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ET1331G-03W It needs a new power supply and graphics card

Postposted on Sun Nov 22, 2009 11:49 pm

ok if you have seen my other threads then this aint really a new topic. But when i get my college loans in i'm buying a Emachine ET1331G-03W.
Here are some links to it:
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product. ... d=12347221
http://support.gateway.com/emachines/de ... 31nv.shtml

I will be buying it from wal mart so the wal mart site is more accurate on what the specs really are.
I've looked around for days and it seems to be the best bang for my buck. If you got a better idea feel free to share.
It has a 250w power supply and intergrated graphics so i know it will need an upgrade. The walmart question and answer site says any ATX power supply will fit. The question is what power supply and graphics card combo should i get i want a 1 gig card but i dont need anything insane just enough to run fallout and other games of that nature. But i dont want to get the bone on it ether. Try to keep the whole package under 300$ which i think is more then reasonable but if a good deal is avaliable for less i would like to know about thos to the less money the better but with out the sacrifice of what i am in need of.
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Re: ET1331G-03W It needs a new power supply and graphics card

Postposted on Mon Nov 23, 2009 12:01 am

Here's a great idea: build the computer yourself.

If you're going to spend $400 plus $300 to get a gaming computer, then why not just spend $550 and get something from the TR system guide. It's faster in every way and has the expandability that your eMachine won't.

Link:
http://techreport.com/articles.x/17787/2

Building a computer isn't as tough as you might think it is and as a college student, you can get a special deal on Windows 7, bringing it down to $30.

Also, don't get a 1 GB card. I don't know who told you that it would be a good idea, but 1 GB is only useful on high resolution monitors (1920x1200 and up), which I don't think you have. I personally have a 1920x1200 monitor and I am getting by just fine with a 512 MB card.

And finally, if you're starting college, why not consider a laptop instead of a desktop?
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Re: ET1331G-03W It needs a new power supply and graphics card

Postposted on Mon Nov 23, 2009 1:35 pm

Don't forget the cost of the operating system. Since you're a college student you should be able to pick up Windows 7 for 30 bucks online. Otherwise, spot-on idea.
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Re: ET1331G-03W It needs a new power supply and graphics card

Postposted on Mon Nov 23, 2009 1:45 pm

I bought my first emachine 10years or so ago when I was in college too. I loved it.
I think they are owned by compaq or another company now.
anyway, if you are 100% positive you will change the PSU and GPU immediately you might be better off building your own
if you plan to keep this a few months then upgrade, this is a good deal.
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Re: ET1331G-03W It needs a new power supply and graphics card

Postposted on Mon Nov 23, 2009 1:51 pm

It will be upgraded over time and the computer suggested is not that much better i'm probably to set in what i want to go with anything else tho. But an answer to my question would be appreciated.
dell inspiron 1545 laptop, duo core 2.3 ghz processor, 3 gigs of PC2-6400(400 MHz) ddr2 ram, 200mhz bus speed, 800 mhz FSB. 45nm, 35w, socket p (478), 1mb L2 cache, and a Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family "graphics card".
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Re: ET1331G-03W It needs a new power supply and graphics card

Postposted on Wed Dec 16, 2009 7:11 am

I bought one of these because it was a great deal, even though I've built 10 or more computers. As to your graphics and power supply question, the first thing i noticed about the CPU was how quiet it is. Not wanting to add noise to it, i made sure to order a fanless VGA card (ASUS Radeon HD 4350 512MB DDR2 64-bit 600MHz PCI-E 2.0 Video Card) and make sure any PS was quiet (one of the best PS as far as noise is concerned is the Nexus 430 Watt Compact Quiet Power Supply). Hope this helps. BTW, its running great so far.
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Postposted on Wed Dec 16, 2009 9:03 am

smudge111 wrote:I bought one of these because it was a great deal, even though I've built 10 or more computers. As to your graphics and power supply question, the first thing i noticed about the CPU was how quiet it is. Not wanting to add noise to it, i made sure to order a fanless VGA card (ASUS Radeon HD 4350 512MB DDR2 64-bit 600MHz PCI-E 2.0 Video Card) and make sure any PS was quiet (one of the best PS as far as noise is concerned is the Nexus 430 Watt Compact Quiet Power Supply). Hope this helps. BTW, its running great so far.


The PSU above would probably work, but the GPU really, well, isn't a GPU. You'll want at least a 4670/GTS250, but 430w is more than enough.

If you're scared of building, we understand, but you will really get a much higher quality system that is also much more upgradeable if you do build.
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Re: ET1331G-03W It needs a new power supply and graphics card

Postposted on Fri Dec 25, 2009 10:10 am

Heya Bud,
I just got the very same computer from the very same place. Here's what I did. I went to walmart.com and ordered a 500-watt power supply made by a company called coolmax. The thing cost about 38 bucks. It only comes with one 5-wire connector, the connector that goes from the power supply to your cd-rom and hard drive in that particular model computer. HOWEVER, the old power supply has a number of these fittings daisy-chained together, AND they are easy to take off, as I found out this fine Christmas day. You should be able to fit one more on the new power supply and have just enough line left to screw the power supply in, and actually stretch from the disc drive to the hard drive. Just make sure those wires are in the correct order. If you have any trouble, move the disc drive down so it's closer. I also got a 1-gig card made by a company called EVGA. It comes with the GeForce 9400 GT chip. It says all sortsa fancy shmancy things like "massive multi-threading capability". Dunno what it means really, but it sounded good. Card also came off Wal-Mart.com for about 68 bucks and change. All-in-all adds about 100 extra bucks to the computer, and if you upgrade to 8-gigs of ram, expect another 100 or so dollars for a grand-total of 600. HP pavilion of similar price at same place came with two less gigs of ram, and half the hard drive size. Hope that helps.

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*Edit: Think that hp pavilion had about the same hard drive space, but still 4 gigs of ram. Oh, and check the video output fitting. I about had a cow when I saw the hdmi output on the card before I realized that there were two adapters for the old-style boxy monitor.
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Re: ET1331G-03W It needs a new power supply and graphics card

Postposted on Fri Dec 25, 2009 3:27 pm

However, as I am now finding, you're going to run into a plethora of problems, if you truly want to run fallout 3, namely, the os that comes with the computer is windows 7, and fallout 3 is designed for xp and vista. I myself am a big fan of Fallout 3, and I tried to install it---good luck getting windows to operate anything beyond the desktop. The driver that comes with the video card is designed for vista and xp. Went online to find a driver for windows 7, and the best I came up with is that windows can automatically detect it. However, for some reason, haven't gotten that message, had to go in to a couple different menu's before I could find driver information for my new video card. Games that came pre-installed, which worked before the card, now no longer work. The only thing that works, as it sits, is the power supply. Everything else is suspect.
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Re: ET1331G-03W It needs a new power supply and graphics card

Postposted on Thu Dec 31, 2009 6:21 am

Really there is not point to the advice listed to above. Not to be rude, and eVGA is a great company, the 9400GT really is in the same boat as the 4330, not really a GPU. If you were building an Econobox or similar system you would have MUCH MUCH MUCH more flexibility than with the eMachines. A 5750/4870/GTX260 would take you to infinity and beyond compared to the 4330/9400GT. Depending on your resolution you could even go with a 4670/GT240 and save a bunch more money. I would hate to see people box themselves into a computer where are limited by case,mobo, temperatures.
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Re: ET1331G-03W It needs a new power supply and graphics card

Postposted on Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:11 am

Here is a decent power supply for $45 and free shipping.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817371033

Here is a video card that should give your system a very nice boost. $75 and free shipping.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814161287

Now, having said this, I note that the PC you have picked out costs $398, and you have asked that we give you recommendations under $300, which I believe means you want a gaming PC and have a budget of $698. If that is the case, you really should consider building your own PC if you are into that kind of thing. It honestly won't be much harder than replacing a power supply in a budget rig.
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Re: ET1331G-03W It needs a new power supply and graphics card

Postposted on Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:54 am

This seems like a good deal: LINK
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Re: ET1331G-03W It needs a new power supply and graphics card

Postposted on Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:22 am

Add Windows 7 for $30 and this is a nice deal all around ($398 sub total). This deal does not have as much RAM as the emachine, and the Hard drive is 250GB smaller, however, you don't need more than 4GB of ram and you can easily add a hard drive later.

Links to combo deals:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811129024

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBund ... mbo.304695

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Re: ET1331G-03W It needs a new power supply and graphics card

Postposted on Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:31 am

Gerbil Jedidiah wrote:Add Windows 7 for $30 and this is a nice deal all around ($398 sub total). This deal does not have as much RAM as the emachine, and the Hard drive is 250GB smaller, however, you don't need more than 4GB of ram and you can easily add a hard drive later.

Links to combo deals:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811129024

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBund ... mbo.304695

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Postposted on Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:49 am

I picked up one of these around Christmas 2009
So far I have:
swapped out the PSU for a rocketfish RF-500WPS2 (500w contiouous, 600w peak)
added a RADEON HD 5450 (only 1 PCI express 16 card on the motherboard)
added a 4-port USB 2.0 card in a PCI
upgraded to 8 GB (max) RAM

Current OS is Win 7 64-bit

The PSU upgrade was actually the most important as the system crashes were ridiculous. They happened way too often. The graphics were next on the list because I am using a high def monitor.

I am thinking the next upgrade will be a sound card, then the motherboard its self as I don't think swapping the CPU would give as much bang for the buck.

I was happy to get this machine for the price and work on upgrades from there.
I also have an older Compaq (HP) Presario SR5413WM that my kids have been using as a future building project. The only upgrade so far is 2GB->4GB (max) RAM
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Re: ET1331G-03W It needs a new power supply and graphics car

Postposted on Tue Feb 22, 2011 2:18 am

Still after all those upgrades, if you had built a nice rig from the start you probably would have spent less. Prebuilt systems are for the user that will have a disposable system, never open or upgrade it, and replace it when it gets obsolete. If you are planning to upgrade, your usually better off building your own.
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