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Old 04-23-2009, 01:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Need CPU, Mobo, and Ram

My brother is preparing to go to a LAN party and his system just isnt cutting it so he opted to go the cheap route and try to only upgrade vital parts.

Here is what he had:

eVGA nForce 3 Socket 754 Mobo
AMD 64 3200+ Socket 754
1GB PC3200 DDR
eVGA GeForce 6800 128MB AGP
200GB SATA HD
WinXP Pro
Aspire 520 Watt PSU

Here is what he changed:

MSI nForce 4 Socket 754 Mobo
AMD 64 3200+ Socket 754
2GB PC3200 DDR
XFX GeForce 9600 GSO 1GB PCI-E
500GB SATA HD
WinXP Pro
Thermaltake 450 Watt PSU w/24 Pin Connection

It seems like the chip is just too slow. He complains that games like Empire Total War lag if there are more than 10-15 units in battle, but other games like Company of Heroes run just fine in near max settings. So he wants to change the chip, ram, and mobo, seeing as the rest of the parts should be just fine. Hes looking to spend around $150-$200 is there anything you can recommend?
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Old 04-23-2009, 03:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Need CPU, Mobo, and Ram

I would have to agree, CPU needs an upgrade.
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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
Newegg.com - ASUS M3A78-EM AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards
Newegg.com - G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

$187.97 with free shipping.
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