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What to upgrade? 1.5 year old

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December 22, 2008 5:27:59 AM

Which one or two things would you upgrade on this system? And what to?

Budget is £200-300, bit more/bit less depending on how big a change it would make.

Gigabyte P35C-DS3R
C2D E6850 @ 3.3 GHz
8800 GTS 320 mb
4GB 4-4-4-12 @ 880 MHz
OCZ StealthXStream 600w
Samsung SM-931BW 19"
Vista 64bit

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a b B Homebuilt system
December 22, 2008 8:30:32 AM

Graphics card and monitor, but I don't know if you can do it for under 300.

GPU upgrade to a GTX260 or HD4870
Monitor upgrade to either a 22" 1680x1050 or 24" 1920x1200

I would not upgrade one without the other.

-Wolf sends
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 22, 2008 10:00:21 AM

I agree with Wolf. It would depend on what your particular needs are but I would definitely upgrade that monitor first. I would count on upgrading a graphics card oncce every year or 18 months.
December 22, 2008 10:25:46 AM

It really does depend on if your system isn't doing what you want, but the most likely candidate is your GPU.
December 23, 2008 12:59:39 AM


I think I will wait for the new range ati/nvidia cards then.
December 23, 2008 5:20:51 AM

Agreeing with above posters, i'd probably pick up a new monitor first and foremost, and secondarily a vid card. the 8800gts is really still a good card, and even a 4870 is only gonna be 40-50% faster on average.

Not sure how prices pan out in europe, but at current exchange thats about 295-445 USD. factoring about 250 for a new monitor and 200 for a new card.

If it were me, i'd pick up a 22" Samsung 2253BW at ~250, and a GTX 260 at about 200, and call it a day. But, i'm an nvidia guy. Right now the 4870 is the best card you can get price/perf so you may wanna go with that.
December 24, 2008 3:54:21 AM

Does playing at a higher res avoid a bottleneck?

I play everything had 1440*900 on current rig.
December 24, 2008 11:16:59 PM


Any performance reason for upgrading the monitor, or purely for visuals?
a b B Homebuilt system
December 24, 2008 11:48:06 PM

It's purely for visuals. If your current monitor is good enough for you, then there's no real reason to upgrade at all. Your 8800GTS-320 should be able to push most games (save Crysis) at high graphic settings with few problems at the resolution you're at.

If you're finding that you have to lower the graphic settings in the games you play in order for it to play smoothly, then it's time to upgrade just the graphics card. Personally, I have the 8800GTS-640 and a 22" monitor @ 1680x1050 and I'm waiting for the next generation of cards to come out before I upgrade.

-Wolf sends
December 25, 2008 2:49:19 AM

^ What he said.

The only reason to get a monitor is to 1. newer technology/better visuals, and 2. larger screen.

If you're happy with your current monitor, then really the only thing i would upgrade would be the vid card. A gtx 260 card can be had for about $200, or an ATI 4870, which is a bit faster, for about the same.

Your CPU is fine, RAM is good, mobo is fine, etc.
December 26, 2008 2:49:44 PM

Thanks for the advice.