Upgrading eMachines ET1331G-07w

December 17, 2011 at 12:32:18
Specs: Windows 7

I'm looking to upgrade my eMachines ET1331G-07w. Its about a year old now, and just found out I wont be able to Play SW TOR on it. I Have about $200-$300 to spend, and need to upgrade the processor, video card, and maybe the power supply, depending on the first 2.

However, from what I have heard, emachines computers computers are rather un-upgradable, and was wondering if anyone could help me figure out a pretty good video card, processor and power supply that will work in this computer, for around $200-$300.

Thankyou


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#1
December 17, 2011 at 14:42:01

You will definitely need to upgrade the powersupply if you choose to add a PCIe graphics card. Emachines are notorious for using low spec crappy powersupplies.

From the little searching I've done this might be your motherboard: http://www.e4allupgraders.info/dir1...

Since that board is the generic one and not subject to whatever limitations Emachines may have imposed by their own BIOS, it is not clear whether your board can handle a processor exceeding 65W. It may be that you cannot upgrade your processor so investing money in a relatively high end graphics card and decent powersupply would still leave you with a bottlenecked system that fails to meet your gaming expectations.

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#2
December 17, 2011 at 15:09:54

"...just found out I wont be able to Play SW TOR on it. "

Please DO NOT use abbreviations on this web site !

Do you mean Star Wars - The Old Republic ?

If yes...

Star Wars - The Old Republic - FAQ
http://www.swtor.com/info/faq

What are the system requirements for the game?
http://www.swtor.com/info/faq#171060

Processor:

•AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 4000+ or better
•Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz or better
Operating System:
•Windows XP or later

RAM:

•Windows XP: 1.5GB RAM
•Windows Vista and Windows 7: 2GB RAM
Note: PCs using a built-in graphical chipset are recommended to have 2GB of RAM.

Star Wars: The Old Republic requires a video card that has a minimum of 256MB of on-board RAM as well as support for Shader 3.0 or better. Examples include:

•ATI X1800 or better
•nVidia 7800 or better
•Intel 4100 Integrated Graphics or better
DVD-ROM drive – 8x speed or better (required for installation from physical editions only) Internet connection required to play.
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eMachines ET1331G-07w Desktop PC with AMD Athlon II X2 Dual-Core Processor and Windows 7 Home Premium
http://www.walmart.com/ip/eMachines...

Excerpts:
Key Features & Benefits:
•AMD Athlon II X2 dual-core 250u processor
1.6GHz, 2 x 512KB L2 Cache

•4GB DDR2 system memory (expandable to 8GB)

•NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE integrated graphics
For amazing graphics performance

Additional Features:

•1 x PCI slot, 2 x PCI-Express x1 slots, 1 x PCI-Express x16 slot, 1 3.5" hard disk drive slot, 1 x 5.25" optical disk drive slot

Software:
•Genuine Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Edition

What's In The Box:
•300W power supply and power cord
.....

Same CPU:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...

http://www.compusa.com/applications...

http://www.ascendtech.us/emachine-e...
...........

Your ET1331G-07w exceeds the minimum system requirements except for your Geforce 6150SE integrated video adapter. The bios Setup can be set to share as much as 256 mb of the installed ram with the video adapter, but the 6150SE video adapter is lacking in performance.

Details .....

Minimum cpu for Star Wars - The Old Republic - AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 4000+ or better (2.0 or 2.1 ghz)

Your cpu: AMD Athlon II X2 dual-core 250u processor, 1.6GHz

Passmark relative CPU performance benchmark list - Low to Mid Range
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/midlow_...

250u - performance 981

4000+ - performance 581

Your present cpu is more than good enough.
(The mhz it runs at is not necessarily directly related to it's performance:)

.....

Comparison of Nvidia Graphics Processor Units
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compar...

Excerpt:
GeForce 6150 SE + nForce 430 June 2006 MCP61 90 HyperTransport Up to 256 system RAM

So it meets that 256 mb requirement for the game, regarding how much ram it can share.

Minimum graphics for Star Wars - The Old Republic:
•ATI X1800 or better
•nVidia 7800 or better

Passmark relative graphics benchmark list.

6150SE - performance 53
http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/l...

7800 Go - performance 332
http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/m...

7800 Gxx - performance 485 to 564
ATI X1800GTO - performance 702
http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/h...
..........

You're rather limited regarding which video cards you can install because of your present 300 watt power supply. If you want really good graphics performance you'll probably need to get a power supply that has more wattage capacity.

Compare their performance here:
http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/

In any case, your power supply is probably the BESTEC brand - they are well known to more likely to fail, and when they fail they often fry the mboard !

Your power supply must have at least the minimum capacity required to support a system with the graphics card you are using installed, or the max graphics card you might install in the future.
(Onboard video - video built into the mboard - IS NOT A CARD ! )
If that info is not in the ad for the video card, you can go to the video card maker's web site and look up the specs for the model - often under system requirements - the minimum PS wattage, and, more important, the minimum amperage the PS must supply at 12v is stated. If you don't find that, any card with the same video chipset including any letters after the model number has very similar minimum PS requirements. Some power supplies have two or more +12v ratings - in that case, add those ratings to determine the total +12v current capacity.

If you're a gamer...
In most if not all cases, the max capacity rating of the PS is an intermittent rating. It's recommended that you do not load your PS to any more that 80% of that rating if you are going to be using something that puts a constant load on it, such as playing a recent game for hours on end. In that case, you multiply the min capacity stated for the system with the particular video chipset on the card by 1.25 to find the min. capacity of the PS you should have.


If you need to get a PS with more capacity, you can usually replace it with any decent quality standard sized standard ATX PS.

Standard (PS/2) power supply size - 86mm high, 150mm wide, 140mm deep, or 3 3/8" h x 5 7/8" w x 5 1/2" d , or very close to that, though the depth can be more or less for some PSs.

Don't buy an el-cheapo (in quality) PS.
See response 3 in this:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...

I no longer recommend Cooler Master, AOpen, or Sparkle power supplies.
I'm now downgrading Thermaltake to middle of the road.
Antec has two lines of PSs - the better line has a longer warranty for the same or similar capacity - the other line is more towards middle of the road.
AMD has a list of Certified (tested and found to be good quality) PSs:
http://support.amd.com/us/certified...
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"However, from what I have heard, emachines computers computers are rather un-upgradable..."

You bought an el-cheapo computer - it probably cost you less than $300 - what did you expect ?

The problem with buying a brand name system is you often can't get the info about the mboard that you can for a retail mboard in a generic system.

This excellent third party web site:
http://www.e4allupgraders.info

...has lists of the actual mboards used in emachines systems, but in this case, he doesn't know which mboard ET1331G-07w has...
http://www.e4allupgraders.info/dir1...

It MIGHT be this one.......:
ECS MCP61PM-GM Mainboard - unofficial support
http://www.e4allupgraders.info/dir1...

Excerpt:

Video
• Integrated NVIDIA® GeForce® 6150SE nForce 430 graphics

If that's your mboard,
- it's made by ECS but it's an OEM only model - made only for brand name system builders - there is no support for it on the ECS web sites - the e4all site does not list a manual for it.
- it was obsolete a long time before you bought the system. Motherboards that use DDR2 ram haven't been available for at least a year otherwise.
I have an Asus mboard model that is about 6 years old that has a nForce 500 main chipset.

If that IS your mboard. if you want to upgrade the CPU, on the left side of that page under CPU are listed the CPUs it's known to work with. Note what it says on the main page - "....processors under 89 watt power consumption".

Compare their performance here - the mhz it runs at is not necessarily directly related to it's performance:
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/



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#3
December 17, 2011 at 17:33:16

Jump on this power supply deal now while you still can! This upgrade should be made before any other. With the 15% off code & rebate, it's less than $20:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

The CPU can wait. How much RAM do you have? If it's not at least 4GB, that's what you should be shooting for.

As for a graphics card, let this article be your guide:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...


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