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The only hardcore games he said he would play is gta 4 and oblivion, so I just gotta figure an upgrade that can perform well in those games.
You NEED quad core for GTA4 or it just won't be playable at any graphics settings... there isn't any worthy upgrades to quad core on that board really.

You say maybe some hardcore games but GTA4 is right up there as the game that demands the fastest minimum CPU to play well...

Oblivion would play fine though, even on that you might get away with Low.
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iirc you could play with settings fairly high on oblivion back in the day
    
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I remember building almost that exact machine (many times over; mother board varied, but always 2GB of memory, a A64 3000, and a x800) and they played Oblivion on medium settings very well. It could do higher settings, but the fps would sink too low if any grass started waving. I used to use Oblivion as a benchmark of sorts for real world testing.

Though I would NOT upgrade anything on that rig unless it was very cheap. If I had it I might put another $70 into it, but anything more and you are entering into the realm of it being cheaper to buy new hardware. A single core AM3, 2GB of DDR3, and a motherboard with onboard graphics better than that x800 can be very affordable and out perform this setup by a good margin. So you could get it for the case, PSU, optical and hard drives, and monitor and then just rip out the guts. You might be able to ebay them for $40-60 too.
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Do it for $70. Change everything out when you get the money.
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You NEED quad core for GTA4 or it just won't be playable at any graphics settings... there isn't any worthy upgrades to quad core on that board really.

You say maybe some hardcore games but GTA4 is right up there as the game that demands the fastest minimum CPU to play well...

Oblivion would play fine though, even on that you might get away with Low.
*looks at sig*

Hmm, runs though.

Ontopic:

I'd buy it, keep the monitor/case etc, then sell the other hardware with a profit, and chip in some money and build a nice rig
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