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December 21, 2012 8:26:12 PM

Hello, im new to these forums. it looks like a friendly place to ask since you guys are the experts.
I was wondering what to upgrade, my processor, ram or video card for my son to play battlefield or whatever games with good frame rate,
My specs are:
Amd a6 3500 apu 2.1ghz 3 core
EVGA Nvidia geforce gt220 1gb gddr5
2gb ddr3 memory
ASUS F1A 55-m LX PLUS motherboard socket fm1
500w psu
500gb hdd
Could you guys give me some suggestions?
Thank you.

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a c 85 U Graphics card
December 21, 2012 8:29:11 PM

Oh dear...

Uhm, both? :/ 
That rig is kinda lacking for a gaming setup.

The cheapest upgrade, and one that should be done, is replacing the ram with two 4GB sticks.

After that it depends on the quality of the PSU and the size of the case. I'll warn you, though, that the best option would be to save up and buy a new computer, keeping only the hard drive and possibly the power supply and case.

Nothing in that computer is particularly powerful, and I'm not surprised it struggles with BF3.
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December 21, 2012 8:34:04 PM

It depends on if you're trying to play Battlefield 3 or other games in 1080p or a lower resolution.
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a b U Graphics card
December 21, 2012 8:36:29 PM

Have to agree with DarkSable.

Whatever you do, DO NOT upgrade the cpu on that FM1 board! FM1 socket is dead so throwing more money at that would be a waste.

What is your budget?
You could upgrade the graphics card but need to know budget and monitor resolution.
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December 21, 2012 8:55:04 PM

my budget is around 100 dollars for my son. He wanted a pc to play some decent games with medium presets. Also, would i be able to overclock my cpu? it says turbocore to 2.4ghz, but im new to overclocking.
Thank you.
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December 21, 2012 9:01:53 PM

Also, is the cpu any good?
Thank you
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a c 291 U Graphics card
December 21, 2012 9:12:07 PM

At that budget, something like this would be your best bet:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($37.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($85.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $123.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-21 18:10 EST-0500)

Battlefield 3 should be playable on medium settings.
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a b U Graphics card
December 21, 2012 9:46:01 PM

jeffersonpain said:
my budget is around 100 dollars for my son. He wanted a pc to play some decent games with medium presets. Also, would i be able to overclock my cpu? it says turbocore to 2.4ghz, but im new to overclocking.
Thank you.

With $100 budget you could go this route:
Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) = $18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI N550GTX-Ti-M2D1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card = $100 - $30 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would suppose you could try overclocking the cpu, but then you will probably need a better heatsink. Just not sure how well the Llanos overclock.
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a c 291 U Graphics card
December 22, 2012 11:08:44 AM

No, don't go for GTX 550 Ti. It needs a 6-pin connector and that PC is unlikely to have that.
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