Emachines t3304

Emachines / T3304
November 28, 2009 at 19:35:08
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I want to put a new motherboard and a faster processor in this computer. I would like to know what will fit and what can support like a 3.4GHz processor and at least 6 gig of ram. PLZ help!!

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#1
November 28, 2009 at 20:22:00
Don't waste your money trying to upgrade an Emachines computer.

First of all your version of Windows won't work anymore once you upgrade the motherboard.

What you would need to change:

MBoard, CPU/HS/fan, RAM, Power supply, Graphics card.

That is just about everything but the case and drives.

Keep the Emachines and buy or build another computer from scratch using better parts than Emachines uses.


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#2
November 28, 2009 at 21:25:48
What size power supply? This is my uncles and I'm getting it
for free. I just want a gaming computer. This is kinda my first
to tinker with. I am already planning on a 3.4 GHz processor
and a new mobo and ram.... Just need to know what size psu

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#3
November 28, 2009 at 21:31:17
It just won't make a gaming machine. If we can't talk you out of this, you need to talk yourself out of it.

This project will turn into a money pit and you still won't have a much better machine.

Sorry; sometimes the truth hurts...

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#4
November 28, 2009 at 21:54:31
Your uncle's giving it to you because it's old. Have you bothered to do the math? Here's some general numbers for you if you expect to build a reasonable gaming machine:

mboard - $75
CPU - $100
6GB RAM? - $125
gaming video card - $125
power supply - $75
HDD - $75
DVD-RW - $30
Win7 Pro 64-bit - $130

total = $735


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#5
November 28, 2009 at 21:55:22
So if I only had $400 what would you suggust? That's what it's
gonna cost me.

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#6
November 28, 2009 at 21:58:39
Mobo - $45
Processor - $185
8 GB RAM - $215
HDD- free
windows-$180
graphics card - free

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#7
November 28, 2009 at 22:24:44
I've seen a few gaming rigs built with cheaper mobo but you list a free vid card? Is that the one in the emachine? If so the only good gaming you should hope for is Hearts, or maybe Solitare. Bottom of the barrel vid cards that will work with some games will run about $60 and up. If you want a serious gaming rig save your money. You can not do it for $400.

The 3.4ghz cpu is not as important as getting all the ram you can hold and a decent graphics card. A 2.4ghz would do just as well. Heck I have close to $2000 in this rig and it isn't a good gaming rig in my opinion.

Make sure you components work together. Just being bigger or more expensive won't make it faster or better. Make sure things like the ram voltage is the same as that the mobo requires there are many different ones out there. I have also heard of some mobos only working with 65w cpus.

I would say buy one part at a time but I did that once and by the time it was finished it was already 3 years out of date and the cpu wasn't even being sold anymore.

Here sell the emacine and buy this:

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

I don't really see it as a serious gamer but it is advertised that way.


Likely

I want to go like my grandfather did. Peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming at the top of my lungs like the passengers in his car.

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#8
November 29, 2009 at 05:34:32
cpu 2.8ghz $ 58, memory ddr3 2x2gb $94, vga card $119, board $84, psu 550w $89 =$444. Hey likelystory,close to $2000 i can build monster and put hd 5870 or 5970.

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#9
November 29, 2009 at 06:09:05
I know it's not gonna be a spectacular rig, but I'm only 15 and
it's my first upgrade. I don't want a new one cuz then if I tinker
and it breaks i'm sol..... Thanks for all the advice.

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#10
November 29, 2009 at 06:47:44
Good way to learn, but I wouldn't spend any money on it. Like the others said, it wouldn't be worth it. First thing you should do is read up on computer components and how they work together. Save some money and when you understand it all, build one from scratch. Good Luck in whatever you decide.

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#11
November 29, 2009 at 07:40:44
Ok thanks for everything....

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#12
November 29, 2009 at 07:50:07
tstrawn

Compare the computer to a car. If you have a Cobalt and you want to make it into a hotrod you would need to swap out the engine for something with more horse power. Problem is, the engine compartment is too small and the engine won't mate up with the rest of the drive train. Besides that the tires and suspension won't handle the extra weight.

By the time you get done you will have spent more money on the Cobalt then you could have bought a new Mustang.

Get the idea? All the components in a computer are inter-related. You can't just change one and get results.

There are some minor changes that can add life to an older computer but there is a practical limit on how far you can go.

The first point I mad in my first response mentioned the version of Windows. OEM vendors get Windows cheap but the version is crippled by the fact it will only run on the original hardware. That means buying a new copy of some version of Windows.


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#13
November 29, 2009 at 07:56:16
Ok so i AM going to upgrade this computer. All i want to no is what to run for processor, mobo, ram, and psu. can u help me plz?

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#14
November 29, 2009 at 08:21:12
How much cash do you have to spend?

Your list didn't mention an operating system or Graphics card. What do you intend to do about those items? Without a good graphics card you aren't going to play many games.

Also, you mention at least 6GB of RAM. Are you aware that all 32 bit Operating Systems are limited to using 4GB or less. If you choose to install a 64 bit OS then you may run into issues with drivers.

You are replacing everything but the case and drives. The CD drive is probably not going to last much longer if it is capable of burning disks. The hard drive is probably smaller capacity than you want.

In essence you will be assembling a new computer at the expense of dismantling a working computer.


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#15
November 29, 2009 at 08:27:57
Below is a link to the specs and downloads for your Emachines.

http://www.emachines.com/support/pr...

The rule of thumb on upgrading has been if you can't double the speed then don't do the upgrade.

I don't think you can accomplish that with $400.

You could upgrade the PSU, RAM and add in a graphics card. This would allow you to keep using the same version of Windows.

You never stated what games you want to be able to play.


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#16
November 29, 2009 at 08:29:17
AMD SYSTEM, athlon II x2 240, 785+710 board(look for any good review board that contains 785+710sb chipset), ati radeon hd 4870 512mb or hd4850 512mb or hd 4770, hd 4670, ram ddr2 or ddr3, corsair psu 550w(single 12v rail), u can use newegg to check price and specs

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#17
November 29, 2009 at 09:56:32
Thank you kuwese that's exactly what I wanted. I want to build
one in a case that I have. It's not going to be a spectacular
gaming rig, but I only play online games and the grand theft
autos..... So it's not going to be perfect. The graphics card will
come with it, and I don know what is yet.

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#18
November 29, 2009 at 23:32:05
@kuwese

"cpu 2.8ghz $ 58, memory ddr3 2x2gb $94, vga card $119, board $84, psu 550w $89 =$444. Hey likelystory,close to $2000 i can build monster and put hd 5870 or 5970."

Just 4 gigs of ram? VGA video? 550 watt psu? Not saying this would be a bad system at all but to a serious gamer these 3 things won't cut it.

For someone that is learning and likes games, a couple hours at a time, your build there would most liekly be great. The OP said he just wanted a gaming computer. I have a great deal more than what you have listed there in this rig, It will play any game out there but it is not by a long shot a gaming computer.

Likely

I want to go like my grandfather did. Peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming at the top of my lungs like the passengers in his car.

(\__/)
(='.'=)
(")_(")


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#19
November 30, 2009 at 15:28:09
The graphics is a GeForce 9500GT 1 GB 64 bit

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#20
November 30, 2009 at 16:00:10
In addition to the prices in #18 you need to add the graphics card and some version of Windows. Your price gets over $500 and possibly closer to $600 then.

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#21
November 30, 2009 at 17:05:57
The grapics car is coming with it and I no about windows

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#22
November 30, 2009 at 17:07:37
It's going to cost $451 or close.... But then I gotta add in
windows......

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#23
November 30, 2009 at 18:28:50
I still think you are making a mistake. But you gotta do what you gotta do.

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#24
November 30, 2009 at 20:18:36
It is actually going to be $600....... But I'm willing to pay to
have the satisfaction of gutting and rebuilding my own
computer. So thanks for all you have suggested.

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#25
November 30, 2009 at 21:04:04
We understand you're infatuated with your "new" machine; we have all "been there-done that". Computer, car, girlfriend and so forth.

Best of luck to ya...let us know how it all turns out.

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#26
December 1, 2009 at 05:18:59
hee hee hee... thx for understanding and i will post when it is done!

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