Upgrading PC Components

July 20, 2011 at 19:33:11
Specs: Windows XP Professional
I have never really been big into PC Gaming. Recently I have decided to upgrade my old desktop. It is a 2002 Gateway ESX500L. I am in the process of buying a new home and money is a little tight right now. I would ideally like to upgrade one component at a time. The major components that I think I am going to want to upgrade are the Motherboard/Processor, Graphics Card, Hard Drive (500GB-1TB), and RAM (Probably 4 GB). Is there anything else I am missing, i understand I may need an expanded power supply? I am not looking for anything ridiculously high powered but decent enough to run most modern PC games well. In a perfect world I would like to be able to upgrade the components over time, for example, start with the new motherboard, then RAM, then Graphics Card and Hard Drive. As for now I am just trying to get a basic idea of what I am going to need and how much it's gonna cost me. I would like to come in around $600-$800 over about 4 months of upgrading.


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July 20, 2011 at 20:05:49
Upgrading that old of a system to handle "modern" games would likely exceed the cost of a new (or recent refurb) system. Long term, it just wouldn't be worth it.

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July 21, 2011 at 00:02:29
I agree with the above poster. For
$600-800 u can build a good gaming system.

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires peace prepare for war - PROPHET.

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July 21, 2011 at 06:57:00
Thanks for the advice. Where would be a good place to start and what would I all need? Like I said I don't want anything too crazy just a quality machine capable of running modern games well.

Thanks again

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July 21, 2011 at 10:28:23
It would be best to just keep your current system as-is & use as a 2ndary system.

Here's what you'll need to build from scratch:

- case
- power supply
- motherboard
- video card
- hard drive
- DVD burner
- operating system

If you watch the sales & don't mind dealing with rebates, you should be able to build a decent gaming system for under $600. If you're in the US, check sites such as Newegg, TigerDirect, & SuperBiiz.

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