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Would I be able to use my same Case and HDD with swapping out both the motherboard and processor. I have looked into it briefly before and have seen where there may be problems using the same HD with windows installed with swapping both out. Video card I assumed would need to be replaced. Here is more info if it helps:
2.30 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core
256 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Multi-core (2 total)
. Passmark rates it at just under 1200. For comparison, this processor
, rated at about 3400 (almost triple yours) nets me about 4000 on the benchmark with a 5770.
As far as replacing the motherboard and processor, it -is- possible
. Sometimes it works better than other times though. Not gonna lie, sometimes you will end up having to reinstall. You shouldn't -have- to if you do it right, but sometimes it's unavoidable.
Also, that walkthrough is for XP, Vista may be slightly different.
Adding to what Mikhalia said a bit... if you absolutely refuse to spend more than 300 to upgrade your PC's major core components, well... the saying goes: "You get what you pay for". Don't expect much out of XIV with that small of an upgrade.
I agree, I set the bar fairly low because I was assuming that replacing the motherboard and processor would require me to purchase additional parts bringing the amount around the cost of a completely new system. I could add some to that amount (not much however in the next 2-3 months but will continue upgrading after that).
Again, thank you for all your assistance.
As I said, your two big concerns are your processor/motherboard (both will need to be replaced simultaneously) and your video card. I can't say definitively that the game won't run at all if you only replace one and not the other, or that it's IMPOSSIBLE that only replacing one wouldn't allow you to run the game at the lowest quality... I just worry that if you didn't upgrade both, it may not work at all, and then you're stuck with a game you can't play (which everyone else is playing) as you find yourself in a rush to replace the rest. And I wouldn't want to see anyone in that situation.
I always consider "What could go wrong" before "What's the best case scenario", hence my concern. I don't want you to make a purchase with false confidence and be unhappy about it later.
As a side note, come to think of it, your RAM could factor into it as well. This motherboard
would support an AM3 processor and DDR2 RAM (which is probably what you currently have if I had to guess); most AM3 boards support DDR3 only (which would mean you'd have to upgrade RAM, another $100ish, as well).
If you'd really rather just buy a new system instead of replacing parts, I gave this guy
some advice on some retail systems
. You'll pay more going this route, but if your thought process is "If it costs over X, I should just buy a new computer instead of replacing things", then I left that guy with some ideas.
If yor primary concern is instead "I want to keep as many parts as I have and replace only where needed" then your case/HD/optical/OS/monitor/mouse/keyboard are all fine.