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I bought my HP p6210y 2 years ago. I think it's quite old now and need some upgrades. I'm a casual gamer. I just play games for fun, so I don't need extremely high quality graphics. But I do want to play lately games such as BF3 or Skyrim (in somewhere bw medium and high graphics quality). Here are my current specs:

Motherboard: M2N78-LA (Violet)
CPU: AMD Athlon x4 620 Quad Core
Memory: 6GB DRR2 800MHz Dual Channel
Video card: ASUS ENGT 430 (bought a year ago and prefer to upgrade to a manufactured OC GTX 460)
PSU: 300W (prefer to upgrade to a 550W-600W one)
Monitor: 22' HP Monitor. Res. 1600x900 (This will be the max resolution when I play games, so I don't think I will upgrade this).

Looking at my specs right now, I think I definitely have to upgrade my PSU and video card first. So the question is with my preferred video card and PSU, will my CPU be the bottleneck?
And if I have to upgrade my CPU, can my motherboard handle any of the lately AMD's CPUs?

My budget is around $300-400, as low as possible. The maximum is $500.

I appreciate any recommendation and opinions from you guys. Thank you.
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  1. quotemsg=2441628,1,1033221]I bought my HP p6210y 2 years ago. I think it's quite old now and need some upgrades. I'm a casual gamer. I just play games for fun, so I don't need extremely high quality graphics. But I do want to play lately games such as BF3 or Skyrim (in somewhere bw medium and high graphics quality). Here are my current specs:

    Motherboard: M2N78-LA (Violet)
    CPU: AMD Athlon x4 620 Quad Core
    Memory: 6GB DRR2 800MHz Dual Channel
    Video card: ASUS ENGT 430 (bought a year ago and prefer to upgrade to a manufactured OC GTX 460)
    PSU: 300W (prefer to upgrade to a 550W-600W one)
    Monitor: 22' HP Monitor. Res. 1600x900 (This will be the max resolution when I play games, so I don't think I will upgrade this).

    Looking at my specs right now, I think I definitely have to upgrade my PSU and video card first. So the question is with my preferred video card and PSU, will my CPU be the bottleneck?
    And if I have to upgrade my CPU, can my motherboard handle any of the lately AMD's CPUs?

    My budget is around $300-400, as low as possible. The maximum is $500.

    I appreciate any recommendation and opinions from you guys. Thank you.
    Right now til 11-22 Newegg has this PSU, with a $10.00 off promo code and rebate..ends up at $44.99. Nice power supply for a good price. It would easily run a GTX 460 - GTX570 card. That leaves quite a bit for a nice video card
    url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022][
  2. The video card to have now is a 6950 or GTX 560 Ti or better. You will need a 500-600W PSU to run one; 750+W to run CF/SLI. You are correct this is the best course of action for you at the moment.
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    Right now you can get a EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 $229.99 w/ $20 rebate. Both the 460 and 560 are double wide cards, they plug into 1 slot but take up 2 cards worth of real estate. That takes you to $279.88 w/ rebates. That's an AM3 MB so you could even upgrade the CPU if desired, but that DDR2 RAM is a slight drawback. Why HP put 6 GB Ram an a 4 slot motherboard is beyond me but if it's using a 32 bit OS you can only use 3.5 GB anyway. $274.88 for the PSU and vid card with rebates. Go for the 560Ti now and see how it goes. It should rip thru 1600X900 resolution like buddah.
  4. So the problem for the PSU is solved. The last thing that's bothering me is whether my CPU (Athlon) bottleneck the Geforce GTX 560Ti.
    I'm running windows 7 64 bit, so it recognizes all 6GB RAM. I know my memory is a drawback but here is the memory upgrade info from HP:

    Dual channel memory architecture
    Four DDR2 SO-DIMM (240-pin) sockets
    Supported DIMM types:
    PC2-6400 (800 MHz)
    PC2-5300 (667 MHz)
    Non-ECC memory only, unbuffered
    Supports 4GB DDR2 DIMMs
    Supports up to 16 GB on 64-bit PCs
    Supports up to 4 GB* on 32-bit PCs
    32 bit PCs cannot address a full 4.0 GB of memory.

    I guess I can't upgrade to a DDR3 RAM, right?
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