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November 3, 2008 2:27:22 PM

Hi.. I just want to know what to upgrade next... I have

CPU: q6600 oc to 3.0
MOBO: EVGA 650i Ultra
RAM: 4gb ocz platinum revision 2
PSU: Corsair tx650w
HDD: 320 WD
CASE: Ultra E-torque

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November 3, 2008 2:46:36 PM

what do you have for a gpu?

mmm i would get a new case, and then wait till we find out how good core i7 really is.
November 3, 2008 2:47:45 PM

You didn't list a GPU.
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November 3, 2008 3:12:35 PM

Is this a gaming PC?
November 3, 2008 3:32:22 PM

Monitor?
GPU?
November 3, 2008 9:51:37 PM

I have a gtx 260 core 216 monitor.. what recommendation can you give for a monitor.. probably a 22inch...
November 3, 2008 11:44:38 PM

samsung is a good brand. also a lot of people are going for acer monitors these days. their on the cheap end but seem to work fine. other than that i wouldnt upgrade till the core i7's come out along with cheaper mobo's for them.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 3, 2008 11:50:31 PM

All right, so it is a a gaming PC. I don't know anybody who'd buy a GTX 260 for Microsoft Office :) 

A Q9550 would beat that 3GHZ Q6600, but not by enough to be worth $300. So forget CPU upgrades this year and next.

More than 4 GB of RAM would help very little in games. http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2008/07/08/is-more-memory-better/1

Replacing the video card would be silly too, since the GTX 260 is still one of the best. You'd spend $500 for a HD 4870X2 or $450 for a GTX 280 but the improvement wouldn't be worth anywhere near that much.

Adding a second GTX 260 is probably the best thing you can do, considering your SLI motherboard. It would make a difference in Crysis at 1680x1050. Not really needed elsewhere IMO. However, the 650TX is not powerful enough for all that. If you like this idea, get an Antec 850W or a Corsair 1000W. Check this out:
http://www.slizone.com/object/slizone_build_psu.html

Maybe you should just get some nicer speakers, or more HDD space.

Monitors:
ViewSonic X Series VX2255wmb Glossy Black 22" 3ms Widescreen LCD Monitor w/Webcam - Retail, $250
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824116078

SAMSUNG 2253BW Black 22" 2ms(GTG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail, $240
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001268

ASUS VW222U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP support - Retail, $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236028

Try to buy a monitor from a brick-and-mortar after you see how it feels and check for dead pixels.

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