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$800 Dollar PC Upgrade

Hello all,

So I snagged one of those Athlon II x2 240/Gigabyte MA785GM-US2H combos on black friday along with some other parts, and then decided I wanted to get back into gaming. So naturally, I'm looking for an upgrade :)

Here's what I got:
CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 240
RAM: Corsair Dominator 4 GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066MHz
Video Card: ASUS Radeon HD EAH4670
Case: Antec 900
PS: Corsair TX650 650 Watt
HD: WD Caviar Green 1TB SATA Hard Drive
OS: Windows 7 Pro
Mouse, Keyboard

Here's what I want:
A PC that can handle gaming (Fallout 3, Borderlands, RE5) as well as web surfing, music playing, and my schoolwork (Word, Matlab, Xilinx ise). I am also looking to get a decent 20" monitor.

Here's what I have:
$800 dollars

Is this possible?

I am willing to do a little overclocking, and I do like AMD but won't hesitate to switch if the price is right :P
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  2. If I were you, I'd also upgrade the HDD. Caviar greens are horribly slow. A Samsung Spinpoint F3 (or a Seagate 7200.12 is the Samsung is out of stock) will noticeably increase your system's speed at a rather low cost.
  3. @ Silmarunya +1 about the Samsung Spinpoint F3. Eco hard drives are ALWAYS horrible.
  4. The 7200.12 would be good. I would up RAM vs. new LCD.
  5. Why?

    Short of rendering or compiling, 4gb is sufficient for anything you want to do in Windows 7 64bit. God forbid he's running the 32 bit version in which case he's only going to see a maximum of 4gb - VRAM, in which case he'd already have too much.

    Besides he asked for a monitor upgrade.
  6. LOL, I've done far too much reading. :P
  7. Thanks guys :)

    I am runnning the 64-bit edition of windows 7 so I'm taking full advantage of the RAM.

    I was playing around and it would only be a little over my budget to get the 5890 plus the items mentioned above. Would my power supply be able to handle it and would I actually see a performance increase?
  8. ^ Are you talking about the HD 5870 ?
    As for your PSU concern, Corsair 650TX you would have no trouble powering that card(HD 5850/ 5870)...Actually you can run a HD 5970 with that PSU...
    And with the above changes, certainly you will notice a lot of difference while playing games...
  9. Thanks, I really can't wait to buy these parts now :)
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