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June 23, 2013 7:22:14 AM

So here is why im reaching out to this great community...

I bought my computer a few years ago and haven't made any changes or upgrades since.
I've just picked up my copy of Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm and im sick of playing it on lowest graphics settings.

I have $x to make 2-3 $100-200 upgrades within the next 2 weeks. What do you suggest I do first, and what will give me the most back for my money in terms of gaming compatibility. My monitor supports HD and I use DV-I Connection.
Games like LoL - works fine, runescape - fine(HD Fullscreen), Diablo 3 - fine if graphics are one notch lower then default and zoomed out completely, if I zoom it gets choppy when lots of combat on screen), WoW works fine at lower graphics.

My main concern is being able to play starcraft 2 on AT LEAST default/medium graphic settings. At the same time I don't want to upgrade my Graphics Card if its not going to be compatible with my Motherboard...am I better off just scrapping it all for a new system?

Thanks in advance for everyone's time and help.

Here are my specs, hopefully some of your geniuses can help me out

in summary-
processor - AMD Phenom 9650 quad core 2.30ghz
RAM - 4gb
Graphics Card - NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT
Hard Drive - 750GB
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Windows 7 Professional (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 7601)
Install Language: English (United States)
System Locale: English (United States)
Installed: 3/22/2010 8:55:10 AM Gateway DX4200-05h 7B3P091G
System Serial Number: PTG040******************
Enclosure Type: Desktop
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
2.30 gigahertz AMD Phenom 9650 Quad-Core
512 kilobyte primary memory cache
2048 kilobyte secondary memory cache
2048 kilobyte tertiary memory cache
64-bit ready
Multi-core (4 total)
Not hyper-threaded Board: Gateway RS780 Rev 1.0
Serial Number: U007084001354
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 7B3P091G 08/06/2008
Drives Memory Modules c,d
750.05 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
390.80 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

Optiarc DVD RW AD-7203S ATA Device [Optical drive]

IOI CF/M icroDrive Disk.. USB Device -- drive 2
IOI MS/M sPro Disk ... USB Device -- drive 5
IOI SD/M MC Disk ... USB Device -- drive 4
IOI SM/x D-Picture Disk.. USB Device -- drive 3
ST3750630AS [Hard drive] (750.16 GB) -- drive 0, s/n 9QK0JWL9, rev SD46, SMART Status: Healthy 4096 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

Slot 'DIMM0' has 2048 MB
Slot 'DIMM1' has 2048 MB
Slot 'DIMM2' is Empty
Slot 'DIMM3' is Empty
Local Drive Volumes

c: (NTFS on drive 0) 750.05 GB 390.80 GB free

Display
ATA Channel 0 [Controller] (2x)
ATA Channel 1 [Controller] (2x)
Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller (2x) NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT [Display adapter]
ASUS VH202 [Monitor] (19.9"vis, s/n A2LMTF005130, January 2010)
Bus Adapters Multimedia
Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller (2x)
Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller (5x)

Sorry for the long post, I seen lots of posters like me that didn't give enough information and the responders just ask for more info. Here is everything I hope you will need.

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June 23, 2013 7:47:05 AM

Looks like you have 2 older graphics cards in crossfire. What kind of computer is it?
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June 23, 2013 7:47:56 AM

save up and get a decent system
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June 23, 2013 7:51:51 AM

Is you computer store bought? Or is custom job like cyber power? Did you build it yourself? What CPU does it use? Depending on just how old it is, I would consider building a new PC.
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June 23, 2013 8:01:16 AM

swilczak said:
Looks like you have 2 older graphics cards in crossfire. What kind of computer is it?


Where do you see this? I only see one card, and this is a GeForce 9800GT.

But I agree with moulderhere, I think you got to the point where you need a new computer. Because I would tend to say upgrade everything.

Problem is, your CPU is old and weak, so it would bottleneck most video cards you would put in the system. Unfortunately, the CPU cannot be upgraded because of the socket type. So it means you would have to get a new motherboard. So we're talking about: New CPU, new motherboard, new RAM, new GPU, etc... So that's pretty much a new computer my friend.
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June 23, 2013 8:07:20 AM

PsyKhiqZero said:
Is you computer store bought? Or is custom job like cyber power? Did you build it yourself? What CPU does it use? Depending on just how old it is, I would consider building a new PC.


It's a Gateway, all the specs are there just read the full OP.

But I think he got the point where he would need to buy a new system, too many parts need to be upgraded.

Or if he absolutely want to keep this PC, maybe he could find a used Phenom-II X4 940 (socket AM2+) on ebay for example. They don't make AM2+ CPU anymore, so he would have to find a second hand one. The 940 was probably the most powerful one they built for the AM2+ socket. And changing the video card too of course.
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June 23, 2013 8:36:41 AM

MC_K7 said:
11024683,0,726824 said:
Looks like you have 2 older graphics cards in crossfire. What kind of computer is it?
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Where do you see this? I only see one card, and this is a GeForce 9800GT.

But I agree with moulderhere, I think you got to the point where you need a new computer. Because I would tend to say upgrade everything.

Problem is, your CPU is old and weak, so it would bottleneck most video cards you would put in the system. Unfortunately, the CPU cannot be upgraded because of the socket type. So it means you would have to get a new motherboard. So we're talking about: New CPU, new motherboard, new RAM, new GPU, etc... So that's pretty much a new computer my friend.[/quotemsg
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June 23, 2013 9:37:06 AM

Thank you so much for the responses. I am definitely not sinking anymore money into this system and scrapping it for possibly my first alienware. always loved their design and efforts to maximize gaming experience.
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June 23, 2013 9:43:28 AM

ChroniChamp said:
Thank you so much for the responses. I am definitely not sinking anymore money into this system and scrapping it for possibly my first alienware. always loved their design and efforts to maximize gaming experience.

I wouldn't recommend Alienware because they are way over-priced, but if that's what you like go for it.
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June 24, 2013 5:50:29 AM

Alienware are way over priced. Though you can do payment plans with them which is nice.
If you have the cash, go to dells website, custom build an alienware pc, then take those specs and shop around pc stores or newggg and compare prices.

You will have better stability, support, and more love from people here especially if you get custom and not alienware.
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