I need advice about upgrading

Hey guys im new here so cut me some slack!
Ok now to my question.Well i have a gaming rig that is little old so i need advice on what should i upgrade first my specs are:
Intel Core 2 Due E4600 2.4ghz
ATi 4870 1 gig with vapor-x heatsink
a Tpower i45 mobo
2 gig Corsair xms 2 800mhz
and a 500gig hdd
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  1. Whats your budget for an upgrade? It looks like your CPU needs the upgrade the most but its probably not a good choice to upgrade to another 775 CPU these days so you will probably need a new motherboard, ram, and OS installation.
  2. huh i was thinking to get 2 more gigs of ram and later on and core 2 extreme
  3. what about the gpu
  4. and well my budget is 50 bucks for now i mean im 12 years old
  5. kratosthestalker said:
    huh i was thinking to get 2 more gigs of ram and later on and core 2 extreme

    How much would that cost? $400?

    The GPU is fine for now, though for the cash spent on the Core 2 Extreme, Id reather just go AM3+870+DDR3.
    ASRock 870 Mobo $90: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157198&cm_re=extreme3-_-13-157-198-_-Product
    Phenom X4 955 + 4GB DDR3 $235: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.470179

    If you still have some money leftover, get anther 4870 to crossfire if you want to.

    Nevermind, didn't see your post.

    for $50, youre pretty limited in options, you could sell your current CPU+Mobo+RAM for $120 and get something alright for that price, but Ill just say OC for now and save up more cash.
  6. well dont intel cpu outperform amd
  7. kratosthestalker said:
    well dont intel cpu outperform amd

    Not with your CPU. a $70 Athlon X3 will blow that thing away.
  8. with a little manipulating my parents i can get the amd combo and im little new to OC and im with air cooling so im pretty limited to oc
  9. can you tell me how to oc please :)
  10. and about the gpu i was thinking of x-fire
  11. kratosthestalker said:
    with a little manipulating my parents i can get the amd combo and im little new to OC and im with air cooling so im pretty limited to oc

    I like that word, :pt1cable:

    Heres a good guid for C2D OCing, http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/259899-29-core-overclocking-guide
    The basic goal is to up the FSB in the BIOS so the CPU can run faster.
  12. oh and the case! i have a mid tower case from a korean company which i dont recognize and i want a full tower can you tell me the best price/features ratio case
  13. oh gotta go! thank you! you were truly helpfull! bye
  14. kratosthestalker said:
    oh and the case! i have a mid tower case from a korean company which i dont recognize and i want a full tower can you tell me the best price/features ratio case

    A full tower really big and on the expensive side ($100+)

    Heres a couple nice full towers though:

    Nzxt Phantom: http://www.amazon.com/NZXT-Crafted-Tower-Steel-Chassis/dp/B003WE9WQO
    HAF X/932: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225&cm_re=HAF_X-_-11-119-225-_-Product
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160&cm_re=HAF932-_-11-119-160-_-Product
    Raven 2: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163154&Tpk=RV02
    Antec 1200: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129043&cm_re=Antec_1200-_-11-129-043-_-Product
  15. oh one more question does newegg ship to europe
  16. kratosthestalker said:
    oh one more question does newegg ship to europe

    No, but there's plenty of nice European retailers depending on where you live.
  17. Bulgaria to be exact :)
  18. amazon ?
  19. Pfuu..i think i was recommending parts to a Bulgarian guy on a forum, let me see if i can find it, there is a good site.
    Sorry, i did not find the topic.
    I would go like this, get another 2Gb kit of the exact same RAM and overclock your CPU to 3GHz for now, until you save some more money to buy a nice CPU cooler for a higher overclock, the motherboard can handle it.

    Is this your motherboard? http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=2295
  20. yes, my previos one an Asus p5k premium fucked so..
  21. sorry i missed the up in fucked :)
  22. You can find on Google how to overclock your CPU with your motherboard.
    I suggest an adult to oversee your progress so that you won't mess up something. in the manual form the motherboard you should also find explanations on what to do and where.

    Basically you need to rise the FSB and the voltage if necessary, lock the PCI-E freq to 100, and change the ratio to your ram from bios.
    A lower ratio would give you room to overclock the CPU because when you rise the FSB you also rise the speed of the RAM.

    After overclocking you will have to download prime95 and do a stress test, blend if possible for your system for 24 ores without stooping. If the PC shuts dawn, restarts or gives errors wile testing then the overclock is not stable. Probably it needs more voltage.

    Somebody should help you not to ruin your PC.
  23. i should propably not oc for now ;)
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