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March 28, 2013 2:08:02 AM

I've had my current PC for 5 or 6 years, but I've been doing a lot more graphic design work lately (working with really large files) and feel my system bogging down. Same problem with some modern games.

I either need to upgrade or grab a whole new system. I don't have as much time for gaming as I used to, but I'd still love to be able to game when I have time (1920x1200 is max resolution I need for the moment).

I'm willing to build a new system, for under $1000 -- but if I can get away with just upgrading, that's even better.

Current System:

Asus P5K MOBO
Intel Q6600 CPU
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
EVGA GeForce GTX 460 SE
700W PSU
1TB WD 7200RPM
Windows 8 x64


I'm not sure if upgrading my GPU will just be bottlenecked by CPU at this point? I've considered switching to a SSD drive, but my MOBO is older.. not sure if this is worth the upgrade as I think my mobo only supports SATA 1. I believe my MOBO supports up to 8GB ram, but I'm not sure how drastic a difference this will make. Thoughts?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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March 28, 2013 2:15:18 AM

your cpu is still pretty decent plus you can overclock it to reduce any potenial bottle necks...your chip should be good for a 3.8-4ghz overclock. at those speeds you should be good with nearly any GPU you want.


i would get a new power supply, more ram, graphics card an an SSD....anf a better cooler for your cpu so overclocking temps stay low.

heck you'll nearly have a new system then...with the money saved plus those parts you could carry them over to a new rig in another year or so. that would i would do.
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March 28, 2013 2:27:48 AM

5-6 years - I think a complete upgrade would make you smile(not your wallet) An i7-3770K (or wait for Haswell) 16GB RAM, at least 128GB SSD, and you will not be bogged down. The K cpu, when combined with a cooler, will let you have an added speed boost when OCed. Fill out the new build template and go from there. My experience has been upgrades just do not give what you are looking for(generally).
-Bruce
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March 28, 2013 2:29:58 AM

dish_moose said:
5-6 years - I think a complete upgrade would make you smile(not your wallet) An i7-3770K (or wait for Haswell) 16GB RAM, at least 128GB SSD, and you will not be bogged down. The K cpu, when combined with a cooler, will let you have an added speed boost when OCed. Fill out the new build template and go from there. My experience has been upgrades just do not give what you are looking for(generally).
-Bruce


that is understandable...me i like to upgrade in stages....buy the best (even if there is a temp bottle neck)...then in a couple months buy the rest. thats just my two cents.
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March 28, 2013 3:27:28 AM

Yah I'm tempted to do a full upgrade, I suppose if I did a complete upgrade it wouldn't be TOO bad on my wallet, as I could sell my current system. I wonder what my current system would be worth? $500-ish?
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March 28, 2013 3:29:40 AM

no more like $300-375
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