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March 6, 2010 7:53:19 PM

Hey guys,
I am thinking about upgrading my gaming rig.
I need some help for where to start.
This is my specs for my PC at the moment

Processor: 2.40 ghz Intel Core2 Quad Q6600
Motherboard: MSI MS-7345
Memory: 4gb DDR2 800 mhz
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS Hard Disk Drive, 1000GB
PSU: 400W (dont know what brand it is sorry)
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
Case: NZXT Lexa S http://www.nzxt.com/products/lexa_s/
Monitor: ViewSonic VX2433WM Monitor, 24" LCD, 1920x1080
Keyboard: Logitech G19 gaming keyboard
Mouse: Logitech G9x

So i was wondering where do i start? I was thinking the motherboard but i need some choices.
Im thinking about upgrading to Intel Core i7 930 2.80 GHz with A HD Radeon 5850 or 5870. Is this a good choice?
I would like to build a high end gaming pc. Please help guys

Thanks

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March 6, 2010 8:37:31 PM

to upgrade to an i7 9** you will need the following

CPU
Mobo
RAM
PSU

I would skip the i7 930 and stick with the 920 and save a few bucks, Asus P6T range mobo would work well. That just leaves a good brand DDR3 triple channel memory kit 3gb will be fine but 6gb is preferable.


The most important item not to save money on is the PSU - if you can ou need to aim for 600w plus item - Corsair would be the 1st choice purely for reliablilty and effiency.
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March 6, 2010 9:04:19 PM

Get a decent 650W PSU, regardless of what you intend to do next. If you don't know the brand of your current model, chances are that it's second tier or worse. Corsair is great but Seasonic, OCZ or Thermaltake are great, too. Anyway, take seriously what ulysses35 said: don't save money there.
Depending on the size of your monitor, you next you could get yourself a 5850 or 5870.
If you got the money for a full up-grade, you can go all the way to an i7-930, although and i5-750 would be the best choice on a cost-performance basis.
In any case, you are going to need new mobo and new RAM.
Asus has great mobos for any choice you make. As of RAM, choose the cheapest 1600Mhz memory from any major brand (Corsair, OCZ, Patriot, Crucial etc.) and don't mind for latency, unless you intend to spend your days zipping files.
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March 7, 2010 12:58:36 AM

What kind of budget/upgrade are we talking about? Quad core with 4GBs ram and a 1080 screen is pretty good. You might just need a good PSU and a new GPU. I'd only worry about a new mobo/cpu if you do more then just game or have a large budget.
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March 7, 2010 6:40:19 AM

sorry but i dont know much about building pcs.
Will i be able to install a new gpu without purchasing a new motherboard?
Im thinking of getting a 5850 or 5870 but i dont know whether my motherboard will support it.
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March 9, 2010 6:27:59 AM

The 8800GT and 5850 both use a PCIe-16x slot so your current MB will be fine for the upgrade.

Since you need a new PSU, would highly recommend getting this deal before it's gone:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$90 w/promo code ($70 after rebate) for a 750 watt 80+ bronze psu that gets a 9.5 performance rating from jonnyguru.com is amazing deal. The deal expires on Wednesday but may sell out sooner.

Moving to an i7 from a Q6600 isn't worth it it my opinion. The Q6600 is hardly outdated and the i7 CPU/MB/RAM alone will cost you $650 or more. Save your upgrade money for next year when the new Sandy Bridge(Intel) and Bulldozer(AMD) platforms are released.

If you need more cpu power in the mean time, the Q6600 overclocks to 3.0-3.4ghz quite easily(there are plenty of Q6600 overclocking guides online if you need one) although you will likely need an aftermarket CPU cooler to keep the temps in check. The Cooler Master Hyper 212+ performs very well and is a bargain at $30.
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March 9, 2010 7:28:33 AM

thanks so much for the help guys.
Ive decided to buy a 750W PSU and the 5850.

Cheers guys :) 
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