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Going to change my graphics card and ram

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November 27, 2009 7:47:13 PM

Hey Everyone,

Here is my current sig;

GA-EP35C-DS3R (rev. 2.1)
E8400 3.0
GTS 8800 (640mb) (old/first chipset)
3gb 1x1x1 twinmos ddr2@667 ram
250 gb Seagate 7200 rpm hdd.
Tagan 560 watt Power Supply (legit 560 watt).

I want to keep my mobo and processor, because I think e8400 is still capable of being a good gaming CPU.

I still use Windows XP, and considering switching to Windows 7. So I'm thinking of getting new rams, preferably DDR2's. I believe the performance difference between DDR2's and 3's are not that big. Should I get 4 gigs or 8 gigs of DDR2? What brand?

My GTS 8800 is showing his age badly. I would like to get a new GPU, but at the same time I don't want to spend 500$ on a graphics card that will be bottlenecked by my CPU. What would be a good choice to go along with e8400? I'll be more then happy if you guys can add cards within different price ranges like 100-200$ 200-300$ 300$+ etc.



November 27, 2009 9:22:24 PM

go with some 4gb (2x2gb) ddr2 800 low latency ram and a ati 5770 :)  ocz and g.skill are good brands..
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November 28, 2009 12:01:30 AM

Changing you RAM will not benefit you very much in term of gaming. You should keep it and invest in a stronger video card. Go with a 5850 over a 5770... it will gives you much more result than going with a 5770 and faster RAM.

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November 28, 2009 12:09:39 AM

redgarl said:
Changing you RAM will not benefit you very much in term of gaming. You should keep it and invest in a stronger video card. Go with a 5850 over a 5770... it will gives you much more result than going with a 5770 and faster RAM.

^+1... very good recommendation.

There is real no benefit in more than 3GB of RAM in gaming.
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