HELP - Upgrading Current PC

This is all for a friend.

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 Weeks

Budget Range: $300

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or

Country: United States

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: Basically my friend wants to get a little boost in performance and gaming. This is the current setup my friend has

Processor: AMD Sempron 140 (2.7GHz)

RAM: 2GB DDR2 800

Hard Drive: 500GB SATAII 7200RPM

CD/DVD: SuperMulti DVD Burner with LightScribe Technology drive

Motherboard: (Has integrated graphics) GeForce 6150SE nForce 430

Power Supply: Bestec ATX-250-12Z Rev. D7R ......

Full Specs? Yeah I know but it's what he has and started to get into gaming Link --->

He wants to be able to play games like Team Fortress 2, Left for Dead 1/2, Arma 1/2/3.
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  1. your not going to be able to play any of those games on this system, It is not worth upgrading one part of the system because the other components will just bottleneck and you will not see very much difference in game play, he just needs a new system all together. I suggest building one, and if you need any help just post on here and we can help pick you out some parts.
  2. with a budget like that, the only notable thing you can do is get an APU llano chip(unless your friend is willing to wait for trinity, then that would be a good alternative because trinity does have performance gains vs llano)
  3. Someone offered a nice build for $350.00 (With Pics)

    Processor: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750

    Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

    Power Supply: Corsair TX750W 750-Watt Power Supply - ATX, 140mm Fan, SLI-Ready, SATA-Ready, 80Plus

    Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity

    RAM: 4GB G Skill DDR 1600

    Case: Lain Li Case
  4. Not worth it. That build is barely worth $200 nowadays.
  5. Ok so what about this?

    I could just use the CD/DVD drive and HDD from his current PC. How would I be able to use the HDD in the new computer won't Windows not boot correctly?
  6. you will need a legit windows copy in order to reupdate your windows to work on the new cpu and motherboard if you take that route. if you bought a retail copy, then it will work. if you bought it from an oem or bought an oem disc to save money during first construction, you will need to buy a new windows disk.
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