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PC Gaming Hardware Question?

Hi, im having problems with my computer playing certain games (like bioshock), it runs i can play it but it is at extremely low framerates i can play it at max settings with low framerates a 2.60 celeron processor(it sucks) ATI Radeon X1650 Pro 512MB AGP Graphics Card 768 of ram, which i just upgraded to 1.5 gig a creative 24 bit pci sound card a soyo motherboard p4vgm that only supports 4x which might be the problem well the thing is, i dont have allot of money right now, so i cant get a new computer, i would like to know if i would upgrade to a 8x motherboard compatible with my system, would it increase the perfomance to the point that i can run the game smoothly? is it worth just getting a new computer (in a very long time from now) or is changing the motherboard going to do the trick? thanks for the help thx for the answer but for now i can only get or not get the motherboard, cant afford a graphics card or another part, would it still be worth it?

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  1. If you are thinking of upgrading you should get a PCI-E card instead of AGP because AGP is slowly vanishing from the market. Besides, PCI-E cards are cheaper than their AGP version.

    You would want to buff up your RAM to at least 2GB and of course a faster processor to help you better in multi-tasking. At least a Core2 Duo (doesn't really matter the speed, the lowest will do just fine).

  2. Oh wow, that's a horrible system. Get a Dell computer. You don't necessarily need to spend a lot of money on it because they have really cheap deals everyday. I recommend any Dell Inspiron. Here's the minimum for what you look for if you want a great computer. (This is for laptops, message me for desktops at

    Inspiron: Intel Core 1 or 2 with at least 800Mhz FSB and 3mb cache

    Video Card: ABSOLUTELY NO INTEGRATED VIDEO CARDS. DEDICATED ONLY. (Dedicated cost more, but Integrated takes up at LEAST half of your RAM, Dedicated has its own RAM) Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100

    Memory: At least 2GB RAM with a Dedicated video card, or 3GB for integrated

    Hard Drive: No more than 320GB (You dont need more)

    Hope this helps!

  3. bioshock is a pretty intense game as far as hardware goes. If you were talking lower end games it might be worthwhile, but if you think upgrading the bus to 8x is going to give you fast frame rates on that game, you might want to reconsider. personally I dont think it would be worth it. You will get a slight performance increase, but the rest of your hardware is what will ultimately determine the game's performance, so I guess it depends on what a slight performance increase is worth to you $$ personally.

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