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Hello all,<br />
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Currently I am running a pretty old system:<br />
P4 3.00GHz (bought back in the zomg hyperthreading sale on new egg)<br />
512MB DDR RAM Crucial (2 256 MB ones, but the mobo has 4 slots)<br />
ATI RADEON 9800 PRO <br />
P4P800-E ASUS<br />
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Lately I have only been playing games that don't require much firepower so I have not had much encouragement to upgrade with the times. However, I have been recently reintroduced to the first-person shooters once again. And, of course, this peasant system can no longer sustain the requirement of 40 average fps at minimum settings.<br />
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I need to upgrade, but I need to know the magnitude of which I need to. I'm looking for good fps. I have a terrible condition that I don't really notice any eye-candy. Anti-aliasing or dynamic shadows or whatever I don't really want. I just want a decent frames per second with these settings turned off.<br />
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A friend suggested that I just get a new video card, because mine is (so I've been told) apparently only for schoolteachers to play solitaire nowadays. I was recommended the GeForce 7800GS because this would not require a motherboard upgrade and allow me to keep extra cash.<br />
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My question is, will this upgrade be enough for decent (40+ average) frame rate on some of the newer games: Quake4, HL2, BF2142. I'd rather not upgrade the mobo and CPU but I'm not too sure if just a vid card upgrade will be enough. Please help me with your superior knowledge.<br />
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Thank you,<br />
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Jimmy
 

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Number 1... Get more RAM. More likely a 1GB kit, or 2GB kit. If oyure going to play BF2 or BF2142, GET 2GB RAM. I cannot stress how much RAM them games suck up.<br />
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Number 2... video card is next. If you dont mind having SM2.0 then get a X800GTO2 and flash it to a X850XTPE (if the core is R480).<br />
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That's all I can say for now.
 

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Is your motherboard AGP or PCI-E interface?<br />
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If it's PCI-E, you can't go wrong with a 7600GT.<br />
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Also yeah, more RAM is a must for todays games. I only have 768mb and I struggle with recent games.
 

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He has a 9800Pro... AGP only
 

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AGP isn't worth it at this point...at least not in America. You guys can get $60 mobos off newegg, which is often the price difference between PCIe and AGP varients of the same card.<br><br>
Save up, and buy a whole new system.
 

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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102057" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102057</a><br>
And<br><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820231047" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231047</a><br><br>
And you will flyyyy
 

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Thanks for all the replies (and very quick too). I went with Ben's suggestions and I'll let you know how it performs later this week.
 

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Hi,<br><br>
Installed the RAM and vid card. This thing runs nicely now. The RAM is very nice... it was a huge upgrade, about five times what I used to have. The vid card isn't top of the line but it was well worth the cost. But then again the performance might be bottlenecked by my old 3.0 GHz P4. It performs as I wanted it to: doesn't have to load up the fancy detail, just want medium quality with high fps. Overall I am happy with the upgrade. So thanks again.
 
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