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Considering which parts to buy (limited budget)

October 6, 2013 6:26:53 PM

Hello all, first post. Being new and all, I'm going to provide as much detail as I can, but if I miss something crucial, let me know.

So my situation is that I recently received a hand-me-down rig, and I'm looking to upgrade some of the parts in the interest of gaming. What I'm currently working with:

CPU: E8500
GPU: Geforce 9600 GT
RAM: 3.16 GB (At least that's what it says in my system information - I haven't actually looked at the sticks themselves)
OS: Windows XP 32-bit
PSU: I believe it's either 600W or 650W - either way I imagine it's plenty
Mobo: P5Q

I'm currently limited to mostly Dota 2, along with some older/smaller games, but I'd like to be able run titles such as Bioshock Infinite, Dishonored, and Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Other titles I'd like to run when they launch would be Battlefield 4, Dark Souls II, and The Division, though I realize specs for those are unknown, so it'd be hard to say for them.

Anyhow, what I'm currently considering, as my budget is only ~$300 at the moment (it may or may not increasing by another $100 or so in the near future, so alternative suggestions out of my price range could be worth considering if they'll be worth the money) is buying:

Windows 7 64-bit - $100 (
2 x 4GB DDR3 Sticks - $70 (
GTX560 TI Boost - $170 before rebate (

Total - $340, meaning I have to find a little bit more cash to make it happen.

My question is this - is that combination the most I can do for my money at the moment? From other reading, some sources make it seem like my E8500 won't bottleneck me too much, while others make it seem like it will, with or without OC (which I'm currently clueless about).