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July 9, 2010 4:30:46 PM

Hello, i have a 2 core cpu and 2 gig memory and a good graphics card and motherboard, i have about £70 - £85 should i buy...
1. AMD Athlon 630 2.8 Ghz quad core
2. 4 gigabyte ddr2 1066Mhz

I mainly want to use my pc for gaming any suggestions would be helpful.

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July 9, 2010 4:44:04 PM

Most likely the processor would be better but what CPU RAM Board and card do you currently have and what OS are you running?
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July 9, 2010 4:44:52 PM

What CPU, motherboard, video card and RAM are you using now?
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July 9, 2010 4:53:49 PM

I am using

Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 (build 2600) (I also have a 64bit copy)

2.80 gigahertz AMD Athlon II X2 240
256 kilobyte primary memory cache
2048 kilobyte secondary memory cache
64-bit ready
Multi-core (2 total)

Board: ASUSTeK Computer INC. M4A78-VM Rev X.0x
Serial Number: MT7099K17700820
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 1302 07/27/2009

2048 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory (DDR2 800Mhz I think)
Slot 'DIMM0' has 1024 MB
Slot 'DIMM1' has 1024 MB

ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series [Display adapter]
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July 9, 2010 5:09:27 PM

I think the video card is the weak link in your gaming system. It's a 4670, right? What monitor resolution do you use?
For £85 the best boost to gaming would be to get a HD 4850 £62
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July 9, 2010 5:15:05 PM

From a purely gaming point of view I don't think either upgrade will give you much improvement for the money. This looks like a real bargain while they last which should give a real big gaming boost http://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop/index.pl?origin... . I wouldn't pay money for more DDR2 memory if it means losing what you have (the extra speed will make almost no noticeable difference) and though the extra 2 processor cores would be a bonus alot of games would take advantage of them. I suggest either the 4850 or if you want a CPU wait until you can afford a 3-4 core phenom.
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July 9, 2010 5:16:16 PM

WR2 you said the same as me at the same time twice(great minds think alike)
July 9, 2010 5:18:20 PM

It's a 4650 1gb ddr2 and i usually play in 1024x1280 so i think i might save up for a phenom
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July 9, 2010 5:19:20 PM

Nice find on that 512MB HD 4850 - thats a really attractive price.
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July 10, 2010 11:24:47 AM

Cheers, I just used google shopping.
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