Can I upgrade on a $300.00 USD budget?

tuesday0180

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I currently have a

G31T-LM2 motherboard by Elite Group. It's not overclockable.
Intel E5200 2.5 ghz dual core processor
2x2 gigs 667mhz memory.

I want to upgrade, but don't want to spend more than $300.00

Is this possible? I know there are CPU+Motherboard combinations out there for around $300, but what I'm worried about is the RAM. Do I need to upgrade my slow ram if I were to buy a new mobo+cpu?

Would my low budget even allow me to get a decent upgrade or should I just wait it out?
 
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ASUS M4A78LT-M LE AM3 AMD 780L Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131619
$64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131619

Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT25664BA1067 - Retail
Item #: N82E16820148150
$96.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148150

AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model HDX925WFGIBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103656
$139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103656

Total $301

For 300 What i put together will be a great rig you might be able to find a little better prices if you have a Micro Center around but newegg is about...
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It looks like your ram is DDR which you will have to upgrade because I have no seen any mobo that is not a P4 that uses DDR.

Let's see some other replies.
 

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If your RAM is DDR, the old 184-pin RAM, you will NEED to upgrade to 240-pin, if you want to get a better motherboard/processor. I'm sure there are a couple motherboards that still use 184-pin, but I really haven't checked. I got a Phenom II x4 955 BE and a Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 motherboard for $246 after rebate, add in 4GB of DDR3 1333 RAM and that will be right around $350. It might be overkill for what you need, and DDR3 isn't a huge step up over DDR2 from what I know.

What is your main purpose for this system?

EDIT: Firefox didn't tell me that "hat" should have been "what". Stupid lazy browser. :(
 

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He has DDR2 RAM, Not DDR

There are plenty of options for upgrading without breaking RAM compatibility.

Especially cheap Quad core upgrades with Intel's Core 2 Quad and a decent mobo for $300(Total)

Or an AMD 790FX Combination with a Phenom II. Alot of AMD Boards still use DDR2.
 

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DDR2 can work in DDR3, just at the RAMs max speed (so underclocked). Really any motherboard/CPU upgrade path can work since it is 240-pin RAM, although I would go for an upgrade if you can get a good deal on it.
 

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DDR2 and DDR3 are incompatible so that will not work. DDR2 and DDR3 both use different voltages as well as the fact that the notches are in different positions.
 

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Oh? Thanks for clearing that up, I just assumed. Never looked into it, now I look like a fool. :ange:
 

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You can easily get an Athlon II X4 with a motherboard for under $200 if you don't need crossfire support, than you have at least $100 left over for new DDR3 memory. Or you could get a Phenom II X4 with a AM2+ motherboard and reuse your current DDR2 memory.
 

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That is really not got that horrible of a machine. What do you use it for?

You might get more legs out of a faster hard drive or new graphics or a fresh OS install.

~$300 can buy you a lot of computer. (Especially if you sell your old parts and wait for a Dell outlet coupon.)

I've seen some really good deals on the Dell Outlet page recently.
 
One option is just to get a good P45 board, and overclock your CPU which should give you some decent performance and may hold you off till you can save enough money for a new build. Of course, getting a decent AM2+ board and an AMD Athlon II or Phenom II CPU would cost a little more but certainly provide you with a bit more performance and you can still use that DDR2 RAM.
 

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Hey guys, I forgot to mention my memory is DDR 2.

I mainly use my computer for gaming. I already have a good psu and a decent video card so all I need now is motherboard, cpu and maybe memory.

Here are my complete specs from Everest

Motherboard Name ECS G31T-LM2

CPU Type DualCore Intel Pentium E5200, 2500 MHz (12.5 x 200)

System Memory 4096 MB (DDR2-667 DDR2 SDRAM)

DIMM1: SHARETRONIC 2 GB DDR2-667 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-15 @ 333 MHz) (4-4-4-12 @ 266 MHz) (3-3-3-9 @ 200 MHz)

DIMM3: SHARETRONIC 2 GB DDR2-667 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-15 @ 333 MHz) (4-4-4-12 @ 266 MHz) (3-3-3-9 @ 200 MHz)

Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB)

 
ASUS M4A78LT-M LE AM3 AMD 780L Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131619
$64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131619

Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT25664BA1067 - Retail
Item #: N82E16820148150
$96.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148150

AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model HDX925WFGIBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103656
$139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103656

Total $301

For 300 What i put together will be a great rig you might be able to find a little better prices if you have a Micro Center around but newegg is about the best deals for the most part I would still look around to see what you can find but this is what I would do if i only had 300 for an upgrade.

Now If you wanted to you could skip going to DDR3 and stick with your DDR2 and get a little better processor but as I see it while you are buying new you might as well go to the newer technology and this way a year from now you want a little more power you can easily throw a faster processor and some faster RAM in this system.
 
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Seriously, how can his RAM possibly be DDR1 when he says it's running at 667MHz with a E5200? o_O



To OP: When you say it's not overclockable, are you using a pre-made computer? ie. HP or Dell?

What you could do is just get a new or used 775 motherboard for $50 that will allow you to overclock. There's a guy selling a $40 750i mobo in the classifieds section IIRC.
 


2 post ago he said it was DDR2 and to be honest whoever said it was DDR is an idiot because There has never been a socket 775 board with DDR1. DDR1 died with the socket 478.
 

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also, ur ram is already faster than it needs to be! pentium dualcore: 800mhz fsb, so u only need ddr2 400mhz. core2duo: 1066fsb: ddr2 533mhz. core2quad: 1333mhzfsb, so u need 667mhz ram. ddr stands for DUAL DATA RATE !!!
 

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Our old family computer was a Gateway, had a P4 3.0GHz socket 775 with PC3200 DDR RAM, that was 6 years ago.
 

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I make one mistake, and then everything I say isn't credible? The only reason you say that is because I corrected something you said.

Here is a link to the spec sheet: http://support.gateway.com/s/PC/R/3724/4365sp3.shtml
And here is the motherboard spec sheet: http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHERBD/Intel2/102007/102007sp33.shtml

[...]Support for an Intel® Pentium® 4 processor in an LGA775 socket with an 800 or 533 MHz system bus[/...]
[...]* Four DDR SDRAM Dual Inline Memory Module (DIMM) sockets
* Support for DDR 400 MHz and DDR 333 MHz DIMMs
* Support for up to 4 GB of system memory[/...]

Oh damn I must be wrong again.
 

shovenose

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Wow i checked out the links, lol ur righr. However, i have an explantion.
Gateway used cheaper chipset and ram but a newer cpu becuase the older 478 p4s were discontinued.
Let this statement be rephrased like so:...
No non-oem motherboards paired up Lga775 and ddr