Alienware R5 is she getting old?

Hi community, I bought this PC new in the summer of 2006 since I had been playing my WoW (which I know is not graphic extensive)on ultra graphics, I never felt need to upgrade but since I moved to Rift which made my pc lag a little bit I am considering putting some more money into this thing. here are my specs.

Operating System
MS Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit SP2
CPU
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ 48 °C
Brisbane 65nm Technology
RAM
2.0GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 386MHz (6-6-6-18)
Motherboard
ASUSTeK Computer INC. M3A32-MVP DELUXE (CPU 1) 49 °C
Graphics
DELL 2009W (1280x768@60Hz)
512MB GeForce GTS 250 (EVGA) 36 °C
Hard Drives
488GB Seagate ST3500620AS ATA Device (SATA) 28 °C
Optical Drives
HL-DT-ST DVD-RAM GH22NP20 ATA Device
Audio
High Definition Audio Device

I'd like to hear some of your output on what I should upgrade to see noticeable increase in FPS for Rift and future games coming
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  1. Is this a OEM or custom build?
  2. It is a custom build but only products the alienware website offered
  3. so you never built it yourself?
    Most of OEM builds really limit upgrade due to bios locks.
  4. First off is get some more ram in it, 4Gb of matched sticks
    and upgrade graphics card to Nvid 460/Ati5770 level
    No mention of your psu but a newer one wouldn't hurt you
    Moto
  5. Quote:
    not with alienware. well since i last checked.

    Sorry, I dont have much experience with Dell products especially AW.
  6. can't say I know what my psu is. How would I find out? budget is around 400$
  7. At that resolution it should still hold up ok. I'd advise against upgrading because it probably wouldn't be worth it and instead invest in a new pc and monitor.
  8. alright was able to find a invoice still saved in my documents PSU is 750 w and i'll just paste it all incase there was anything else missing.

    1 |
    AURORA

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    FULL-TOWER BLACK CASE 2.0B

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    ASUS 790FX M3A32-MVP DELUXE

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    AMD ATHLON 64 X2 5200+ AM2 65 WATTS

    2 |
    ELPIDA 1GB DDR2 PC2-6400 U-DIMM 800MHZ AUR, 750I

    1 |
    SEAGATE 500GB SATA 7200RPM 16MB CACHE HDD

    1 |
    LG 20X DUAL-LAYER DVD NON-LIGHT SCRIBE

    1 |
    M3A32-MVP DELUXE INTEGRATED AUDIO

    1 |
    EVGA GTS 250 SUPER CLOCKED 512 MB

    1 |
    WINDOWS VISTA HOME PREMIUM SP1 COA

    1 |
    ALIENRESPAWN V2.0 FACTORY INSTALL

    1 |
    POWERDVD 8.0 + TRUETHEATER

    1 |
    NERO 9 PREINSTALL

    1 |
    MCAFEEVSP30D 30DAY TRAIL FACT INST V1.2

    1 |
    ALIENWARE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD STORE

    1 |
    ALIENWARE MAIN BOARD RGB REV 5.1

    1 |
    CONTROL ELC DIP CARD PASSIVE

    1 |
    AMD DUAL CORE HSF CL-P0075

    1 |
    750 WATT OEM ATX PSU

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    1 KILOWATT MOUNTING BRACKET AMTEK

    1 |
    TECHNICAL REFERENCE PDF FOR AURORA R5

    1 |
    ELC BLUE

    1 |
    1-YR 24/7 WARRANTY (NO CHARGE)

    1 |
    ON-SITE WARRANTY

    1 |
    SYSTEM PERSONALIZATION

    1 |
    AVATAR: ALIENHEAD 3D

    1 |
    WINDOW STYLE: DEFAULT

    1 |
    MOUSE POINTERS: STANDARD

    1 |
    POWER PLAN: DEFAULT

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    AUTOMATIC UPDATES: ON

    1 |
    TIME ZONE: EASTERN

    1 |
    PERIPHERALS

    1 |
    LOGITECH BASIC BLACK OPTICAL MOUSE

    1 |
    ALIENWARE MOUSEPAD

    1 |
    WINDOWS VISTA HOME PREMIUM 32BIT SP1 X86 REC DVD 3.0

    1 |
    SUPPORT CD FOR VISTA AURORA R5

    1 |
    NERO 9 CD (MEDIA)

    1 |
    MCAFEE VIRUSSCAN PLUS REINSTALL SFT CD V1.2

    1 |
    POWER SUPPLY CORD STANDARD DESKTOP

    1 |
    ALIENWARE DESKTOP BINDER R2

    1 |
    OWNER IDENTIFICATION CARD

    1 |
    LOGITECH BASIC BLACK KEYBOARD

    1 |
    DELL ULTRASHARP 2009W LCD
  9. 750 WATT OEM ATX PSU ?
    POWER SUPPLY CORD STANDARD DESKTOP?
    Guess we dont know until you open your case.
  10. that's the actual cord but there was the "750 WATT OEM ATX PSU"
  11. ferretboy4225 said:
    that's the actual cord but there was the "750 WATT OEM ATX PSU"

    Well you could ask Dell.It would be better way to know of your psu.
  12. hmm alright i'll go to that link ps3hacker sent time to locate a screwdriver :P
  13. oh jeez that was a typo, I got this 2009. PSU shouldn't be a problem then? and thanks for finding those links for me much apreciated
  14. ordered the ram going to see how that boosts my performance and if my pc still seems a little slow i bookmarked the gtx 460 and phenom II 970
    thanks for the quick responses :)
  15. Best answer selected by ferretboy4225.
  16. Hehe will do I chose the 5850 just for that reason also. Look forward to seeing this machine shine again :)
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