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Need advice on what to upgrade

Q: Need advice on what to upgrade

Hey, im planning on upgrading either my cpu or my gpu, and I need to know what would give me a more
noticeable increase in performance in gaming.

The gpu I currently have is a gtx 760, and my cpu is an i5 - 4430 3ghz
the cpu I'd upgrade to is an i7 - 4790k 4ghz, and the gpu I'd get is a gtx 970.

So which one should I upgrade?

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A: Need advice on what to upgrade

The i5 is considered the so-called sweetspot for gaming and since games are gpu intensive I would upgrade the gpu first.

A few questions for you:
1. How much RAM do you run?
2. Are you getting any lag in gaming? What is your current average FPS?
3. What do you hope to gain that would make your gaming experience noticeably increased?
, Make and wattage output of your power supply?
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A:GPU Upgrade Advice

I would roll either way if you don't care about Brands go with the 280x

it is optimized for Battlefield 4 and uses Mantle a new type of GPU processing

The HD 7970 is the equal to the 280x as for as the free games are concerned they should come with codes either sent though mail or you go online and redeem them with your purchase I would assume where ever you buy it they give the code up front after purchase
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Hello there,

I've decided to do an upgrade but I'm hesitating between 2 upgrade choices, I'm NOT asking which is better in performance (I've spent a whole week reading reviews already), I'm asking which would be better for future upgrades..

First upgrade is >>
Phenom II X2 550 3.1GHz, 7MB Total Cache
Gigabyte GA-790FXTA-UD5

And upgrade the processor later??

Or >>
Phenom II X4 965 125w 3.4GHz, 8MB Total Cache
Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P

And upgrade the MB later??

So yeah, it's a true hardware dilemma ..

A:Need an advice on a new upgrade..

If the X2 550 fits your mobo, then that is a good choice. Some people OC'd it to 4GHz.
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HIS Radeon HD 3850 ICEQ3 Turbo x2 in xfire

I am thinking about upgrading to Vista home premium 64bit. Its used primarily for gaming and web browsing, etc. I play mostly online games with a few friends and planning on jumping on Age of Conan next month and would like to make the most of it. Any advice would be appreciated, thanks.

A:Upgrade or not, looking for advice

Hello fancyrat

Welcome to the Forums!

Originally Posted by fancyrat

I am thinking about upgrading to Vista home premium 64bit. Its used primarily for gaming and web browsing, etc. I play mostly online games with a few friends and planning on jumping on Age of Conan next month and would like to make the most of it. Any advice would be appreciated, thanks.

Sorry to say x64 can not be *upgraded* to. It has to be a clean install.
Maybe you can get some ideas from the Tutorial at the link below.

Clean Install with a Full Version of Vista

I hope this helps. Be sure to look around the Tutorial section, there is a lot of knowledge there.

EDIT: Upgrading from one OS to another only causes trouble. Clean Install.

Later Ted
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A:CPU Upgrade I need advice.

What motherboard are you planning to use?
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A:Upgrade Advice


An upgrade with the ram would 8 gigs and maybe a newer vid card for starters.
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A:advice on upgrade

what do you plan to achieve with this upgrade? If you don't use CPU intensive applications, you won't see any difference in performance.

But I think I can guarantee that a P4 of roughly the same speed (in Ghz) with an 800mhz bus would perform a lot better than your current Celeron. The question now is: will you see any performance difference in your daily computing?
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A:need advice with upgrade

Perhaps you could mix the two up:

The Asus A8V-E Deluxe (PCIe) is a nice Mainboard with PCIe support, which is going to be the future standart of videocards anyway. And you could try to go for a GeForce 6800 GT 256MB PCIe (Which isn't that much more expensive) Because the GeForce seems to do better in benchmarks. (At least the ones I just looked up)

Hope you can get a nice upgrade like that

Good luck.
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A:Looking for upgrade advice

Hello Datman mate personally I would just get the SSD and do a fresh install of 7 (64bit if the board supports it) rather than muck about with upgrades but that is just me.

If you go the SSD for the OS and boot do this SSD Alignment

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What brands should I absolutely stay away from?

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A:Ram upgrade advice...

Crucial are half the price of Dell and it scans your pc
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The 8Gb RAM is not enough. Can you tell me whether this PC can grow to 16GB or 32GB and how many sticks of RAM are best (e.g. 8gb x 2 or 16gb x1 ---- or 2x16gb or 1x32gb)

The motherboard is a Gigabyte Motherboard DA-Z777X-D3H

Current RAM slots are two with 1 x 8gb RAM stick installed. Don't know what's written on the current RAM stick. Hesitant to pull it out as last time I caused a malfunction.

A:RAM upgrade advice plz

GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1155 - GA-Z77X-D3H (rev. 1.0)

above link at says this about your motherboard:
4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory

* Due to Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than 4 GB.

Dual channel memory architecture

Support for DDR3 2800(OC)/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules

Support for non-ECC memory modules

Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules

You can download the supported memory list from here:

GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1155 - GA-Z77X-D3H (rev. 1.0)

Not sure what you mean by "Current RAM slots are two with 1 x 8gb RAM stick installed".

Your board should have 4 slots, not 2.

Ideally, you should use 2 sticks total or 4 sticks total. 1 or 3 would work, but you'd give up a slight bit of speed.

If you are now using just one 8 gb stick, you should buy as near an identical stick as possible, at least matching for voltage and speed.

If you can't or won't precisely identify the stick you now have and want to be sure you won't have issues, remove the current stick entirely and buy 2 or 4 new sticks from the supported memory list.

If you want 16 total, you have to decide between buying one more matching 8, or two new 8 gb sticks.

If you want 32 total, you have to decide between buying 3 new matching 8s, or four new 8 gb sticks.

I'm not sure if your board supports 16 gb sticks, but even if it does you apparently cannot use four 16s for a total of 64. You are limited to 32 total.
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A:Upgrade Advice

No opinions? Okay, well my core question is this. How much would it be worth it to upgrade from DDR to DDR2? Am I really going to notice that much of a difference?
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Current ram 384 PC100.

My options:
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2) Get a new Pentium 3 with 1.1 Gig (100 Bus rate). Cost about $110.
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Thanks in advanced.


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A:Fan Upgrade Advice

Try these, I own these specific fans and they are pretty quiet even under load.

They look good, and they are pretty quiet even though I have 6 running on my radiator.
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A:PC upgrade advice?

What I would do would be to buy this kit;

take the two 1Gb. sticks and place them in slots 1 and 3 and move your two existing 256's to slots 2 and 4. This would give you about 2.5Gbs. in dual channel mode which should do everything you need it to do.

You may find this kit at Newegg or another site a little cheaper. I use Crucial in all my builds, never had a problem with any of their RAM. On upgrades where I use the existing RAM such as in your case, with Crucial I have never encountered any compatibility problems.
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A:Looking for advice on a cpu upgrade

I think that MB is an AM2 cpu socket. The AMD Phenom II x4 965 is for an AM3 cpu socket.
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A:PC Upgrade Help/Advice

Windows activation won't stop you accessing your hard drive. If the need to re-activate kicks in, which it probably will, you'll have time to re-activate. You may get that done doing it online without a phone call. If you don't fancy talking to them fine. Go and spend 90 on a new XP disc
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A:Upgrade Advice please?

The possible CPU upgrade would be minimal.. 1133 MHz over your current 1000 unless you really go and replace everything as Zenosincks said.
Upgrading the RAM to the maximum of 512MB would give you the biggest benefit and an instant "wow" effect.

You can use any IDE hard drive, but you may need a BIOS update to get support for drives over 128GB
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Duron [email protected]
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A:My Upgrade.... need advice

i would say go for it since the gf 4 is already out.
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A:Going to upgrade to 7 need advice

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A:need advice on upgrade please

As long as you don't have to pay tax for the board it doesn't really matter .. and what i mean by that all the boards are the same ( doesn't matter if you use it in AU or EU ). The AMD XP works in a ATX motherboard ( same as P4 or P3 for that matter).
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And yes you will be able to attach the old 4 gig HD , but since you will have a new board and cpu you'll be better off with a new hard drive as well .
Just remember the computer is as slow as the slowest component inside ---in your case the hard drive
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A:Advice on CPU upgrade

You will need to contact the manufactuer. You might also need a BIOS update.
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A:Need advice on an upgrade

The worst bottleneck is definently the TNT2.

I wouldn't put a top-of the line vid card in that machine, rather
something like radeon 8500/9500, a good GeForce 3 or a not-the-cheapest GeForce 4.

Another thing worth upgarding without buying a new motherboard is the CPU. And you should get the fastest thing your motherboard supports.
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A:Upgrade advice

A clean unplug\plug\uninstall\new install is always better.
Download and install the new version of Driver Sweeper.
Download the most recent software\driver for your ati AMD Graphics Drivers & Software.

Uninstall ati software\driver in Control Panel Items\Programs and Features,restart in safe mode,run driver sweeper,choose only AMD-Display and clean,restart in safe mode .

Uninstall completely the driver from device manager.

Shutdown the pc,unplug the power cord (or switch off the psu).

Open the case,touch any metal surface to earth your self avoiding static energy,unplug the old gpu,plug the new gpu.

Start the pc install the new amd software\driver catalyst,restart.

Update DirectX if needed.

Restart,enjoy your new gpu.
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Obviously, a fresh OS install is better than an upgrade. I currently have Windows 98 and can get (extremely cheap) the Upgrade version of Windows 2000 Pro. I though I saw a posting here once that said you could still do the equivalent of a fresh install with an upgrade and it's legal because you do actually own the other OS. How would this be done? I would assume it looks for certain files during the upgrade...

Or did I dream this up?


[side note: not sure why I put "NT upgrade?" as the subject!]

Get paid to listen to music online!

[This message has been edited by angel (edited 07-13-2000).]

A:{Advice Given} - NT upgrade?

Yeah, it will ask for a qualifying product if you do a complete format.

All you have to do is pop in the 98 CDROM and it should find it, be okay, and keep chugging away.

***DISCLAIMER*** You previously stated that you do own a copy of 98 therefore I will assume that you are being legit in your question, and this thread will not be closed. However, TSG is not responsible if you're doing this any other way. You said you own both OS's... ***DISCLAIMER***


It is easier to get forgiveness than it is to get permission.

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Currently my system specs are:

AMD Athlon 2400+
3 x 512MB PC2700 RAM
nVidia 6600 256mb AGP 8x
Antec Earthwatts 430W

I am planning to reuse my RAM, Graphics Card, Case and PSU.

So I should end up with
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800 Dual-Core
3 x 512MB PC2700 RAM
nVidia 6600 256mb AGP 8x
Antec Earthwatts 430W
New Motherboard.

THIS is the motherboard I am planning to upgrade to and THIS is the processor I am planning to buy also.

I would appreciate your thoughts on this. Many thanks in advance.

A:Upgrade Advice 754 to 939

Don't buy that mobo.

1) ECS is a terribly low quality manufacturer
2) That motherboard has AGP which has been replaced by PCI-E.

THIS is one of the best motherboards ever made for socket 939. It has a hell load of features, dual PCI-E, support for SLI, and is good for overclocking.
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A:Upgrade Advice?

My opinion. I would get an abit bx440 motherboard (BE6 II) with a intel P3 600 E designation processor, 128 meg pc 133 ram, new gforce. The processor is almost gauranteed to run at 800 overclocked with standard cooling. Once running the processor can be overclocked from 6 x 100 to 6 x 133 with agp divider at 2/3 and pci divider at 1/4. This allows pci bus to run at defaults and the agp at 89 which the gforce cards can handle. The 600 E processor is a heck of a lot cheaper than an 800. A couple of extra cooling fans in the case wouldn't hurt either.
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How much are you willing to spend?

EDIT: I'm looking to see if your motherboard supports the higher end Q9xx0 CPU family.

EDIT: I think you should be fine. Go with either the Q9550 or Q9650.
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The size of HD does not have to relate to the amount of memory. 3.5" is the physical demensions of the HD.

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mathew06 said:

Alright, Just bought an Hp slimline 5212y off craigslist for 50$. <snip> Wanting to upgrade graphics due to only being able to pull 10-20 FPS, but kinda on a budget.Click to expand...

Low profile cases are never designed to be upgrade capable. Sure you can get a low profile graphics card, but as you have already discovered the power supply will likely be your biggest problem. Most low profile PC's have proprietary PSU's, making it impossible to upgrade the PSU. With only 220W's, I can not recommend upgrading graphics.

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Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that budget is not sufficient for the components you listed.

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Keep in mind that you CAN find the components for cheap enough prices to do it, but the quality of the items will be so poor that I'd be afraid to be in the room when it was turned on for fear of fires.

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To clarify, an upgrade disk simply means you are required to have a version (i.e. any version) of Windows previously installed. There is no "in-place-upgrade" from XP to 7, only from Vista to 7. I understand your confusion about going from 32-bit to 64-bit, but since an in-place upgrade is not possible in your situation, the question is moot.In other words, you can certainly go from XP 32-bit to Win7 64-bit via a clean install using an upgrade disk (assuming the processor is 64-bit capable, which yours is).And if I recall correctly, the "Family Pack" contains both bits (32 and 64) of Windows 7 capable of installing on 3 machines. So, you're good there.Will the MS Office 2003 SW run with Win 7?Yes, it will work just fine. You might run into compatibility issues with documents created with newer versions of Office, but the software itself will run fine. Windows Live Mail is the new free mail client from M$. Personally, I use Mozilla Thunderbird, but if you're used to Outlook, feel free to stick to that.Any other questions?
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A:Advice on mobo upgrade?

I've got 8 gigs of the same ram running at 1066 on my P5Q Deluxe, don't see why 4 wouldn't run just fine for you on the P5Q Pro.

That's one of the reasons I got the Asus board. I'm not an Asus fanboy, but I read they will will often run all ram slots at faster than 800 where other boards don't, and so far it hasn't disappointed me.

Whatever you do however, don't install their crappy software. It doesn't like x64 much.

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A:Hardware upgrade advice

A new graphics card... perhaps new power supply [500 watts or thoise recommended for gaming] and if possible the new Intel Core 2 Duo..... The Ram also need some upgrade perhaps 2GB minimum...
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hi spikyalex,

looks good to me. it will be a decent performer

I assume that you'll be reusing your case, monitor, keyboard, etc...

my only suggestion would be your PSU. your new system will use more power than your old system did so you will probably need a new power supply (especially if your old one is generic).

cheers :wave:
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A:Advice for Memory Upgrade?

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A:Upgrade motherboard advice

Quote: Originally Posted by Wowdude

Hey peoples,

I just wanted some advice from people with first hand experience at upgrading motherboards without re-installing windows. I'm upgrading from my ASUS P8H61-M LE to Gigaabyte B75-D3V. Also means I can dual Sli my GPU.

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Any suggestions or advice?



Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer
It is more than what you say. Here is a tutorial on how to do this.
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Wait for a better board. The AsRock is a decent board, but it remains a budget home board... Tell us what you will be using this system to do...
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A:Hardware Upgrade Advice

i think your cpu and graphics are fine. it's your RAM that could use a boost. 2 gigabytes is standard now. so you'd probably need closer to 4 to run smoothly.

as for the screen tearing, it might not be the vsync, but the refresh rate. sometimes adjusting it to a proper frequency gets rid of such problems. for instance, in call of duty 2, it was defaulted to 60mhz. and the monitor i usef runs at 75. so i adjusted it and visual quality improved. maybe something to try and look into. the additional RAM might help greatly as well.

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A:Advice on upgrade or new system please

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A:Need a little advice on what to upgrade for my gaming rig

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A:Need advice on new system upgrade


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A:Upgrade Time! Advice Please

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Ms Windows Xp


A:advice on upgrade needed

do you want to build yourself or get someone else to make it for you????
there are some people around from the UK on this forum - so you will get replies valid from UK

are you going to build it yourself - or is this shop bought

which part of the UK are you in

does not sound great - i had this type of PC made a year ago but with a DVD writer and they have halfed in price.

if you upgrading - do you need a mouse/keyboard/speakers etc??

I put some prices on a reply recently for a 2600+

i have put some best guess prices next to the items

post a thread and see what other advice or websites you get.

see aprox prices added to your list
Originally Posted by HAMMER 1
This Is What I've Been Offered For 500
Athlon Xp 2600+ about 50-60
Athlon Base Unit - not sure what this is
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here are some details

BIOS Properties:
Vendor Phoenix Technologies, LTD
Version VI31E304
Release Date 06/05/2002

Processor Properties:
Manufacturer Intel
Version Intel Pentium(R) 4
External Clock 400 MHz
Maximum Clock 2200 MHz
Current Clock 2200 MHz
Type Central Processor
Status Enabled
Upgrade ZIF
Socket Designation Socket 478

CPU Type Intel Pentium 4, 2200 MHz (22 x 100)
CPU Alias Northwood

Motherboard Properties:
Motherboard Name FIC VI11/VI31

Front Side Bus Properties:
Bus Type Intel GTL+
Bus Width 64-bit
Real Clock 100 MHz (QDR)
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Bandwidth 3200 MB/s

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A:processor upgrade advice

Hello, invisibleman, and welcome to Techspot :wave:

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With regards to your question, going by what the HP site says, that's pretty much the best cpu you can get

if you wanted something even better you could upgrade to a socket LGA775 motherboard and get any of the latest intel processors, including the quad core ones
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Will take the plunge and upgrade to Windows 8 shortly, so speed vs total RAM may be more of an issue?

Thanks in advance for any help with this!

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You would never notice the difference in speed, and even after running specific benchmarks, you won't see much of a difference on paper. RAM timing and speed are two parts of a computer build that people spend FAR too much time worrying about and considering, when it really has very little, and no noticeable affect on actual performance. Base your memory decision on the capacity you need.
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A:SSD Upgrade Advice Needed?.

Hiyya blues I can confirm the Samsung is an excellent drive have 5 myself.

If you intend cloning the existing drive to the SSD then it will have to be the same size as it. There are way of cloning partitions but I am guessing you only want the OS to boot from the SSD and use the spinner for data.

Otherwise you are going to do a clean install onto the SSD all over if so you will need to unplug all other hard drives before you do that Clean Install Windows 7 plus I am presuming you have the original install media if not there is another way of doing that but we shall let you know what that is if that is the case.

By the by I am in your age group too
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A:{Advice Given} I need Help / Info on RAM Upgrade

Hi Phenolred1
System Memory:
(3) 168-pin DIMM Sockets
Maximum 768MB RAM
4MB or 8MB of System RAM is used for Video RAM - Adjustable in BIOS Setup

This info copied from this page
Good Luck Hope this helps.
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Well I have finally decided that it is time to upgrade my computer With Advice for Upgrade Gaming all the new games coming out I m trying desperately Advice for Gaming Upgrade to keep up with them Unfortunately if I want all the eye candy turned up I usually need to set my resolution to x I can run x with medium graphics Anyway I need to know your opinions on what the best upgrade s would be for my budget of around Actually why don t we say the best for and the best for not sure if I m willing to kick out right now though Here is my current setup Aluminum Chieftec Dragon Case GB RPM HDD GB RPM HDD Thermaltake PurePower W PSU HP CDR RW Drive Floppy Drive Asus A N X Mobo x MB Dual Channel RAM MHz - - - Sound Blaster Audigy Gamer AMD Athlon Same as regular Athlon less heat cpu multiplier unlocked because Mobile Ethernet LAN Card Aerocool Deep Impact Heatsink w fans attached ATI Radeon w L shaped memory Newegg has some awesome deals on some refurbished items They have a couple pros for around - that would be in my price range Anyway let me know what you guys think All opinions are appreciated thanks nbsp

A:Advice for Gaming Upgrade

X_Gamer7 said:

Well, I have finally decided that it is time to upgrade my computer. With all the new games coming out, I'm trying desperately to keep up with them. Unfortunately, if I want all the eye candy turned up, I usually need to set my resolution to 800x600. I can run 1024x768 with medium graphics. Anyway, I need to know your opinions on what the best upgrade(s) would be for my budget of around $100. Actually, why don't we say the best for $100 and the best for $200 (not sure if I'm willing to kick out 200 right now though ). Here is my current setup:
Aluminum Chieftec Dragon Case
40GB 5400RPM HDD
160GB 7200RPM HDD
Thermaltake PurePower 420W PSU
HP 9100 CDR/RW Drive
Floppy Drive
Asus A7N8X Mobo
2x 256MB Dual Channel RAM @200MHz (2-3-3-7)
Sound Blaster Audigy 5.1 Gamer
AMD Athlon 2600+ @ 3200+ (Same as regular Athlon 3200+, less heat, cpu multiplier unlocked because Mobile)
10/100 Ethernet / LAN Card
Aerocool Deep Impact Heatsink w/ 2 fans attached
ATI Radeon 9500 w/ L shaped memory

Newegg has some awesome deals on some refurbished items. They have a couple 9800 pros for around $75-$90 that would be in my price range. Anyway, let me know what you guys think! All opinions are appreciated!
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yeah, 9800pro 256mb if you can find one in your price, which you may be able to. The other card thats a little better is the 6600GT, that would probably be $150 to $230 range new.