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December 23, 2013 1:11:43 AM

Season's greetings all! I'd like to thank you in advance for taking time out of your busy holiday schedule to help me. I'm trying to decide what I should update on my pc in order to get the best gaming experience I can. Funding is really limited (I'd like to keep it around $200) and I'm not sure what I should upgrade in order to best increase my performance without running into bottlenecking (I don't know much about pc's). So, without further ado, here's what I have:

Motherboard: ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Video card: EVGA 01G-P3-1145-TR GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

RAM: Wintec AMPX 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model

CPU: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601920

Which one should I update in order to get the best bang for my limited buck? Do I need to save up for a few months and upgrade multiple items? My wife and I play a variety of games - TSW, LOL, AC IV, and soon EQN Landmark and would like to play them all on some higher graphics settings. Just a bit of background as to what the pc is used for :D  Thank you again for any help.

Happy Holidays!

Diarmadhim

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December 23, 2013 1:23:32 AM

Upgrading the graphics card is the area that stands out to me. More memory wouldn't hurt. SSD for a boot drive. But the GPU is probably the biggest area of potential improvement.

Thats actually a pretty good CPU. Especially if its overclocked. You could do better, but it would cost a lot more than $200
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December 23, 2013 3:44:07 AM

FALC0N said:
Upgrading the graphics card is the area that stands out to me. More memory wouldn't hurt. SSD for a boot drive. But the GPU is probably the biggest area of potential improvement.

Thats actually a pretty good CPU. Especially if its overclocked. You could do better, but it would cost a lot more than $200


Thank you! I don't know much about pc's so it's not overclocked (although I did research it and build it back in 2010), but I'll look into that and boot drives too after I purchase the GPU and RAM. I really do appreciate the help, thank you.
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