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Next Upgrade to Increase FPS

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August 18, 2012 4:18:55 PM

Hello all,

I am gaming with a fairly outdated computer. I am not exactly sure quite how old it is as it has received a mash up of different parts a while back, but i know it is still quite sub-par. Anyway, the computer is less than stellar in playing even the less graphic intensive games (WOW, Minecraft). I was wondering what should be my next upgrade to increase gaming performance or whether to just save for a new rig. I would like to at least play at 1680X1050 resolution, higher detail, and still get some decent fps. Also, I would prefer to spend less than $200 on one single upgrade. Thanks!

Here are the specs:

Operating System
MS Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit SP2

CPU
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4850e

RAM
4.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 359MHz (5-5-5-18) (newly upgraded)

Motherboard
ASUSTeK Computer INC. M2N68-AM Plus (AM2)

Graphics
ASUS ML238 (1680x1050@60Hz)
ATI Radeon HD 4550 (XFX Pine Group) (upgraded from a motherboard GPU a few years ago)

Hard Drives
335GB Seagate ST336032 0AS SCSI Disk Device (Fibre)
335GB Seagate ST336032 0AS SCSI Disk Device (RAID)

I think wattage is something like 420W. Not 100% sure though

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August 19, 2012 1:39:26 PM

There isn't much room there to upgrade .Not for $200
August 19, 2012 2:23:21 PM

Although you do not have enough space for upgrading i can suggest you some

Get this for 99 dollars
http://www.amazon.com/AMD-A8-3850-Quad-Core-Processor-A...

and this one worth 110
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0057TG6AW

sell you previous ones ram and motherboard and cpu at a decent price and buy 4 or 8gb ram


after all these your pc is good as new

only spent 200$

and you can play even titles like crysis 2 at lowest quality setting[ even that is mind-blowing] at 1650x1050 .

It will not be state of the art but surely worth the money[you still need to lower your setting even resolution sometimes but hey you can not have both the worlds]
August 19, 2012 2:26:58 PM

If that does not sound cool to you then i am afraid you will need to save some money[around 600$]
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