What can I do to upgrade?

I have a Compaq Presario model SR5250NX. The specs say Genuine Intel CPU 2140 @1.60 GHz 1.60 GHz, Ram 1.00 GB, System type 32-bit operating system. I would like to play games and stuff with no sweat. What would be my options for upgrading? If you need to know more bout the puter let me know.
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  1. No need done it for you Mrkngpn3 !


    Operating system installed
    Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium

    Processor
    Intel® Pentium® Dual Core processor E2140
    • 1.60 GHz, 800MHz Front Side Bus

    Chipset
    Intel® 945GC express chipset

    Standard memory
    1.0GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM memory (2x512MB for ultimate performance) (expandable to 2GB)

    Memory type
    DDR2-SDRAM

    Memory slots
    2 DIMM (240-pin, DDR2)

    Internal drives
    Internal hard disk drive
    320 GB

    Hard disk controller
    SATA 3G Hard Disk Drive

    Hard disk drive speed
    (7200 rpm)

    Optical drive speed
    16x DVD±R,8x DVD RW, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD R DL, 8x DVD-R DL, 12x DVD-RAM, 16x DVD-ROM, 40x CDR, 32x CDRW, 40x CD-ROM

    Software
    Included/Pre-installed software
    Microsoft® Internet Explorer 7.0; Windows Mail; Adobe® Reader 8.0
  2. Umm..... your computer sux for gaming. What's your budget?
  3. Here are your upgrade options.

    Motherboard supports the following processor upgrades:
    Core 2 Duo E4x00 with Dual Core technology (Conroe) up to E4400
    Pentium E2000 series (Conroe) up to E2160
    Pentium D 9xx with Dual Core technology (Presler) up to 960
    Pentium 4 6x1 series (Cedar Mill) up to 661
    Celeron 4xx series up to 440
    Celeron D 3xx series (Cedar Mill) up to 365
    Celeron D 3xx series (Prescott) up to 355

    Memory upgrade information
    Dual channel memory architecture
    Two 240-pin DDR2 DIMM sockets
    Supported DIMM types:
    PC2-3200 (400 MHz)
    PC2-4200 (533 MHz)
    PC2-5300 (667 MHz, runs at 533 MHz)
    Non-ECC memory only, unbuffered
    Supports 1 GB DDR2 DIMMs
    Supports up to 2 GB

    Integrated graphics using Intel GMA 950
    *Integrated video is not available if a graphics card is installed.
    Integrated graphics using Intel GMA 950
    Up to 256MB of system memory (with 512MB or more PC memory)
    Also supports PCI Express x16 graphics cards*

    Good news you can go shopping for a PCI- E card !!!
  4. As for the power supply, if you plan to get a Pci-e Graphics card.
    The current one is only 250 Watts.

    The PSU needs an upgrade to say 600 watts or more.

    To be honest buying a new mainboard may be a better option.
  5. Budget not to much of a concern. If I need to save up for whatever i will.
  6. Thanks
  7. How much does a good gaming tower cost?
  8. $800 can get you a LONG way.
    What is your monitor?
  9. I think its a Dell 19 inch flat that came with the tower.
  10. Everyone here has skipped a very important question and filled in the blanks with assumptions.

    What "games and stuff"?

    For all we know, an upgrade to a radeon 4650 could get you to where you want with little cost. On the other hand, your requirements could be so that a $2000 brand new computer would be better for you.

    So:
    -List us the games you want to play
    -list us the other programs you will use
    -list any additional details that could be important.
  11. Ive been toying with the idea of building my own. Any ideas on what the best parts are to get? Could you give me a good and better for parts to use.
  12. mrkngpn3 said:
    Ive been toying with the idea of building my own. Any ideas on what the best parts are to get? Could you give me a good and better for parts to use.

    ^ What games and stuff? We need information on your uses, dude, in order to be able to recommend components that meet your needs.
  13. I dont plan on playin warcraft or anything. Im tryin to play command and conquer and other games like that. So i dont need the top of the line stuff. And i dont want the the stuff that will just get me by.
  14. Personally, I would go with a phenom IIx4 and a radeon 5850 for a 1080p monitor. I'd go with 6GB of memory these days (2x2GB and 2x1GB kits)

    I'll let someone else with more experience with C&C make better suggestions though.
  15. I have 4 GB of memory in this system and runs fine...
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