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Should I upgrade cpu/gpu/ram?

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November 28, 2011 1:15:24 PM

Hello, lately I've been thinking about upgrading my computer, specifically to play modern games at better detail. I don't have unlimited resources of course, but I should be able to upgrade 1 or 2 parts, but first, I need to know which parts to upgrade to get the best result!

And so I've come here to ask:
My current setup is a few years old.
Intel Pentium Dual CPU E2180 2.00 GHz (LGA 775)
ATI Radeon 3870 HD (512 MB)
PSU: 500W

Now, I would like to get some more performance and FPS in games. So I ask you, what do you think I should upgrade first? Thanks for all responses in advance!

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November 28, 2011 1:52:27 PM

How much do you have to spend and what resolution are you playing at?

The GPU should make the biggest apparent difference in games, but the CPU is still a big limitation. You might be able to pick up a used Core 2 Quad and a solid GPU used on here or other forums for a decent price. Again, I have no idea in terms of your price range.
November 28, 2011 3:07:49 PM

I'd like to be looking at 250$ tops, but realistically about 200$. Right now, I play at 1440x900 (wide) res. Thanks for your reply.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 28, 2011 3:40:46 PM

AMD Athlon II X4 640 ~$100 -
ASUS M5A78L-M LX AM3+ ~$65 -
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 ~ $25 -
SAPPHIRE 100323L Radeon HD 6570 1GB DDR3 ~$50 -

This would work for around $240.
November 28, 2011 7:13:50 PM

That looks very balanced and for a reasonable price. Only problem is that I'm from Europe and newegg doesn't support international shipping. Any ideas?