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What should I upgrade first

I have a HP desktop with AN IPIBL-LB Motherboard, 2.0GHZ E2180 Processor, 3GB DDR2 RAM, and a Nvidia 8400GS

What should I upgrade first
( I have 150$ CAD)
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  1. GPU to one of the following GT240, HD4670, HD5570 or HD5670. Any of those will extend the life of your machine. Next would be a complete new system.
  2. Yeah, graphics card would be good to upgrade first. What games do you play?
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    Yeah, graphics card
    would be good to upgrade first. What games do you play?


    Mainly First Person Shooters (rainbow six vegas 2, ghost recon advanced warfighter 2)

    I want to play more games but my PC just cant handle it :cry:
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    Best bang for the buck GPU is the ATI 4850 at $100. It matches the performance the 5770, minus DX11. This would be my first choice on upgrades for your system.

    You will be limited with what you can upgrade with an HP PC, since BIOS are locked and limit CPU upgrade supports. You next steps are building a new PC based on AM3 or Intel's i3, i5 or i7 CPU's.
  5. Actually I Now am considering an i3 530/Gigabyte Motherboard combo with 2GB DDR3 RAM and a Radeon 4670

    will it be worth going above my budget?
  6. the new intel dual cores is a mistake to be honest(not hating i myself have got an i5 650 but got it very cheap)


    you might wanna look into the amd mid level triple and quad core cpu's at the same price point as the i3
  7. lol :lol: My dad wont let me get an AMD :non: (his crappy work laptop is AMD)

    But If it is Worth it I will definitely Convince Him Otherwise :)
  8. It is worth it...

    Athlon II X3 440 is a great gaming CPU for the price and add it with an AM3 770 motherboard, you can get a great CPU/MOBO combo for around $160.
  9. here is a basic example

    AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor for $140

    and then there is

    Intel Core i3-540 Clarkdale 3.06GHz 4MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor also for $140

    now ask yourself the question in a multicore age where dual cores are slowly going the way of the dinosaur what would you rather have a good dual core or a mid level quad core ?
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    It is worth it...

    Athlon II X3 440 is a great gaming CPU for the price and add it with an AM3 770 motherboard, you can get a great CPU/MOBO combo for around $160.


    What about a 785GTM-E45 MOBO\ AMD Athlon II X4 620 186.98 CAD
    Or same Mobo with a AMD Phenom II X3 710 for 201$ CAD
  11. Both combos are good deals to build off of. I would still look at the X3 440 for a gaming build do to the higher clock speeds, which is benefical in a gaming build.
  12. Best answer selected by JE_D.
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