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September 25, 2013 1:21:05 AM

Hey everyone,
I was not sure where to post it, so I decided to post this question here.

Lately my pc has not been performing on a level that i hope it would, where I used to be able to play games on medium settings comfortably, newer games performed worse and worse, to the point where i would get choppy frame rates etc. At first i decided to simply upgrade my graphics card (ATI readon hd 3800 series to AMD readon 7700 series) however i barley noticed much of an performance increase (21 fps to 23 fps avg.) and I concluded that my cpu was holding it back.

Question: how should i upgrade my pc for a relative cheap price (not more then 200-300$)
My current cpu/mainboard/ram are:
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 x 2 5000+ , AM 2 socket (940), 1.328 voltage.
Mainboard: Micro-star International, MS-7388 1.0, AMD 790x
Ram: 2 x 1gb ddr 2, pc2-6400(400mhz)

Is the mainboard ok, and just replace the cpu and get 4gb of ddr 2 ram?
Or should I replace the whole thing?
If so, any suggestions on what cpu/motherboard i should get?
Thanks in advance,
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September 25, 2013 1:36:03 AM

u_gonna_squeal_b4_we_cookya said:
Just upgrade to a DDR3 system. For $300 you can get a decent AMD system with 6 or 8 cores and 8 GB of RAM. That and the 7700 will give you a decent up to date PC. I wouldn't mess around with that old motherboard. Sell it now while it is still worth something to someone.


Definitely agree with this.
Get a new motherboard, CPU and DDR3 RAM...

I would only recommend Intel CPU's but AMD is cheapest... good luck
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September 25, 2013 2:01:14 AM

u_gonna_squeal_b4_we_cookya said:
Just upgrade to a DDR3 system. For $300 you can get a decent AMD system with 6 or 8 cores and 8 GB of RAM. That and the 7700 will give you a decent up to date PC. I wouldn't mess around with that old motherboard. Sell it now while it is still worth something to someone.

MSI 970A-G46 AM3+: $75 - $10 rebate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
FX 6300 6-core CPU: $120 - $20 gift card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB: $80 (2 x 4GB) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $275 minus $30 in promos = $245

An FX 8350 8-core CPU costs $80 more, but on newegg there is a $25 gift card. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You should be able to use all your other parts from the old PC. Order the CPU first then use the gift card to buy the RAM or motherboard.


Thanks for the quick reply! Pretty much answerd everything I wanted to know plus some more.
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