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I want to upgrade my little brother computer that I gave it to him. I feel like he wasn't able to play a lot of good games in term of lags.
The price will be under 200 bucks.
Currently, the PC has AMD Athlon II x4 640, 4GB RAM, 250W PSU, 500GB HDD, Windows 7 Ultimate 32 or 64 bit, and it has ATI Radeon HD 5450.

Now what games? It'll be Planetside 2, TF2, RTS games like Supreme Commander 2 and couple cheap games that doesn't require a good GPU for it.

Yes, I might upgrade the RAM and PSU, but I am not sure if the CPU is powerful enough.
Now, don't say a GPU that is expensive and much powerful than my GTX 560 ti GPU because I can't allowed him to play hard core games otherwise he'll be harder to deal with. For settings, probably low or mid in a games.
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I want to upgrade my little brother computer that I gave it to him. I feel like he wasn't able to play a lot of good games in term of lags.
The price will be under 200 bucks.
Currently, the PC has AMD Athlon II x4 640, 4GB RAM, 250W PSU, 500GB HDD, Windows 7 Ultimate 32 or 64 bit, and it has ATI Radeon HD 5450.
Now what games? It'll be Planetside 2, TF2, RTS games like Supreme Commander 2 and couple cheap games that doesn't require a good GPU for it.

What resolution are you playing at? also, that 250 watt psu is going to be a huge issue...
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for a good gpu you will need at least 500 watt psu

best budget gpu id say is the AMD HD 6850
i can still max out newest games
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Yeah, I am aware I'll upgrade the RAM and PSU. Resolution will be at 1440x900, and I don't want a power GPU that it'll make us harder to deal with him in respect to my parent and I.
     
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Yeah, I am aware I'll upgrade the RAM and PSU. Resolution will be at 1440x900, and I don't want a power GPU that it'll make us harder to deal with him in respect to my parent and I.

well you can pick up the 6850 pretty cheap now, and it leaves headroom for future games to be played at medium settings too
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I would get an HD7770 just because it runs cooler and is more efficient than the HD6850. Any card from this list should be able to handle your games just fine.
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if you want a lot cheaper and less powerful id suggest a 5770
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127687 ~7770 15$ MIR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371033 ~Antec Psu 44.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167120 ~Intel 330 60$!!

Total 224.99 After MIR 210$

This would be a fantastic all around upgrade for your computer. You would be getting a way better gpu, new psu, and an ssd! for 210$ thumb.gif
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127687 ~7770 15$ MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371033 ~Antec Psu 44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167120 ~Intel 330 60$!!
Total 224.99 After MIR 210$
This would be a fantastic all around upgrade for your computer. You would be getting a way better gpu, new psu, and an ssd! for 210$ thumb.gif
I would not worry about the SSD initially, but a 7770 and a new PSU would be all you need for now for a pretty decent rig.
4 gigs of RAM is plenty, so no real need to upgrade that.
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I would not worry about the SSD initially, but a 7770 and a new PSU would be all you need for now for a pretty decent rig.
4 gigs of RAM is plenty, so no real need to upgrade that.

Ya, I just threw in the ssd to use the full 200$ budget... An intel 330 for 60$ Is a pretty insanely good deal and would liven up the computer quiet a bit. smile.gif
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