Diablo® III

Upgrading Computer Parts [Need Help]

I am looking to upgrade my computer and I need some suggestions on what to buy.

I currently have a:

3.40 gigahertz AMD Athlon II X2 270 (Processor)

8 GB RAM

Radeon 6450 HD Graphics Card :(

Asus Mobo ---- http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/M4N68TM_V2/#overview

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The budget is $500, have at it!

Thanks everyone.
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Two of these:

http://products.pricewatch.com/product.aspx?aid=166024013

And a solid state drive.

Throw in a decent motherboard made for SLI and you'll be able to push any game on the planet at max settings.
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Tieler,

What is the reason for the upgrade?

I ask because if you are upgrading for games (likely choice), I would ask that you clarify.

The board you have by Asus is nice and so is the processor. If you are looking for more power from the computing system.....the ram is enough for memory.

If you wanted, the more cores on the CPU always the better. Just make sure of the socket type on the board that will match the CPU.

If the new board you get has requirements for DDR2 or DDR3 you may have to upgrade your ram as well to make work.

When upgrading your video, same idea.

Also a solid state drive is a nice idea. Depending on the storage capacity you are looking at, a USB drive is okay. An actual solid state drive can cost much more than just $500.00. Plus to take complete advantage of a solid state drive, a 3.0 USB port would be good to have. It will work on a 2.0 USB but at a reduced transfer rate. (i.e. 3.0 port 1300Mbps vs 2.0 port ~900Mbps).

IF you know your harddrive storage capacity, that may have to do for now.

Here is an idea list:

motherboard - http://www.frys.com/product/7154382?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

CPU - http://www.frys.com/product/7545256?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

solid state drive - http://www.frys.com/product/6887426?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

Video card - this depends on your personal preferences. Do you strictly just want to play D3 with better graphics, or are you wishing to use the computer as a video streamer, TV viewer, etc.... then you may want to do some research on your own for this part.

One thing to keep in mind...the CPU I listed is 64 bit - all equipment you attach to the motherboard needs to be 64 bit or 32 bit......64 bit is better of course. If you were to attach 128 bit it would not work. Just keep this in mind also when installing an OS program that you tell it the CPU has 64 bit or that at least it will recognize it as such (usually will).

I do apologize for the more than lengthy write up.
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