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dian77
11-12-2008, 12:05 PM
My computers specs are:

Amd athlon 64 3800+
1.25 gb ram
8600gt
160gb sata
300w psu

I have $150 to spend on my computer before christmas (buying presents).
What should I upgrade? I was thinking of a dual core since my single core is getting old. What do you think?

Thanks ;)

stormdragon
11-12-2008, 12:07 PM
What's the motherboard?
What's the brand and rating of the PSU?

If the PSU could handle it something like a 5000+ X2 or 5200+ X2 along with another gig of ram would be good.

davidmmac
11-12-2008, 01:01 PM
What do you do with the computer?

pctek
11-12-2008, 01:53 PM
Amd athlon 64 3800+
1.25 gb ram
8600gt
300w psu


These bits.
Oh, you have $150. Well go buy another toy then and save up until you can do it properly. Not worth it as it stands.

dian77
11-12-2008, 02:04 PM
Thanks for your replies. Even the harsh one from Pctek lol.

What do you do with the computer?
Gaming

What's the motherboard?
What's the brand and rating of the PSU?
If the PSU could handle it something like a 5000+ X2 or 5200+ X2 along with another gig of ram would be good.

I was thinking about the 5000+X2
19a on the 12v rails

pctek
11-12-2008, 03:18 PM
Not harsh............realistic. AMD doesn't cut it for gaming anymore.
Which means a major upgrade,.
If you upgrade the garphics you'll also have to upgrade the PSU.
see?

Thebananamonkey
11-12-2008, 07:52 PM
And then if you don't want to bottleneck your new GPU, then you'll need to get a new CPU. That will mean a new motherboard too, most likely.

And while you're at it you might as well get some more RAM.

You might be able to keep the case. Maybe the DVD (if it's not a CD player) will be fine.

Don't call it a new computer, just call it vigourously reconditioned. It hurts less that way.

davidmmac
11-12-2008, 09:28 PM
Buy a new hard drive. You can never have enough space :)

kersonan
11-12-2008, 09:29 PM
Amd athlon 64 3800+
1.25 gb ram
8600gt
300w psu


These bits.
Oh, you have $150. Well go buy another toy then and save up until you can do it properly. Not worth it as it stands.

not really harsh, pretty solid call :)
I'm leaning towards maybe taking the ram up to 2gb, its in your budget and would certainly help.

Chilling_Silence
11-12-2008, 11:07 PM
Ive even had to bite the bullet and upgrade, I had a similar spec'd PC myself and its easier to just hold off a little until after Christmas (Yes, the latest and greatest games you get for Christmas might not run at 100% right away), but with the prices coming down ... See something like this isnt too bad in terms of bang-for-buck!:
http://qmb.co.nz/pk.aspx?200&c=Package

dian77
12-12-2008, 11:09 AM
I was joking about the harsh thing ;)

I'm gonna wait for a while till Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 comes out and buy a PC then

Thanks for your help :thanks