Need Advice on upgrading home desktop

I have a crap desktop and i need to upgrade the graphics card and add ram how can i tell whats compatible with my pc?
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  1. Tell us what your pc is - details please.
  2. First off we will need to know the brand/model pc you have. If you download
    CPUID will tell you which motherboard you have. So download/install and run it and get back to us

    download from the appropriate link for you.

  3. its an older basic compaq i got for like 50 bucks. i trying to set it up for my son to play World of tanks and at the moment it runs at around 6-9 fps. 3g ram, 500gb hd and AMD Athlon II x2 215 dual core, and nvidia gpu
  4. nvidia geforce 6150se nforce 430
  5. main board is pegatron corporation, model: narra5 chipset: nvidia mcp61
  6. Ok we just about have everything now, what brand/wattage power supply do you have? what is your budget?
  7. pwr supply is bestec model:atx-250-12z d7r 250 watt
  8. Ok, you will have to upgrade your Power supply as well. if you want to get a card that is worth anything. In order for us to make suggestions. It would be nice to know what kind of games/activites you are doing or plan to do with this computer. also still knowing roughly how much you have to spend will help to.

    this is your memory upgrade information

    Memory upgrade information

    Dual channel memory architecture
    Two DDR2 DIMM (240-pin) sockets
    Supported DIMM types:
    PC2-5300 (667 MHz)
    PC2-6400 (800 MHz)
    Non-ECC memory only, unbuffered
    Supports 2GB DDR2 DIMMs
    Supports up to 4 GB* on 32 bit PCs

    *32-bit operating systems cannot address a full 4.0 GB of memory.
  9. Here is the cheapest compatible memory i can find on

    Although with 3gigs of ram you may want to try and just start by upgrading the gpu+psu first. it might get you the performance you are after without paying for RAM 3gigs isnt horrible.
  10. mostly for my son to play his games. at the moment he plays world of tanks, and wants to play skyrim. the OS is windows home premium 64bit. im trying to stay around 300 if possible if not then it is what it is and ill go a little more.
  11. Tell us how much $$ you can spend - the gpu & psu will make the biggest difference.
  12. Get a XFX 450W or 550W and an HD7770.
  13. You are kind of limited by your cpu. Anything to strong for a graphics card will just get bottlencked. this would be my suggestion with your current build. Unless you upgrade your processor spending any more on a graphics card would be a waste. i feel the 6670 might get bottlenecked a bit.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($52.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $112.98
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-17 20:47 EDT-0400)
  14. sweet thanks gents. info is much appreciated.
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