Solved PC Upgrading - what is the best next step?

August 19, 2011 at 07:10:26
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, AMD Athlon 64 x2 4400+ 2.3 / 6GB DDR2
I'm slowly upgrading bits of my desktop - main uses are for casual gaming and wasting time on! However, I'm impatient so I want the games I do play to run smoothly and effectively, ideally with the graphics and resolution at a high setting. The games are mainly RTS games such as Age of Empires 3, The Lord of The Rings BFME2, Anno 1404, etc - so nothing to in-depth like Call of Duty or Crysis, etc. What would you reccommend changing first to make the most noticable difference? My Pc is as follows;

- Compaq Presario SR5219UK
- ECS MCP61PM-HM Motherboard (4xDDR2 slots / 1 PCI Express x16 slot / 1 PCI Express x1 slot / AM2 Processor Socket)
- AMD Athlon 64 x2 4400+ Processor (2.3 GHz)
- 6GB DDR2 memory (3 x 2GB DDR2 sticks)
- Nvidia GeForce 8500 GT Graphics Card (1 VGA / 1 DVI)
- 250GB SATA Hard-Drive
- 300W Power Supply
- Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit OS

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August 19, 2011 at 07:32:48
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Your system is showing it's age so it's probably not worth investing too much money in it. However, your video card is NOT a gaming card. If you don't plan on upgrading the power supply, consider getting a Radeon HD 5670 or HD 6670. And get one with DDR5 memory rather than DDR3.

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August 19, 2011 at 09:20:36
Thanks for the quick response!

Yeah she's an old girl but shes hanging there pretty well at the moment - I can't really justify spending out on a new PC just yet so replacing little bits at a time suit my finances much better! But I hear what your saying - nothing too fancy needed! Those cards you suggested look about the price I was hoping too so thanks!

I'd really be interested in building a whole system from scratch, but god knows where to start!

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