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hi
i just recently bought a geforce 8800gt to play some of the higher end games like crysis, cod4, and ut3.

my pc is kinda lame and my friend is telling me that i need to upgrade my processor, motherboard and ram or the card is worthless in my computer.

i have:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Toledo 2.2GHz Socket 939
i have 1.7ish gigs of ram ddr1

i want to upgrade to a newer processor and motherboard but i have no clue which ones are good for playing high end games. i am looking for some suggestions so i dont buy old/obsolete, overpriced or cheap quality parts.
post #2 of 13
As long as you've got that thing running in XP Pro or something that uses dual-core... I can't see it being too slow.

I've been running a single core of that, a 2.4GHz alongside a HD3850, and the GFX card is working it's nuts off in graphically high end games.

It also depends what resolution and quality you run.

[EDIT] Moar specs please.
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Originally Posted by tdaz347 View Post
hi
i just recently bought a geforce 8800gt to play some of the higher end games like crysis, cod4, and ut3.

my pc is kinda lame and my friend is telling me that i need to upgrade my processor, motherboard and ram or the card is worthless in my computer.

i have:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Toledo 2.2GHz Socket 939
i have 1.7ish gigs of ram ddr1

i want to upgrade to a newer processor and motherboard but i have no clue which ones are good for playing high end games. i am looking for some suggestions so i dont buy old/obsolete, overpriced or cheap quality parts.
For gaming, most people will tell you to get Intel due to better OC'ing, which is true. If you want some thing decent yet cheap, you can go with the M2R32-MVP motherboard and an AMD 5000+ Black Edition CPU, an decent heatsink to keep the temps cool from OC'ing, and some good RAM, like OCZ Reapers. I have the mentioned RAM and motherboard, and they OC well. I have the non-Black Edition CPU of roughly the same kind I suggested, but it doesn't OC too well. Do some research on the suggestions you get in here, make you choices within your budget and you'll be doing fine in no time soon. Also, Newegg.com is the place to go for all of this stuff. There are others out there, but Newegg will be hard to beat.
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What is your budget?

Anyways I suggest:

Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136043
Cpu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116052
Ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231145
Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835186134


You might think of getting a better cooler. A tuniq is only 15 bucks more. That build is very good quality and will oc to be very fast.
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That's all besides the point imho, if he's running high-res and high-qual then that system will still max out the gpu. Heck I'm almost maxing out my HD3850 on a single core A64, 1gb DDR400, in Source games at 1280x1024, high settings 2xmsaa and full hdr.

I don't know how much more load Crysis and those other games put on CPU / RAM, but you've got 2x my cpu and extra ram.
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post #6 of 13
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would i notice a huge difference immediately if i switch from 4400+ to 6000+ and upgraded my ram from ddr1 to ddr2. also how does it compare to intels equivalent in terms of price?
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What is your budget?

Anyways I suggest:

Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136043
Cpu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116052
Ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231145
Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835186134


You might think of getting a better cooler. A tuniq is only 15 bucks more. That build is very good quality and will oc to be very fast.
i really dont want to spend much more than 300$ but i also dont want to buy stuff that is gonna just barely make it. my budget isnt limited but i dont want spend 1000$ on computer parts i just want to get good parts that will last for a year or more
post #8 of 13
Under $300?? You could go with something like this:

RAM

CPU

Mobo

Then just get a decent cooler. Should make a great system on a budget
    
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post #9 of 13
You can drop the price of that down to ~300. A gigabyte ds3l mobo(many people recommend for budget builds) is only 100 I think. If you search around some you can find a decent 2 x 1gb ram kit for 50 bucks. Those 2 alone would drop the price down to 250-275.

I just put the 4gb kit because maybe games will need it in vista in the future and the dfi mobo because dfi rocks.
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post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by Azazel View Post
If you search around some you can find a decent 2 x 1gb ram kit for 50 bucks.
Here's the RAM I own that I was talking about. It's supposed to work well with NVida chipsets.

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16820227231

Really cheap when you toss in the MIR.
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