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June 12, 2012 3:33:53 PM

Hey guys, I just joined today. I'm happy to became apart of the big family here at TH! I need some help. I currently have an HP a6230n. I've had it for years. I've upgraded a few things in it over the years. Now I'm wondering is there anything I can do to it so I can play GW2, TERA, and D3 perfectly smooth and looking beautiful with no hiccups/slow downs or do you suggest a new pc. I would prefer to do upgrades to this but I am willing to look into building a new PC which would be my first. :D 
Here are specs:
OS: MS Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit SP1
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+
RAM:
DDR2 1024 MB PC2-5300 (333 MHz)
DDR2 2048 MB PC2-5300 (333 MHz)
DDR2 512 MB PC2-5300 (333 MHz) Came with PC
DDR2 512 MB PC2-5300 (333 MHz) Came with PC
PSU: OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply (Upgraded from stock PSU)
GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1441-KR GeForce GT 440 1024MB (Fermi) DUAL DVI PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card (Used to use a 8800GT but it died and I needed a replacement)
MB: Asus NARRA2 (I believe this is the correct name)

Thanks for the help and advice

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June 12, 2012 10:22:05 PM

I would get a new one, I have the 8800gt and it is dying...but I need to know a budget
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June 13, 2012 3:33:00 AM

A new Pc would be the best thing for you to do because if you ahve had the pc for a long time then the the technology of it is behind and your running ddr2 and an older AMD cpu which isn't good at all for gaming. I guess it's up to you which way you want to go and how much your budget will be.
The sugestion for your current computer would be to take out all those different size ram sticks and get a 4gb set.
Then a video card upgrade would make the most improvement but your limited by the cpu because too high of a card will bottleneck the cpu.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

These parts would only be a temporary fix for the eventual need of a new build and the more that you spend on this old Pc the longer it will take you to be able to have enough to build a new one.
For a good build you would need to have a budget of about $1000 and that's not to say you couldn't build one for less but the more your budget is the better the parts can be and you won't have to end up with low end parts. But the budget amount is totaly up to you and what you want to spend on a new Pc.
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June 13, 2012 11:47:01 PM

UPGRADE. Just Add video.

CPU is OK, but not great.
Memory is fine for this PC. If you get new MB and CPU then you need new DDR3 memory so don't get any new DDR2.
Video card is bad. It's very slow.
OS and MB Fine for this PC, long term you want to move to 64bit windows.

Suggest you drop in a good video card. Play for a while. If the system is OK then you are done. If the system is not fast enough for you then you need a total replace (CPU, Mem, MB) but your new Video card will be fine.

Use this ref to get the best video card that meets your budget. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car... Suggest a minimum of an HD6850, but let your budget decide.
June 14, 2012 12:17:46 AM

It would be cheaper to just build a new one because you will have to upgrade amny of the parts soon. You might also want 4 GB of ram, but that would work best with a 64 bit OS.
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