MCP61PM-GM eMachines

January 17, 2011 at 01:13:50
Specs: Windows 7, AMD Athlon™ II X2 Dual-Core Processor 250u/ 4GB DDR2 PC6400
I'm planning on purchasing a video card for my eMachines computer, so I will most likely purchase a 700 watt PSU. However, I'm not too sure if my onboard CPU will be able to handle the more intensive games. Also, I'm not sure what kind of video card I will need. I do have PCI-Express slots but I'm not sure if they're PCI-E 2.0. Which kind of video card should I get if I do purchase a 700w PSU, and will I need to upgrade my CPU? For that I was thinking of getting either a Brisbane 5800+ (3.0GHZ) or a Windsor 6000+ (3.0GHZ), so which would be the better choice?


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January 17, 2011 at 05:44:15
You're jumping the gun. First of all, what psu do you have now? If you're not sure, open the case and write down what's listed on the label on the psu. What games are you planning on playing? Don't go by wattage on the psu. The important thing is the amount of amps on the 12 volt rail. A psu with a single 12 volt rail is better than multiple rails. You can play most games with the cpu you have now. Post back with more info and we can go from there.

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January 17, 2011 at 06:36:30
Why do you feel you need a 700W PSU? That's overkill. You can easily make do with a decent 500W unit. Which CPU do you currently have? If you go for a 6000+ Windsor, make sure you get the correct one. There are different versions, one is an 89W CPU, the other is 125W. The 125W version will NOT work with your board.

The PCI-e slot is 1st generation, not PCI-e 2.0. PCI-e 2.0 cards should be backwards compatible with the older slot. I think you're going to be throwing too much money at an outdated machine.

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January 17, 2011 at 11:00:03
I have a stock 300w PSU. I want to be able to play some Valve games like L4D2 and TF2 without any lag or frame-rate issues, as well as Starcraft II/DC Universe Online.

My current CPU is the stock Athlon II X2 Dual-Core Processor 250u which has 1.6 GHz.

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January 17, 2011 at 11:28:20
I just noticed the CPU support list I posted is to the wrong board. Here's the same board at the Gateway site:

Just so you know, Gateway bought out eMachines, then both were bought out by Acer. You would be much better off getting a decent AM3 / DDR2 motherboard that's based on a modern chipset & supports PCIe 2.0, then try overclocking the 250u.

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January 17, 2011 at 11:33:24
Would I be able to install that motherboard in my current PC case?

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January 17, 2011 at 11:46:49
"Would I be able to install that motherboard in my current PC case?"

Yes. I deliberately chose mATX motherboards because the MCP61PM-GM is a mATX board.

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January 17, 2011 at 11:49:54
Well, that's pretty much the advice I was looking for. I'll be sure and purchase the suggested motherboard, and keep the current CPU that I have. I'll look into the 500w PSU units, but which video card would be a good choice for the specifications I listed above?

Sorry about all the questions.

And would this be a good power supply for what I need?

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March 19, 2011 at 17:00:31
If you have an extra old PC, you could do what I did:

Added a PSU from a slim dell and screwed it in the ET1331G's case, and now I'm running all the latest games fine w/ max settings, using a nVIDIA GTX 460. What sucks is this board only has one x16 PCI-E slot and the extra PSU powers the GTX 460, leaving no more connectors for any IDE drives, also no SLI. :( Let me know if you find any modified/unlocked BIOS for this rig.

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