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May 7, 2014 12:48:32 PM

My system is in need of a upgrade. Here are the specs;
DS3 mainboard
E6600 C2D
4 GIG DDR2
OCZ Game Extreme PSU (700watt if I remember right)
8800GTS 640
150 GIG Raptor + 1TB WD black
Windows 7 Ultimate
24" Soyo Monitor (DVI)

Obviously I can't run the newest games with good settings, so I am considering upgrading the GPU for starters. If this is not the right direction or a waste considering the dated hardware please feel free to chime in. I was looking to spend between $150-$200 for a video card and then save up for board, CPU and memory upgrade.
This is the card I was considering,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I have been out of the loop on this stuff for a while so please let me know what direction I should take.
thanks

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May 7, 2014 12:58:57 PM

Hello, sooner or later you will need to replace the whole pc and start over, as it is quite dated.
However, if you are on a budget right now, you can start with a graphics card (say a r9 270x) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Keep in mind that the card will be bottlenecked by your CPU, and you won't get the full performance it is capable of while gaming, but it will be better than yours is right now(considerably).
After you get some money together, you can build a new pc, and just use the new graphics card on that.
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May 7, 2014 1:05:34 PM

sunder25 said:
Hello, sooner or later you will need to replace the whole pc and start over, as it is quite dated.
However, if you are on a budget right now, you can start with a graphics card (say a gtx r9 270x) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Keep in mind that the card will be bottlenecked by your CPU, and you won't get the full performance it is capable of while gaming, but it will be better than yours is right now(considerably).
After you get some money together, you can build a new pc, and just use the new graphics card on that.


The MSI I posted is a tad bit better than that, just saying.
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May 7, 2014 1:10:44 PM

sorry but r9 270< r9 270x ( 900 vs 1050 mhz clock rate) also the gigabyte has arguably better cooling. it is worth the $10 upgrade imo.
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May 7, 2014 3:18:29 PM

Thank you both for your input. I will go ahead and upgrade the card first.
Thanks again for the quick response.
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May 7, 2014 4:00:03 PM

Diox55 said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As much as I hate to admit it, this AMD is much better than the 750 Ti. I'm an Nvidia guy at heart, but honestly for the price your going to get better performance.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/SLA9U-Intel-Core-2-Duo-3-00GHz-...

Also, pick up a faster C2D, a 3 ghz is ony 20 bucks. I plan to upgrade my Optiplex 755 with a faster C2D pretty soon too, it'll help increase performance.


Im pretty sure my mainboard is only good to 1066. The chip you listed is an 6850 which is 1333. I could be wrong though?

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May 8, 2014 4:55:09 AM

Diox55 said:
Here, this is right from Gigabyte's site, it WILL support it, although even though it doesn't say this, update the bios to latest version if you havent.

http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=2...


The board in the link you listed is a Rev 3.3 and my board is a Rev 2.0
I see where the 1333 is listed on the Rev 3.3 in red below the description. I do not see where it is listed on the Rev 2
Do you think it will still work?

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May 8, 2014 4:57:04 AM

No, different rev boards are not guaranteed to work with the same parts, that's why revisions are made, stick to what your board supports.
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