What would be ideal to upgrade in my system?

Hi again Tomshardware!

With the release of Windows 7 being around the corner, I decided it was a good idea to switch from XP 32 bit to Win7 64 bit. I have already paid for the preorder of Win7 (with should include both a 32 and a 64 bit disc as far as I know), so I'm sitting here with 4000 DKK available, and I thought it would be a great time to upgrade some of my hardware aswell :) Oh, and I am not interested in upgrading my graphics card nor overclocking any components in my system.

4000 Danish kroner = 472.027542 British pounds
4000 Danish kroner = 767.8 U.S. dollars
4000 Danish kroner = 537.449251 Euros


My system is:
nVidia 260 GTX 896 MB
Intel Q9300 Core 2 Quad
3 Gigs of Ram
Corsair 520 HX PSU
2x 500 GB Harddrives @ 7200 RPM
An old Acer case
Oh, and I am also running a dual monitor setup in case that matters.


I am mainly a gamer, but I do graphical work a lot aswell. With my current setup I can easily play Crysis, without performance tweak configs and patches, with about 25-40 fps (I dont have directx 10 because of XP, so I cannot tell about how it runs on very high, but I assume it won't cut it).

What would be ideal to upgrade?

Sorry about a wall of text.

Thanks!
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  1. Oh and by the way, since that I am not allowed to edit messages, I forgot to add that I have this very bad Acer motherboard.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. You haven't mentioned anything your system fails to do for you, so the simple answer is "nothing".

    You don't mention your monitor(s) size and resolution, because one can always argue that gaming on a 24" at 1920 is better than on a 19".

    You don't mention whether after spending the 4000 DK on computer stuff you'd still have enough money for xtreme dating.
  3. Twoboxer said:
    You haven't mentioned anything your system fails to do for you, so the simple answer is "nothing".

    You don't mention your monitor(s) size and resolution, because one can always argue that gaming on a 24" at 1920 is better than on a 19".

    You don't mention whether after spending the 4000 DK on computer stuff you'd still have enough money for xtreme dating.


    Hi.

    I apologise for not being a computer professor and for not using common sense :) Both my monitors are sized 21,5" @ 1920-1080. About my computer failing, I was just speculating because Im pretty sure that I cant keep the same fps on very high. It would at least seem very weird.

    Pardon me, but what is xtreme dating?

    Thanks for your post and your time!
  4. I think what was being asked is, what do you want from your computer? You don't want to upgrade your vid-card, so what is your primary goal of "upgrading"? Are you looking for more speed? Are you looking for a sleaker case? Do you have no clue?

    Basically you have this money, and you don't know what to do with it? Just from quick glance, things to look at changing: Ram (might want more than 3gb if going 64-bit), CPU, MB as you mentioned (get a newer chipset).

    Your PSU looks fine, if not upgrading vid-card and not going SLI.
  5. get 4 gigs ram an a decent board
  6. udprod said:
    Both my monitors are sized 21,5" @ 1920-1080.
    OK, those are almost large enough so probably not worth upgrading.
    udprod said:
    About my computer failing, I was just speculating because Im pretty sure that I cant keep the same fps on very high. It would at least seem very weird.
    If you want to fix this, you need to add another 260 or replace the 260 with a 275. but you don't want to do this, and I agree. I wouldn't waste my money for a Crysis tweak when new vid cards will come in a few months.
    udprod said:
    Pardon me, but what is xtreme dating?
    Since you obviously do not need to upgrade your PC, I was suggesting you spend the money on a good time with a *very* good friend :)
  7. For themobo, iwould get a more upto date intel chipset or even go AMD and get an AM3 socket chipset, a phenom ii 955 BE, it should perform slightly faster than what you have right now, and definately get 4 gigs.

    but if you want to stay intel go ahead but get a ddr3 setup, it should put you around 200 for a good mobo and 4 gigs of DDR3 RAM. Add in a better case and say about 260-275 USD on a good upgrade.
  8. ^ And, for the most part, he will notice no change in performance.
  9. really even with DDR3?
  10. Hi, thanks for all of your replies so far.

    Perhaps I will not notice a big performance difference, but getting a new case and a motherboard is defintely something I would do. Getting 6 gigs of ram aswell then.
    Here is a noobie question: Can I use RAM made by different companies at once? For example, 2 sticks of corsair ram and 4 sticks of something else?

    Thanks
  11. udprod said:
    Hi, thanks for all of your replies so far.

    Perhaps I will not notice a big performance difference, but getting a new case and a motherboard is defintely something I would do. Getting 6 gigs of ram aswell then.
    Here is a noobie question: Can I use RAM made by different companies at once? For example, 2 sticks of corsair ram and 4 sticks of something else?

    Thanks


    It's generally not advised, but you can assuming their specs match up exactly. all ram would be lowered to the speed of the slowest ram stick if not.
  12. I thought DDR3 only made a noticeable increase in performance when with an i7?
  13. If you want to spend money and notice a improvement, Buy a pair or Intel SSDs and raid 0 them, everything else looks ok to me. Or you got enough there for x58, i7 920, and ^g DDR3, reuse the rest of your parts.
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    This is what i would do if i hade the money

    Put the 2 HDD in raid 0 you have a nice mobo and case now and 8 GB of ram for your ( graphical work )

    my 2 cents PS OC that CPU

    I used newegg just as a referance to parts

    And you might need this cable http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812706004
  15. Hi.

    Thanks for all of your replies, it was very informative :)

    Niklas, what you posted seems very interesting to me, but I'm curious:
    Will adding that 8gb of ram require a new PSU? I am completly unsure how much power RAM uses.

    Thanks
  16. I am guessing it will use 1.8 to 2.1 more volts to push the ram because you are going to use all 4 slots

    from what i have read i am going to say you will use about 3w per stick of ram so this is 12w

    your PSU will be fine for 2 HDD dvd that 260 and ram and you could even OC the CPU and GPU < per Corsair website
  17. Edit 1.8 to 2.1 volts per slot
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