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$200 CPU+GPU Upgrade for ancient PC

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July 10, 2012 12:41:11 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: ASAP, this week.

Budget Range: $200 for everything, $250 max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet
Are you buying a monitor: No



Parts to Upgrade:
CPU: (AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ / 2.2 GHz)
GPU: (PNY GeForce GT 240 512MB; I think ddr3)
MOB: (http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00...)
PSU I plan to reuse: (Cooler Master - eXtreme Power Plus 500-Watt ATX CPU Power Supply)

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference, but all from one site.

Location: MI, United States

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in future

Your Monitor Resolution: 1400x900

Additional Comments: Would like to run Diablo 3 and Guild Wars at 1400x900 at med-high settings.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: This was a prebuilt PC I bought about 7 years ago I think. I upgraded it 2 years ago with 4gbs ram, 1TB HDD, 500w PSU, Nvidia PNY GT240, and an Antec 300 case. I sold it to my brother. I'm now trading with him for my netbook. I'm hopig I can just upgrade the CPU and GPU and be ok, but I'm not sure what I can get with that old motherboard. I know its an ancient PC, but I only have $200-250 to upgrade it and i can't afford a new PC. Please help me so i can play games again!! Thanks!

What I first bought before upgrades: http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/hp-pavilion-media-cent...
July 10, 2012 1:00:39 AM

Hm, that's a difficult upgrade on that kind of budget. GPUs and CPUs are the most expensive part of a build.

Perhaps, try this?...
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bJ36

I'd recommend waiting, increasing your budget, and catch price drops. This is the best I could do at the moment considering your budget and requests.
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July 10, 2012 1:28:18 AM

Ok, thanks for the advice!
So, are you saying that I need a new motherboard?
And I looked up the Intel G630 and heard that its a good value for a gaming cpu.
And ya, as much as I'd like to wait, I want to be able to play Diablo 3 now and Guild Wars 2 in the future.
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