Hey guys. I use my computer for gaming, pretty much. It's old and gets bogged down, even on Starcraft 2 on minimal settings. I'm wondering what I need to upgrade the most. My budget is around 300-500 bucks and I'm not looking for super high performance. Just something functional with some amount of long-term value. Here are my current specs:
-Both the 9500gt and pentium D dual core are about cpu-gpu matched.
So if you want to upgrade you have to upgrade both the card and cpu/board/mem/hdd. Also since the newer gaming cards are larger than the 9500gt, you will need a new power supply and put case fans in any empty fan spots on your current case.
- The cpu is a sempron 130. The 1mb cache sempron 140 and 145 usually unlock to a dual core regor and overclock well with some extra voltage.
- The sempron 130 is 512kb cache, Most unlock to a dual core regor, however i would try and see if the 3rd and 4th cores are there and unlock, 512kb cache suggests it could be a propus core aka athlonIIx4 core, maybe a tri core is possible?. Some higher voltages and a larger aftermarket cooler will be needed here.
The chip usually comes with a tiny 45 watt cooler. So if the cpu is a dud and does not unlock any core, that single core should overclock really high with more volts and a large cooler, maybe to 3.8ghz.
-Its a $29 cpu.
The motherboard is am3+, not am3. meaning the new 32nm bulldozer cpus will drop in. The sempron is just to have a cpu to use and play with untill the bulldozer cpus are out for a while and have reasonable prices and speeds.
You can practice overclocking and core unlocking without risking frying a expensive cpu first before moving on the the bulldozer cpu.
Best bet. Do you have a microcenter near you? If so, much of the time, they have deals where you can get an entry level board and AMD quad for about 100 bucks. If you could do that, maybe grab a power supply for 50, you might be in business. Last time I got ram there it was 35 bucks for 4 gb of ddr3 1333.
If you could do those things, you'd have around 200 before tax. With what you've got left, stretch the budget a little, and grab a gtx 460 768 mb video card. Reuse your case, hard drive, Windows 7, and optical drive/drives. That would put you a little over 300, but would give you a pretty nice system on a budget.