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February 28, 2010 1:18:17 AM

Need some opinions. I typically build a new gaming system every two years. I generally shoot for just under top of the line to keep the cost low. Last time i spent about $1,300. Well, my two years are up, but im thinking of just holding out another year and building one in early 2011 since im anticipating some good game releases such as diablo 3 and SWTOR. So im thinking of upgrading my current system which is

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System Information
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Time of this report: 2/27/2010, 22:03:50
Machine name: THE-B321E6A0194
Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.091208-2036)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL CO.,LTD
System Model: MS-7345
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6850 @ 3.00GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 3328MB RAM
Page File: 723MB used, 4492MB available
Windows Dir: C:\windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)

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Display Devices
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Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce 8800 GTS 512
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0600&SUBSYS_23321682&REV_A2
Display Memory: 512.0 MB
Current Mode: 1680 x 1050 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: ViewSonic VX2235wm
Monitor Max Res: 1680,1050
Driver Name: nv4_disp.dll
Driver Version: 6.14.0011.9038 (English)
DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 7/14/2009 13:54:00, 5842816 bytes

If i upgrade i was thinking of at least upgrading to Windows 7 Pro...and throwing it on a new 1TB harddrive. Im also thinking about upgrading my graphics card to a Nvidia GTS 250 1GB DDR3. Any opinions or suggestions? The graphics card worth upgrading or should i just hold out on that as well?

Thanks in advance
a b B Homebuilt system
February 28, 2010 1:24:21 AM

My friend has the GTS 250 1GB, And its actually quite a good little card for its price. Runs cool, Gets quite good frame rates from new releases too.

And if your going to upgrade, It shouldn't be a problem.
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 28, 2010 2:43:54 AM

I've heard good things about the GTS 250 as well. Curious though as to how it stacks up against the 5770. DX11 support would be nice, especially since that LGA775 setup will have to go eventually, you could just hang on to the GPU.
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February 28, 2010 3:00:22 AM

jack_attack said:
I've heard good things about the GTS 250 as well. Curious though as to how it stacks up against the 5770. DX11 support would be nice, especially since that LGA775 setup will have to go eventually, you could just hang on to the GPU.



Yeah...thats what im thinking...i think i might just stick with the W7 upgrade on a new 1TB hard drive. Ive never been one to upgrade cpu/mobo cause of the fact i just prefer to rebuild every 2 years. Since i was trying to extend an extra year this time i thought the upgrade in GPU might be nice to go up to 1GB GPU memory. But ur probably right...probably not worth the price vs how much extra performance i might see. Guess ill get the HD and windows 7 which ill be able to through in the new build in a year.
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 28, 2010 3:54:45 AM

Another thing too, if you do go GTS 250, you'll probably be set for a good little while at the res you're at. I didn't see your current HD right now, what do you have?
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February 28, 2010 4:27:26 AM

jack_attack said:
Another thing too, if you do go GTS 250, you'll probably be set for a good little while at the res you're at. I didn't see your current HD right now, what do you have?


Just a WD 320GB 7200RPM that i put in it when i built it.
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 28, 2010 2:21:10 PM

jack_attack said:
I've heard good things about the GTS 250 as well. Curious though as to how it stacks up against the 5770. DX11 support would be nice, especially since that LGA775 setup will have to go eventually, you could just hang on to the GPU.


The 5770 is nestled between the 250 and the 260 performance wise. However the 250 can be had for < $100 whereas , since the 5770's release, the 260 has shot up from $155 to over $200. My 13 year old upgraded his PC w/ "Xmas money" to a 250 GTS and he's thrilled.
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