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What to Upgrade/Where's the Bottleneck?

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December 2, 2007 5:58:38 PM

Hey, I'm thinking of throwing a few more bucks into my machine . . . what should I put them into? Performance increases from a gaming perspective are what I'm after.

Current Specs:

ASUS m2n SLI deluxe
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AMD 64 X2 4800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
EVGA 7900 GS KO
http://www.hardwarezone.com/articles/view.php?cid=3&id=...
2X Patriot 1GB 800mHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Enermax Liberty 500W SLI compatible
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
WDC 250 GB Harddrive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Windows Vista 32

Thanks!

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December 2, 2007 6:31:51 PM

I'm thinking of only a little bit of an upgrade, so preferably I'd like to keep the spending below $200 (100 would be better). So, no major overhauls are probably going to happen.
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December 2, 2007 6:48:50 PM

Gaming, get a 3850, 3870, or maybe a 8800gt. good luck
December 2, 2007 7:18:28 PM

your processor still has life in it, but your graphics card is your current bottleneck. upgrade your graphics card now and when AMD refreshes its phenom brand get one of their cheaper refreshed models. (current phenom lineup isnt very promising.) Fortunately you have tons of life left in your system. What you can do is upgrade to the ati 3850 or 3870 or maybe even get an 8800gt.... or you can stiff it out and wait for the geforce 9 cards next year or whatever ati has to offer
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