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.
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  1. 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.
  2. Sorry, but if you thought you where buying a gaming computer, you got ripped off.

    There is really nothing worth salvaging from that machine, aside from maybe the case and optical drive.
    If you are looking at having a decent gaming rig you will need to upgrade nearly everything :/

    If you could post your budget and country of origin we could probably get you pointed in the right direction.
  3. about 300 bucks :\
  4. Assuming you will reuse your Hard Drive, Optical Drive and Case, this would build you a great budget gaming rig:

    Biostar H61MGC: $49.99
    Intel G620: $63.99
    4GB DDR3 1333: $25.99
    MSI HD 7770: $124.99 - $15 MIR
    Antec EarthWatts 380D: $42.99

    Total: $307.95
    Total after MIR: $292.95
  5. if its a pentium 4, though, probly ther HDD and OPtical drive are IDE, meaning no hope of reusing them:

    this build will play most modern games at medium/low settings at 1280x720 to 1600x900:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A8-3870K 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($108.00 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock A55M-HVS Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Hard Drive: Hitachi Deskstar 160GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($43.81 @ Compuvest)
    Case: Rosewill R101-P-BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($25.50 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($34.98 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus DVDE818A7T/BLK/B/GEN CD Reader, DVD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
    Total: $293.24
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
  6. Is my video card good? Nvidia 8800 GTS PCI-E video card
  7. 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.
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