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Hey guys. I want to upgrade my computer's processor and video card. I'm limited to Intel processors and I'm on a pretty tight budget and I've read that Intel is better but more expensive.

Anyways, what's a good Intel processor and a matching video card that I could get for preferably $200? At most I'll go up to $250.. By matching I mean one that will not get bottlenecked by the CPU much and will not bottleneck the CPU much)

Thanks guys. And if you're going to link me to a website, hopefully it will be either A) Canadian or B) American with USPS shipping
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Okay. First of all. Do you have a motherboard already? And what would you be doing on your computer?
    
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Well, what mother board do you have now? If you are truly looking to upgrade, then more than likely you will need a new mobo also.
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I believe it's like a 4006160R mobo.. you can google it. It came with my GT5408.. I was hoping I could stick a new CPU into it.

And I'm looking to do a bit of above-casual gaming, like playing newer games on 720p with at least medium settings
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with a 250$ budget for upgrading CPU and GPU, your SOL

unless you consider upgrading from a pent4 1.8 to a pent4 2.8 with a 9400gt an upgrade
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With your budget. I suggest buying an ASUS ENGTX460, it's $160 but has a $30 rebate.
As for your processor a Pentium Dual-Core E6500 is enough to keep you running xD

Btw, these come with free shipping
    
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With your budget. I suggest buying an ASUS ENGTX460, it's $160 but has a $30 rebate.
As for your processor a Pentium Dual-Core E6500 is enough to keep you running xD

Btw, these come with free shipping
Looks pretty good.. what's the diff between a core 2 duo and a pentium dual-core?
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Looks pretty good.. what's the diff between a core 2 duo and a pentium dual-core?
Core 2 Duos and Pentium Dual-Cores were both made with Penryn Microarchitecture, the only difference I could see is a Core 2 Duo having a slightly bigger L2 cache, which won't matter if you're only gaming.
    
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Looks pretty good.. what's the diff between a core 2 duo and a pentium dual-core?
Mostly just cache and features that very few use, IIRC virtualisation is disabled. You need to make sure your motherboard supports PCIE x16 for the GPU and the correct socket and chipset for the new CPU. Then you need to make sure your PSU can supply enough current to take care of your upgrades. Finally, if you don't have much RAM, I'd upgrade that too maybe at the cost of a lesser GPU.
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IIRC virtualisation is disabled
All Wolfdales have Virtualization. That includes Pentium Dual-Cores.
    
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