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Hi.

I currently have a system with the following specs;

Pentium 4: 3.4Hz
MSI GeForce 8400GS: 512MB
DDR2 SDRAM: 3GB
Seagate Barracuda: 1TB
Sound Blaster Audigy SE

I'm currently using it for a media player, but I was wondering...

If I was to upgrade one component (financial reasons), which should it be?

Pentium 3.4GHz -> 3.8GHz
Nvidia 8400GS 512MB -> Nvidia 9800GT 1GB
SDRAM 3GB -> 4GB

I'm assuming the P4 single core is the system bottleneck, but I could be wrong. If I upgraded the video card, would I be able to play some semi-older games from around '07/'08 on decent settings?

IE - Assassin's Creed, Fallout 3, The Witcher, ...
post #2 of 39
It wont hurt and personally I'd up the GFX over the rest
    
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Yeah I would say you would probably get the best performance boost from a new GPU.
Aside from that your current set up seems to be pretty well matched up, meaning there isn't much you can do to improve it without a major upgrade.
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graphics card,easy answer
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You can always overclock your cpu to a little if you're in the mood. The upgrade in the GPU will create a more significant performance boost for what you're using your PC for. I'd get a new GPU.
    
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Get a new GPU but personally I'd just replace the whole system. P4 sucks.
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Firstly you must plan your objectives with the PC. Are you gonna play hardcore games?
Or just use it as a media station?

And after that build a balanced system. A nice Core 2 Duo or Core i3/i5 isn't expensive and would go great with a 9800GT for example. But in your case I would suggest upgrade it all if you're planning to play. Even upgrading ONLY your GPU and keeping your current processor you will suffer severe bottleneck from the CPU and will see too many slowdowns as consequence.
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It's primary use now is video playback, but like I said some "older" games would from around 2007/2008 would be nice.

I have no money for a new system, and this mother board only supports up to the P4 3.8GHz processor. Should I just save my money (not change anything), or would buying a new GPU allow me to play the mentioned games?

Anyone here have any experiences playing games with Pentium 4 + Nvidia cards?
post #9 of 39
Get a newer dual core at least, the netburst CPU's are terribly slow..


and do not get a new pentium 4 that is .4ghz faster, that would be a waste of money.
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GPU like others said, try for a 5770, and then maybe in the future update your CPU to something more powerful so that you can play games with higher settings and such.
     
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