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Old 07-31-2006, 06:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey there folks. I'm looking to improve the performance of my machine as much as possible within a certain price range. As such, I'm looking to spend about $150 on either more RAM, a new video car, or a new processor. I'm currently running an AMD 64 3000+, geforce 6200, and 512mb of DDR ram. Which area would be my best improvement for the cost? Were it video card I think I would go with a 7600. Were it processor I think I looked at 3500's. Thanks for the help!
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Old 07-31-2006, 07:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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overall or in games?
i would go with new processor and 512mbx1. the video card is good enough for now.
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Old 07-31-2006, 07:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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GFX card, without a doubt. Aim for the 7600GT. Or get something slightly cheaper, like a 6600GT, and get another 512MB RAM.
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are you joking? deffinatly the RAM!

you only have 512 MB you need to get atleast a Gig until then the GPU is fine.
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Heh, 3 answers, all different. It's a gaming rig for what it's worth.
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Heh, 3 answers, all different. It's a gaming rig for what it's worth.
yeah but go with mine. Its a gaming rig so your going to need a good GPU, The one you have isnt that bad but what you do need more of is memory. Get more RAM before you upgrade the GPU
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Old 08-01-2006, 04:25 AM   #7 (permalink)
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512MB Corsair ValueSelect RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145026
MSI GeForce 6600 128MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121197

Pretty decent upgrade from what you have, for $150 including shipping. I'm not sure about the 6200's performance, but I'm pretty sure that would be your best upgrade path at this point, better than getting 2GB RAM, or upgrading the CPU (which there is nothing wrong with IMO).
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well you got 3 different answers because you asked an ambiguous question. telling us that its a gaming rig makes it clear.

magouster is on the right path.. you'll need at least another 512mb of ram, and then a better gfx card. (a better gfx card will give you a bigger boost than a better cpu)

if you're dandy with mail in rebates, here's one route you can go:

btw.. i'm assumign you have pci-e slot... since you said you're considering a 7600.. i believe its made exclusively for pci-e (not sure about that..)

anyways.. this is what i would get

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102688

$116 after mail in rebate.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227037

$42 after mail in rebate

total after mail in rebate: $158

then add shipping and possibly tax..
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Definately go with the RAM, then GPU, then CPU. Your processor is completely fine, what you really need is the RAM which will give your computer a whole lot of boost in and out of games.
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I agree with above posters, RAM is where it is at. I went from 20 FPS to about 30 FPS alone when I upgraded my old rig to 1 gig.
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