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Should I upgrade my PC?

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December 20, 2010 4:20:50 PM

I was considering upgrading my PC from:
Pentium D 805 2.66 GHZ
2 GB DDR2 333MHZ
BIOSTAR Group G31-M7 TE Motherboard

My system specs are pretty outdated here.

to a better system, with 4GB DDR3 Memory, maybe to save money I would go with a Intel Core2Duo CPU out there.

I run only Windows XP pro on it, and all I do with it is watch movies, play some 128 bit graphic games, and watch online videos, as well as general internet surfing.

Is it worth the upgrade for windows XP? I know it is for Windows 7.

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a b B Homebuilt system
December 20, 2010 4:24:53 PM

If you only do light gaming, you don't need to upgrade anything except maybe your video card (which you did not list). Another 2 gig of RAM won't hurt either, but video card first if you don't have a discrete one. Win 7 will run fine on your system.
a b B Homebuilt system
December 20, 2010 4:27:35 PM

If your system is adequate for what you do with it, save the money now for when an upgrade is truly necessary, IMO.

Windows 7 alone costs $199, and, until you are determined to play Direct X 11 games, not really necessary until you feel it is. (Online videos are usually bottlenecked by cable modem speeds, not the CPU/RAM or newer OS)

As always, your call with your money however.
December 20, 2010 4:35:30 PM

I have a XFX Geforce 9400 GT 512MB Card for my PC. Usually used to play games on my TV.

I am considering running Windows 98 on VMWARE for maybe a couple old games.

I had CPU spikes when running Microsoft Security Essentials, so I thought maybe I would need a little bit higher specs.