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#1 9 years ago

[COLOR=black]Hello people,

I've been out of the gaming loop for almost a year now after being overseas working. Now that I'm back in the US with my computer I'd like to update it to better run the newer games that are coming out. I'm just not sure which components are holding the system back...

This is why I'm asking for your help in what I should upgrade with a moderate budget of $300 and I'm also asking not to replace the Motherboard.

Here are my current system specifications:

Chassis Type : Tower. Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP3 [/COLOR][COLOR=black]Processor[/COLOR][COLOR=black]: [/COLOR][COLOR=black]AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Windsor 2.0GHz 2x512kb L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor[/COLOR][COLOR=black] Motherboard: ASUS M2V AM2 VIA K8T890 ATX AMD Motherboard[/COLOR][COLOR=black] [/COLOR]GPU[COLOR=black]: ATI Radeon X1650PRO 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 CrossFire Supported. PCIE Speed : 16x . Monitor : DVI. [/COLOR][COLOR=black]Hard Drives 3 : OS is on independent 40GB Samsung SP4002H 8mb from rest of system. [/COLOR][COLOR=black]Memory[/COLOR][COLOR=black]: GeIL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel[/COLOR]. Used RAM Slots: 2 of 4. Power Supply: Antec True Power Trio TP3-550 550W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply with Three 12V Rails.

I hope this is enough information for you to better inform me on what I should upgrade to help this system keep up with newer games. Thanks!!




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#2 9 years ago

The best you would probably do with the $300 is to spend it on a much better video card. A dual-core is still good for gaming, you could buy a heatsink for it and overclock it to get better performance (if you get a better video card, the processor will start bottlenecking the video card, and even for $250 you could get a very decent GPU). For that sort of money you could get a GTX275 or HD4890, or maybe even an HD4850X2, which will trounce both the 275 and 4890. The rest of the money could go to a better heatsink, which will reduce the CPU bottleneck by however much you are willing to overclock it by.




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#3 9 years ago

I'd say go for a Radeon 4830, and despite what you say get a new motherboard/processor. Because if you get a 1gb video card or so using 32bit is really going to limit you.




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#4 9 years ago
kow_ciller;4918672I'd say go for a Radeon 4830.

Of course you would, but he said "newer games," and unless he likes the idea of running Crysis with only 26 FPS, I'd say he should go for:

This: Newegg.com - EVGA 896-P3-1260-TR GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Or this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102810 And as for the CPU, since he's on the budget that he is, he can get one of these for a good price, and with either of the two graphics cards listed above, the cost should only be between $260 and $280.


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#5 9 years ago

Best deal I've seen in awhile is 4890s for $165 a couple days ago on the egg. Just have to find deals. I also have seen 260s popping up for sale for around $130 which isn't a bad deal if its a 216sp version.

And getting a new cpu/motherboard/video card would give some bigger fps boosts than just a video card upgrade that would get bottlenecked from a low-end cpu.




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#6 9 years ago

I'm not sure you can get anything really good on that kinda budget.


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#7 9 years ago

Best deal I've seen in awhile is 4890s for $165 a couple days ago on the egg. Just have to find deals. I also have seen 260s popping up for sale for around $130 which isn't a bad deal if its a 216sp version.

And getting a new cpu/motherboard/video card would give some bigger fps boosts than just a video card upgrade that would get bottlenecked from a low-end cpu.

Apparently AMD just announced huge price cuts to their GPUs, and nVidia is obviously having to follow suit, for the launch of the 5000 GPUs.




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#8 9 years ago
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#9 9 years ago
kow_cillerI'd say go for a Radeon 4830, and despite what you say get a new motherboard/processor. Because if you get a 1gb video card or so using 32bit is really going to limit you.

How is he going to be limited by 32-bit? All he will need to do is download the Windows 7 64-bit Release Candidate and be good to go until march next year. His hardware is fully 64-bit capable.

This is why I'm asking for your help in what I should upgrade with a moderate budget of $300 and I'm also asking not to replace the Motherboard.

I would say upgrade the CPU to this (a BIOS flash might be needed):

AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ (3.2Ghz) - $89.99

Get this for the heatsink and paste:

Xigmatek HDT S1283 - $27 after rebate OCZ Freeze - $6

And get this video card:

XFX Radeon HD 4890 1GB - $179 after rebate

Total: $301.99 after rebates

That should hold you over pretty well until the new vid cards are out (Radeon 5000 and GTX 300 series) and give you time to save up for a new mobo/cpu. It won't be top of the line, but it will be a hell of a upgrade from what you have now and won't break the bank. You should be able to play most games on high/highest settings with that setup.




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#10 9 years ago

*The.Doctor;4919157How is he going to be limited by 32-bit? All he will need to do is download the Windows 7 64-bit Release Candidate and be good to go until march next year. His hardware is fully 64-bit capable.

I would say upgrade the CPU to this (a BIOS flash might be needed):

AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ (3.2Ghz) - $89.99

Get this for the heatsink and paste:

Xigmatek HDT S1283 - $27 after rebate OCZ Freeze - $6

And get this video card:

XFX Radeon HD 4890 1GB - $179 after rebate

Total: $301.99 after rebates

That should hold you over pretty well until the new vid cards are out (Radeon 5000 and GTX 300 series) and give you time to save up for a new mobo/cpu. It won't be top of the line, but it will be a hell of a upgrade from what you have now and won't break the bank. You should be able to play most games on high/highest settings with that setup.

As a slight suggestion, and speaking from experience..

I'd go for this cpu Newegg.com - AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 Kuma 2.7GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core black edition Processor - Processors - Desktops

It's a bit cheaper, and will easily (and I mean easily) overclock to 3.1-3.2 ghz @ stock voltages.

I bought it, installed it, and immediately OC'd it to 3.1 Ghz. Running perfect ever since.

Other than the GPU, the rest of your system is still pretty usable.

Go for either a GTX 260 (216) or equivalent.

That puts you around ($60 for cpu) ( ~$200 for gpu) $260-$270 shipped to you. Take the money you have left over and get yourself a cpu cooler. You will be almost right at $300 and be running a better system than i am... =/

Edit: Never look at price after rebate, unless it is instant rebates. You will usually never be reimbursed for them, so factor that in when the time comes. :)