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    I have a 2 yr old new build desktop with an Asus M5A78L-M USB3 mobi, pcu with onboard graphics and a cheap Sumvision X3 psu. Could I upgrade this for my grandson to a budget gaming pc for a couple hundred quid? Any ideas on upgrading the cpu and a gr

    Which cpu and graphics card?

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    it would be much easier if you wrote the actual components.

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    if you want to play latest games you will need a decent card that alone will be most if not all you budget gone then a new PSU to power it.

    As reply #1; without knowing what is already fitted to the board, we are just guessing.

    (CPU, RAM, etc).

    We would also need to know what games he wants to play, as different games need different requirements.

    The most obvious is a graphics card, as the built in gfx are very poor; £50 will get you something much better, that will play most modern games on low-medium settings, £100 will get you high settings and £150+ will get you ultra high settings, but also probably need a better psu (Sumvision gear is usually OK, but again, no idea of what version you have).

    A CPU upgrade would be next, and replace the heatsink with a better one.

    Another thing to be aware of is the SIZE and POWER requirements of the gfx card, the higher end ones tend to be a bit BIG and power hungry, and dont fit smaller PC cases very well (or at all), and as they product a lot of heat, you may need to get better/more cooling fans fitted to the case.

    Next up would be a SSD, it doesnt have to be huge, 60-120GB is more than enough; then have your OS and programs installed on it, keeping the existing HDD for data files like photos, music etc.

    RAM, unless you have under 4GB, I wouldnt worry.

    A gaming mouse and keyboard - get him to try a few before buying, and go for substance/comfort over flashy LEDs, I have a cheap Empire gaming keyboard, and a moderately expensive Sharkoon gaming mouse.

    All this adds up, so I would prioritise on the gfx card first and see how the rest of the system copes.

    Or you could buy him a low end "Gaming" system from the likes of Amazon, to get him started.

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    Not only would spending the total budget on that leave you with no improvement in gaming ability but it wouldn't even leave you with a functional computer as that motherboard lacks integrated graphics.

    We do need a bit more information to answer the question. It's probably doable but if nothing on the system is good enough (low profile case, 2GB or less memory, insufficient power supply, weak CPU) then it may require a bit more than £200 or buying components second hand.

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    Not only would spending the total budget on that leave you with no … Not only would spending the total budget on that leave you with no improvement in gaming ability but it wouldn't even leave you with a functional computer as that motherboard lacks integrated graphics.We do need a bit more information to answer the question. It's probably doable but if nothing on the system is good enough (low profile case, 2GB or less memory, insufficient power supply, weak CPU) then it may require a bit more than £200 or buying components second hand.


    4gb memory, 500w psu, ATX case. Been watching this guys you tube vids for ideas. Thanks.
    Edit -Athlon11 X2 250 cpu

    Edited by: "toiletseatlicker" 12th Nov 2016

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    Found this site by accident gives me an idea now.
    Thanks for your replies.

    That board can take a much faster chip and a lot more memory, you can find all the details here

    With a budget of ~£200, it is really tight,

    Amazon have low end FX chip for £65, the board will take better, but it will be light years ahead of what you have currently. Amazon

    R7 GFX series at about £100

    SSD here
    If you could stretch to the 240GB it would be better long term, but you will get the OS and a fair number of games into that space.

    This possibly takes you slightly over budget, depending on GFX choice, but not by much, and gives you a decent start.

    You may find cheaper elsewhere, I chose Amazon because of the choice and known service.

    Edited by: "Gentle_Giant" 13th Nov 2016

    I have idea for you. You could upgrade up to 8 gb ram and make your own NAS server (download FreeNas). Then buy new gaming PC.
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