Can OT help upgrade my current computer?

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  1. gensix

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    I was wondering if any computer gurus can help me upgrade my computer. I built this one a pretty long time ago, and won't be building another for a while. So I was thinking of just upgrading this one. Here's the specs.

    RAM = Patriot PDC2G3200ELK 2GB Kit DDR400 PC3200
    256MB Geforce 7800GT
    AMD Athlon 64 3700+ Processor (San Diego) Socket 939 Retail
    MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum nForce4 Ultra Athlon 64 Skt939 DDR ATX Motherboard w/Audio, Gigabit LAN, RAID/Serial ATA Retail

    I'd be looking to upgrade the processor, RAM, and possibly the video card. My roommate might have a 512MB PCI-e ATI card he will give me. What does OT recommend?
     
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    Purpose, budget?
     
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    gaming. didn't figure the upgrades would be more than 500.
     
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    If you're running Win7 or any OS with 64bit, definitely get >4 GB of RAM. If your (Win) OS isn't x64, you definitely want to consider upgrading that too.

    Iirc, ATI's HD 5770 should be <200 USD.

    As for the CPU, you're going to have to get a new motherboard, most likely. The 939 socket is mostly dead, so your upgrade options are limited.
     
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    I would upgrade the video card first (and maybe the power supply, since you didn't state what you have), and see how much of a difference it makes. Because as the poster above said, a new CPU is going to mean a new motherboard, which will also mean new RAM since the DDR RAM you have is not going to be usable in any modern board.

    If just upgrading the video doesn't get you the results you are looking for then you can look into replacing the CPU/mobo/RAM, which would still be doable for $500 or less if you are smart about it.
     
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    well...maybe i'll make a new computer with my tax return. i'd be using it for gaming and would like to spend 900 or less if possible. is that doable? would be playing AVP, bad company 2, MW2
     
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    If you keep your case, monitor, keyboard, and mouse, it'll be very easy to keep under 900.
     
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    im assuming my case is fine. keyboard and mouse are fine as well. well, keyboard could use upgrading. and im running a fine 22 inch widescreen monitor.

    Guess I'll look for builds online unless anyone can make suggestions.
     
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    read here and here
     
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    fantastic links. thank you chris!
     
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    Shit, its doable with a new case, keyboard and mouse. The only thing that will push you over the top these days is the monitor.

    Not only is it doable, but nowadays you can have a nice little rig for that money.
     
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    Can I have feedback about this? Especially the motherboard
     
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    That all looks awesome to me. Its hard to go wrong with any Asus or Gigabyte motherboards. If it suits your needs (number of SATA ports, number of USB ports, firewire or no firewire, ect..) than you should go with it. I personally am a fan of MicroATX boards because nowadays they have everything you used to have to buy a full ATX board to get on them and down the road you can turn it into a home theater or small form factor PC with everything you already own.
     
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    Also, one thing I do when I buy a bunch of stuff from Newegg is try to substitute certain items from comparable ones that have free shipping. Like if that DVD drive doesn't have free shipping you can probably find a similar one that does.
     
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    Sweet. What about RAM, will 4 gigs be enough or should i spring for more?
     
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    If you have the money, go nuts. 4 GBs runs fine, though, for the most part.
     
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    yeah, if you dont have a reason to need more than 4, you probably dont need it. You can always buy it later when its cheaper
     
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    is there anything i should switch out? something cheaper and similar maybe?
     
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