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Upgrading my Son's system

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June 20, 2011 5:59:49 PM

I was looking at seeing if my son's computer can be upgraded in any way to improve his gaming experience. Or, would I need to build/buy new? He's mentioned wanting a new graphics card, but I was hoping to find out if that would be worth while on his system.
Here's what he has:
CPU:
1.80 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64
128 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache
64-bit ready
Not hyper-threaded

Board: DFI Corp,LTD LP NF3 250GB 1.0
Bus Clock: 202 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00

Graphics:
ATI Raedon 9250

Memory:
2048 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

HDD:
WDC WD3200AAJS-00L7A0 [Hard drive] (320.07 GB) -- drive 1, s/n WD-WCAV2W762020, rev 01.03E01, SMART Status: Healthy
WDC WD800JD-23JNA1 [Hard drive] (80.03 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WMAM95368914, rev 06.01C06, SMART Status: Healthy

DVD :
Samsung

THANK YOU!

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June 20, 2011 6:05:05 PM

welll its decidedly ancient in pc terms

i vote new pc and salvage what you can
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June 20, 2011 6:08:44 PM

Unfortunately, there really isn't a lot do be done with a system that old. About the only recommendation I would offer is to look for an old graphics card like a Geforce 6600GT/7600GS. Anything more than that would probably be wasted on that system. Granted, it would provide some improvement in gaming, but not a lot.

If you can find one on the cheap (say no more than $25), then go for it. Otherwise, I'd look into building a new system.

-Wolf sends

F.Y.I. - DFI NF4 250GB motherboard specs
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June 20, 2011 6:09:48 PM

Unfortunately, I have to agree with obsidian. Try and get like $50 bucks for it, put it towards a new build.
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June 20, 2011 8:19:07 PM

Thanks to all. At least I know what direction I need to go. I'll likely be back looking for some advice on what parts to buy to build a less expensive gaming system.
Appreciate your help!
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