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    Advice on upgrade needed please.

    I got a friend who is looking to upgrade his machine from this:-

    Winfast mobo
    AMD athlon 64 x2 4800
    3GB DDR2 533 ram
    Nvidia 9600gt 512Mb

    He has a budget of strictly £250 and he was looking at these options:-

    Can anyone spec a better set up for this price?
    He is primarily trying to upgrade so he can get better FPS on games such as Black Ops.
    Your thoughts and comments are greatly appreciated and thanks in advance.
    Last edited by Consfearacy; 25-06-2011 at 12:56 PM. Reason: Typo

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    Re: Advice on upgrade needed please.

    If it was me I would swap the motherboard for the Gigabyte GA-870A-USB3L AM3+ which is a few pounds cheaper and will allow an upgrade to Bulldozer in the future:

    It does only take up to 8GB of RAM though rather than the 16GB of the Asus.

    If the ability to upgrade in the future isn't a requirement then the Asus looks a great board.

    CPU is great for the price with the possibilty of unlocking to a quad. Could consider the Athlon II X3 450 for a few pounds cheaper:

    which will guarantee at least 3 cores. You can also now get 1600 MHz Corsair Vengeance for under £35:

    I'll let someone else comment on the GPU as my knowledge is limited.

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