Hello, I want to make this computer capable of playing Crysis, Gears Of War, Call of Duty World At War, Far Cry or Fall Out on at least mid settings (or a little lower). The kid in this video plays Crysis on mid high settings with a Pentium 4 processor, a Radeon HD 3850 512Mb AGP video card and 1GB of ram(it says so in the information box on the right of the video).
These are about the same specs my computer is possible of having. I'm just doing this for fun, I like tweaking old pc's to it's best possible performance to see if they can work with todays games (a weird hobby I know lol it's just something me and my friends do). The Pc has a socket 478 cpu with intel(R) Pentium (R) 4 CPU 1.60 GHz in there right now, 512mb ram (Max 1gb) and I want to throw in a Radeon HD 3850 512Mb AGP (people say this video card revives AGP motherboards so why not). What do you suggest I do to power this computer to it's most powerful performance. I dont want to buy a new motherboard since it ruins the fun. Is there any better Cpu's for this motherboard (maybe a dual core? Lol maybe..not) I just need any kind of advice on making this best thanks.
if you have a 1.6ghz pentium 4.... 512 ram... AGP...
You're better off getting a completely new motherboard, cpu, and ram. DDR is roughly 2x's the price of DDR2 ram, and your board probably can't handle much of an upgrade on the CPU.
I priced out a budget build last week on newegg for around $350 w\ an amd x2 5000+, 4gb, 160gb hard drive, ATI HD 4670 (512mb, 320 stream processor, 128 bit )
Before you sink any money into upgrades on that dell, you should compare and see how much it would cost to just build a new system. if you don't want to build your own, dell has been doing some good deals w\ their Vostro systems. usually under small business section of their page for $300-400