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Help with upgrade please

Subject: Help with upgrade please
From: "nut"
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2007 16:14:55 +0100
Newsgroups: uk.comp.homebuilt
Hi all

I'd appreciate some help with this - i haven't built anything better than an 
Athlon64 so i've become a little out of date regarding processors, memory & 
power requirements.

I need a reasonably fast PC capable of playing World of Warcraft.

I currently have two boxes:

P4 1.5Ghz, 2x 256MB SDRAM (2/2 Slots), Geforce 6200 AGP - 300W PSU
Athlon 2000+, 2x 256MB SDRAM (2/2 Slots), Onboard Graphics, No AGP Slot, 
Quality 300W PSU, mATX

I need over 1GB memory, preferably 2GB, so it's not economically viable to 
upgrade either unit with 2x 512MB sticks of SDRAM... and, if i can, i'd like 
to use a 300W PSU & the mATX case to save money.

I was looking at maybe upgrading the SFF's guts - something like

MSI PM8M3-V Socket 775 mATX DDR400 AGP

(Because it's cheap, is mATX, and has an AGP slot so i don't have to upgrade 
the graphics card)

With either

Intel Pentium 4 631 3.0GHz Socket LGA775, 2MB, BOXED w/fan


Intel Pentium 4 524 3.06GHz Socket LGA775, 1MB, BOXED w/fan

Both £40

What's the difference with the above processors?

What speed DDR memory would i need to get?

Alternatively, can anyone recommend a better route? Ideally i'd really like 
more memory than 1GB, and perhaps i could spend a little extra on a PCI-E 
card... something like

POINT OF VIEW GeForce 7300GS 256MB DDR Turbo Cache, 550Mhz/405Mhz, 

I'm just afraid that if i go for a whole new motherboard, cpu, memory & 
graphics, i'm going to have to get a case & psu too... pushing me way over 

I'm looking to spend £100 - £150 all in... and would be more than happy to 
use second hand parts if anyone has anything suitable...

Thank you all very much in advance!

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