Looking to upgrade graphics card but worried cpu is too old

Hello everyone,

I received my old roommates desktop that is running on an Intel core2 quad, ATI 4800 series gpu, 4 gb RAM, and a 650w psu. I tried playing Planetside 2 the other day but the gpu doesn't meet the minimum requirements. Instead of just upgrading to the minimum I was going to spend around $200 for a new one. I'm worried that my cpu (or any other part of the computer) might hold back the rest of the system being that it is a generation old. I'm pretty new to the custom desktop community so any information would be helpful. Thanks in advance!
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  1. Will need more specs. What type of 650w PSU? What type of RAM (ddr, ddr2, ddr3?)? Which 4800 series gpu? 4850? 4870?

    I say get a phenom II x4 965 BE + Mobo (Would need one for an upgrade at this, and any further, point in time anyway) + 7770.
  2. Thanks, I'm not quite sure about the psu and the RAM is probably whatever type was the latest in 2009. It is the ATI 4850 graphics card.

    I think I'm learning that I might have to do basically a full upgrade. I was looking at maybe running a Radeon HD 7850 1 GB gpu.

    Any suggestions for the rest of the build?

  3. I say Intel Core i3 3220/Intel Core i5 3570K, a Z77 motherboard, whatever GPU you like, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 650W PSU by Corsair, a nice Cooler Master case + a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus for your CPU.
  4. More than likely it is DDR2 ram.
    I'm running the same processor right now with a 4650 and do pretty good on games. But then again I don't run hardcore new stuff and I always have to turn off shadows.

    Anyways. Any newer/faster vid card that you get should run fine. It may or may not be able to run at full throttle but you will get a performance boost regardless. Most people here will advocate a "balls to the wall" upgrade on everything. But for me, I only upgrade when I absolutely have to... which means when something breaks or the system just becomes so slow that it's unusable.

    Also, along with a new vid card, get another 2 gigs of RAM if you can and you should be sitting pretty good for a while, along with Win7 64bit.
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