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Hey everyone im looking for parts to uprgade on a budget because my old parts arent workin to run many newer games. I am currently running a 2Ghz P4, 2Gb Patriot ddr400, an ATI Radeon 9800 PRo, and a cheapo MSI motherboard. Im looking to get a new motherboard, video card, and processor. what would you suggest for a 500-700 dollar price range? I play Oblivion. Counter Strike: Source, and fear all on medium right now, but i am preparing for the next gen of games. Thnx!
 
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is the motherboard your getting take ddr2 ram or ddr? pcie or AGP8x? also what socket type is the motherboard??? or did you not pick one out yet.
 
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P4 -2 Gh / ATI 9800 DDR400 = DDR1 / AGP class system with a very old P4 mobo.

BTW: MSI is #2 in the motherboard business.

If you want to use YOUR OLD RAM and not spend $250 for 2gb of replacement RAM - then an AMD setup is your only choice. I'd recommend the following:

$072 - ASUS 939 board with PCIexpress
$192 - AMD x2 4200
$400 - geForce 8800GTS card
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$664 - TOTAL

Check out links: Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131569

CPU = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103547

Won't be the VERY fastest - but about the more powerful for the $$$...

note: you need to check your PSU, it may not be able to power a modern board - You should have at 350/400watts with a 24pin connector.

Here is a chart for video cards:
http://www23.tomshardware.com/graphics.html?modelx=33&model1=608&model2=548&chart=205

Look at the $400 8800GTS (best power for the $$) next up would be the $250 X1900XT card... which would give you enough money to buy a new PSU if needed... maybe even a case to boot.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?DEPA=0&type=&Description=1900XT&Submit=ENE&N=0&Ntk=all
 

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yea that sounds good. i have a 550W aspire chameleon psu that has 24 pin support. its the most advaced thing in my PC.
 

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also one of my friends told me to go with intel because their new products are way better for the price than AMD. I had wanted to ttry out AMD, but Im not sure if he knows what hes talking about and thnx for the help.
 
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Higher end Intel Core2Duo is what he is talking about. Getting a new "Intel pentium D" isn't faster than an AMD64... and the Core2Duo is not like twice as fast. But varies around 5~15% faster (clock for clock / Price). There are intel fanboys out there, that because of Core2Duo (C2D) are saying stupid things like "AMD can't play games - too slow" - hah, these are the guys that could be laughed as easily when an AMD64 CPU that costs $175 can play games better than the Pentium4EEs ($1000) which was the best intel had to offer.

You had posted a budget of $500~700

For such an Core2 Setup, the costs went over budget. The X2 4200 will easily smoke my junky AMD64-3000, but I can play any current Source game in 1600x1200... so I am not exactly wetting my pants for Core2 as a must have. Anyways - you'll need more money for the C2D setup.

$072 - ASUS 939 board with PCIexpress (not cheap junk)
$192 - AMD x2 4200
$400 - geForce 8800GTS card
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$664 - TOTAL (bewteen your $500~700 requirements)

Core2Duo setup:
$105 - ASUS Mobo, supports C2D
$190 - C2D 6300
$250 - 800Mhz DDR2 (avg price for good DIMMS, max price = $450)
$400 - geForce 8800GTS card
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$945

Or drop to the slower ATI 1900XT card ($250) and then you're down to $795

Or drop to an even slower 7600GT (A 3rd slower as the 1900) for $150 = $695.
 

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Thanks that was what i was gonna go with in the beginning but i wanted to get some other opinions.(the AMD with the ASUS mobo) and will that work with my ram? or will i have to get some?
 

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Think you could give me a link to those products you have above for the AMD system to newegg, i have an account so ican make a wishlist or something . i greatly appreciate it.
 
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already did... or use name and search. The AMD/ASUS should work fine with your DDR-400, which has been on the market for quite a few years - vs DDR2 which can still be hit or miss.
 
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