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August 8, 2009 3:16:15 AM

My first build has treated me well over the past 2 years or so, but i'm looking to upgrade my baby.

current rig:

OS: Vista Home Premium 64bit (OEM)
CPU: Intel core 2 duo E7200 2.53ghz (currently oc'd to 2.85ghz) LGA 775
Mobo: Gigabyte EP35-DS3R (P35)
RAM: 8G Mushkin DDR2 800 (4 x 2G)
PSU: Corsair vx450W
HD: Western Digital caviar 640G 7200 RPM
GPU: EVGA 8800 GTS 640mb

I am currently using stock cooling, and 2 120mm case fans in a Rosewill mid-tower case and am considering upgrading my cooling as well.


I'm looking to upgrade my graphics card. I suspect i'll need a more powerful PSU to do this. Will I need to upgrade my cpu as well? Which specs determine if a certain cpu will bottleneck a particular graphics card?

I mostly use this pc for gaming. I'm not up on the current hardware but I'd love to hear what people think good options are for pumping this build up a bit for the next year or two.

I was thinking of a new, PSU with one of the new Nvidia GTX cards. (I don't know what the ATI options are atm but am not opposed to ATI at all.)

What are some good options?

cheers

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August 8, 2009 4:06:05 AM

I would recommend at least a 550w PSU from either Corsair or PC Power&Cooling. This will give you enough power for most single GPU cards. As for the bottleneck question, what resolution do you game at? This will dictate one the GPU you need & two if your current CPU will bottleneck your new GPU. Example: 1280x1020 no, 1900x1200 yes...
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August 8, 2009 4:09:58 AM

tecmo34 said:
I would recommend at least a 550w PSU from either Corsair or PC Power&Cooling. This will give you enough power for most single GPU cards. As for the bottleneck question, what resolution do you game at? This will dictate one the GPU you need & two if your current CPU will bottleneck your new GPU. Example: 1280x1020 no, 1900x1200 yes...



native is 1680x1050 and that's what i try to game at most of the time
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August 8, 2009 4:20:45 AM

Get a good cpu cooler and overclock it to 3.4-3.6ghz. It'll easily reach that and higher. The best bang for the buck gpu right now is the hd4870 1gb. They're regularly on sale for $120. Your current psu is a good one and should handle the new gpu.
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August 8, 2009 4:35:02 AM

I'm a little nervous about using my PSU with a card that requires more power--I take it these numbers are just suggestions and the reality is you can push them?. I'm new to overclocking and have alot to learn but like the idea of just upgrading my card/cooling for now.

If i simply upgrade my GPU, how will i know if i need more power?

Also, what should i be looking for when determining the compatibility of cpu and gpu?

thanks so much
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August 8, 2009 3:43:23 PM

Over clock tha CPU now!!!!!! It can handle 3.6 with the stock cooler no problem.
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August 8, 2009 7:41:16 PM

Thank you for the info, i'm overclocking as we speak and having fun.

cheers
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June 14, 2010 3:22:31 PM

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June 14, 2010 4:04:31 PM

Please oh please remove this fool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (vimal992)

Overclocking is probably the best method to gain speed for you without upgrading.
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