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January 21, 2010 6:35:13 PM

im currently trying to upgrade to a more gaming oriented pc.

items owned

vista ultimate 64 bit
AMD Phenom 9600 Agena 2.3GHz
MSI KA780G motherboard
ETASIS ET750 True 750W
Kingston HyperX 4GB
XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB

items upgrading

the motherboard to
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

the cpu to
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ram to(depending on which board i get)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

any suggestions? im looking to play gta iv max setting with no lag

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January 21, 2010 6:39:08 PM

DDR3 all the way. I wouldn't touch DDR2 right now.

You can save a little cash with this board: Asus M4A79XTD EVO. Not much, but it's my personal favorite. Check for combos. This board is usually comboed with almost every AM3 CPU.

That RAM is good, but for $6 more you can get the 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 Ripjaws that are a lot better.
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January 21, 2010 6:42:27 PM

first, you might want to consider an i5 system, but...look at these combos:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... (lower end)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... (higher end)

for ram, i would get:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and if you arent set on amd, i would consider spending just a bit (15-50$) more for an i5 system, although it MIGHT not have the upgradability.
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January 21, 2010 6:45:11 PM

now just ask a quick question, with the system i have now should i be getting 15 fps in gta 4? this is the reason i want to upgrade
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a b 4 Gaming
a b V Motherboard
January 21, 2010 6:49:54 PM

No idea. Find some benchmarks out there.

Just to note, my RAM is the same price (or cheaper counting shipping) and better than the two ares linked to, but his combos are great.

I would also consider the i5. Here's what it would look like:

CPU: i5-750 $200
Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro $190
RAM: same as above

Total: $505. The board is quite a bit more expensive, but has USB 3/SATA III support even when Crossfiring, which others might not. There are several cheaper ones out there if that's above your budget.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 21, 2010 7:20:24 PM

right, the i5 system ^ recommended are good, but what are you talking about??? the eco series ram is better...
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a b V Motherboard
January 21, 2010 7:44:36 PM

Not by the specs. 1600 mhz vs. 1333 mhz. I know that doesn't really matter until you start overclocking, but the 1600 mhz sticks are cheaper by the $6 shipping too.
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January 21, 2010 7:51:39 PM

your right, it doesnt really matter, but last time i checked...1.35<1.5, so the eco can acheive a higher oc, without raising latency...so the eco can probs make it to 1800, and 1.65, and the 1600 mhz can probably reach 1800 at 1.65 volts, so both are good, but i would rather the lower voltage. also, there is a 1600 MHz:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

for 5$ more.
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January 21, 2010 7:53:39 PM

well my budget is kinda low so the i5 is a little out of range. but if it will make my gaming experience better i might consider. the game im most interested in is gta 4 which runs like crap right now

thanks for all the suggestions im going to go with the board that has the usb 3.0 for sure
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February 5, 2010 6:23:11 PM

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