported yet so thats a no no

id reccomend an AMD Athlon XP 3000+ or similar (2800+, 2700+) with the barton core

gigabyte motherboard, any model that supports socket a (i use the ga-7n400-L and have had no probs with it at all, id also reccomend the GA-7NNXP its a higher end model and performs better)

ram: supertalent brand, they use high quality chips, are cheap in price and have a lifetime warranty, i bought mine from eagepc.com for next to nothing compared to other brands and have had no problems.

video card: ATI Radeon 9800 series or better (i personally have a 9800XT 256mb and love it)

power supply: NOTHING less than 500w, all that nice equip will burn out a smaller power supply

my 2 cents
sorry to be an A$$...but ebay links if possible

thanks so far though!

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Ha....Anyways....Check out Motherboards.com......find a nice setup you like, and then search the pieces out on Ebay....

Or, do what I did, buy a cheap PC, and wipe the hard drive to get rid of all the **** and load XP pro. Then you can firewire your stuff onto the new machine. I like mine because I have the 10 flash drives up front and stuff like that.

And you may wana move up to BTX boards....You'll have to get a different case....but you can always paint it blue too.
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cpu (3000+ i HIGHLY reccomend looking at pricewatch.com for it too) http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-AMD-Athlon-X...QQcmdZViewItem

MB: http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-GIGABYTE-GA-...QQcmdZViewItem (thats similar to what i have but i dont have SATA)

Ram: http://eagepc.com/store.cfm?search=&...c=4096&p=10930 (best value)

Vid card: (9600 xt) http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-ATI-RADEON-9...QQcmdZViewItem

(9800Xt good price) http://cgi.ebay.com/ATI-Radeon-9800X...QQcmdZViewItem

power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817153020 (i take back what i said about 500 480 will do fine, and thermaltake is one of the best brands in computers)
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exactly what im looking for shadow..thanks much...

ill take more options, but this is what im looking for...and i shouldnt go to broke... the only that that suprised me was the price on the PS
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exactly what im looking for shadow..thanks much...

ill take more options, but this is what im looking for...and i shouldnt go to broke... the only that that suprised me was the price on the PS
theyre are cheaper ones, but in my experience they blow up, go with a quality brand when u buy them, the one i had before from a cheapo brand blew out, when i opened it up it looked like it caught fire inside of it, not safe at all
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www.pricewatch.com and check out there barebone computers

or just mb/cpu combos
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tigerdirect.com and newegg.com usually have decent deals on motherboard and processor packages.
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bought the processor and motherboard....

would this RAM be ok?
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-1GB-DDR400-P...QQcmdZViewItem

i dont think i need a 256MB vid card, i dont even do any gaming... 128 should be fine right?
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