Hello, I have recently upgraded my gaming computer with a new 500 Watt power supply 3GB of RAM and a Nvidia GTX 275 896Mb card. Right now i am running on a single core processor AMD Athlon (64) 3800+ 2.41GHz . I asked my local Computer store what i could get for my range of money ( Collage student = no $) and he said to buy the M3A78-CM and also the AMD X4 620 ( what was in stock). What i would like to know is will i be able to run high end game graphics such as Far-cry 2 and of course Crysis with this set up on ULTRA High. I can run them now but on medium with my current set up.
Also should i upgrade to the new windows 7 or vista for gaming?
That would work nicely if you set it to at least 3.0 GHz which should be fine with the stock cooling, if you need help with that then post here for tips. Even with a great processor you wont get ultra high on Crysis, its a crap game so don't worry about it. That said you will have a mean little gaming machine.
If you live in the states, get the regor 250 or x2 545 dual cores. They're faster than the propus for gaming. Too bad you didn't check the anandtech for sale forum. I had a 435 tri core for only $66, but no takers, so I took it back to frys for a refund. The 435 is a good gaming cpu. If you have a credit card, check newegg for a combo deal. Alot of new stuff is in for sale forums. One guy has a regor 245 for only $47 shipped. It's a dual core running at about 2.9 ghtz, plenty fast for gaming.
First off, Windows 7 all the way, you will use 10% less RAM, and have 100% less problems, and yes you should upgrade. About the processor, you could probably get a triple core cpu for about the same amount, and something like the amd 720 x3 would definitely outperform it in a lot of games. Also, if you want to keep your 275, i would recommend going with the MSI NF750-G55 AM3. Also if you want to get better results with something like crysis, you should atleast have 4 GB of RAM, but that shouldn't be that big of a problem since you would get Windows 7. Hope this helped, sorry for the lengthy response