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I want to upgrade until I can afford a build. Would a gt 430 be OK for light gaming?

Will an athlon X2 4400+ bottleneck it?

I only have 2gb ddr2 memory on my desktop. Should I add 2 more or is it not even worth doing?

Any other upgrade suggestions are welcome. I have about $300 to spend, but I would rather keep it as cheap as I can since I want to save up.
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An Athlon X2 4400+ would hardly bottleneck a 6850, the GT430 poses no problem. For light gaming within a budget of about 150$ you can try this: Nvidia 550Ti ~120$ and another 2GB of ram for some 25-30$.

If you want to save for a new rig though, maybe it would be best if you put your current computer on ebay and after selling it you buy something new. I'm saying this because a new Phenom II rig with a decent GPU like the Radeon 5830, 4GB DDR3 and roomy HDD can't be more than 500$. If you get 200$ on what you have, or are able to recycle some parts like the HDD and case/PSU then the 300$ you have are almost enough for a new rig (~100 a PhII 925, 150$ a 6850 and 50$ for 4GB DDR3).
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He is right, my brother wanted to build a PC and thought it was too expensive so I made him a $500 build list so that he would believe me. included a phenom 1090t and a 460 if I remember right.... 4GB of ram 1TB drive ect.
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