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Originally Posted by Maximus Desces Meridius View Post
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.
You're saying I shouldn't change anything, and I should just save for a different PC? The PC mobo doesn't support anything other than P4.
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From a personal experience...i say get a new cpu. If your board supports new cpus, id say atleast get a e5xxx series. I had a pentium D cpu (basically 2 p4 mushed into each other), tested a 4850 with it, and my 8400gs (inno3d) got me better fps, ofcourse my res was 1024x768 (cpu dependent). Also my friend had pentium 4 @ 3.0 and he bought a 9500gt. Yea he had better fps overall with respect to 7300 he had, but when we tested it on my old pc (pentium D) well i was able to put crysis on high, while he had to put it on low.
So get a better cpu 1st then get a gpu later.
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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?
Yes, save your money. Upgrading your system with a P4 is useless, it's not even Dual core.

And yes I have a horrible experience of P4 + Nvidia 7600GT. It was awful. I couldn't get a new system and I was forced to play with this system, tried playing assassin's creed 1 with everything on low and got horrible FPS. same with almost any other game.
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Why upgrade GPU???? That P4 will bottleneck the hell out of anything you get.

Save your money on a new rig. You can easily buy a Phenom dual or tri core build after BD comes out for a really low price.

Stack that with a 460, and you'll be blown away.. plus the duals a tri's always unlock, (ive unlocked 3 out of 3 tries.)
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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?
my last rig(till last october 2010) was a p4 ht 3ghz+ 9600gt...
it will play assassins cred and fallout with decent settings...and all unreal engine based games too..
i even played crysis with 25 fps maxed in dx9........
the few games whixh were not playable were gta4,prototype,godfather 2(1 was fine),etc etc(mostly games with a lot of physics and open world games....
so if u want more performance take 9800gt...
otherwise save money and go for a complete overhaul of ur rig....
post #16 of 39
Upgrade both?

Seriously, a 775 dual core can be found pretty cheaply. Even a budget chip would do your rig a world of good.

Provided it is a 775 P4 and a compatible mobo (most are).
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Upgrade both?

Seriously, a 775 dual core can be found pretty cheaply. Even a budget chip would do your rig a world of good.

Provided it is a 775 P4 and a compatible mobo (most are).
his mobo does not support any newer lga775 proccy...
it might be the 915 chipset or 925 chipset........
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his mobo does not support any newer lga775 proccy...
it might be the 915 chipset or 925 chipset........
Would be nice to know which mobo it is.
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post #19 of 39
How much are you willing to spend on a new GPU?

< $50 - Radeon HD 4650
~60 - Radeon HD 4670
~80 - Radeon HD 5670

Anything more isn't worth it.

You could probably find a used Nvidia 8800GT or 9800GT for a lot cheaper than those.
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I agree with what Kirus2012 said. But I can tell you are on a very tight budget since its obvious from your system now.

I can highly suggest you this. If you can, buy an i3 + motherboard that supports it with integrated graphics. You can do it. At least 2GB ram is enough then you can use your PC with the integrated graphics and play some games. At least you can make more out of your money. If you buy a GPU now you'll feel like you made a big upgrade then you'll have to move in the future with a complete good system then again a new GPU. Right now seriously your P4 is limiting so much. Try your best to save and give us your budget we can recommend what's best for you. All I can say is if you buy anything related to LGA775 socket you'll have hard time because parts are expensive since its hard to find. I'm also stuck with my setup and all I can buy now is get a decent RAM that I already bought and soon will swap with my girl and get a Q9950 since she uses her PC only for basic things and even GPU upgrade and power supply upgrade. But if you are moving from P4 to Core 2 Duo or Quad its not easy so go for something a little new its easier to find parts and much affordable. You must go AMD way because every penny spent on it is worth it and it supports wide range of parts.

Its hard to say its a good decision even people might disagree with what I said.
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