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Pentium 4 3.2 GHz upgrade help... Im a noob!


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upzaw2000

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http://reviews.cnet....7-31242583.html

Gateway 7200S (Pentium 4 3.2 GHz, 512 MB RAM, 160 GB HDD)

Thats the computer i have, i have since upgraded the sounds card, the video card now has a nvidia 8400 512mb with 4 gb ram.
Still running XP SP2. (if needed will upgrade to win 7, not sure if i can expect better preformance)

I want to upgrade to be a better gaming machine for CS Steam but with a budget. Not sure at this point if it would be more efficient to just buy a new computer or rebuild what i have.

I dont know if the processor is worth keeping but 3.2 ghz seems to be pretty good comparibly to whats out today.

I probably need:
A new power supply 600+watts
a New graphics card (not sure exactly what or how big, if anything is compatible)
Some how to utilitze more ram, such as 8gb.

any suggestions for places to buy and what to buy would be great. I dont really wanna spend 1200 on a intel I7 processor.
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Do you know what chipset your motherboard has?
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Chipset type Intel 915G Express Data bus speed 800.0 MHz

i dont think its up to par now with whats out... i think gaming computers are up to 1600 mhz...

but this is where my knowledge fails.
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Do you know what chipset your motherboard has?\

EDIT: oops, double post :)

Edited by mkau, 04 June 2010 - 11:52 AM.

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isnt the Intel 915G Express the chip set?

If not then the link to the computer is at the top of the page. Very first line... sorry :/ im trying!
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it is.

Googling reports that it can only support Pentium 4 processors. It cannot support anything newer. Sorry :)
If you want better gaming performance, I suggest either buying or building a new computer (I suggest the second, lots more options and often better stuff too).
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