im getting a new PC on wednesday (Dell C521) and i want to upgrade at least one part of it but im not sure what.
the graphics card its coming with is the ATi Radeon X1300 Pro PCI Express
the RAM its coming with is 1GB DDR2 533mhz
if you're a gamer, the vid card would definately be the better upgrade: its always in GPUs that you see the most change. however, i'm not sure that a 1650 would be a world of change over what you have now (although it would definately be an upgrade...!) however, if you're not a gamer..... then probably the ram. i guess it depends mostly on what you intend to do with it, and what other people say...!
what about bf2, in real world terms that has a minimum of 2GB.
I think you'll find you can play the game perfectly well with only 512MB RAM if the detail is set around medium. However, 1gb makes the game smooth constantly whereas 2GB eliminates the chance of having any lag at all.
I think you'll find you can play the game perfectly well with only 512MB RAM if the detail is set around medium. However, 1gb makes the game smooth constantly whereas 2GB eliminates the chance of having any lag at all.[/quote]
Well 1 gig it does play ok if you play it on medium I suppose, though I play everything maxed and 1 gig for BF2 and 2142 is not enough. I have 85% usage of ram while playing 2142 with my 2 gigs of team extreme ddr800 with 32 running processes, and no system hogs to speak of, so 1 gig will not suffice 2 is needed in my case. That would be the case in many systems I would imagine.
Don't even think about upgrading your video card yet! I don't know what these people are smokin but in less than 60 days there will be a full range of DX10 cards from both companies, along with a ton of performance reviews and price shuffles for all existing cards. Just limp along for a month, perhaps save up a bit more, and then take make the jump. If you can wait 45 days, whatever you buy will have a far longer life.
Get RAM if you "just have to" spend money on something. Get up to 2GB if you plan on moving to Vista within the next 6 months. But what do you do with your computer? Use if for a month or two to see if and what needs upgrading.
Definitely upgrade the graphics card for now. That 1gb Ram will hold you for a bit and a better GPU will make a much bigger difference in games.
As a side note, that 1650pro isn't that great of a card although better than what comes with your machine. I would try to squeeze a few more $ out of myself and get a 7600GT if you can. Better OCing potential and beats the 1650pro handily in pretty much anything.