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    Soulwalker
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    Default Please help me upgrade this computer.

    I got this from my uncle and wanted to upgrade it. I don’t have a lot of money to do so. My goal is to be able to play most games although I know I won’t be able to max out the settings.

    Current Specs:

    Motherboard: http://us.msi.com/product/mb/K8NGM2-...l#/?div=Detail

    Processor: AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3500+(2.2 Ghz)

    Memory: 383 RAM

    Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce 6100

    Power Supply: http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2yuwnrd&s=5

    Inside of Computer: http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2qi3ek8&s=5

    I wanted to probably keep the motherboard and Processor because I don’t have a lot of money. The upgrades I was looking at were.

    Power Supply: I want to get around 500W for maybe 50ish dollars but I want one that reliable. So far I have found this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817207013

    Memory: Mother board says: “Supports dual channel DDR 266/333/400, using four 184-pin DDR DIMMS.” So I wanted to get 4 gb of memory for around $50.

    Graphics Card: The two I was looking at were

    http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Dual-Link...gtx+650+ti+2gb

    vs

    http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-2...ce+gtx+650+2gb

    I wanted to spend around 150$ on a new graphics card. I don’t know the best graphics card for this price.
    Any suggestions to help me out on this? I still don’t know compatibility very well so I want to be careful on what I buy.

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    Telaran
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    That pc is very very old... I would say there is no point upgrading that pc. Since you basicly cant upgrade 1 component without having to upgrade another to make it work.

    The link to your mobo didnt work, but according to your am2 socket on the cpu the board must be very old aswell.

    What I am saying is:
    That pc is to old to be upgraded.
    That cpu will bottleneck anything you put up against it. Which means it will work its *** off while other components will get nothing to work with since the cpu is to slow.

    So my advice will be to get a whole new pc. You get a small beast of a pc for 1k dollars. Anything less than 1k (in total cost) is, in my opinion, not worth it at all.

    Let me know if you want me to set up a system.

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    Soulwalker Ricecrispy's Avatar
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    As the above poster pointed out, for the money you will have to spend upgrading, you may as well build a new system. You will get alot more bang for your buck and its really not so ezpensive. Im in the uk and dont know the conversion to $ but there are plenty of i3 + mother board + 8 gig of ram bundles floating around on places like amazon for around £150. If you are on a budget. You already have a case. Slap in a new psu and a nvidia 650 and ur done. You will be able to play pretty much anything on at least medium. If your not fussed about sliding everything to high that will suit you fine.

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    Ascendant
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    Don't get the GTX 650 -- it is a weak card for the price. The 650 TI is much better. However, if I were you, I would get the 660, it is about $210 right now, but will be infinitely better than any of the 650's. But if it comes down between the 650 and 650 TI, definitely go with the TI.

    Even though a new video card will help your performance, I dunno if it's worth it without a new CPU. That processor probably wont even run Rift at all. I had a processor similar to the one you have about 5 years ago and even back then it was kind of low end.

    Also, you said you want to get 4GB of RAM. You first better make sure that motherboard will support it.

    Honestly, if I were you, I would build a new rig. You can get a newer AMD processor and motherboard combo very reasonable. Memory will be about $60. Video card about $180. Power supply maybe $80-90. You can build something pretty decent for $500ish (assuming you have a monitor and a case). Most places will let you finance if your credit is good enough (I know Newegg does).

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