Upgrade Worth It?

Hey everyone, got a quick pretty simple question. I need a new computer to keep up with todays gaming but cant and wont be able to afford a new pc build anytime soon. So i am looking to just so a small upgrade to my current build to try to squeeze a little more life out of it. Enough of that here is my current build

OS: Windows XP PRO sp3
Motherboard: Asus A8V-X VIA chipset
CPU: AMD Athlong +3700 socket 939 1mb cache
Memory: 2gb (1gbx2) OZC PC3200 Gaming Ram
Graphics Card: 256mb Geforce 7800gs agp
Sound Card: Sound Blaster Audigy 2
Hard Drive: 200gb western digital 7200rpm 8mb cache ide
500gb western digital 7200prm 8mb cache ide
PSU: 450watt Thermaltake

and I am thinking about upgrading to:

Memory: add 2gb(1gbx2) OZC PC3200 Gaming Ram (total of 4gb, i know that i can only use 3gb though)
Graphics Card: 512mb Radeon hd3850 agp

The price on the graphics card is $130+shipping with $15 mail in rebate, and I have someone that will buy my 7800 for $50 ($80 without rebate, $65 with)
The price on the ram is $83 with $30 mail in rebate ($53 with rebate).

So my question is simple is this really worth it, whether is just upgrading just the graphics card, memory, or both. I know that the graphics card will help a lot more than the extra ram but if I wont see a pretty decent improvement I will just forget about it. Any info would be much appreciated. Thanks for your time guys!
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  1. Seems like a good plan. you will see substantial improvements from both RAM and GPU upgrades.
  2. It may sound terrible, but for that price of about $220 you can get a new MB, RAM, CPU, and Vid. (example)

    MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135097
    $60 (could go cheaper with a mATX board tho)(SLI vid with onboard later)
    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103221
    $48 (X2 4400+ OEM)
    HSF: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186010
    $13 (good low priced cooler)
    $65 (Zotac 8600GT , with $20 MIR)
    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134488
    $37 (2GB kingston DDR2 800)

    Total: $223 + S&H (not counting MIR, or specials/combo deals)(nVidia option)

    MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131234R
    $57 (open box ASUS)
    CPU: same $48
    HSF: same $13
    RAM: same $37
    Vid: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102726
    $60 (ATI 3650, $10 MIR)

    Total: $215 + S&H (not counting MIR, special/combo deals)(ATI option)
  3. ^ +1
    theres also alot of complaints over the 3850 agp, driver issues i think
  4. I agree with IH8U.
  5. dont you think its better to get a new CPU/MOBO/RAM/GPU?
    socket 939 seem a bit far now... Get something with PCI express.

    Like get a 780G or 790GX based board and save for a HD4850 in christmas

    based from IH8U

    drop the gpu from the list...might as well save and get onboard video for a while.


    AMD Athlon X2 4850e 2.5GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 45W
  6. Thanks for the info guys, Yeah, I thought about doing something like that. Only thing, about a month or so ago my Epox mobo died on me, I was in the posistion that I couldnt afford anything (new pc or replacement mobo). So my brother forked out about $70 to get me a new mobo that would work for my system. So basically I dont want to just throw that mobo out after barely using it. I would free kind of bad about it even though I have parts to keep in intact as a backup/side comp.

    I will have to think about it though cause I know I would be better replacing everything no matter what it is really than just getting a new agp card and adding some ram. We will have to see, anyone else some comments or suggestions feel free to say. Thanks guys!
  7. that part could work as a backup pc...it wont go to waste... hehehe.. there is always some use for aging parts...like mine... office/desktop use will be great
  8. If you decide to keep the stuff you have, I don't know if the ram is really worth an upgrade. The 3850 is definitely worth the money, but I don't know if the upgrade from 2 to 4 gigs of ram is really worth it. You might be better off using that money to start saving for new stuff.
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