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November 22, 2009 4:16:02 AM

I've got a homebuilt computer with the following parts and I'd like to see what I can do for a budget upgrade. I'd like to make it quieter, so I am looking to get a case that will let me do so. The 2 things I think need upgrading are the ram and the video card, I do not see much need to upgrade anything else with the budget I've got. I have roughly $200 to spend on this.

The upgrade I was looking at from Newegg as follows - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite....


Motherboard - MSI MS-7246 Ver. 2 - http://www.msi.com/index.php?func=prodmbspec&maincat_no...

Video card - ATI X800 XL 256mb - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram - CM2x1024-6400C4 G - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power supply - Antec CP-500 - http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Processor - Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6600 @ 2.40GHz (2 CPUs)

Thanks for looking
November 22, 2009 10:58:41 AM

you will benefit most from installing a HD5750 or HD4850 type card.

If i were you i'd upgrade the videocard, and keep the system as long as it sadisfies you, then replace it altogether.
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November 22, 2009 10:59:19 AM

also note that you selected DDR3 memory - its useless to you
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November 22, 2009 11:05:05 AM

anyway my point is that 2 gb to 4 gb - not really gonna matter that much.

New videocard is like.. tripple the frames and higher settings
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November 22, 2009 5:01:43 PM

Good looking out on the ram. Why will 4gb not make a difference? I'm stoked if I do not need to upgrade the ram because I will be able to put the money into a video card instead.
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November 22, 2009 5:44:31 PM

the board you have only uses ddr2 ram
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November 22, 2009 7:13:30 PM

Well, I already have 2 GB of ram as it is, why should I switch out what I've got for the G.Skill ram? Or should I purchase a second set of ram to add to what I've got? I now realize that it was DDR3 ram that I chose mistakenly.

As for getting a new video card, I think I will need a new power supply as well so I can actually use it without frying the supply I've got at the moment.

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