Upgrade a acer ase380-ud440a

i would like to upgrade my acer for modest gaming. also i will be using it for autoCADD and revit as a student. i don't know how to find out what the motherboard will support. it say on it HT 2000 MCP61PM-AM.

acer ase380-ud440a
PSU 480w (upgraded)
MSI NX8500GT TD512E (upgraded)
2GB DDR2 RAM
AMD ATHLON 64X2 4400+
XP home 32bit

some one said that it will support a AMD Athlon64 X2 5600+ processor. also i read that if one updates the BIOS it will support a Athlon64 X2 6000+ processor.

as far as the video card, i was thinking a 9800GTX or a GTX 260. Even though theses card are 2ed gen. PCIe I read that they should work in a 1st gen. PCIe slot (which is what i think my board has) but at a slower speed, and with not much difference in benchmarks.

so is this a good idea, keeping in mind that I have a limited budget.
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  1. i found this about the motherboard:
    CPU

    * Socket AM2 (940 pins)
    * AMD Athlon 64, Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core and Sempron processors
    * 2 GHz HyperTransport interface speed

    Chipset

    * NVIDIA nForce 430 Northbridge with Integrated Graphics Processor
    * NVIDIA nForce 405 Southbridge

    System Memory

    * DDR2 800/667/533, 4 banks with Dual Channel support
    * Support for up to 4 GB system memory

    Integrated Video

    * NVIDIA Geforce 6150SE

    Expansion Slots

    * 1x PCI Express 16X
    * 1x PCI Express 1X
    * 2x PCI

    Ethernet Controller

    * LAN 10/100 (Marvell 88E8039)

    Audio

    * High Definition Audio subsystem using the Realtek ALC 888 audio codec

    IDE (HDD, ODD)

    * 4 SATA II connectors

    fallingdog said:
    i would like to upgrade my acer for modest gaming. also i will be using it for autoCADD and revit as a student. i don't know how to find out what the motherboard will support. it say on it HT 2000 MCP61PM-AM.

    acer ase380-ud440a
    PSU 480w (upgraded)
    MSI NX8500GT TD512E (upgraded)
    2GB DDR2 RAM
    AMD ATHLON 64X2 4400+
    XP home 32bit

    some one said that it will support a AMD Athlon64 X2 5600+ processor. also i read that if one updates the BIOS it will support a Athlon64 X2 6000+ processor.

    as far as the video card, i was thinking a 9800GTX or a GTX 260. Even though theses card are 2ed gen. PCIe I read that they should work in a 1st gen. PCIe slot (which is what i think my board has) but at a slower speed, and with not much difference in benchmarks.

    so is this a good idea, keeping in mind that I have a limited budget.
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