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post #1 of 23
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Hello

I'm looking to upgrade my computer but I'm not sure what to upgrade. My computer has a intel pentium D 840 cpu, a sapphire ati 1950xt gpu and 1gb of kingston ddr1 pc3200.
I mainly use this computer for gaming. Would it be better to upgrade to a core 2 duo or to get 2gb of some high frequency ddr2 memory? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 23
Getting a Core 2 Duo would require a new motherboard and new RAM anyway. Save up for both, it's your only option. If your GPU is an AGP as well, so you will need to sell that and get a PCI-E GPU. You can't upgrade your CPU or your RAM without essentially wasting money, in my opinion. Sorry.
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Hi, welcome to the forums. Can you please fill out your complete system specs here to help us help you.

What is your budget for the upgrade?
    
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Fill out your specs please. You can do so under the "User CP".

Doesn't the Pentium D use DDR2? If so, upgrade your RAM for now and you can get a new mobo and Core 2 later. If you are using DDR1, save your money for a new Core 2 system since DDR1 is effectively dead.
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New ram... That cpu can OC pretty good, so if your really lookin to upgrade, a sweet 2 gig kit would serve you very well.
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Just upgrade one, sell the part you upgraded from then buy the other
    
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post #7 of 23
If you wish to stay with yout current platform, then getting more RAM would probably be the best thing to do.

Another Gig running in Dual-Channel mode will give you a nice overall performance boost.
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post #8 of 23
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Thanks for the advice so far guys.
Quote:
Originally Posted by stargate125645 View Post
Getting a Core 2 Duo would require a new motherboard and new RAM anyway. Save up for both, it's your only option. If your GPU is an AGP as well, so you will need to sell that and get a PCI-E GPU. You can't upgrade your CPU or your RAM without essentially wasting money, in my opinion. Sorry.
My mobo supports both c2d and pentium Ds and it also supports up to 2gb ram of either ddr1 or ddr2. Of course I plan to switch my mobo in the future, but for now I think it's good enough.
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What is your budget?
    
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post #10 of 23
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Niko-Time View Post
What is your budget?
Sorry...Was just about to answer that question
My budget is around 200-250
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