Help me upgrade to play Bad Company 2 :-)

Hi, I have an old PC and not much cash to spare. I really want to play the new Bad Company 2 game with decent effects and settings, I just need advice on what would be the best upgrade.

OK here are my current specs :


Motherboard : ASUS A8N SLI DELUXE ( http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=98&type=expert)

RAM : 2GB corsair DDR 400 / PC3200

Video card : crappy old nvidia 256mb...

I have about up to £200 to spend in total ($290)

I was looking at these 2 cards and would like to know what you guys think?

: ASUS 9800GT 1GB DDR3 / ASUS GT240 1GB DDR3

ALSO SHOULD I USE SLI ?

I could also upgrade the CPU if that would help, however RAM for this machine is VERY expensive!

I am also going to buy Windows 7, but I am unsure whether to get the x86 or x64 version (I understand the RAM usage, but I will upgrade at some point)

I would only need a gaming resolution of 1024x768 or 1280x1024 for my 19" monitor so that will save me some frame rate lag.


I appreciate anybody who has taken time to read this post, I hope somebody with more tech savvie than me can point me and my meagre $300 in the right direction!

Thanks! :wahoo:
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  1. I forgot to add my CPU, it is a :

    CPU : AMD Athlon 64X2 Dual core 4200+ 2.21Ghz
  2. Forget SLI as your monitor rez will not utilize SLI perfromance.

    Get a GTS 250 or 5770. Either of those cards will be enough to get you decent framerates on your 19" monitor.
  3. Ok. The more I read on other forums it looks like I am better off getting a mid ranged quad core / mobo / 4gb ram instead of the video card.

    I gotta lot of research to do!
  4. First try whats in this tweak guide
    http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/957944-battlefield-bad-company-2/53863964

    It came from this other thread you may find informational:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tomshardwareus.inc&cat=31&post=286419&page=1&p=1&sondage=0&owntopic=1&trash=0&trash_post=0&print=0&numreponse=0&quote_only=0&new=0&nojs=0

    A 9800GT is more powerful than a 240. The GT 250 is the newer model of the 9800.

    The 3 levels of speed in your price range are

    5670/9600/240

    5750/250/9800

    5770/260

    basically its a 50% speed jump per level so you will have to check price/performance wise where you live. The mid tier is probably the best balance for your CPU. I also listed them in my preference order (left is most preferable) due to features like DX11, heat and power use.

    You should also look at overclocking that CPU to get a 10-15% speed increase.

    You may also need to get a new power supply to handle a new graphics card and you did not list your power supply so my bet is you will.
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