Need help with upgrades - thanks!

  tommypepper 21:41 24 Mar 09
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Hi all

This is my first post, just wanna say thanks in advance to any help anyone can offer, it is appreciated.

I'm looking to upgrade my PC, add a new graphics card, maybe some more RAM - basically looking to make it run faster, mainly for playing games, using photo software, internet and multi-tasking. I'm a bit of a PC dunce but have added a few components over the years so am happy to do the install myself...price-wise I'm looking to spend about £100-£150, maybe a little more. What things should I get? I know that sounds a little vague but I'll copy the current PC specs below, and basically I'm just looking for a fast, smooth machine, and not altogether too sure where to begin! The computer isn't too bad, but I'm sure it could be faster and does tend to hang up a bit sometimes. I also added a new hard-drive recently, going for a WD from a Seagate, and I've noticed the computer now runs slighlty slower...is this normal or have I done something wrong in the installation? Anyway, here's the specs -

System Summary >>>

> Mainboard : Unspecified RS/RX482SB400

> Chipset : ATI RS482

> Processor : AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ @ 2000 MHz

> Physical Memory : 1024 MB (2 x 512 DDR-SDRAM )

> Video Card : Radeon X1300 Series

> Hard Disk : WDC (320 GB)

> DVD-Rom Drive : SONY DVD RW DRU-190A

> DVD-Rom Drive : HL-DT-ST DVD-ROM GDR8164B

> Monitor Type : GNR MONITOR - 17 inches

> Network Card : Realtek Semiconductor RT8139 (A/B/C/810x/813x/C+) Fast Ethernet Adapter

> Operating System : Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.01.2600 Service Pack 3

> DirectX : Version 9.0c

>> Mainboard Upgradeability
Socket/Slot : Socket 939
Upgrade interface : Socket 939
Supported Speed : 3000 MHz (or more)
Supported Voltage : 1.3V

> Frequency : 2000 MHz

>> General Information
Performance Rating : PR-3800 (estimated)
Real Frequency : 1999.8 MHz
Multiplier : 10x
Startup/Max Multiplier : 10x / 10x

>> Frequency Control
Core #1 : 1999.80 MHz
Core #2 : 1999.80 MHz

...so I'm guessing the RAM is a bit light and the graphics card could be better - has anyone got any suggestions? I also kind of wanna stay with XP as I've heard bad things about Vista but I'm not too sure...

If I need to give any more info of course I will and I really do appreciate people taking time out to help me here. Cheers!

  2bathred 21:48 24 Mar 09

More memory and a decent graphics card would use up your budget. Make sure the PSU is up to mark for the graphics.

  tommypepper 21:58 24 Mar 09

Thanks - I don't want to sound stupid, but how do I check that?! What factors do I need to look for, and where can I find them?

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