Need help with upgrading Dell machine for Gaming

Buddy of mine needs to upgrade what he's got to get by for now.

He has Dell XPS 410
Intel 1.86ghz
Dell Motherboard/ OWG 855
4GB DDR2
Nvidia 9500GT

Is there any CPU or anything that will fit this older machine to give it a boost?
Would really appreciate input!

Thanks
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  1. Hm. Don't know too much about changing CPU's in that board, or what he's locked into there. But you might have him look into a better graphics card. The 9500gt's are kind of weak. Maybe check out something like an ATI 5750 or 5770 to get a bit more out of it without breaking the bank. Though I would also be mindful of his power supply as that may need upgrading as well.
  2. You want to get a new motherboard, new processor, possibly new memory, case and graphics card.
  3. VeTTe said:
    Buddy of mine needs to upgrade what he's got to get by for now.

    He has Dell XPS 410
    Intel 1.86ghz
    Dell Motherboard/ OWG 855
    4GB DDR2
    Nvidia 9500GT

    Is there any CPU or anything that will fit this older machine to give it a boost?
    Would really appreciate input!

    Thanks

    As stated by ohiou_grad a video card upgrade would be the best bet.
    The power supply will handle a 5770 without a problem.
    As far as cpu's, Conroe and Allendale Core 2 Duo's or Kentsfield Quads upto the Q6700 will work.
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