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April 19, 2011 12:50:14 AM

al right, here's the dilyo

i'm looking to upgrade my graphics card and processor as well as purchase more RAM. however i am fairly lousy with this kind of stuff. all i know is that i do not want extreme bottlenecking to occur, and don't want to waste time and money.

my computer specs:

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  2. System Information
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  5. Operating System: Windows Vistaâ„¢ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2
  6. Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
  7. System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
  8. System Model: Dell DXP061
  9. BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 2.5.0
  10. Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 4400 @ 2.00GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.0GHz
  11. Memory: 2046MB RAM
  12. DirectX Version: DirectX 11

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  2. Display Devices
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  4. Card name: Radeon X1900 Series
  5. Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
  6. Chip type: ATI Radeon Graphics Processor (0x7249)
  7. DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
  8. Display Memory: 1275 MB
  9. Dedicated Memory: 509 MB
  10. Shared Memory: 766 MB
  11. Current Mode: 1680 x 1050 (32 bit) (60Hz)
  12. Monitor: Dell E228WFP
  13. Driver Name: atiumdag.dll,atiumdva.cap,atitmmxx.dll
  14. Driver Version: 8.14.0010.0647 (English)

this card is not good at all anymore. i got it for free from my sister's boyfriend a few years ago. i have to set the fan speed using ATItool to 100% whenever i game(very loud) and even then, the temps still rise above normal and i get artifacts in some games.

My motherboard is "Dell Inc. 0CT017"

i asked a buddy of mine and he gave me these to look at but did not really give an explanation as to why. like i said before, i would prefer not to waste time and money buying parts that are not compatible with my current setup.

these are the items i am looking at buying and since i am on a budget, i'd like to know which(if possible) 2 out of 3 i should get for decent performance without bottlenecking, or if i should just crack open the piggy bank and buy them all for the long run.

HIS H467QR1GH Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB
G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB)

a cheaper alternative to the processor i found is:
Intel Core2 Duo E7500 Wolfdale 2.93GHz 3MB

opinions and thoughts about these choices or some alternatives are greatly appreciated. thank you!

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April 19, 2011 1:45:27 PM

Apparently the Dell DXP061 is the Dell dimension 9200. Some people in the Dell forums say this:

You should start a thread in there IMO for what CPU you can use.

For the video card this one is better

Good RAM
April 21, 2011 5:16:11 AM

Best answer selected by propanepropane.