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March 25, 2010 5:11:00 PM

Hey guys/gals,

Appreciate any input here. I am trying to upgrade my mobo and CPU to play Badcompany2. I am on a little bit of a budget at the moment. I can spend 200-250 dollars. I also need ram...so that's probably going to bump up my over all spending.


Current computer specs:

More details about my computer



Processor AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3200+


Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS
Gaming graphics 1919 MB Total available graphics memory
Primary hard disk 84GB Free (112GB Total)
Windows 7 Ultimate

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Manufacturer System manufacturer
Model System Product Name
Total amount of system memory 4.00 GB RAM
System type 64-bit operating system
Number of processor cores 1




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Display adapter type NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS


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March 25, 2010 5:25:06 PM

Any clue what motherboard you have?
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March 25, 2010 5:29:28 PM

This is what i would go with as it should last for quite some time.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$349.98

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$139.99



Alternitavely, you can choose an AMD solution, start with the following:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

then choose motherboard & RAM from there...



Both will go quite the distance.
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March 25, 2010 5:40:12 PM

Option 1 reuse your DDR2 memory

Motherboard:
ASRock A785GXH/128M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total:$229.98


Option 2
New DDR3 system


Motherboard:
BIOSTAR A785G3 AM3 AMD 785G $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Heka 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache $104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DDR3 memory:
OCZ Gold Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total:$254.97

Your 8800GTS will be fine for now i play with my 9800GT no problems with mostly everything maxed out so your 8800 will be good. Note: In the second option with the Phenom II 720 BE you have a very good chance at unlocking the fourth core on the chip which will make it and x4 and when overclocked will be the same as the 955 i listed in the first one but this isn't guaranteed. The BE can overclock quite nicely 3.6GHZ would not be too much of an issue to get out of it.
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March 25, 2010 8:03:11 PM

saaiello said:
Any clue what motherboard you have?



oops thought I put that in there. A8S-X SE Is the motherboard and I am still using ddr ram :/ 
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March 26, 2010 9:36:00 AM

your system isnt what id call dreadful. up until i got my i7 a few months ago, i was running a intel pentium D with 2gb. my best advice would be to spend your money on a new graphics card, as for gaming, it is probably going to give you better performance than new cpu and mobo.
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March 26, 2010 11:42:24 AM

keytthom said:
your system isnt what id call dreadful. up until i got my i7 a few months ago, i was running a intel pentium D with 2gb. my best advice would be to spend your money on a new graphics card, as for gaming, it is probably going to give you better performance than new cpu and mobo.



I disagree completely, I hate the word bottleneck, but with the current 3200+ is not going to cut it, the best video card he could use with that CPU would be the 8800GTS and he already has that, if you get a Phenom II x4 or i5 750 you will Definately see a nice performance gain, it will be night & day, then, you can add another 8800GTS for SLI or go with a 5870 later on down the road.

With the current CPU that you have, you would see no difference in performance if you were running an 8800GTS or a 5870. the CPU is holding you back.
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March 26, 2010 7:02:33 PM

Yeah bottleneck is a great term for it. This system plays MW2 just fine with an occasional graphic sputter lag every few minutes. But to try and play BFBC2 is completely not playable. :fou:  Always have problems when the budget isn't in favor of a upgrade.
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March 26, 2010 7:59:28 PM

Yup, that 8800GTS (I'm assuming G92) is alot of GPU for a single core 3200. An AM3 board, CPU, and DDR3 should be within your budget and keep you gaming for a while.

ASRock M3A770DE $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Obsidian 4GB (2 x 2GB) $109.99 (79.99 after $30 mail in)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You may also want to instead go with a Phenom II 720BE and an aftermarket cooler to overclock it. The board supports ACC so you may get lucky and unlock the 4th core, or not.
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March 26, 2010 10:53:50 PM

megamanx00 said:
Yup, that 8800GTS (I'm assuming G92) is alot of GPU for a single core 3200. An AM3 board, CPU, and DDR3 should be within your budget and keep you gaming for a while.

ASRock M3A770DE $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Obsidian 4GB (2 x 2GB) $109.99 (79.99 after $30 mail in)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You may also want to instead go with a Phenom II 720BE and an aftermarket cooler to overclock it. The board supports ACC so you may get lucky and unlock the 4th core, or not.


Sounds like a good deal.


UPDATE: I have about 300 dollars I can spend. What would you recommend if you had exactly that amount. I heard Duo core is actually better for gaming. But this is all hearsay. I just have minimal understanding. I can put stuff together and load windows myself. But as for the whats what...I suck :pfff:  Guess thats why I am trying to get some input here. Thanks again
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