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Hello I would like to know what the best possible upgrades would be for my pc in 3 categories
a, minimum
b, cost effective
c,maximum

I want to start playing more games in future and although my card normally passes at s.req I want an honest opinion on how my pc rates.

Thanks

I await instructions as I don't know what to do first how to take info for you etc.
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  1. max $320
  2. Well, the best upgrade at this point is probably a computer to begin with I say.
  3. Processor Processor
    Processor name AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 940 Processor
    Processor speed 3013 MHz
    Processor vendor AuthenticAMD
    Processor count (cores) 4
    Processor ID AMD64 Family 16 Model 4 Stepping 2

    Other Information Other info
    RAM size 4.00 GB
    DirectX version 4.09.00.0904
    HDD - Windows partition 500 GB
    HDD - Largest disk 500 GB
    Video RAM 536870912
    Windows version Windows 7 (6.1.7601)
    Regional settings English United Kingdom
    Windows language English United States
    Last check for driver updates Nov 12 2012 8:10AM


    Computer Computer
    1. Computer name USER-PC
    Description AT/AT COMPATIBLE
    Model GA-MA790X-DS4
    Manufacturer Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
    No. of physical processors 1
    System type x64-based PC
    Total physical memory 4.00 GB
    Infrared supported False


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    1. Chassis type Desktop
    Manufacturer Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.


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    Caption Computer System Product
    Vendor Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.


    Desktop monitor Desktop monitor
    1. Name Generic Non-PnP Monitor
    Manufacturer (Standard monitor types)
    Screen height 768
    Screen width 1024
    Availability Running or Full Power

    2. Name Default Monitor
    Availability Offline


    Bios Bios
    1. Name Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG
    Manufacturer Award Software International, Inc.
    Version GBT - 42302e31
    Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG
    Release date Jul 22 2010
    SMBIOSBIOSVersion F10d
    SMBIOSMajorVersion 2
    SMBIOSMinorVersion 4
    Bios features ISA is supported
    PCI is supported
    Plug and Play is supported
    APM is supported
    BIOS is Upgradable (Flash)
    BIOS shadowing is allowed
    Boot from CD is supported
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    BIOS ROM is socketed
    EDD (Enhanced Disk Drive) Specification is supported
    Int 13h - 5.25 / 360 KB Floppy Services are supported
    Int 13h - 5.25 /1.2MB Floppy Services are supported
    Int 13h - 3.5 / 720 KB Floppy Services are supported
    Int 13h - 3.5 / 2.88 MB Floppy Services are supported
    Int 5h, Print Screen Service is supported
    Int 9h, 8042 Keyboard services are supported
    Int 14h, Serial Services are supported
    Int 17h, printer services are supported
    Int 10h, CGA/Mono Video Services are supported
    ACPI is supported
    USB Legacy is supported
    LS-120 boot is supported
    ATAPI ZIP Drive boot is supported


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    Manufacturer Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
    Product GA-MA790X-DS4
    Version x.x
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    Processor Processor
    1. Name AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 940 Processor
    Caption AMD64 Family 16 Model 4 Stepping 2
    L2 cache size 512
    Manufacturer AuthenticAMD
    Processor ID 178BFBFF00100F42
    Address width 64


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    1. Caption ST3500630AS ATA Device
    Description Disk drive
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    Supports Writing
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    Model ST3500630AS ATA Device
    Size 500 GB

    2. Caption WDC WD5000AAVS-00ZTB0 ATA Device
    Description Disk drive
    Capabilities Random Access
    Supports Writing
    Manufacturer (Standard disk drives)
    Model WDC WD5000AAVS-00ZTB0 ATA Device
    Size 500 GB


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    1. Caption Radeon X1900 Series


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    1. Name Radeon X1900 Series
    Adapter RAM 512.00 MB
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    Availability Running or Full Power

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    Availability Offline


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    1. Capacity 2.00 GB
    Speed 800 nanoseconds

    2. Capacity 2.00 GB
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    Male
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    Internal reference designator COM1

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    Connector type DB-9
    Male
    On Board IDE Connector
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    Connector type DB-25
    Female
    Internal reference designator LPT1

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    Connector type PS/2
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    Connector type PS/2
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    \Device\Harddisk0\Partition1
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    hope this helps
  4. A good starting place for recommended Graphics cards at different price points would be this article here >>>>> http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html <<<<<


    Since you are at a pretty low screen resolution an HD 7770 would be enough to get the job done. just make sure your Power suppy is strong enough to support getting a more powerful card.
  5. Best answer
    Ok, so you have a Phenom II processor, an AM3 mobo with 4GB DDR2 RAM. No graphics card I can tell and a 500GB Hard drive.
    Can you give some info on the PSU, even if its just the brand name and its wattage? Whether its any good will impact what I can suggest.

    At this stage, I would throw in a HD7750 (~$100) as it seems you don't have a graphics card and another 4GB of RAM.
    If the PSU comes good, then I can suggest stronger cards.

    EDIT: Just noticed the resolution. Wouldnt advise getting a much stronger card than the 7770 if you are sticking with that monitor.
  6. I have a Sapphire x1900XT 512mb Graphics Card and my psu is Corsair GS700 at present
  7. I have 2 dvd writers and 2x 500gb drives :)
  8. and I have it setup to my tv 42" so I may get another when this one dies but that may be a long time yet lol
  9. thanks for your reply's so is the graphics card worth getting or are there alternatives and if i was to sell as is how much should I sell it for?
  10. Wow, thats pretty old. I saw the x1900XT and thought it was referring to the integrated.
    How old is the PSU? If its less than 3yrs, you should be good.

    Basically same as before, a 7750 (or 7770) and another 4GB of RAM. To try and upgrade further (except on peripherals like monitor/keyboard/mouse) will require a whole new system.

    Dont think you'l be able to sell the card, its nearly 7yrs old. Im sure a bottom of the barrel HD6670 (worth around $40) will outperform it by a bit.
  11. it is a quad core lol so how much to sell pc for as it is now?
    might trade it in
  12. Oh, sell the rig...

    You wont be able to sell it for much, maybe $400-500 at most. Might even be worth selling it off as individual components. As someone who wants a 700W PSU (That I assume isn't very old) wouldn't want an old processor to go with it for example.

    Of course, you could always cannibalize it for parts (the HDD's, PSU, optical and Case if its any good are alright to carry over) and use them in your next rig.
  13. Best answer selected by sebastiene.
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