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September 1, 2010 1:59:50 PM

HI GUYS

I AM REALY LOST AND NEED your help

i have this pc that i build by my self
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System Information
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Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)
System Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
System Model: G31M-ES2C
BIOS: Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 2.66GHz
Memory: 2046MB RAM
Page File: 551MB used, 8036MB available

DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)


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Display Devices
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Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 7100 GS
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce 7100 GS
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Display Memory: 512.0 MB
Monitor: Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200
DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
SLI ddr2
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you can see ther are one problem in this pc
what is the CPU
celeron!!!

this why i want to buy new processor

i need some thing for gaming and cheep

this mean no Intel I7 or I5
do you know how this things cost

so i was than-ken of some thing like
intel core 2duo l??????

or intel core I3-530 dual (or any I3)
or AMD athlon II 630

IDK some thing like that


so my questions are

1- what is the best and cheapest CPU
2- do i must upgrade me video card
3- if i want to upgrade my video card what do u Recommend
4- any thing ails ?like motherboard or some thing


i can spend about 100$- 170$ on the CPU only


so plz tall me your opinions
my motherboard are

System Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
System Model: G31M-ES2C

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September 1, 2010 3:18:27 PM

Actually the problem you are having with Gameplay would be more related to your 7100GS video card -- not only is it from an older generation of cards (3-4 generations old) but it is the very bottom card produced in that generation (the second number in the name represents the performance level 1-3 are low end cards for office and 2d apps - 4-6 are mid level still mostly 2d apps with a few low 3d demand games -- 7-9 designed for gaming and heavier 3d usage) and was designed for simple office type applications -- sure the celeron processor is not helping but upgrading it is not going to improve gameplay without changing the video card !!

Fortunately your MOBO does have a PCI-e slot so you can get a better video card and that would be my suggestion as to your first purchase and then see if gameplay improves enough and then decide whether the CPU upgrade is needed. Figure something like a this $79 before rebate ( $65 after MIR) sapphire 5670 would be a good fit (low power usage and decent mid level gaming card) and will give you a fairly big boost in performance and will be a much better boost than a CPU upgrade (though you may decide later to also do that)
September 1, 2010 3:35:45 PM

Hi black69ghost and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

I think that with a GPU upgrade and add 2GB RAM u can get better performance the JDFan suggestion for GPU is good.
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September 1, 2010 4:54:30 PM

ok

so if i did buy that GPU SAPPHIRE 100287L Radeon HD 5670

and add 2GB ram (that will be = 4GB 2x2

and i Decided to buy new CPU

what is the best wall be for the upgrades that i have don ((graph card + ram))

thanks guys this was a big help

witting for replay
September 1, 2010 5:12:58 PM

P.S.

my friend have the same g force 7100
but his CPU is Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200

and he can run games i cant
yes in low setting
but he can run it smoothly

games like

call of dutty MW2

or assassin crude 2
and avatar the game




other p.s
i wall upgrade every thing in my pc

the Q is witch one will be the first
September 1, 2010 5:50:28 PM

The CPU will help some but as you mention you will at best get Low settings even with a very good CPU - where upgrading the Video card will get you at least medium settings with some high settings mixed in even with your current CPU and that would get you by for awhile until you can save up to get the better CPU (assuming you can't afford to do both right now - so the better option is the GPU frirst and then the CPU since the GPU will make more of a difference in performance for games right now !) -- The extra 2GB. of Ram can also wait awhile since 2GB. is enough and if you are on a 32 bit OS upping that to 4GB. will waste .75GB. since the max a 32 bit OS can use is 4GB. - the reserved system and video memory space or approx 3.25GB.

Your best option is to get the video card first and see if that improvement is enough to last a bit while you save up for the other components.
September 1, 2010 7:46:57 PM

JDFan said:
The CPU will help some but as you mention you will at best get Low settings even with a very good CPU - where upgrading the Video card will get you at least medium settings with some high settings mixed in even with your current CPU and that would get you by for awhile until you can save up to get the better CPU (assuming you can't afford to do both right now - so the better option is the GPU frirst and then the CPU since the GPU will make more of a difference in performance for games right now !) -- The extra 2GB. of Ram can also wait awhile since 2GB. is enough and if you are on a 32 bit OS upping that to 4GB. will waste .75GB. since the max a 32 bit OS can use is 4GB. - the reserved system and video memory space or approx 3.25GB.

Your best option is to get the video card first and see if that improvement is enough to last a bit while you save up for the other components.


ok pro

u tolled me that i must get (ITA Radeon HD 5670 ) that have 512KB

any other Suggestion

and is it going to be better if i get a video card with more Memory Size
!