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Need help to improve my setup

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December 27, 2008 12:00:42 AM

So this is what i currently have

Case: 102$

Processor: 194$

Video Card: 165$

RAM: 239$

Motherboard: 77$


PSU: 105$

HDRIVE: 75$x2=150$

Keyboard: 23.75$

DVD Burner: 35$

I think its become alittle slow and i want to upgrade it to improve its performance but without spending too much money. i guess i should upgrade the graphics card and cpu but not sure if i should upgrade the mobo too

not sure what the good cpu and graphics cards are so if you guys could suggest good but not extremely expensive alternatives, taht would help alot

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December 27, 2008 12:54:48 AM

They don't even sell most of those parts anymore...

Try an E8500 for a processor, a 4830 for a video card, a P45 chipset for the motherboard. You'd probably want DDR2-800 RAM, look for a CAS latency of no greater than 4.
December 27, 2008 6:55:28 PM

hahaha i know thats why i figured i was due for an update
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December 27, 2008 7:08:01 PM

You should start with the motherboard first, because you can use the same processor on a new motherboard. If you get one that has high FSB, like a Gigabyte EP45-UD3P, Asus P5Q Pro, or Biostar Tpower i45, you may be able to get a nice OC with that processor.

Memory should be purchased at the same time as the motherboard. A good 1066mhz ram will help, with that processor since it has such a low multiplier.

Next would be the Video card. As stated, HD4830-HD4850 would be good upgrades.

Last would be the CPU. By this time, you should be able to find out if a dual core or Quad core is what you need, by how your E6300 performs.
December 27, 2008 8:02:51 PM

hmm well i have no oc experience, i tried once ended up blowing up my harddrive haha i do have a friend whose good at it, but i dont really wanna rely on that

so i should just get totaly new ram for the comp when i buy the mobo and just remove the old ones?

i dont really know the diff btwn dual and quad, i do play alot of gamess that have high settings tho so i dont know how multiple cores would work with games
December 27, 2008 8:13:12 PM

Well if you don't plan on overclocking, then picking up the fastest Intel processor may work just fine for you. E8600 @3.3ghz should be plenty. You can get E8500, about $60 cheaper 3.1ghz, if money is tight.

It's hard to say about your memory and new motherboard. I've never had to use DDR2 667mhz on any of my motherboards. So I'm not sure if it will boot right off the bat. My recommendation is to go ahead and get the ram with the motherboard.

Only a handful of games currently use multi core processors.
Supreme Commander, GTA IV, Lost Planet, FS X, UT3, GRID, maybe more, but I dont' know all of them.
December 28, 2008 2:13:43 AM

That motherboard and memory should be fine. As long as you are running the CPU at stock, you will get by with the stock Intel cooler.
December 29, 2008 6:56:45 PM

alright one last final question haha, i remember last time when i was making my comp, i had to make sure everything fits... but i forgot what i was supposed to look to make sure fit lol. was it something about pin number or something?