New Build or Upgrade


I'm looking for some advice about whether to upgrade or buy a new system.

I've currently got an Alienware Aurora R5 which I purchased in 2006. The system went back to Alienware about 18 months ago and they replaced a bundle of stuff as it was still under warranty which is why I'm unsure as to what is and isn't worth keeping.

Windows XP Service pack 3
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 2.40 Ghz
ASUSTeK Computer INC. M3A32-MVP DELUXE Rev 1.xx
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 [Display adapter] (2x)


If my understanding is correct the GTX 295 is still pretty good but I'm lacking RAM and processor power. Also is it right I need to upgrade my OS to use more than 4GB RAM? If I'm correct about the graphocs cards and the OS I was thinking of getting a new base system and putting the GTX 295 in it, that way i can spend more on the processor, RAM, Motherboard and HD.

Thanks in advance
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  1. Id this the mobo?

    You can update your BIOS to the latest version and pop in a Phenom II X4

    For more RAM you need a 64-bit OS like Windows 7-64 but for gaming 4GB is not bad.

    A new platform (mobo/CPU/RAM) will cost you some $350 and it will be marginally faster than the Phenom upgrade in gaming (if you use 1920x1080) so you can delay the upgrade.
  2. Yes it is that motherboard.

    Am I right that the graphics card I have is pretty good as well. I garnered that information from here but would appreciate confirmation.,3018-7.html
  3. Yep, you video card is still very strong.
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