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Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by monkeysmith, 27 Apr 2013.

  1. monkeysmith

    Hitman

    Joined: 3 Jun 2005

    Posts: 952

    Location: House

    My current system:

    An8 Motherboard (NF-CK804)
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
    4Gb DDR Ram
    Ati Radeon HD 3850 (PCI -Express)

    I'm perfectly happy with the speed of the system, use it for work and the odd casual game - mainly older games so all that runs fine. The problem I have is with the USB ports. The front ones don'w work and that's just a right pain. Am guessing the motherboard is at fault, so what I want to know is.... whats my best upgrade option.

    Want to keep the cost down, probably looking at about £200 max and will want to include a new PSU in that.

    Any suggestions? Had a little look on the MM for old 939 boards, tempted by this.

    Thanks
     
  2. tres_kun

    Hitman

    Joined: 7 Nov 2012

    Posts: 627

    Location: Glasgow

    It might just be the case usb plug
    But if you upgrade regardless
    You will need a bigger budget for an entire system
    CPU MB and ram will get you an AMD FM2 a10 5800k system at around 200pounds
    Not enough budget for a PSU
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP-327-AM&groupid=701&catid=1967&subcat=1946
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB-099-AK&groupid=701&catid=1903&subcat=2399
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY-018-TG&groupid=701&catid=8&subcat=1387
    205 pounds without postage
     
  3. yashiro

    Mobster

    Joined: 9 Dec 2003

    Posts: 3,553

    Location: UK

    Are the front USB ports plugged into the motherboard?

    You could just buy a USB hub if you need more easily accessible ports should these 'front' ports fail to work.
     
  4. monkeysmith

    Hitman

    Joined: 3 Jun 2005

    Posts: 952

    Location: House

    Hmm... considering the options.

    USB's are plugged in ;)

    Liking the sound of those trinity cpus. With the options above, is it worth keeping the 3850 gfx card or the cpu/onboard option better?

    Years old the card so guessing it will be better off retiring it!
     
  5. tres_kun

    Hitman

    Joined: 7 Nov 2012

    Posts: 627

    Location: Glasgow

    The trinity apu will outperform the HD3850 so get rid of it :)
    And you can overclock it :)