Looking for upgrade advice


Junior Member
Oct 9, 2007
Hi all!
I'm currently running nF4 mobo with 2GB RAM, A64 3800+ (Venice, oc'ed to 2460MHz) and Radeon X1650XT. It's enough for my work. I'm also occasional gamer - what should I upgrade to get better framerates in e.g. Fallout 3, Call of Duty: World at War, Far Cry 2 etc.? My goal is play at 1280x1024 with at least 25 fps (now in F3 I have about 20 or lower, especially in open areas), AA not required, but why not? Of course I' m looking for any cheap solutions, not to throw all through the window and buy brand new rig :) Well, I'm looking for best bang for the bucks :)
What could I do? Replace CPU (my mobo supports A64 up to 4000+, X2 3800+ - 4800+ or Opterons 154, 180 or x2 170) or GPU? Will any more powerful video card give me good performance boost (e.g. Hd3850 or 8800) , or it will be limited by current CPU?

I'm not quite familiar with newer video cards, so I need to ask for help. Thanks in advance!


P.S. Are Opterons mentioned before any good? It's quite rare CPU, but sometimes can be bought at reasonable prices.


Nov 11, 2004
You're cpu limited but your gfx card is old as well. You're looking at a new mobo/ram/cpu/videcard to get some decent fps in fallout3.


Diamond Member
Oct 13, 2006
Even a $60-70 HD4670 will boost your performance a lot. Dual core would definitely help but I'm not sure what 939x2s (used maybe?) are going for these days -- if it's over $50, not worth it. 2GB should be fine for now.