What do I need to take advantage of my video card?

I have this video card:

WHen I first got it, I was told by several here that there will be a bottleneck at the CPU. Since Tax Rebate is coming soon, I'm looking to resolve that issue. What would I need to take full advantage of my video card?

I'd like not to spend more than $200, but can go over if needed.

I have Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
It's a Dell MB, can't think of it off hand, I'm at work and unable to look it up, but know it needs to be upgraded. It is from the Dell Insprion 931s.

Forgot to mention 1 requirement. The Mobo needs to support mirroring. I always forget if thats raid 0 or raid 1.

I would prefer AMD, but Intel is OK as well.
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  1. What mobo do you have, mATX? What RAM?
  2. Looks like I was wrong, it's a Dell 531s.

    This motherboard is 0RY206.

    Not sure if it's mATX or what. Doesn't say on the page above. It is DDR2, I have 2GB or 4GB, can't exactly remember.

    Looked up my posts from about a year ago. I have 2 GB RAM.
  3. This mobo most likely will fit in your case. If not you'll have to get another case:
    How much RAM and what speed is it, 667, 800?
    Start/All Programs/Accessories/System Tools/System Information. Or this
  4. I do have another case. It was given to me, so it doesn't need to be slim, it is a normal mid tower case.
  5. The actual speed will have to wait until I get home from work.

    I'm actually figuring that I will need to get faster ram (DDR3 or better) when I upgrade the mobo.

    I just want to take full advatage of the video card and not have a bottle neck.

    Upgrading the mobo,ram,cpu I figure I will have to do and don't mind.
  6. OK, you can get those

    LE: If you have 4G of DDR2 it's not worth it very much, DDR3 isn't faster, you can get a DDR2 mobo and a faster CPU (that x3 is good for gaming though).
  7. What would you recommend with a higher bidget? say 250-300?
  8. motherboard:



    Total:$200.97 with free shipping

    Note the CPU is OEM - so it does not have a CPU cooler, you can buy a really good one for around $30

    recommend this:

    Total with CPU cooler: $230.96+$7.56 shipping

    ~ OR

    You can go with this CPU instead:

    There is a stock heatsink that comes with the CPU so you don't have to buy a cooler.

    Total for option B:$201.98 with free shipping
  9. For a higher budget

    CPU and motherboard combo:



    Enough left over a CPU cooler if you want to overclock
  10. The biggest thing that will have to be upgraded is the power supply. Dell does not put a decent PSU in their computers and it will certainly not handle a 5770. Here is what I would recommend. There is a $5 promo code on the PSU and before anyone slams the rosewill choice check out the review of the 630W from the same series here.

    ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813157176

    Rosewill Green Series RG530-S12 530W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS Certified, Single 12V Rail, Active PFC "Compatible with Core ...
    Item #: N82E16817182199

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
    Item #: N82E16820231277

    AMD Athlon II X4 635 Propus 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX635WFGIBOX
    Item #: N82E16819103702
    AMD Battlefield Bad Company 2 Gift Coupon
    Item #: N82E16800995092

    Total is ~$267 Including Shipping.

    Another point of note is that if you have an operating system that came with your dell computer, you can only use that on a dell motherboard. I have never been able to use Dell OS disks with another computer. Win 7 home premium = $100
  11. Don't need a PSU, will check out the new results as well. I actually have a 700w PSU. Originally 600w but it blew and they sent me 700w in exchange.

    Originally this:

    But now the 700w version of it.

    I have a full version of Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit.
    I've upgraded slowly since I got the Dell PC. Only parts left are the ones I'm trying to upgrade. mobo,ram,cpu.

    Could you make suggestions as to the bang for my buck. After this upgrade, I don't really want to do any others for a little while until I actually have the Dell computer paid off. I do play games, but nothing real major like Crysis. Games like WoW, Mass Effect 1 & 2, thinking about StarCraft II but haven't decided.

    Budget: 200-300 give or take $50
  12. With y'all help & reading other posts, I went ahead and put together a list.

    Can you all critique it?


    How do those look? Is there anything better for my money? I am not sure about the RAM, so was it a good choice?

    I will push my budget closer to 350, but looking at 8GB of RAM. What should I get?
    What is better? 4x2GB or 2x4GB?


    What's the difference between these 2? The Sniper and the Ripjaw. Same price same quantity.


    Looks like the 2x4's are cheaper...I listed G.Skill as it seems that's what everyone recommended, but the brand doesn't matter as long as it's good quality.

    Do I need to get a new PSU as well or will the one I have suffice? This is the actuall PSU I have:

    Do you think the above (without PSU) will drop in price around Feburary when I actually get my tax refund?

    Since I'm not planning on doing Crossfire, should I worry about getting a board with Crossfire? Also, what's the difference between one with 16x,8x or 16x,16x?

    Sorry for all the questions, I'm kind of clueless when it comes to hardware
  13. Anyone able to critique what I picked and answer my questions?
  14. Best answer
  15. Is that mobo good? Been reading the reviews and it seems it doesn't like Windows 7 64-bit.
  16. Would a "Sandy Bridge" setup be good & within my budget? Been reading a lot about them, and I don't know much about Intel chips.

    I'm not planning on buying until Late-Feb, early March.
    Would 8gb be better?

    I am sorry about asking so many questions, I'm trying to "Future Proof" my purchase and don't plan on upgrading again for a few years.
  17. For gaming and he usual stuff Sandy Bridge it's not worth it but maybe the i-5 750 will be cheaper by then (I doubt that the SB will be cheaper). A $160 750 would be nice. 4G is fine. For future proof, not much on any Intel socket - you get the mobo and a good CPU and that's it. Next CPU means new mobo. Wait for the AM3+ socket.
  18. Any idea when the AM3+ sockets will be coming out?

    Anyways, thank you for answering my questions. I will come back in about a month but will have researched a little more.
  19. Best answer selected by trickynick.
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