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January 11, 2010 6:34:39 AM

On my computer I have a:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4400 2.21 Ghz

2GB Ram

NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT OC


I want to play games like GTA IV on my PC (Yes I know it is glitchy and playing on a console is better) but in my preference I want to play all my games on PC or the Wii :D 

And if I do upgrade, should I get a whole new motherboard and all the works or would the video card just do it?

Thanks in advance
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January 11, 2010 7:03:07 AM

The 7800gt is useless for anything any more. I know. I'm giving/have given mine away. A better card will help you play some games really well on that system. ( no more than a 4870 ) Having said that. It's dated and you should take a serious look at a major over haul in the near future. mobo/proc/ram, etc.
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January 11, 2010 1:37:56 PM

well don't expect much from the PC in GTA IV, its recommended to use a quad core, you might be able to just replace the mobo but you should replace the PC soon

though that S939 board makes a pretty handy file server (or many other server you want) because of the 8 internal Sata ports (4 through nForce and 4 through Sil3114R)

though if you use the onboard sil3114R for raid only use the nForce gigabit ethernet, the broadcom gigabit and the sil3114R are both on the pci bus (they have to share pci remember), the nForce gigabit is on a pci-e x1 bus
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January 11, 2010 5:51:55 PM

What kind of decent computer do you recommend now? Are Phenom's good? Or should I go with Intel?
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January 11, 2010 6:11:59 PM

depends on how much you are willing to spend and what you are using the computer for

Phenom I's are bad Phenom II's are good
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January 11, 2010 8:05:05 PM

Maybe between $600-$800, not top notch but that will last me to upgrade later on too. I've been looking around on newegg.com but some of the reviews are worrying me
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January 11, 2010 8:34:12 PM

ok here it goes, total before shipping came to: $758.88 (i had $25 shipping)

CPU + GPU: AMD Athlon II X4 620 + XFX Radeon HD 5770
CPU Cooler: Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX
RAM: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB
ODD: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion

as for future upgrades
Motherboard supports crossfire so you can add another 5770 down the line or add 2 new ATI graphics cards
AM3 socket is supposed to be capable of supporting Bulldozer (AM3r2 which might be called AM3+)
PSU can support 2 x 5850's in crossfire

the cpu cooler is in there to OC the Athlon II (can usually hit around 3.6GHz)
the motherboard does have onboard video which can be disabled in the BIOS, i find this handy in case a GPU dies
XFX has a wonderful double lifetime warranty meaning if you give/sell the card to someone else, they get a lifetime warranty on the gpu
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January 11, 2010 8:46:56 PM

u ordered these parts separately or on a website? cuz I'll buy the whole comp as it is if u got this as a comp
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January 11, 2010 8:51:28 PM

i didn't order this, and yes these are individual parts from the same site (newegg), i was just giving build advice
my system is from about late Feb or so (about same performance though)
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January 11, 2010 8:54:36 PM

thank you sir, this helps.
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January 11, 2010 8:57:25 PM

if let's say i just wanted a new video card, what would be a good vid card for my set up?
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January 11, 2010 9:02:51 PM

well like they said above, anything higher than a 4870 (even this) will mroe than likely be bottle necked, you might have to OC that processor as much as possible

though the 5770 is about the same performance of the 4870, you could get the 5850 and wait to get a new build for a little bit but it will be bottle necked by the cpu, this also depends on your PSU too though, you haven't mentioned what PSU you have

if you went this route you may also have a problem with only having 2GB of memory, and that DDR memory is expensive to upgrade to 4GB (another 2x1GB set would cost ~$70)

also keep in mind what i said earlier, GTA IV recommends a quad core (as it is able to use them), though other games will probably fare better

given all of this, i would recommend the new build, it does have a good upgrade path due to AM3 socket
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January 11, 2010 9:33:03 PM

GTAIV struggles even on an E6600 @ 3ghz, but any other game should run sufficently etc
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January 11, 2010 10:56:40 PM

The time to add another 7800GT has passed. Still, the motherboard and CPU can each go for a pretty penny up on eBay. SLi boards are in demand for users with 939 Athlon FX chips who either currently have something like a 9800GT/8800GT and want to add another one but only have a single slot board, or uses whom have burned out their nForce 4 boards but still have a decent dual core chip and video card setup. As for the 4200X2, some users may have a SLi setup already, but are being held back by a single core CPU so they will pay a pretty penny to get yours and see how far they can overclock it.
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January 22, 2010 1:47:00 AM

Best answer selected by gr4vity07.
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