Old P4 can't keep up anymore, need advice on a 5200


Jul 22, 2009
Current System

Microsoft Windows XP Professional
ServicePack 3.0 32 bit

Pentium 4 2.80GHz

Mboard - SOYO 845PE/GE

2gigs RAM

Thinking of this as a cheap upgrade (using old Antec Case)
Note: I would like to try overclocking the 5200
Note2: I chose the 4850 but could go lower if needed (only game I "might" play is wwiionline)
Note3: Current use is radio/video feeds from internet, general surfing, live data feeds. Problem is P4 usage is way up and cannot open multiple windows anymore without a slowdown.

Please let me know what you think of this build. If possible, can this get any cheaper without giving up performance. Or, should I scrap the whole idea for something else. Thanks

LITE-ON 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model iHAP122-04 - OEM
Model #:iHAP122-04
Item #:N82E16827106281

GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #:GA-G31M-ES2L
Item #:N82E16813128357

XFX HD-485X-YDFC Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Model #:HD-485X-YDFC
Item #:N82E16814150337

Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power ... - Retail
Model #:EA500
Item #:N82E16817371007
$89.99 -$15.00 Instant $74.99

Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80571E5200 - Retail
Model #:BX80571E5200
Item #:N82E16819116072

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail
Model #:F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
Item #:N82E16820231166
$59.99 -$9.00 Instant $50.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
Model #:ST3500418AS
Item #:N82E16822148395

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Model #:AS5-3.5G
Item #:N82E16835100007

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
Model #:HDT-S1283
Item #:N82E16835233003
Mail in Rebate35-233-003
$36.61 $36.61

Subtotal: $486.49 (haven't calculated shipping)
The build looks pretty good. I would just suggest a couple minor changes.

The Antec EA500 is a nice PSU, but you could save a little money by going with something like this and still have plenty of power for your system:

CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139008 $53.49 - $10 MIR

MX-2 cools at least as well as Arctic Silver, is non-conductive, and has no cure time:

ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186020 $7.98

You will either want the backplate for your cooler or go with the Dark Knight version which comes with the backplate.

XIGMATEK ACK-I7361 CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233027 $9.98


XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029&Tpk=xigmatek%20dark%20knight $44.98


Jul 22, 2009
Thanks shortsfuff_mt,

I appreciate the advice and will make the changes you suggested. Glad you caught the backplate was missing too.
I don't know if you're interested since you said you're re-using an old case, but they currently have the Antec 300 with an Earthwatts 430W PSU for $89.99 at newegg with free shipping. It wouldn't add much to the price of the build and would mean you don't have to tear apart your existing computer. You might even be able to sell your existing computer as-is.

Antec Three Hundred + BP430 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129065 $89.99



Jul 22, 2009
That's a great idea.

The money I save with your other changes helps to pay for it too :)

Thanks again. I really appreciate the help.


Jul 22, 2009
oops, can't do the case deal.

I forgot about the xfx 4850, it needs another pcie 6 pin plug. That's why I had to go with the earthwatts supply. I could go with another 4850 or lesser card but xfx has a good warranty and I like the rear heat exhaust on the card.
You'll be fine with the EA430 PSU included with the Antec 300 case. The description for the XFX 4850 says it has two 6-pin power connectors, but the picture only shows one. The picture of the GPU accessories also shows a 4-pin molex to 6-pin PCI-E power adapter.



Jul 22, 2009
To: shortstuff_mt and zipzoomflyhig,

My total for the build with shipping came to $510.98 with better parts thanks to both of you (and I'm left with my old rig as a backup). Sweet deal!

Thanks again