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July 7, 2010 5:57:00 PM

ok guys i 3 yrs ago bought a branded pc but soon i turned into a gamer and changed many of my pc's components but the thing that remained was the processor. now i am upgrading from pentium d 820 2.8 ghz to core 2 duo e 7500 2.9 ghz.is it worth the upgrade for budget gaming.will it give me a good performance boost in games such as gta 4,assassin's creed 2(15-20 fps is ok) etc. or is there another better alternative with same or near price point.also recommend me a good budget motherboard.here are my pc's specs:

pentium d 820 2.8 ghz

nvidia geforce 9400gt (ok this is a low end videocard i know,but that's the one i can afford)

axper motherboard

2gb ddr ram(will a 2gb ddr2 ram significantly affect performance)


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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2010 8:31:39 PM

It's not worth an upgrade. What you're really looking for is an entirely new computer.

How much did you want to spend right now? A new motherboard, CPU, 2 GB of DDR3 (DDR is extinct, and DDR2 is following it) and a great new GPU (the HD 5770) will only cost around $350. An entire new build can be had for less than $500. If you've got $600, you can have a very future proof build.

If you don't have that much, I'd make do with what you have for now and start saving up. The good thing about computers is that the prices fall, so the exact same build you'd look at one month will likely be cheaper the next.
July 7, 2010 9:21:54 PM

MadAdmiral said:
It's not worth an upgrade. What you're really looking for is an entirely new computer.

How much did you want to spend right now? A new motherboard, CPU, 2 GB of DDR3 (DDR is extinct, and DDR2 is following it) and a great new GPU (the HD 5770) will only cost around $350. An entire new build can be had for less than $500. If you've got $600, you can have a very future proof build.

If you don't have that much, I'd make do with what you have for now and start saving up. The good thing about computers is that the prices fall, so the exact same build you'd look at one month will likely be cheaper the next.
hey MadAdmiral thanks for your quick reply. the problem is that i am from india and here cost of a new cpu, gpu,ddr3 ram is very high.i want to make the upgrade short and sweet. $500 is a huge amount here and i only have a budget of $222.i do not want my pc to be future proof but the games only a bit playable.that's all.
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2010 9:44:55 PM

Then I wouldn't bother with an upgrade yet. Anything you'd spend now wouldn't give you a huge performance increase and wouldn't have an upgrade path.
July 7, 2010 9:49:25 PM

MadAdmiral said:
Then I wouldn't bother with an upgrade yet. Anything you'd spend now wouldn't give you a huge performance increase and wouldn't have an upgrade path.
if not huge, how much performance increase will it give or is it a total waste of money?
a b B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2010 9:56:46 PM

Well, the Pentium D is a terrible proceessor, so an upgrade will give you some performance increase. But ultimately, you are trying to play modern games with old technology, so you will continue to struggle. ALso, with that card you aren't going to get much improvement with a CPU upgrade anyway
July 7, 2010 10:00:44 PM

asteldian said:
Well, the Pentium D is a terrible proceessor, so an upgrade will give you some performance increase. But ultimately, you are trying to play modern games with old technology, so you will continue to struggle. ALso, with that card you aren't going to get much improvement with a CPU upgrade anyway


ok ,thanks dude than its time to save money.

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a b B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2010 10:36:05 PM
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I don't know many sites in there but you can get this:

Biostar TA785GE 128M
http://techshop.in/store/product_info.php?products_id=4...
AMD Phenom II X3 435
http://techshop.in/store/product_info.php?products_id=4...
Corsair XMS2 2GB DDR2 800MHz
http://techshop.in/store/product_info.php?products_id=3...

Rs.10,584

You can game at lower settings on the integrated video card:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yJOe5TA8cs

Then you can add a better video card, no reason to buy a 9400gt in 2010. And for gaming the CPU is much less important than the video card so either you go this way and upgrade later or you buy a cheaper CPU and a better GPU now.




a b B Homebuilt system
July 8, 2010 12:58:53 AM

The difference will be significant. Enjoy it it's well worth it going from a pentium D to a core 2 duo. If you can get a quad core do that much better experience.

Good luck!

computer 5geek said:
ok guys i 3 yrs ago bought a branded pc but soon i turned into a gamer and changed many of my pc's components but the thing that remained was the processor. now i am upgrading from pentium d 820 2.8 ghz to core 2 duo e 7500 2.9 ghz.is it worth the upgrade for budget gaming.will it give me a good performance boost in games such as gta 4,assassin's creed 2(15-20 fps is ok) etc. or is there another better alternative with same or near price point.also recommend me a good budget motherboard.here are my pc's specs:

pentium d 820 2.8 ghz

nvidia geforce 9400gt (ok this is a low end videocard i know,but that's the one i can afford)

axper motherboard

2gb ddr ram(will a 2gb ddr2 ram significantly affect performance)

July 8, 2010 5:25:23 AM

mosox said:
I don't know many sites in there but you can get this:

Biostar TA785GE 128M
http://techshop.in/store/product_info.php?products_id=4...
AMD Phenom II X3 435
http://techshop.in/store/product_info.php?products_id=4...
Corsair XMS2 2GB DDR2 800MHz
http://techshop.in/store/product_info.php?products_id=3...

Rs.10,584

You can game at lower settings on the integrated video card:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yJOe5TA8cs

Then you can add a better video card, no reason to buy a 9400gt in 2010. And for gaming the CPU is much less important than the video card so either you go this way and upgrade later or you buy a cheaper CPU and a better GPU now.

thanks dude this was the answer i was looking for and the problem is i already have a 9400gt.upgraded 3 months ago
July 8, 2010 5:30:02 AM

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