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Is there a simple bottleneck in my setup or just the whole system ?

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May 28, 2010 5:37:06 PM

I need help from you guys here in deciding if an upgrade makes sense. I am starting to bottleneck somewhere for newer games but would like to mention that I am a budget conscious casual gamer (1-2 hours at max in a day).

I have no intention of getting the best and expensive. I am willing to spend $ 300-400 if that upgrade will ensure i am set for say 2 years.

I like to play slightly older games like WOW, CS:Source at higher settings and newer games like Dragon age origins or BF2:BC at ok settings. 1440x900 is fine with me.

Does it look like I can upgrade something which would give me the most bang for the buck or the system is balanced and needs a full overhaul.

Thank you


CPU: AMD Athlon 64 x2 4000+ Brisbane (2.1 GHz)
MB: ASUS M2A-VM AM2 (1 PCIe 1.0 x16 slot)
Memory: Corsair XMS2 2GB (ddr2 800)
Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 4650 (512 MB GDDR2)
PSU: Thermaltake Silent Purepower 420W
a c 235 U Graphics card
May 28, 2010 5:53:11 PM

its not a simple bottleneck

you can try ebay or amazon for a used athlon x2 5000+ and grab an ATI 5750 off newegg.

but for the same price as the used x2 5000+, you could get an Athlon x3 435 or 440 and build a solid AM3 set up.

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