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Looking for two more years out of my rig.

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September 13, 2013 8:18:10 PM

This is my first post so please forgive me if your tired of these questions or if i leave anything out. I'm looking to get two more years out of my current setup with a little bit of an upgrade so I can play Skyrim without my GPU fan sounding like a freight train (currently the default settings are a the lowest possible). I don't need anything extremely powerful, just something I can play games like Skyrim at middle of the road specs if possible.

My specs are below and I did not overclock anything. I'm hoping I can get away with just a GPU upgrade but am thinking I need to upgrade my RAM as well, although I'm rocking a 32 bit OS. I'm looking to spend under $300 (well under if possible) so I have been looking at the EVGA GeForce GTX650Ti and Corsair 2x2gig DDR2 800MHZ (TWIN2X4096-6400C5). I figure anything is better than my EVGA 8800 GT right now but any help the community can give me would be appreciated.

OS: Win7 32 bit Professional
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3ghz
GPU: EVGA 8800 GT (512-P3-N801-AR)
RAM: CORSAIR 2x1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) CM2X1024-6400C4
Motherboard: ASUS P5Q SE2
PSU: ANTEC (its been so long I don't know how powerful it is and I cant read the model number)

Thanks in advance!!

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September 13, 2013 10:08:39 PM

you will want at least 4gb ram. the 650ti or 7790 are fine for skyrim on high detail settings. You cpu will limit your fps, particularly in towns, but the gpu and ram upgrade will make a significant improvement. If your keen, OC the cpu, should be able to get it to 3.4ghz without much trouble.
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September 14, 2013 10:37:49 AM

iam2thecrowe said:
you will want at least 4gb ram. the 650ti or 7790 are fine for skyrim on high detail settings. You cpu will limit your fps, particularly in towns, but the gpu and ram upgrade will make a significant improvement. If your keen, OC the cpu, should be able to get it to 3.4ghz without much trouble.


Thanks for the advice. I may try to OC if i still need some more power after the upgrade. I have one more question though. I linked in the hardware I'm leaning towards below but I'm not sure about the RAM. I'm running 32 bit Win7 so I wont be able to use all 4 gig and I already have 2 sticks of 1 gig Corsair in my machine now. Would it be better to get the 2x2gig sticks and replace what I have or can i get the 2x1gig sticks and add them to what I already have? I'm not to sure how dual channel works and if running two sticks is better than running 4 (even though I won't be able to use all 4 gig anyway).

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti SSC
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Dual-Link-Graphics-01G-P4-36...

RAM:
2x1gig - http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-2x1GB-Desktop-Memory-TWIN...

2x2gig - http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-TWIN2X4096-6400C5C-PC2-64...
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