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By aprtr197
Jun 24, 2005
  1. Im planning on buying a new motherboard, video card, and more RAM. I need some suggestions on what to get. I'm a hardcore gamer and am sick of getting 15FPS on world of warcraft. I'm planning on spending around 300-400$.


    Current Specs
    Computer Manufacturer-Compaq
    Computer Model-Presario 6430NX
    CPU-AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2600+
    CPU Speed-2131MHz
    RAM-512MB
    Video card-Geforce FX 5200
    Motherboard-http://www.fic.com.tw/product/motherboard/1stmainboard_detail.aspx?model_id=107
     
  2. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    Do you need a new motherboard? Your current one isn't that outdated.
    Anyway, if you do, then here are some.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813130460
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813186029
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131509

    Upgrade to a gig of ram. I like corsair valueselect cas 2.5 ram.
    $80 corsair vs 1gb kit.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145440

    Hmm. The 5200 is really the thing that's slowing your gaming down. Just upgrading your video will make a large difference in framerates.
    A 9800pro would probably be a good choice for the price. $130
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102477

    So getting a motherboard, ram, and video card would be about $260 for what I listed above.



    You could either just get a new graphics card, and go all out, or upgrade everything and have a slightly less powerful graphics card.

    Here are some better graphics cards.
    $320 6800gt
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130203

    $316 x800xl
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102521

    $250 x800
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102530

    $164(-15rebate). 6600gt
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130220
     
  3. aprtr197

    aprtr197 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Well I took the video card(fx 5200) out of this PC and put it in another PC with an Asus motherboard and World of Warcraft ran alot better, environments look better, textures looked better etc. Thats why i think it has something to do with my motherboard or RAM.
     
  4. kol_indian

    kol_indian TS Rookie Posts: 316

    The problem might be the RAM, WOW needs a lot of RAM to be play smothly. I think if u want just upgrade the RAm then go for what VNf4ultra says go for the corsair one gig pair pair for 80 $ it hink it is a good deal. :grinthumb
     
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