Upgrading Desktop or Buy New?

November 26, 2009 at 04:54:56
Specs: Windows XP, Athlon XP 2800+ / 1.5GB
My desktop is no longer able to play current computer games. I bought a good-at-the-time video card (NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS), and I believe it's still going strong.

According to the System Requirements Lab (systemrequirementslab.com), a Web site that helps you determine if your PC meets the minimum and recommended requirements for PC games, my CPU and CPU speed are the only things below recommended (CPU speed is below minimum). I have an AMD Athlon XP 2800+ running at 2.08 GHz.

It includes a recommendation for an "Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz," but I'm sure there are other options out there.

I know very little on this subject, and I would appreciate any help you can give me. I've heard CPUs can get expensive, and I'm wondering whether to upgrade my PC or just buy a new one. If I upgrade, would my new CPU be compatible with my video card? If I buy a new PC, would I be able to use my existing video card (in case the one included isn't as good)?

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November 26, 2009 at 06:26:59
U need to buy new system + new vga card

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November 26, 2009 at 06:59:49
Your system is a dead end as far as upgrades are concerned. Very little from your old system would be useable. Maybe the drives, but that's about it.

Your CPU is a socket A. That socket was retired long ago. Since then, AMD has gone thru the socket 754, 939 & AM2. The current socket in use is AM2+ or AM3.

Your RAM is probably DDR1. DDR2 is slowly being faded out & the newest boards require DDR3.

The 7600GS is an AGP card & AGP slots are ancient history, they have been replaced by PCI-Express x16. Even the PCI-e has gone thru a couple phases...the original was v1.0, v2.0 is currently in use & v3.0 is coming out next year.

And the old IDE hard drive / optical drive interface has been replaced with SATA. Most boads still have one IDE connection so you can still use up to two IDE devices, but SATA has taken over. And like PCI-e, SATA has already gone thru a couple of versions & a third is not far off.

In other words, you have a whole lot of catching up to do.

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November 26, 2009 at 08:44:19
Thanks a bunch, jam. I was afraid of this. I'm glad I asked this
before buying any upgrades! I'll start my search for a new
computer soon. Thanks, again.

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