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That's GREAT news! If the monitor is only 1024x768, the 9500GT should do okay even for newer games honestly.
Your upgrade paths:
Better graphics card
Better monitor (at least get a 19" 1440x900 or so if you can)
Another 2GB of RAM
All in all it wouldn't cost too much. Maybe look into a better CPU cooler if its only got the stock cooler, so you can overclock the snot out of that e5200 (they'll do 3.6-4.0GHz).

People have had them up to 4.2GHz and beyond wink.gif

But yes, your next investment would be some DDR2 memory and a CPU cooler. thumb.gif
 
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Which is more important...the RAM or Cpu cooler?

I can ask for money or one of them for my birthday...

Is a water cpu cooler a good idea?

I've always liked the idea of one upping my friend with a water cooled overclocked PC XD
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Get a $35 Dual core http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0350691
Then, Get a 45$ GPU off the for sale section thumb.gif

EDIT: If we are at a $120 Budget get this:

$35 Dual Core http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0350691

+

$80, $59 After Rebate: GT440 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0378235
Edited by xPwn - 2/10/12 at 6:47pm
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I have the PC mate...might want to read some of the latest posts wink.gif

Plus I'm in the UK...postage from the US is ASTRONOMICAL mad.gif
Edited by LazzurusMan - 2/10/12 at 7:00pm
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Which is more important...the RAM or Cpu cooler?
I can ask for money or one of them for my birthday...
Is a water cpu cooler a good idea?
I've always liked the idea of one upping my friend with a water cooled overclocked PC XD

Depends. Does this computer have sock cooling? A good CPU cooler will allow you to OC the CPU higher and you don't need to put up wiht the obnoxiously loud stock cooler. Ram upgrade will allow you to run more programs @ the same time and some games will run better with more ram available.
    
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Depends. Does this computer have sock cooling? A good CPU cooler will allow you to OC the CPU higher and you don't need to put up wiht the obnoxiously loud stock cooler. Ram upgrade will allow you to run more programs @ the same time and some games will run better with more ram available.

This is true, i'd get a Hyper 212+ and another 2GB ram.. It'll make Windows 7 run alot nicer! thumb.gif

That is if it has stock cooling.. Do you know how to apply thermal paste and such? And overclock.. ? If not look at various how-to's! thumb.gif
If you can push for a few $$$ then hold onto it for a new graphics card in the next few months? smile.gif
 
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I have no idea what thermal paste is, let alone how to apply it XD

And overclocking also confuses me somewhat :/
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I have no idea what thermal paste is, let alone how to apply it XD

And overclocking also confuses me somewhat :/

You're on OCN. wink.gif It's time to learn!
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Very well...teach, and I shall learn! XD
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Very well...teach, and I shall learn! XD

Well, replacing thermal grease (referred to as TIM a lot of the time), you just simply remove your CPU cooler and wipe the old stuff off. Best method to remove it is a coffee filter with the highest grade rubbing alcohol you can find. Just wet the coffee filter with the alcohol, and rub it off, repeat till its clean. I always use paper towels myself, but there is the chance of static with paper towels, coffee filters can't transfer static.

To apply NEW thermal grease, its quite simple. Put a very small, about half the size (maybe a TINY bit more) of an uncooked grain of rice, drop on the center of your CPU. Place the heatsink down over it, and clamp / bolt the heatsink on. The pressure from the mount of the heatsink will spread the grease out evenly.

If you're using a heatpipe direct touch cooler, its recommended to use an alternate method, but we can help you out with that later. The "Dot Method" will still work fine, even with a hdt cooler.

Overclocking....
That'll have to wait till you get your new setup and you can have full access to it. It's a pretty lengthy process to do it right. And it varies from system to system.
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