Gateway GT5220 Upgrade

I have a Gateway GT5220. Specs are here:

I want to upgrade the memory and GPU, but I have a very limited budget of ~$100. My goal is to have a pc that can run some older games that I've missed since I've not had a gaming pc in a while (Civ 4, the Stalker Shadow of Chernobyl series, Company of Heroes, etc).
Ideally, I'd like it to run Civ 5, Diablo 3, and StarCraft 2. I'm not expecting great performance, just playability.

With all this in mind, I'm thinking of increasing my 1gb of RAM to 3gb. I can do that for ~$50. I've also checked out the articles on this site and the best card recommended for ~$50 is the Radeon HD 4650.

My questions:
Is that setup sufficient for all I want to do?
Would it make sense to spend $25 for an extra 1gb of RAM and have $75 to spend on a better GPU?

I haven't upgraded a pc since agp cards were popular. Anything I need to know thats changed about the actual upgrade process?

Thanks a lot!

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  1. Assuming you are still using Windows XP, there is no sense in going with more than 3GB memory (WinXP can't address more than that anyway). Buy two 1GB sticks (DDR2-533/PC2-4200) from someplace like They have Kingston two-pack for about $70 delivered. Unfortunately, that doesn't leave much for a decent video card ($40-$60). May have to forgo a couple stops at your favorite burger-barn.

    As for the HD4650 (a good mid-priced card), I'm not a gamer, so someone else will have to chime in on your graphics card selection as it relates to the games you listed. Good luck!!!
  2. you are limited by your 300w PSU and the 4650 is more of a basic gaming card, also most come with 1GB of DDR2 rather then the faster 512mb DDR3 version.

    two cards for you to look at are the ATI 4670 and 5670. The 5670 is the better of the two but also costs more. Get the 512mb DDR3 version of the card, neither card can effectively use 1GB.

    then look into ebay or a nice sale on newegg, tigerdiect, etc., to get up to 2GB of system RAM.
  3. Thanks for the replies. No one else had gotten to me sooner, so I made my best guess last week and purchased.

    I got the ATI 4670 by XFX and another 2 gb of Corsair value RAM for $125 total. So far, I am very impressed and I can run most games quite well.

    I wish I had found the 512 mb version instead of the 1 gb now that I know its faster, but too late.

    Thanks again.
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