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June 12, 2010 10:57:23 PM

Trying to upgrade an old computer for a SUPER low budget. ~$300 if possible. I have a few things in mind already on Newegg (the best website I know; is there any better for cheap hardware?) MSI Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card ($135), Foxconn AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 740G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard ($40), G.SKILL 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory ($50) (in addition to my old 2GB RAM), AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor Model ($75). Altogether comes out to be $300. This is the more expensive one I got in mind.
There is a cheaper one, with a mobo/CPU deal of a BIOSTAR A770E AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard and AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor for ($90). This one would come out to $275. Would the cheaper one be worth the $25 difference? Or would it be worth it to shell out $300? Thanks!

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June 12, 2010 11:54:17 PM

First... neither build will play Crysis at any really playable level unless you are running at a very low resolution. You'll need a more powerful GPU for Crysis.

I would go with the Athlon II X3 440 as it is the more powerful CPU with triple-cores. Neither motherboards are the best, so I would look to go with this setup (better gaming setup!!)

CPU/MOBO Combo: AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz & GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G
GPU: XFX HD-485X-ZNFC Radeon HD 4850 1GB
RAM: What you have selected since it matches your current setup.
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June 13, 2010 12:35:47 AM

wow u guys.....i din expect a response so quickly!!! thanx so much tecmo34
i now put tomshardware forums at the top of my list for all computer needs ^.^
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June 13, 2010 12:39:28 AM

Best answer selected by psychlops.
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June 13, 2010 12:52:36 AM

New Developments: Found new Combo Deal: XFX HD-485X-ZNFC Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card and AMD Athlon II X4 635 Propus 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor for $187.98. Same 2GB of RAM. $258 total. Any ideas on a good motherboard for this?
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