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#1 flashback30

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 08:02 PM

Hi I was looking to get into gaming again, but I have been out of it so long a lot has changed. The problem i am having it seems a lot of the newer games require a board that has PCI Express 2.0 x16, my board doesn't have that so I was wondering if some one can look over my specs I have now and recommend a board that would work with the parts on the board I am using now if its possible to upgrade to this. This is what I have now

Mach Speed Matrix P4MSD-800 (P4MSD-800 D2) Motherboard http://www.shopping.com/xPF-Mach-Speed-Mac...x-10-100-Ethern

3.20 gigahertz Intel Pentium D processor
2 GB DDR2 533 mhz
160 GB Western Digital hard drive WDC-WD1600JB
400 watt xion power supply i am going to upgrade this as well

so what I am looking for is a board that will use theses parts but has PCI Express 2.0 x16 I prefer a cheap board but i am open for higher price ones as long as it will work.

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 09:19 PM

The Motherboard you linked to uses DDR memory, not DDR2.
There is a difference.

If you want to buy matched sticks of DDR2 Dual Channel RAM, which would be faster, and cheaper than DDR, one of the boards listed at these links should work with your components.
They will also allow you the option to upgrade the processor, in the future.
Prices vary from $42.99, to $99.99.

Core 2 Duo / Pentium D / Pentium 4 / Celeron D
Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo / Pentium D / Celeron
Quad-core / Core 2 Duo / Pentium D / Celeron
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Edited by tg1911, 16 March 2008 - 09:22 PM.

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 09:31 PM

what video card are you using now?
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Posted 16 March 2008 - 09:53 PM

Sorry yeah its DDR not DDR 2 im useing now, but yeah I think i am going to go with the DDR2 and look at the boards you suggested.

DaChew you asked what video card i am using now it is just on board video think it says VIA/S3G UniChrome Pro IGP . Think im going to go with a 8800 GT video card.

Thanks for the help

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 10:08 PM

I don't think you use anything but that cpu in a new system and even that would bottleneck game play with newer games
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Posted 16 March 2008 - 10:35 PM

Yeah thanks for all the help, i wasn't sure what would work with what i have, i mean im not really a heavy gamer just something to be able to play the newer games.

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 10:44 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814130076

this card would handle a lot of last years games well and be more in balance with your present components
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Posted 16 March 2008 - 11:57 PM

Thanks DaChew yeah that card looks good, I guess there are still some pretty good AGP cards that might work with the games I will be playing. I guess I should of ask whats the best AGP video card.

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 08:37 AM

DaChew you think the card you suggested would play Medal of Honor Airborne?
I think I can only go with 4 pin power connector on the video card since my power supply only has that. and I wouldn't be able to use a video card like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductRevie...N82E16814131090 even if i upgraded my power supply ?

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 08:54 AM

you could easily use the better card since it has a power adapter included and a new power supply wouldn's even have to use that as it would come with the cpi-e power

I was trying to avoid spending that much money(~$300)

now if there was someone to sell the agp card to after a year or so you could always build a new system and use the new power supply

300$ would be better spent on a new system

Medal of Honor: Airborne PC Minimum Requirements

Operating System: Windows XP SP2
Processor: 2.8 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon XP 2800+
Memory: 1GB RAM
Video Card: NVIDIA Geforce 6600GT (Some slower GPUs with higher model number's also not recommended.) ATI Radeon X1300PRO
Video Card Memory: 128MB RAM
Operating System: Windows Vista
Processor: 3.0 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64 3800+
Memory: 1GB RAM
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Posted 17 March 2008 - 09:12 AM

Yeah I was trying not to sink a lot of money into this as well , looks like the card you suggested will play a lot of the games. but if I wanted to go with the more expensive card it would work ? even though i only have 4 pin connectors on my card and i think they use 6 pin for power. id need to upgrade power sypply or would it even work on this board ?

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 09:19 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowImage.as...D3-P+Video+Card

it comes with a 6 pin adapter that takes power from a standard 4 pin molex

however I doubt your present power supply will handle the load?
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Posted 17 March 2008 - 09:29 AM

Yeah i am not sure its only a xion 450 w power supply maybe if i didn't have a lot hooked to the power supply, it has 2 dvd rw drives and a 3.5 inch floppy disk drive. I can probably take all that out but one dvd rw drive since I don't use it.

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 03:30 PM

In the dvd burning community these seasonics are considered one of the most conservatively rated and stable power supplies

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817151040

I don't think the free shipping and 30$ instant rebate will last tho
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