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Some Recommendations Needed

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April 22, 2008 9:54:28 PM

Alright,
This is the first build:
So far*
amd 6400 x2 black edition
Asus m2n32 sli deluxe wireless
WD Caviar 280 gig (from old comp an HP a1520n)
XFX 7900 GT
lightscribe dvd/cd writer (also from the a1520n)
Antec Smartpower 500W PSU
Blue Orb II for cooling
Soundblaster card (to fix stability issues with the onboard sound on this board)
twin 2x 1gig corsair c4dhx
Vista Ultimate 64 bit

Soooo next step is: what?
To speed up games should I:

Raid with 2 barracuda 7200.11 320gig HDD's
or
Purchase an PNY XLR8 GeForce 9800 GTX 512MB
or
get more memory?

More about : recommendations needed

April 22, 2008 10:02:28 PM

The 7900GT is not a good choice for gaming.
Upgrading you GPU will defiantly give you the best bang for the buck performance boost.
April 22, 2008 10:12:21 PM

The 9800GTX will give you the biggest increase in gaming performance, but all of your choices will cost you drastically different amounts of money... You could get the HDD's and memory and still spend less than the 9800GTX.

For the price of the 9800GTX, I think a better choice would be to get an 8800GTS (G92) and another 2 gigs of ram.
April 23, 2008 12:49:59 AM

Of the listed choices, the 9800GTX would do the best job. A different option might be a 3870 and then more ram with the saved money, or the 8800GTS and more ram as oushi suggested.
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