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Suggestions on making a good gaming pc?

Well i'm thinking about making a good gaming pc . not too good just moderate one my comp spec's right now is

Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Proccessor 3500+ 2.20Ghz
Motherboard: S-Series MA74GM-S2 (Supports AMD Phenom,Phenom II, Athlon Processors)
Graphic Card: NVIDIA GEFORCE SERIES GT 240 1 GB DDR3
RAM: 3GB ( Thinking of buying 8gb RAM(2x4gb RAM)
HDD Space: 851 GB/1 TB

1. I researched a bit on Kingston rams and i don't know which to choose HyperX probably the most expensive than the system-specific ram and ValueRam . Anyone can tell me the difference on the 3 Kingston Rams?
2. Any suggestion on which processor should i buy? i only got a budget of $140 for a processor

i plan to run games like skyrim/mass effect 3. other than gaming using photoshop and recording my gameplay . my current pc will lag like hell if i try recording my minecraft gameplay
2 months ago
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  1. Hello PureChocobo;

    What's your total budget?
    What parts do you not need in your next build?
  2. THG Article: Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: April 2012
    In the ~$140 range it's recommending Core i3-2120
  3. WR2 said:
    Hello PureChocobo;

    What's your total budget?
    What parts do you not need in your next build?

    I only need a processor now and some say i need to buy a new graphic card but i just bought it :/ i'm trying to buy a 2gbx2 value ram kingston . Is it good? . I dunno what my budget is though but i'm not rich so maybe a moderate gaming build?
  4. WR2 said:
    THG Article: Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: April 2012
    In the ~$140 range it's recommending Core i3-2120

    Its not compatible with my motherboard . I'm sticking with amd motherboards though cuz intel is expensive for me :/
  5. Why didn't you make that clear in your first post?
  6. Here's the CPU support list for your GA-MA74GM-S2

    Where do you buy your computer parts at so we can check prices?
  7. WR2 said:
    Here's the CPU support list for your GA-MA74GM-S2

    Where do you buy your computer parts at so we can check prices?

    Well i'm not n us though . I'm really far away x.x . Thx for the list dude and is Phenom II X4 955 BE ok?
  8. Was wondering why you mentioned prices in $$$ if not paying in $$$?
    And I have no way of knowing what CPUs you have available.

    The X4 955 BE is a great CPU.

    Did you notice the note about an AM3 CPU on your AM2 motherboard?
  9. WR2 said:
    Was wondering why you mentioned prices in $$$ if not paying in $$$?
    And I have no way of knowing what CPUs you have available.

    The X4 955 BE is a great CPU.

    Did you notice the note about an AM3 CPU on your AM2 motherboard?

    Well i converted my currency to $ so anyone who helps me will not be confused about my budget and i check the front of my motherboard that AM3 is compatible bu dunno ._.
  10. If not then i just have to buy a new motherboard x.x
  11. Best answer
    * If you install AMD AM3/ AM2+ CPU on AM2 motherboard, the system bus speed will downgrade from HT3.0 (5200MT/s) to HT1.0 (2000 MT/s) spec; however, the frequency of AM3/ AM2+ CPU will not be impacted.

    You loose some performance - but it will run @ 3.2Ghz in your MB saving you quite a bit.
  12. Are there any Phenom II X4 955 BE CPUs in your are ... and what is the cost?
  13. WR2 said:
    * If you install AMD AM3/ AM2+ CPU on AM2 motherboard, the system bus speed will downgrade from HT3.0 (5200MT/s) to HT1.0 (2000 MT/s) spec; however, the frequency of AM3/ AM2+ CPU will not be impacted.

    You loose some performance - but it will run @ 3.2Ghz in your MB saving you quite a bit.

    So should i first buy the processor or a new motherboard? If i buy a motherboard first then i need to save again for a processor x.x . You got any suggestion on a good MB ? I would appreciate If you tell me AMD motherboard that can support DDR3 rams :)
  14. The Phenom II X4 955 BE will work in your MB.
    And it will work with your 3GB of RAM.
    (you can always get a new motherboard later. but you might not need to)
  15. WR2 said:
    Are there any Phenom II X4 955 BE CPUs in your are ... and what is the cost?

    Yes there is . Its affordable for me .
  16. WR2 said:
    The Phenom II X4 955 BE will work in your MB.
    And it will work with your 3GB of RAM.
    (you can always get a new motherboard later. but you might not need to)

    What MB should i get later?
  17. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
  18. You can ask that question after you've tested out the X4 955 in your current motherboard.

    Like I said - you might not need to upgrade the motherboard.
    If that new CPU can run things smoothly while you're recording your Minecraft gaming sessions you get the 'best bang for your buck' upgrade.
  19. WR2 said:
    You can ask that question after you've tested out the X4 955 in your current motherboard.

    Like I said - you might not need to upgrade the motherboard.
    If that new CPU can run things smoothly while you're recording your Minecraft gaming sessions you get the 'best bang for your buck' upgrade.

    Ok thx dude :D
  20. Best answer selected by PureChocobo.
  21. If you want to check what kind of upgrade that new CPU will get you:

    THG: Gaming CPU Hierarchy Chart
    THG suggests that moving up 3 tiers (levels) is a worthwhile upgrade.
    You're current X2 3500+ is off the bottom of the chart so upgrading to the X4 955 BE is going to get you a 6 tier upgrade (possible 7 tier). That's pretty sweet.
  22. WR2 said:
    If you want to check what kind of upgrade that new CPU will get you:

    THG: Gaming CPU Hierarchy Chart
    THG suggests that moving up 3 tiers (levels) is a worthwhile upgrade.
    You're current X2 3500+ is off the bottom of the chart so upgrading to the X4 955 BE is going to get you a 6 tier upgrade (possible 7 tier). That's pretty sweet.

    Thx again you helped me a lot dude :)
  23. Let us know how it works out for you when you get it running and get it tested.
  24. Don't reuse that AM2 Motherboard. You'll be much happier if you buy new parts
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