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August 14, 2011 5:06:17 PM

Hi, I have this 4-5 years old computer, and I am looking to upgrade it. First of all I do not know a lot about computer parts, it was my brother who build this computer, but since hes overseas and busy, he doesn't have much time. Right now i use the games for playing several games such as SC2 and vindictus, however I am only able to run these games in low (or even lowest) setting, and even then there are occasional slowdown/lag time.

I have around 300-400 dollar budget and i was wondering what if it is possible to upgrade my computer to play current games in higher settings.

Since i do not know too much, i ll try to identify the parts I have with a software i found. If more info are needed, then I can try my best to find to (or if you tell me how XD)

Running on Vista Home Premium

CPU: Intel Core 2 CPU 6420 @ 2.13GHz

MotherboardI can't really find much about my mother board :? it says P5K, Serial number is MS1C74B52600832

Ram:o CZ 1 GB PC2-6400 DDR2 RAM (OCZ2VU8001G) (2 Gb in total)

Hard Drive: Barracuda 7200.10 SATA 3.0Gb/s 320-GB Hard Drive

Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT

Case: Antec Nine Hundred

Or would i be better off building a whole new computer (which of course i ll have to save more money haha...)

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a c 111 B Homebuilt system
August 14, 2011 6:10:30 PM

Your CPU should handle a more powerful GPU for example HD5750/70 or HD6750/70 or GTS450. Those card are much more powerful than your current 2600XT which is the weakest link in your setup. For further speed boost you could as well overclock your CPU.
GTS450 for a great price after MIR
August 14, 2011 8:16:04 PM

Well, i tried to overclock my comp a little not much luck, i ll try it again some other day when i am in the mood. Anyways, are extra rams needed for my computer, is 2 Gb enough, if so it is necessary to get the same brand, or as long as i get one that is 800mhz? I dont really like to buy from the internet, but i ll take that suggestion for sure. Thanks Alot, i ll probably check my computer stores or something when i go out.
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a c 111 B Homebuilt system
August 15, 2011 4:17:04 AM

If you are running 32bit OS 2GB is fine.
August 25, 2011 2:25:32 AM

Best answer selected by Aegis303.