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Rebuild: Upgrading Hpa810n, Cpu, Mb, Ram, Case? Etc

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#1 KidDz Akemi

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 01:20 AM


I'm in the process of plotting out my upgrade. I'm changing mostly all of the essential parts and this will be my first time. I've already made small upgrades over the years (DOP: Jan 2005).

Recently my system crashed due to a sick HDD, using the Ultimate BootCD I saved my data with DriveImage XML, replaced the HDD. and used my HP recovery disks to restore the system. This successful save lead me to wanting more. So I am now trying to build a system that will stand at least a successful upgrade to Windows Vista down the road, and perform somewhat above par (graphic designer and 3D gamer) for the next few years.

My blueprint is very flexible. If you know of any possible price cuts/discounts/alternatives without sacrificing overall performance, I'm all ears. Max Performance for very limited budget.

Thank you for reading, please help if you can :thumbsup:



- 2.80GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ Brisbane Dual-Core Processor, Socket AM2 65W
link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819103235
- 4GB Kingston SDRAM, (2x2GB) 240-pin DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel
link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820134641

- ASUS M2A-VM HDMI AM2 AMD 690G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813131174
- ASUS M2N-SLI AM2 NVIDIA nForce 560 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard
link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813131246

MISC items I may need: I'm not positive if I need these and if I do, which type for a tight budget?
- CPU Fans and/or Heatsinks
- New Tower/Case/Power Supply ?

OS: After successful upgrade, eventually upgrade to Windows Vista



- WD Caviar SE EIDE 320GB, 7200 RPM, 8 MB Cache, (WD3200JBRTL)
- 1GB SDRAM, (2x512MB) PC3200 DDR
- NVIDIA GeForce FX 5500, 256MB
- Creative Audigy 2 (LS) Sound Card, PCI

FACTORY HP Pavilion a810n Desktop PC (Released Dec 2004):
link: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/documen...cname=c00280647

- 2.40GHz AMD Athlon 64 3300+ Processor, 256KB L2 cache, 1600MHz FSB
- 512MB SDRAM 184-pin DDR 400 (PC 3200) Memory, expandable to 2GB
- Samsung SpinPoint P80 SP1604N 160GB, 7200RPM Ultra DMA HDD
- Motherboard: Asus K8S-LA (Salmon), Micro-ATX form factor, Socket 754
(3 PCI, 1 AGP, 2 DDR DIMM, Audio, Video, LAN, IEEE-1394)
- Dbl-Layer 16X DVD+/-RW/CR-RW Drive (48x CD-RW)
- CD-ROM Drive, 48x
- Integrated SIS Mirage 2 graphics card with 128MB shared video memory
- Memory Slots: 2 DIMM, 184-pin, DDR 400 SDRAM, PC3200
- 9-in-1 front panel Memory card reader
- Sound: Integrated audio chipset
- (7) high-speed USB 2.0 ports
- (2) IEEE 1394 "FireWire" ports
- Integrated 10/100Base-T networking interface, PCI Ethernet, V.92 data/fax modem

- OS: Windows XP Home Edition SP2

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#2 zedsed420


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Posted 18 September 2008 - 01:58 AM

I built mine about 6 months ago and since I have successfully installed and found good performance with vista both 32 and 64 bit editions. My rig cost me a total of 520 dollars and it was a scratch build (all new parts). I too am into graphics intensive games and some web design and I've had no troubles with this config so far.
Here's what I put together

Operating System: Win xp pro sp3. I found vista used too many resources for my games to perform at their best.
Antivirus Software: AVG 8.0 pro
Firewall: windows
Computer: Custom
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ Brisbane 2.1GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor - OEM
Motherboard: MSI K9AG Neo2-Digital AMD 690G Socket AM2
Ram: OCZ Platinum Revision-2 3078MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Dual Channel Memory (3 x 1024MB)
Storage: Samsung 200GB SERIAL ATA HD 7200/8MB/SATA-3G, WD Caviar 80GB SATA-3G HD 7200/8MB/SATA-3G
Video Card: HIS Hightech H26XQT512NV2P Radeon HD 2600XT 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported IceQ Video Card - Overclocked to 830MHz, IceQ Turbo Technology
Soundcard: Realtek ALC883 8.1 onboard
Power Supply: 420 w

The video card was a great boost to my system and was very reasonably priced at new egg.com. I bought all my parts there or at Tiger direct.com except the case which was purchased from EBay for 25 dollars. I'd probably get a bigger psu though which will be my next and hopefully last upgrade for awhile.

The games my rig has handled well even on the higher settings are so far, Crysis 32 and 64 bit versions , GRAW 1 and 2, COD4, Rainbow 6 Vegas 2, Splinter Cell Double Agent, and Frontlines Fuel of War.
No lag and very smooth frames on all theses games.

Asus Crosshair III  Motherboard, AMD PhenomII x4 965 custom watercooled XSPC Raystorm copper block,  8g Mushkin Blackline
2 XFX Radeon 4890's in Crossfire mode custom watercooled full copper EK blocks,  XSPC rs360 triple 120 radiator 
850w Antec full modular 80plus certified,  NZXT Switch Black case  Custom Watercooled Laing DDC w/ XSPC pumptop res

Tygon black tubing,  all Bitspower fittings and clamps, 2 Samsung 1T spinpoint F1's 

Windows 7 Professional x64 dual boot Ubuntu 12.10

#3 garmanma


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Posted 18 September 2008 - 07:54 AM

MISC items I may need: I'm not positive if I need these and if I do, which type for a tight budget?
- CPU Fans and/or Heatsinks
- New Tower/Case/Power Supply ?

You should purchase both. I would get a case without a power supply then buy a better one
The fan/heatsink is specific to the CPU socket type
Did you read our guide?

Edited by garmanma, 18 September 2008 - 07:55 AM.

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