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What to do... Upgrade video card or MB/CPU?

Discussion in 'Games' started by 8nout, Oct 6, 2004.

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  1. 8nout

    8nout Thread Starter

    Aug 18, 1999
    Once again 'ol computer impaired (me) has come to the table of knowledge looking for advice. I've saved a few dollars (+/- $350) I want to put into my gaming computer. Would I be better off upgrading the video card or MB/CPU?
    With my present system would I see any difference if I go from my NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 to an ATI RADEON 9600XT or 9800pro w/256MB? If so I could do that and still have a couple hundred bucks left. I hesitate to dump all my money into a barn-burning video card like ATI 800 and then put it in my aging PC.
    Or....I'm looking at a barebone bundle AMD Athlon- 64 XP3000+ with a Gigabyte K8Ns nForce3- 250 new 64 bit CPU supported motherboard and use my existing memory, cards and drives. This will take all my money but the carry-overs can upgraded later.
    Thanks for looking....

    Present Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 1 (2600.xpsp2.030422-1633)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: ECS
    System Model: K7S5A
    BIOS: Version 1.00
    Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) XP 1800+, MMX, 3DNow, ~1.5GHz
    Memory: 512MB RAM
    Page File: 126MB used, 1124MB available
    Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
    DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0b (4.09.0000.0902)
    Video Card Name: NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 with AGP8X
  2. The_PC_Gamer


    Sep 20, 2004
    I say upgrade the CPU and possibly motherboard first.

    1800+ for today's games isnt al that great. If u have spare cash, upgrade the video as well. RAM is alright.
  3. 8nout

    8nout Thread Starter

    Aug 18, 1999
    Thanks for the input....I think I will go for the barebone.....
  4. Couriant

    Couriant Trusted Advisor

    Mar 26, 2002
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    Asus A7N8X-E DELUXE with AMD 2700+ and 512Mb for $259... add AIW 9700 RADEON 128MB for $199...
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