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Updating My Rig

I think this may be a topic that's a bit offhand from the rest that are posted here, but I have been a viewer of CNET discussions for quite some time and would like to see if the community could assist me. As the title states, I have been thinking hard about upgrades to my computer so that it can last for a few more years (I play a lot of video games and am anticipating the release of COD:Black Ops). I will first give a rundown of original specs, then modifications that have already taken place, and finally I will give some ideas I have had in regards to my computers. I would like to point out that I am not really in the mood to fiddle with new operating systems (I have more than enough computers here with vista 64). I enjoy and am accustom to the limitations of XP.

Initial Specs:
Tower: NZXT Guardian Tower
OS: Windows XP SP2
PSU 500w PSU - NZXT PF-500 2.0
Motherboard: eVGA 133-K8-NF1 nForce4 SLI (Model# NF-CK804)
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600 OEM
RAM: Corsair twinx 1024 3200 c2
Graphics: PCI-E XMDIA 7600GS 512MB
Audio: Creative X-Fi Xtreme Music
Optical: 2x Samsung 18x DVDRW SH-S182D
FDD: standard 1.44MB drive (unknown manu.)
HDD1: Western Digital WDC WD2500JS-00MHB0
HDD2: Western Digital WDC WD360GD-00FLC0
Keyboard: Logitech Media Elite USB
Mouse: Logitech SBF96 Optical
New Specs:
Graphics: eVGA 9500GT 1GB
Keyboard: Logitech Wireless K350
Mouse: Logitech Wireless M510

New Ideas:
I am looking to upgrade RAM (4GB XP max)for sure, but I am also looking at a Graphics Card, HDD, 1 of my Optical Drives, and maybe the PSU. Basically, I saw the minimum requirements for COD: Black Ops and I almost exploded. It actually caught me off guard because I checked my specs on and it said my CPU wasn't enough even though it has the same clock as that trip-core on minimum reqs.

Anyway, thanks ahead and I can understand something of this sort may take some time. I would hope that I can get a rough idea before black friday so that I can make a list and check it twice. As for price, I can figure that out on my own. If any other info is necessary, or if you just want to make fun of my system I will reply and by amused. Grin

Thanks Again,
Lord Oni

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Then it would seem

That you can expand to 4GB of ram.

As for COD.

Your cpu does NOT meet min specs.

Your call if you want to try it.

Don't get confused with clock speeds and useful output.

Often one does not have much to do with the other.

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Good news

Well, good news is that it now seems that my processor will probably be fine (2.4MHz) because the one that's actually on as minimum rather than than recommended specs (for AMD anyways) is 2.4MHz as well. Now, is there any way to figure out the wattage of my system. If i can do that I can budget for a graphics card. Grin

Thanks for the replies.

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