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I recently purchased one of the GTX 280 deals on Buy.com. It was quite a bit of an impulse buy. What I didn't think about when I bought it is how badly my current 939 rig will bottleneck that card. So I'm considering upgrading my CPU, Motherboard, and RAM. Unfortunately, I don't even know where to begin. I'm trying to keep a budget of about $150 give or take. I would prefer to find something with decent overclock capabilities to help produce the best bang for the buck. So what would be my cheapest performance upgrade option? Is $150 even realistic for well performing parts?
 

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Uhh for a $150 your limiting yourself. I mean your in essence limiting yourself to $50 for the mobo, $50 for the ram, $50 for the cpu. Personally, I don't think thats gonna happen my friend
 

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Bottlenecking is mostly benchmarking. Yes your 939 rig will not get you the max you can from that card, but your gaming performance will increase.
 

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Bottlenecking is mostly benchmarking. Yes your 939 rig will not get you the max you can from that card, but your gaming performance will increase.
Maybe, but his cpu is probably already bottlenecking his 8800GT, even in gaming.
 
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Hmm. U bought a 280 when u know it's impossible to run it w/o bottlenecks for a budget of upgrading for $150. Save up some money and then start talking.

EDIT: Ur using MicroATX so will it even fit?
 
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It is simple get E5200 you should be able to overclock it to 3.7 with P31 (I`v head that Gigabyte P31s are great and cheap too) and there are cheap DDR2 kits I`v read that it can buy 2 gb kit for 15$ after rebate and if keep it to WinXP should be enough in most of the cases.

Newegg links:

OCZ 2GB kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227060

GIGABYTE GA-P31-ES3G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128356

Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116072

165$ total
 
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just bump up the grafics and you be okay!!!!
 
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Hmm. U bought a 280 when u know it's impossible to run it w/o bottlenecks for a budget of upgrading for $150. Save up some money and then start talking.

EDIT: Ur using MicroATX so will it even fit?
My Antec Solo is just big enough to handle the card. Also, the Solo is a mid-tower not a micro-atx case.

It is simple get E5200 you should be able to overclock it to 3.7 with P31 (I`v head that Gigabyte P31s are great and cheap too) and there are cheap DDR2 kits I`v read that it can buy 2 gb kit for 15$ after rebate and if keep it to WinXP should be enough in most of the cases.

Newegg links:

OCZ 2GB kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227060

GIGABYTE GA-P31-ES3G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128356

Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116072

165$ total
Best I could come up with from NewEgg-

2 gigs ddr2 800 4-4-4-12 RAM $19 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820161063
Gigabyte P31 motherboard $65 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128356
Intel e2200 dual core $70 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116063

Total price without shipping $153.97
Thanks for your suggestions. That sounds like it would boost the performance to where I would like it after checking reviews of the CPU.

I know $150 is very little to work with but that's why I was seeking advice. I haven't stayed updated on the whole CPU thing since Socket AM2 and the Core 2 E6000 series of CPUs came out a while back so I wasn't sure what was the best bang for the buck currently. Again, thank you for all of the help thus far. I'm sure I seem like an idiot for purchasing such a powerful card for my limited system but like I said, it was an impulse buy.
 

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I second R9's reccommendation E5200 is a great processor dead easy to achieve a decent oc on most motherboards due to the high mult.
 
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