Upgrading my computer to improve gaming.

thaull

Baseband Member
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I'm not that computer-savvy, so I really need help in upgrading my computer.

I'm using:

Windows Vista Home Premium
3070MB RAM
DirectX10
NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT 1523 MB
1440 X 900 (32 bit) (60 Hz) Monitor
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5000+

I'm thinking of getting a new processor and video card. Not sure which

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N82E16819103300

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130469

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103649

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121308

I want to improve my computer to allow me to run games on max setting. I'm trying to keep my budget around $300, but if it's a bit more, I don't mind.

Anyone have some suggestions, please?

EDIT: Took out the intel processor. Learn something new every day. :)
 

Ð88

Fully Optimized
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Know that you are limited by your motherboard when upgrading your processor. I'm guessing you're using an AM2/AM2+ so without changing the motherboard you can only use processors of that type to upgrade with.
 

elgsus

Baseband Member
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Yeah. If you can find out the make and model of your motherboard, that will help us help you make a decision. One of those processors is socket AM2+, and one is AM3. That all makes a difference.
 

jikifreak

In Runtime
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I am sure your MOBO is AM2/AM2+. That Phenom II X3 is an AM3.

If your MOBO allows AM2+ you could get a Phenom II X4 940 if your MOBO allows 125watt CPU's?

As for graphics card, the GTS is a decent card, just make sure you have a 500+watt PSU!!!
 

thaull

Baseband Member
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I used the CPU-Z program to find out the motherboard. What came up was:

Manufacturer: ASUSTek Computer INC.
Model: NARRA3 3.02
Rev.: A3
LPCIO: Fintek F8000

I have no idea what this means...

Does this help with anything?
 
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