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July 18, 2010 1:31:13 AM

i want to upgrade my comp what you think i should do with it ..... i got between 2 and 3 hundred dollars..canadian

Windows 7 ultimate 32-bit(6.1,Build 7600)
Pentium dual-core E5300 @ 2.6ghz
4096mb ram
Geforce 7900 GS
P5QPL-AM motherboard
500w BFG power supply
hp w1707 17inch 1440x900 resolution

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July 18, 2010 1:39:27 AM

I would upgrade that CPU to a Core 2 Quad Q9550 for $169.99 from Micro Center (may be $190, not sure), pickup only though. Then if possible try to get a 64-bit version of Windows 7, otherwise a better graphics card like an HD 5770 would be good as well.
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July 18, 2010 1:54:22 AM

Since he mentioned Canadian currency, it's safe to bet he can't get any microcenter deals.

You didn't mention what your using your computer for, but if your gaming I would get a better video card first. A 7900 is very low end and power hungry for todays standards, after that I would consider getting a Core2Quad and overclocking it if you can get a good deal on one.
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July 18, 2010 2:26:10 AM

ye its for gaming but why a quad core ...isnt dual cores better for gaming
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July 18, 2010 2:57:41 AM

kreepa said:
ye its for gaming but why a quad core ...isnt dual cores better for gaming

Actually, most current games can utilize up to 3 CPU cores. Some, like Dragon age, FSX and BFBC2 can use more than 4 cores. Older games (before 2007) can only use 2 cores.

But if you are gaming, I think your CPU isn't great, but it is sufficient. It performs like the Athlon IIx2 240, which was a great budget CPU before the x3 s were released.
I would upgrade the graphics card. I know I wouldn't be happy with anything below my current radeon 3870.
Ever ordered from They have great deals.

Personally, I would get this for your system(like Lmeow said pretty much):

If you prefer the double lifetime warranty of XFX:

Again, Lmeow is right about 64-bit windows 7. Right now I don't think it should be your priority for gaming because between 3-4GB is the current ram "sweetspot" and there are not yet any 64-bit exclusive games. But you will want to look into it in the future.
Make your upgrade after this one a CPU upgrade, along with a motherboard and ram upgrade if you can- so you can get something not on socket 775. If not, a core 2 quad would do well. But is not needed yet.

If you would consider overclocking, you would be able to eliminate any potential bottleneck with your CPU, but I doubt there will be much, if any, in most games.
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July 18, 2010 11:49:25 AM

you already have the 64bit version don't you as i don't believe that the disk (or box) is specific to 32 or 64, and you can choose during installation, so go to 64bit.

July 18, 2010 3:12:46 PM

best bet is to buy video card now and cpu later
for around 200 a 5770 or gtx 460, even a 5830 (great value)
ur power supply will be stressed a little but nothing to get worried about with ati

there are good deals on 775 cpus, like e7xxx and e8xxx or even the quads, but definately do video first