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April 17, 2012 2:58:39 PM

So guys my config is

Pentium D 2.8 ghz
2GB RAM
Palit HD 3850 1GB
iball 500W sprinter

I noticed a considerable lag in gameplay after i upgraded my PSU from 450w(cheap one costing around 10$) to iball 500W.I play Burnout: Paradise and Skyrim in medium settings.Any reason for this?

Also I'm thinking of upgrading my system and sort of landed in a dilemma whether to upgrade my CPU or my graphic card.Any help is much appreciated...my budget is 200$.

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April 17, 2012 3:18:40 PM

you have an ancient system i would suggest saving up and upgrading the whole internals, re use the case and psu
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April 17, 2012 3:19:04 PM

I wouldnt upgrade that with $200. Wait and Save up the $$$ then build new.

Reason being $200 spent there on 1 item wont make massive gains your best off tolerating it until you have enough to make a new build.
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April 17, 2012 3:24:57 PM

That's a socket 775, it should already be a PCIe graphics card, right?

Besides the fact that this system is quite ancient, you could go with a more recent graphics card, something like a HD 6850/6870. Faster cards don't make much sense, given the age of the other components and your budget range. You can also take the card along into a new system once you have the money. So that's your best bet.

BTW, why "upgrade" a PSU? There's no performance gain in this. Was the old one broken?
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April 17, 2012 4:09:42 PM

whatsthatnoise said:
That's a socket 775, it should already be a PCIe graphics card, right?

Besides the fact that this system is quite ancient, you could go with a more recent graphics card, something like a HD 6850/6870. Faster cards don't make much sense, given the age of the other components and your budget range. You can also take the card along into a new system once you have the money. So that's your best bet.

BTW, why "upgrade" a PSU? There's no performance gain in this. Was the old one broken?


Yep,it is PCIe
My old PSU was causing random crashes and BSODs ...thats taken care of,atleast for now.
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April 17, 2012 4:17:49 PM

PCIe is good, so like I said, a new GPU would be the best, if not only option, besides of a whole new system. :) 
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April 17, 2012 4:19:33 PM

redhotchilipackers said:
What is your motherboard model #?


MSI .I'm not sure about the model but I'm sure its an entry level one.
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April 17, 2012 4:23:53 PM

alvine said:
you have an ancient system i would suggest saving up and upgrading the whole internals, re use the case and psu


Sigh...FML.
Suggest me a gud config will ya?
And go easy on the budget...
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April 17, 2012 4:46:34 PM

moonlightprince said:
MSI .I'm not sure about the model but I'm sure its an entry level one.



If I knew the model # of your board I could tell you if there is a worth-while CPU upgrade out there.
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April 17, 2012 4:57:23 PM

redhotchilipackers said:
If I knew the model # of your board I could tell you if there is a worth-while CPU upgrade out there.


It supports intel CPU's upto core2quad...no 'core i' intel processors supported though.I saw a deal on ebay for Phenom black edition 3.2ghz along with asus motherboard(new) for 200$...Would that be worth it?
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April 17, 2012 5:02:50 PM

moonlightprince said:
It supports intel CPU's upto core2quad...no 'core i' intel processors supported though.I saw a deal on ebay for Phenom black edition 3.2ghz along with asus motherboard(new) for 200$...Would that be worth it?


give us the link so we can see it too, remember you will need ddr3 ram.
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April 17, 2012 6:05:35 PM

moonlightprince said:
It supports intel CPU's upto core2quad...no 'core i' intel processors supported though.I saw a deal on ebay for Phenom black edition 3.2ghz along with asus motherboard(new) for 200$...Would that be worth it?



How bout this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... For just under $200 you could give quite a significant upgrade to your CPU and GPU.
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April 17, 2012 6:48:17 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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a b B Homebuilt system
April 25, 2012 5:44:45 PM

Should run it ok, depending on your resolution.
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April 25, 2012 5:58:31 PM

zooted said:
Should run it ok, depending on your resolution.


i run games at 1024x768...are high settings possible?

And does having a cheap mobo affect game performance in any way?
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a b B Homebuilt system
April 25, 2012 6:02:23 PM

uhh yeah should demolish that resolution.
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April 27, 2012 12:32:26 AM

Best answer selected by moonlightprince.
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