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$50 upgrade worth it?
12-30-2010, 11:52 PM, (This post was last modified: 12-30-2010, 11:56 PM by Rush12049.)
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$50 upgrade worth it?
Ok, so for the time being, because I have no way to make $550 dollars anytime soon, I was wondering if I should upgrade my current PC.

Specs:
Compaq Presario 5000 Series, Model number 5BW250
Intel 810 Chipset (and name of motherboard, I think.)
191MB of PC100 RAM
Intel Celeron 700MHZ
Intel Integrated Graphics 8MB.
80GB Western Digital Hard Drive (not sure of the RPM's, but I will go check)
Here's a picture of the PSU. Maybe I'm just blind, but I don't see the wattage. http://i51.tinypic.com/fmqv6h.jpg
Barely running Windows XP Home 2002 SP3.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6820178236 PNY 512MB of PC 100/133 SDRAM.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6814133233
GeForce FX 5200 256MB 128-bit DDR PCI (requires a 250 watt PSU)

So I was wondering if I should upgrade it so I can watch YouTube videos, play Runescape, and play a few older PC titles, like Call of Duty 1, some older Need for Speed titles, Flight Sim 2004 and older, Midtown Madness 1 and 2 and Age of Empires III. I don't need them to run on maximum settings. Will there be any speed improvements with upgrading? Will it give me a year or two of extra juice? The computer itself is about 10 years old. And the know the motherboard has a stupid 512mb RAM limit. How lame.

Also, are there any speakers that you guys can recommend that are cheap? Like 15 to 20 dollars? Because the ones I have right now are kind of broken. The right one is shot, and he left one is starting to fail.
R.I.P Netscape - December 15, 1994 - March 1, 2008

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12-31-2010, 04:17 AM,
#2
RE: $50 upgrade worth it?
That thing is an antique! The 512mb of ram will make a world of difference for multitasking. If you're really planning on using this machine for the next 2 years then it might be worth the boost you'd get with low end video card, especially to get some classic gaming in. Might be a little limited by the cpu, but it still couldn't make it worse.

Cheap speakers? http://www.amazon.com/Altec-Lansing-BXR1...035&sr=8-1

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12-31-2010, 01:34 PM,
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RE: $50 upgrade worth it?
(12-31-2010, 04:17 AM)Hogrock Wrote: That thing is an antique! The 512mb of ram will make a world of difference for multitasking. If you're really planning on using this machine for the next 2 years then it might be worth the boost you'd get with low end video card, especially to get some classic gaming in. Might be a little limited by the cpu, but it still couldn't make it worse.

So does the PSU have enough juice to handle the video card? It needs a 250 watt. Pic of PSU: http://i51.tinypic.com/fmqv6h.jpg

And yeah. I'm a pretty old school guy. Absolutely love the Windows 9x series. I ran Windows ME on it for about 8 years. Then went to XP, back to ME, then to 98 FE, then to ME again. Tried a few Linux versions too, but they didn't ever want to work on it for some reason. lol.
R.I.P Netscape - December 15, 1994 - March 1, 2008

Case: Cooler Master 690 II CPU: Intel Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHZ GPU: XFX 6850 1GB GDDR5 HDD: Samsung F3 1TB Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 RAM: 2x4GB (8GB) G.Skill SNIPER 1333MHz Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD-ROMPSU: 550W Rosewill HIVE Bronze Monitor: Dell 1905FP Keyboard: Logitech G105 MW3 Edition Speakers: Klipsch ProMedia GMX A-2.1
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12-31-2010, 05:07 PM, (This post was last modified: 12-31-2010, 05:13 PM by Svennelcakes.)
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RE: $50 upgrade worth it?
Keep in mind that it's just the card that needs 250 watts, you still need to power everything else in your case too. You're going to have to upgrade the PSU if you want to run that card and the rest of your components safely.

Here's a good one for forty bucks:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6817256060
Yours is only 200 watts, obviously not enough lol.

http://cgi.ebay.com/HP-COMPAQ-124848-001..._500wt_922
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12-31-2010, 05:49 PM,
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RE: $50 upgrade worth it?
The 250 watts takes into account the whole system, not just the card. Still it would be a good idea if you upgraded to a SeaSonic 300W.
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12-31-2010, 11:30 PM,
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RE: $50 upgrade worth it?
(12-31-2010, 05:49 PM)Andrew J Wrote: The 250 watts takes into account the whole system, not just the card. Still it would be a good idea if you upgraded to a SeaSonic 300W.


Ahh okay didn't realize that.
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01-01-2011, 12:37 PM,
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RE: $50 upgrade worth it?
Alrighty, now the price is up to $126.53 including tax with Graphics card, PSU, RAM, and a 50ft Cat6 cable. Is it still worth it? Or should I just start saving it for a new PC? I personally feel it's not worth it anymore, but maybe someone can give me some insight as to how it is worth it?
R.I.P Netscape - December 15, 1994 - March 1, 2008

Case: Cooler Master 690 II CPU: Intel Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHZ GPU: XFX 6850 1GB GDDR5 HDD: Samsung F3 1TB Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 RAM: 2x4GB (8GB) G.Skill SNIPER 1333MHz Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD-ROMPSU: 550W Rosewill HIVE Bronze Monitor: Dell 1905FP Keyboard: Logitech G105 MW3 Edition Speakers: Klipsch ProMedia GMX A-2.1
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01-01-2011, 12:47 PM,
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RE: $50 upgrade worth it?
Save for a new computer.
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01-02-2011, 01:27 AM,
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RE: $50 upgrade worth it?
+1 to saving up, you won't regret it.
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01-02-2011, 12:59 PM,
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RE: $50 upgrade worth it?
my opinion is most definetly to save up.
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