$400 Upgrade (new comp)


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Hey guys, i made my computer like 3 years ago, it was great back then, but now its just becoming out dates and slow. Currently im running 1 gb of ram,intel pentium 4 processor w/ 2.66 ghz, and a diamond stealth 128 mg graphics card...

Im looking to get a new graphics card, motherboard, 2 gig of ram, and a cpu, all for about $400. I know its a tight budget so i was seeing what yall would recommend.

Currently i was thinking id go with something like this...
CPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103776
M board- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128034
RAM- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820141064
V card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161178

The main thing is the graphics card, im looking to spend about 130 on it, but im not 100% sure what to look for in a graphics card.

- =(e)=KiDW/GunZ
Hey, Go to pricewatch.com there they''lll give u the best prices ohh yea u can get all that sli ready for under 400
I don't really think you can get any card that's worth spending money on for under 200... If you buy a 2600 you're getting a crappy card because you get what you pay for... if you get a 19xx you're getting a dated card which may or may not do what you want it to do when the time comes in the future. The only cards I can honestly say I know last from experience are nvidia 7900's. I've had a GT and GTX in the last year or so. And I've loved both of them. No problems with either. My GT overheated and I sent it back to nvidia and they mailed me a GTX a week or so later... If you are really serious about upgrading try and save up for a better card, I mean... if you can play games decent for now whats the rush in buying a card that's mediocre? Just save up enough money slowly until you can buy a card that you know will last as long as you need and want it to.
I can send you my old geForce 7800 GT, but you will have to pay for shipping and get a cooler for it. It works great except the lack of cooling on it. Send me a pm or talk to me on xfire about it. My xfire is explodingbanana
yeah, with only a 400 dollar budget, it might almost be better to simply wait and save up. the worthwhile parts that will really give your machine a serious boost are all going to cost a fair amount.

the nvidia 8800 GTS cards are a farily good bet. i'm running 2 of them in SLI and have had no problems. but even one of those cards, even at a great price, is probably going to be a bit over $200.
I would hold out on getting a directx 10 card. It's just not worth it right now. Also, you should change your motherboard. It has a built in gpu chipset which you don't need.

Dx10 card are not worth it right now because they're just too low powered for the dx10 games coming out. I would wait for a 9 series nvidia graphics card and for crysis and co to come out before purchasing a dx10 card. See the conclusing of Lost Planet's [H] hardware review - http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/article.html?art=MTM3MSw2LCxoZW50aHVzaWFzdA==
u can never go wrong wit nvidia.. dont settle for ati ... nvidia is the best.. and remember u get wat you pay for.. as long as ur computer can support the graphics card. then get the most expensive nvidia you can afford