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Upgrading my gaming rig

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May 2, 2010 1:23:55 AM

My current spec
CPU : Q6600 B3 @ 2.4
RAM : 4GB OCZ Reaper DDR2800
MB : Gigabyte X48-DS5
GPU : Gigabyte 8800GT 512
PSU : FSP Bluestorm 500W
Monitor 19" LCD 1440x900

I have $300 budget to upgrade my computer. Which part should i upgrade first?
This pc is mostly used for gaming/browsing.
I have no intention to upgrade my monitor so i guess i'll stick w/ 1440x900

Thanks


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May 2, 2010 1:27:40 AM

if i were you i would save up another 250 and do a whole new build. That is pretty outdated and i would suggest everything be upgraded.
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May 2, 2010 1:30:26 AM

@samdsox : so $550 + selling my whole system is better? any recommendation spec? btw, i prefer intel to amd
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May 2, 2010 2:12:04 AM

For your budget, amd is a better buy. I've been using amd almost exclusively for 10+ years and always have been happy.

I would suggest for a new build to get new ram, however if you want to save you could go with something like this and reuse your ddr2.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

If you can stretch 10 bucks more.....

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Just over 300....but still a good improvement I'd think. What does everyone else think?

However, as suggested you could part out your rig and end up with better...
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 2, 2010 2:24:36 AM

Or you could overclock your CPU and buy a fast video card.
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May 2, 2010 2:44:10 AM

False_Dmitry_II said:
Or you could overclock your CPU and buy a fast video card.


Yeah, I think he's right. If you can manage to over clock your CPU to about 2.7-2.8Ghz, you can get a HD 5770 or a 5830 and salvage your current rig for another 1 - 2 years.

You can check the card specs for your 8800gt, 5770 and 5830. As well as max power draw for them.

8800GT 512MB VS HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 Link: http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=544&card2...
HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 VS 5830 1GB GDDR5 Link: http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=544&card2...

Additional Notes: I am not sure if your current PSU can handle a 75watt increase if you get a 5830, but it should be pretty close.
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 2, 2010 2:28:37 PM

^ +1. You have a B3 quad which usually won't clock as nice as a G0, but should be capable of 3Ghz. I don't quite understand why people think the C2Q's are dead, they're surely not. From a financial standpoint, redoing a machine that already has a C2Q is pointless, IMO.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/phenom-ii-940,2114-...

All in all, the new core architecture is king. But, it's horse isn't that high.
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