Boosting my pc

motherboard: ASRock ConRoe1333-D667
Graphic card: ATI radeon HD 4850
RAM: ddr2 2GB
CPU: Procesor DualCore Intel Pentium E2160, 1800 MHz (9 x 200)


i want to boost my pc a little. i have 175$. what can i do to play games like homefront, black ops, mafia II.... thanks :)
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  1. I would upgrade the CPU. Judging by http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?model=conroe1333-d667%20r1.0, you could handle a new dual core processor.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115056&cm_re=e7500-_-19-115-056-_-Product -or- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115059&cm_re=e7600-_-19-115-059-_-Product

    Both of these score around 2* your current CPU's score with the passmark benchmark website. http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php

    They don't leave room for a graphics card upgrade with your budget, but a new CPU should better handle a decent graphics card upgrade in the future. I still think that a 4850 is a decent GPU and should play those games. Not much use of a GPU upgrade if the CPU is only going to bottleneck it. :p A new CPU should improve overall performance on your pc. Also, ever try over-clocking?
  2. Are you running 64-bit Windows XP or 7 geek123xx? If so, then some more RAM would probably make a difference also. However, your board only holds maximum 4GB and only has 2 slots. So, I would then suggest:

    RAM: any 2x2 GB RAM kits on this page for $54.99 + FS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007611%20600006098%20600006066&IsNodeId=1&name=4GB%20%282%20x%202GB%29

    CPU: Core2 Duo E7500 Wolfdale 2.93GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W $119.99 + FS (same CPU ChiefTexas_82 suggested first)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115056

    Total = $174.98 + all free shipping


    If you're only using a 32-bit OS, then maybe just get the best CPU you can afford. That would be the 2nd CPU that ChiefTexas_82 suggested. I also agree with ChiefTexas_82 that your HD 4850 is sufficient for gaming now and might even be bottlenecked by your current CPU anyway.
  3. For $175 you could grab an AM2+ board and an AM3 processor (like a Phenom II or Athlon II quad core). I'd suggest spending $215 or so instead and grabbing an AM3 board, AM3 processor plus 4gb of DDR3.
  4. I'd buy a cpu cooler [Preferably one that can fit on an 1155 rig as well so you have a chance of re-using it ]

    Those E2160's will often run at 3 GHz . Check your motherboard has the options required including being able to reduce the RAM frequency relative to the cpu
  5. another $175 you can get a cpu and a new motherboard...black ops really works good on the new intel sandy bridge cpu...
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