I got mine maybe a year ago?? From Fry's. My monitor is 1280-1024 resolution.
I want to play Aion at full settings when it comes out. Right now I can play it at minimum, pretty well. But it looks no where near as good at max settings. I also want to play future FPS games as they come out, maybe not as max settings but playable none the less.
* I'd also get a dedicated GPU that doesn't require a PCI-e power connector, so you don't have to worry about if your PSU can handle the GPU.
$70 - $10 MIRc = $60!!!
GIGABYTE GV-R467ZL-1GI Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This would be about all that you could do at this time, otherwise your going to need to upgrade the PSU (~$40-60) and possibly get a different case that can handle a hotter dedicated GPU or one that isn't too long to fit in your current case.
Total ~$146 - $10 MIRc = $136!!! Now if you want to upgrade to a bigger GPU than we'll have to build up something a bit different. I think with what I've proposed above would be a pretty good upgrade with about as little $ as possible. At a 1280 x 1024 resolution your not going to need a big GPU to get your maximum FPS, so getting something bigger than a 4670 isn't going to get you a much better FPS.
Thanks, but do you think I should replace my CPU as well? I mean, I am sure I can find one that takes the same amount of power as my current one but runs faster as well, can't I? :S That card looks perfect esp since I won't have to upgrade my PSU as well.
A graphics card like a 4670 , or 4770 or 4850 will almost certainly run without changing the psu . The 4850 is the strongest , but most power hungry and it does need an additional power connector .
The 4770 costs a bit more but is a bit slower but has the advantage of being low power drain for its processing power
If you use a 4770 or 4850 you may have to get an adapter cable to convert a molex to the pci-e power connector . This depends on the cables your psu has spare . You need to check b4 ordering
have a look at the performance charts on this site
Its sometimes hard to find out what processors will run on an oem motherboard , but the nVidia 7050 nb chip is capable of 1066 MHz fsb and 1333 Mhz FSB overclocked so theres a very good chance that you can swap in any of the mid range c2d/pentiums
The best choice might be the e6300
It has a 1066 MHz fsb [ which is officially the highest supported by you mb's chipset ] and ity runs at 2.8 GHz so thats a fair bit more powerful than the cpu you have
Its only $82.50
You could go with an e7400 , but you dont get much if anything for the extra $50
What I would do is check the leads from the psu . Open up the case and see if theres a pci-e 6 pin power connector [ google will show you what this looks like if you ask nice ] and/or a spare molex .
If you have the power connectors You can try with the 4850
The worst that can happen is you need a bigger psu and that is in your budget .
swap in the e6300 as well
and your pc should be transformed
Be careful fitting the cpu heatsink . make sure its firmly attached
Forget the ram for now . Its not going to make a huge difference
Well the mobo has some important data on it. It should have the model # printed on it, usually near the PCI-e slot or possibly on the outer sides of the mobo. They are all different. I wouldn't want you to upgrade your CPU to find out that it won't work on your mobo. The other option is to upgrade the mobo (assuming there is no proprietary connections on the mobo) and the CPU at the same time. This is possible and might work out better, who knows.