Opinion on upgrades for low end PC

January 18, 2011 at 00:40:55
Specs: Windows 7
I'm upgrading my current system (pre-assembled store PC) that is an eMachines ET1331G-05w that came with a stock PSU of 300w, integrated graphics and an AMD Athlon™ II X2 Dual-Core Processor 250u (1.6 GHz).

I want to upgrade it so that it will be able to run Black Ops, Battlefield 2 and Mass Effect 2 ( among many others) so I will obviously need to update my PSU to get a better graphics card. I'm also upgrading the motherboard to this:

ASUS M4A785-M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Getting this PSU:
Corsair CMPSU-500CX Builder Series CX500 Power Suppy - ATX, 500 Watt, 120mm Ultra-Quiet Fan, Single +12V Rail

and this Video Card:
HIS H467QR1GH Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Is there anything else I should consider before upgrading? My current motherboard is very underpowered so that one should be good for what I'm trying to do, but what about the rest?

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January 18, 2011 at 06:03:29
You could try raiding 2 SATA drives, Give you about 2x bang for your buck (But with twice the bucks....) Or even i dream of getting like a 64 gb SSD drive install os and games on that. Your going down the right road. Might not be able to run some games thoughh.
Be careful with Micro ATX.

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January 18, 2011 at 06:18:16
If I'm not mistaken, black ops requires a triple core processor. Use this site to see what you need.


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January 18, 2011 at 06:36:40
Are you asking the same questions under different screen names?

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January 18, 2011 at 10:08:13
Honest I googled upgrades for my computer and found another post where I found the mobo and psu suggestions. I havent taken my computer apart so i wouldnt even know where to begin but a friend of mine will help me install the parts.

As long as my upgrades are good it's fine but thanks for the help

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January 18, 2011 at 11:38:32
I think you're posting the same questions under different names:


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January 18, 2011 at 11:48:40
if you're installing a new motherboard, i hope you plan on re-installing Windows completely. Rarely is it possible to cleanly remove chipset drivers for the old motherboard and reattach the HDD to the new motherboard.

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