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What do you recommend to upgrade on my PC?

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September 13, 2012 4:44:16 PM

Hello,

I am using quite outdated PC. If you could upgrade one hardware for gaming what would be the best possible choice?

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

Socket: LGA 775
CPU Support Type: Core 2 Quad/Core 2 Extreme/Core 2 Duo/Pentium dual-core/Celeron dual-core /
FSB: 1600(O.C)/1333/1066/800MHz
Number of Memory Slots support: 2×240pin
Memory Standard: DDR2 1066(O.C.)/800/667

Memory: OCZ Platinum Rev 2 6400 800mhz
2x 1G sticks = 2GB RAM

GPU/Video Card: Radeon 5750 HD (Core clock 700Mhz, Memory Clock 1150Mhz)

CPU: e4400 2.0 Ghz dual core,
overclocked at 2.66ghz with 5-5-5 / 15 Memory timings and 667 Memory Mhz with 2.1v

PSU:480w (My watts are also low, so getting high voltage GPU probably wouldn't be good option)

If there is also more what I can do to overclock some of my hardware I would be happy to do it. I'm using EPU motherboard that doesn't allow me to overclock my CPU voltage and I've lost stability above 2.7ghz. CPU temperature is low with a decent cooler.

Also I do not plan to overspend. Any CPU/GPU over $150 would be excessive and any RAM over $50 as well. It would be great if I can get away by upgrading one hardware than my entire PC that would keep my gaming performance decent for the next 2 years on 1920x1080 rez.

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September 13, 2012 5:13:02 PM

To be brutally honest with you it would be best to upgrade you whole Pc because the Pc as it is now is outdated and to put a new component in there like a new video card is going to run up against the other older parts like the DDR2 ram and the low frequency cpu which will surely bottleneck a new card , then you have the low wattage psu which will not be able to supply power to a new video card that would be an upgrade to what you have now.
I can see two options for you and they may not be earth shattering but they are an upgrade.
1. Add another 2 gb of the same ram that you now have for a total of 4 gb , even if you have Windows 32 bit you will still be able to use almost all of this ram.
2. Add a second 5750 video card for crossfire , this may give you the most improvement for gaming.
3. If you had the money to both it would be the better option.
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September 13, 2012 11:19:27 PM

Kopogero said:
Hello,

I am using quite outdated PC. If you could upgrade one hardware for gaming what would be the best possible choice?

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

Socket: LGA 775
CPU Support Type: Core 2 Quad/Core 2 Extreme/Core 2 Duo/Pentium dual-core/Celeron dual-core /
FSB: 1600(O.C)/1333/1066/800MHz
Number of Memory Slots support: 2×240pin
Memory Standard: DDR2 1066(O.C.)/800/667

Memory: OCZ Platinum Rev 2 6400 800mhz
2x 1G sticks = 2GB RAM

GPU/Video Card: Radeon 5750 HD (Core clock 700Mhz, Memory Clock 1150Mhz)

CPU: e4400 2.0 Ghz dual core,
overclocked at 2.66ghz with 5-5-5 / 15 Memory timings and 667 Memory Mhz with 2.1v

PSU:480w (My watts are also low, so getting high voltage GPU probably wouldn't be good option)

If there is also more what I can do to overclock some of my hardware I would be happy to do it. I'm using EPU motherboard that doesn't allow me to overclock my CPU voltage and I've lost stability above 2.7ghz. CPU temperature is low with a decent cooler.

Also I do not plan to overspend. Any CPU/GPU over $150 would be excessive and any RAM over $50 as well. It would be great if I can get away by upgrading one hardware than my entire PC that would keep my gaming performance decent for the next 2 years on 1920x1080 rez.


An SSD is a miracle worker for boot up and application load time and more memory never hurts. Next in line would be a video card but your limited with that power supply.
Since your machine is so out dated just buy a piece at a time from Newegg when things are on sale. The poor mans way to build a new computer that's what I did.
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