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What is the best graphics card I can buy and install on my EVGA 790i Digital PWN FTW motherboard? It is a PCI-e2/8GB RAM

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March 23, 2014 8:59:06 AM

What CPU are you using, and what are the main things that you do on your pc?

What is your upgrade budget?
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March 23, 2014 9:12:33 AM

What CPU are you using, and what are the main things that you do on your pc?

Hi Josh. Thanks for the reply.

I have a Intel Core 2 Duo 8400 300GHZ. I primarily play games on the machine and use it for entertainment. I have a 650W power supply too.

What is your upgrade budget?200-500

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March 23, 2014 9:31:19 AM

With a $500 budget, and the parts you already have, you can get something way better.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($319.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $579.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-23 12:29 EDT-0400)

You can reuse the 8gb or RAM, hard drives, OS, PSU, and use them with this.
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March 25, 2014 5:47:53 PM

Do you like the build that I posted or not?
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March 25, 2014 8:05:09 PM

Jacob McIntosh said:
Do you like the build that I posted or not?


I love this build! Do you have a recommendation for RAM?
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March 26, 2014 9:50:18 AM

I would re-use the RAM, because is is DDR3 you won't have to get new sticks.
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March 26, 2014 12:22:33 PM

Jacob McIntosh said:
I would re-use the RAM, because is is DDR3 you won't have to get new sticks.


Thanks Jacob! The ram is a single gb per stick. I thought they were 2gb ram sticks but I was mistaken. That means 4gb of ram. Might it be best to buy 4 8gb ram sticks by Corsair and toss them in the machine? It looks like this new motherboard supports 32 gb of DDR3 ram.
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March 26, 2014 2:10:04 PM

Hmm. 4GB isn't a lot of RAM for gaming nowadays, I would recommend getting 8gb. And unless you are doing some really heavy photo editing, you will never use 32gb of RAM. And if you were doing photo editing, an i5 with a 770 isn't what you would want to buy.

pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f314900cl9d8gbxl
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March 26, 2014 7:16:17 PM

Jacob McIntosh said:
Hmm. 4GB isn't a lot of RAM for gaming nowadays, I would recommend getting 8gb. And unless you are doing some really heavy photo editing, you will never use 32gb of RAM. And if you were doing photo editing, an i5 with a 770 isn't what you would want to buy.

pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f314900cl9d8gbxl


Thanks Jacob. I ordered the motherboard and chip tonight and tomorrow I will get the ram and gcard. Thanks so much for your input!
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