Upgrading! A little advice please?

Hey all!

I want to upgrade my:
ASUSTek P4P800-VM
P4 - 2.8 ghz Prescott
256 mb DDR ram.. PC2700(166) x 2
GeForce 5700LE 256mg AGP 8x

My budget is sitting around 500 bucks. I was looking at the AMD 3500+ and other 64 bit cpus, but Im not sure if I want to go that route. If I buy a 64 bit, with 64 bit windows, and play games designed in 32 bit... what sort of loss/gain can I expect?

And if it's not worth buying 64 to play mostly 32 bit games.. what should I buy in the order of 32 bit cpus?

Thanks a lot for the help!
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  1. Quote:
    Hey all!

    I want to upgrade my:
    ASUSTek P4P800-VM
    P4 - 2.8 ghz Prescott
    256 mb DDR ram.. PC2700(166) x 2
    GeForce 5700LE 256mg AGP 8x

    My budget is sitting around 500 bucks. I was looking at the AMD 3500+ and other 64 bit cpus, but Im not sure if I want to go that route. If I buy a 64 bit, with 64 bit windows, and play games designed in 32 bit... what sort of loss/gain can I expect?

    And if it's not worth buying 64 to play mostly 32 bit games.. what should I buy in the order of 32 bit cpus?

    Thanks a lot for the help!


    I don't know about that board, but your CPU is pretty decent, I would just upgrade my RAM to 2 512MB PC3200 Dual Channel to have 1GB of RAM. I would also upgrade the video card to a 6800GS AGP, that will be about $300 give or take and will be a good upgrade and be more worth while than a new comp on a $500 budget.

    ~~Mad Mod Mike, pimpin' the world 1 rig at a time
  2. yeah, and plus, getting an AMD cpu would mean a new mobo, plus the RAM and GPU if you want any real gains, which would also allow you to get a pcie card, but i don't think 500$ will get you that

    just do what mike said :wink:
  3. i am also in agreement with mike.
  4. Make that three votes with Mike.

    The memory & graphics upgrade will make a decent improvment.
  5. Hey! Im glad everyone is in agreement, hehe!

    Thanks for the help. Just one small thing. If I were to buy, say, another 512 stick of corsair memory (pc 3200) would it be compatible with my current, slower ram?

    Thanks!!
  6. Quote:
    Hey! Im glad everyone is in agreement, hehe!

    Thanks for the help. Just one small thing. If I were to buy, say, another 512 stick of corsair memory (pc 3200) would it be compatible with my current, slower ram?

    Thanks!!


    Yea, but it would default that to PC2700 like your slower RAM.

    ~~Mad Mod Mike, pimpin' the world 1 rig at a time
  7. ok thanks I think I'll start with that.
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