Ok, so i just got a custom gaming computer from my friend. I heard some things are old in it and what not. So basically i wana know what i should upgrade in it so i can play games like CoD:MW3 and BF3 on high graphics. I play a game called Project Blackout on high graphics no problem so yeah, anyways this is my computer.(I'm not very computer smart yet so don't make fun
processors: intel(R) pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20Ghz (it has two of them so does that mean i got a dual core something)
Network adapters: intel(R) PRO/100 VE Network connection
Display adapters: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT
HardDrive: 150GB or something like that
If you could get back to me on what would be good to upgrade and what not, it would be very great. Also i don't wana spent too too much.
I would check craigslist for a used core2 duo system for $100 or less. Don't be tempted to spend too much; there's plenty listed where I live in Texas. Unless you have $300 or more and some experience changing computer parts, it's not worth it.
Would that be an 8800GTS 640MB or 8800GTS 512MB?
Due to nVidia's unfortunate business strategie at the time, they are unfortunately quite different cards.
While both are fairly weak by current standards, either is massively more powerful than an anemic 8600GT.
Of the two, the 8800GTS 512MB is quit a bit faster.
It will give you performance between a GDDR 6670 and a 7750; both current, entry level, gaming cards.
The 8800GTS 640, on the other hand, is a bit slower than the low end GDDR5 6670.
Again, either is a lot faster than an 8600GT, but hover around current entry level gaming performance.
As you are on quite a budget, I would recommend giving it a try before deciding to upgrade.
While they are not the fastest, they may offer you acceptable performance in the games you plan to play.