Should i build new or upgrade


Aug 7, 2011
i have a geforce 8200 mobo 5000+ athlon x2 64bit, 4gig 800mhz ram,using win xp, using intagrated grafics want to play swtor when it comes out, now should i spend 1000 to build new or just buy a 4core cpu and a gpu win7 and 4 more gigs of ram.
Hello insanegi;

That's a socket AM2 motherboard, right?
What make and model? We can check to see if will support a quad CPU.

What power supply are you using? Better than 50/50 chance you'll need a new power supply for the new graphics card.

What do you have for a monitor now?

That -8209 motherboard will handle CPUs including the 125W models.
XFX MBA78S8209 processor support / upgrade options

Your Ultra 650W PSU - while not a favored model - should easily handle a mid-range GPU with enough power for the 1440x900 resolution of your monitor.

And 4GB of DDR2 is plenty to have a solid gaming experience and not a limiting factor at all. Same with WinXP SP3 I think. A fresh install with the new hardware and you could get by without Windows 7.

Something along these lines would work nicely:
Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz $80 plus an extra $10 off till 8/9
AMD Phenom II X4 840 3.2GHz $105

HIS Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card $85 before $10 rebate. Dirt3 game included in price.
PNY XLR8 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) OC $160 before $30 rebate
XFX HD-679X-ZDFC Radeon HD 6790 $135 Dirt3 game included in price.

Best Graphics Cards For The Money: July 2011