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Old 10-03-2011, 10:31 PM   #1
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I'm looking to upgrade my computer and I was wondering for suggestions on hardware. I just bought a new nvidiaGraphics card and its great so I dont need to upgrade that. But I'm looking to upgrade everything else. I'm don't really want to spend anymore than 400-500 dollars but I want my computer to be ready for Battlefield 3 and Diablo 3. I shop primarily on newegg, so I was wondering what hardware I could purchase to get the best bang for my buck. I'm looking primarily to upgrade Ram, mother board, and processor.
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Old 10-03-2011, 11:44 PM   #2
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Need to know your existing specs, including the upgraded video card, to really be able to help you.
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Old 10-04-2011, 01:40 AM   #3
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BIOS: pheonix-AwardBIOS v6.00ppg
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64x2 dual core processor 4200+ (2CPUs) ~2.2 GHz
Memorry: 2048 RAM
Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 430 IntegratedRamDAC 1760 MB 1920 x 1080 (32 bit (59 Hz)


Those are all my specs hopefully u can help! Thanks!

BIOS: pheonix-AwardBIOS v6.00ppg
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64x2 dual core processor 4200+ (2CPUs) ~2.2 GHz
Memorry: 2048 RAM
Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 430 IntegratedRamDAC 1760 MB 1920 x 1080 (32 bit (59 Hz)


Those are all my specs hopefully u can help! Thanks!
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The BIOS isn't helpful to us in this case, we need to know the motherboard, RAM type, etc.

Grab Speccy - System Information - Free Download and install it, then go to File > Save Text and post the output here.
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Old 10-04-2011, 12:37 PM   #5
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Operating System
MS Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
CPU
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ 33 C
Windsor 90nm Technology
RAM
2.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 368MHz (5-5-5-18)
Motherboard
ASUSTeK Computer INC. M2N-E (Socket AM2 ) 40 C
Graphics
Generic Non-PnP Monitor (1920x1080@59Hz)
1024MB GeForce GT 430 (PNY) 32 C
Hard Drives
78GB Seagate ST380215A ATA Device (PATA) 35 C
Optical Drives
HITACHI DVD-ROM GD-7500 ATA Device
Audio
High Definition Audio Device
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Perfect, thanks.

Looks like you're using an AM2 motherboard, so we'll start there.

Grab yourself a new AM3+ motherboard, and just about any Quad core will do, Athlon II to keep costs down should be fine.
Newegg.com - AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX640WFGMBOX
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

You'll have to upgrade your RAM as well, so grab a set of G.Skill, they're some of the best in the industry right now:
Newegg.com - G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBNT

Not sure if you own the OS, or if that's an OEM system, so I'll throw it in here, just in case:
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - Operating Systems

and you don't list your power supply, so we'll assume that you need a new one, if not, feel free to ignore:
Newegg.com - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

You said you upgraded your video card, is that installed in your system right now, or have you gotten around to it yet? Let me know if the one in your post here is the upgraded one or not.

So far, your total is $431.95 before shipping, and would be a fine foundation to go from. You can subtract the OS cost ($99) if you own your own retail copy of Windows 7.
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