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February 28, 2010 3:13:33 AM

Hi guys, I'm considering upgrading my computer. I'm looking to at least replace my graphics card and maybe add some ram. Is it worth it to upgrade or should I just rebuild another computer?

My specs

Core 2 Duo e8400
Nvidia 8500 GT
Motherboard: AsusteK P5E-VM DO
Memory: 2 Gb DDR2 667

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a b B Homebuilt system
February 28, 2010 3:59:25 AM

It wouldn't hurt to throw a new GPU in there, but I'd be hesitant on buying DDR2, as anything you upgrade to is going to want DDR3. But, it has fallen a hair lately, so it's kind of at your discretion.
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 28, 2010 4:46:06 AM

Well, the thing is, that's a pretty epic CPU for overclocking. Having more than 2 gigs of RAM is a good idea if you're running x64 windows otherwise I'm not sure I'd add more, though it wouldn't be a bad thing.

That graphics card is epically terrible. So bad it's only as fast as a 6600GT. (and there were a bunch of people who "upgraded" to it from the 6600GT making that worse)

So it's absolutely worth it to buy a new graphics card. You didn't really list how much you were willing to spend, but I'd say (if you have a aftermarket cooler and/or buy a coolermaster hyper 212) if you overclock that you could toss it anything from a 3870 HD off of ebay for like $50-60 to a HD 5850 for $300.
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February 28, 2010 5:07:43 AM

Thanks for your reply guys, really appreciate it. I have no idea what my power supply is as I bought this system maybe 2 years ago. Would I have to find some more DDR2 RAM or could I just put some DDR3 alongside it. And yeah, just found out that 8500 GT is a weak *** card but the 15% restocking fee's killer haha. I'm willing to spend 100 - 300 bucks if it's worth it, otherwise I'm considering just building a computer from the ground up.
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a b B Homebuilt system
a b U Graphics card
February 28, 2010 6:20:34 AM

just throw in an ati 5770 and 2 gigs more ram and check that power supply
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February 28, 2010 6:23:41 AM

obsidian86 said:
just throw in an ati 5770 abd gigs more ram and check that power supply


agree
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 28, 2010 3:25:11 PM

I'd say either the 5770 or the 4890. The 4890 is a good bit faster but does not have directx 11.
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March 1, 2010 6:36:20 PM

darkedge said:
.... Would I have to find some more DDR2 RAM or could I just put some DDR3 alongside it. ...


You can't mix DDR2 and DDR3 on your MB. You must purchase DDR2 ram, but as long as it is DDR 2 667 or higher (examples: 800, 1066...) then you are ok. (The speed can downgrade to the speed of your 667 original ram, the type can't change.
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March 1, 2010 8:17:00 PM

terr281 said:
You can't mix DDR2 and DDR3 on your MB. You must purchase DDR2 ram, but as long as it is DDR 2 667 or higher (examples: 800, 1066...) then you are ok. (The speed can downgrade to the speed of your 667 original ram, the type can't change.



No, If your mobo has only DDR2 then you have to get DDR2. That means no your mobo doesn't support DDR3.
You might want to check the mobo spec on the memory because DDR 1066 you can if it supports it. but if you lucky you can try to see if it supports DDR2 1200
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