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I'm thinking about doing some upgrades to my PC, wich is mostly used for games (EQ2). Right now it has:
- AMD64 3200
- ATI Radeon 9600 w/ 128mb
- 1gb of RAM (512mb PC2700 x2)
- 80gb HD 4200rpm (i don't know how much cache)
So my question is wich one should i change (besides the CPU and the motherboard) and/or wich one should improve the performance better? I want to keep the price around or bellow $100, but i'm not sure wich change should have the best effect. Thanks for any advice.

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i would go better gfx card. Nvidia 6800gt, 7800gt?...
and maybe an affordable 7200rpm h.disk.

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Pick up a Radeon 9800 Pro 256bit for under $100. You might have to buy used/refurb, but I think that would be the best upgrade for the money.

Are you sure you have a 80gb 4200RPM drive? Thats really odd for a desktop. I would check the black friday deals to see if you can get a cheap/free 7200 rpm drive.
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GFX card first then the Hard Drive if you can afford it, then make a ghost image of your current set up so you can just copy it across onto a new drive



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I agree with mynameis. The video card would give you the most improvement in games. The AMD 64 CPU, even the 3200 is quite fast. The Radeon 9800 sounds like a winner. I upgraded from a 9600 to the 9800 Pro and it was a big improvement in gaming.

Are you sure that Hard Drive is not a 5400 RPM drive? A 7200RPM Drive would help loading times but the Video Card would really give you better gaming performance at higher resolutions. EQ2 is a very demanding game.
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Thanks for the advices, i will upgrade my video card next week and i think i'll be able to upgrade my hard drive a little later. My hd is 3 or 4 years old, so i think is time to change it anyway, i spend all my day re-installing WinXp wich help me a bit with the performance and also make me love my iBook even more, i wish i could get rid of these [insert here extrange names in forbiden languages] PC, but my brother refuses to let it go.

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Get this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16814102362R
then check bfads.net for a HD deal. CompUSA has 160gb SATA for $20 AR, Best Buy has a 120gb for $30 AR, and Staples has a 200GB for $30 AR.
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