Help with Upgrade of my existing build

Hello,

I have the following setup and it is not enough to run some of the newer games as it stalls and i need some solid advice what i should upgrade to make this a decent gaming computer without spending too much on upgrading everything.

Motherboard- wolfdale1333-D667
Processor - intel pentium e2 180 (2 ghz dual core)
HD - HITACHI 500 GB
memmory - 2 GB (4300)
graphics - ATIRADEON HD3600

also can upgrading my power supply help with performance?
please advice on what should i upgrade and what i can keep and also any helpful link would be most welcome. i am not trying to make a super charged gaming pc just something that can play most games in decent quality. money is tight so please advice accordingly :)
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  1. Your video card (a.k.a. GPU) is your weakest link, followed by your CPU and RAM. Honestly, you need a new rig.

    Changing to a stronger PSU will not improve performance, but if you buy a new GPU you need to make sure your current PSU meets its needs.

    What is your budget to improve your system?
  2. COLGeek said:
    Your video card (a.k.a. GPU) is your weakest link, followed by your CPU and RAM. Honestly, you need a new rig.

    Changing to a stronger PSU will not improve performance, but if you buy a new GPU you need to make sure your current PSU meets its needs.

    What is your budget to improve your system?



    my budget is < 400
  3. mountainbig01 said:
    my budget is < 400

    US dollars, I assume?
  4. COLGeek said:
    US dollars, I assume?


    Yes
  5. well i don't think a 400US Dollar would be enough if you can spare 500$-550$ that would give you a good upgrade
  6. what about the below setup?

    Memmory: 25

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231425

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL

    processor: 130

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078

    Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100

    MOBO: 50

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138332

    BIOSTAR H61MGC LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

    video card: 140

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908

    SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with

    Eyefinity

    PSO:54

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152028

    RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular LED Power Supply
  7. Those components would be fine and would perform much better than what you have now.
  8. Start with the video card upgrade. $115 will make a difference (HD5770, Hd6770), $150+ will make a huge difference. Game with the new video card for a while, see if you need more. You may need a new power supply to run the graphics card. Can you post specs on your current PSU ? Here is a video card ref. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fastest-graphics-card-radeon-geforce,3085.html

    Aside: I'm not sure what you meant by "graphics - ATIRADEON HD3600 " assuming this is a hd3650 or hd3670, you will see noticeable improvement with new video.

    The next step for you after video (and PSU if required by video card) is a New MB, CPU and Memory. That'll run $250 minimum. Depending on your case you might end up with a new case too. Maybe a new hard drive. So start with video and see how far it takes you.
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