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June 24, 2010 4:09:18 PM

Hi I am mostly a gamer but recently when Battlefield bad company came out I started having problems running the games, I have to turn down all the graphics and in maps with lot of particles it is slow. My question is : can my pc be upgraded to get that kind of game running. I was thinking about the videocard at first, tell me what you think.

Processor : Intel core 2 duo E6750
MOBO : Gigabyte P35-DS3R
Memory : 4 gig crucial ddr2-800
VIdeocard : Geforce 8800 GTS 640 MB

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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
June 24, 2010 4:27:00 PM

I think you're looking at a new build. Everything in there is pretty old is really isn't going to be useful for an upgrade.

Depending on your monitor, you could easily have a new build that'd be good for gaming for under $700, possibly lower as this includes the cost of a HDD, PSU, case, OS and optical. If those components are reusable, the cost could be as low as $400. I'd suggest that you take a look at the guidelines (the link's in my signature) and see what kind of build we come up with. Don't forget to include the exact parts that you already have, especially the PSU.
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June 24, 2010 4:37:21 PM

Yeah. If you don't want to completely upgrade now, I would invest in a good video card as long as you plan to rebuild. If not, I would just get like a 4650 or something.

If you are ready to upgrade, just say the word and we'll create a build for you.
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June 24, 2010 4:45:48 PM

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I can't seem to get my hands on my PSU, cause its screwed and I can't see anything about it specs, is there a fast way to check it out ( I believe not)
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
June 24, 2010 5:30:41 PM

I don't think there is. I'd think it's decent though, since everything else is high quality.
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June 24, 2010 5:33:12 PM

I can see it's enermax, but for the wattage I can't tell, it's one of them with the removable cables.
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
June 24, 2010 5:51:50 PM

Nevermind then. Enermax isn't the greatest brand of PSU. It may still be alright though.

How much were you thinking of spending?
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June 24, 2010 7:14:00 PM

I think between 400 and 500 CAD$, I think I could change the PSU, I've had weird things happen to by computer with that PSU.

Also I have 2 monitors : one of them is 1920x1080(24 inches) and the other is 1680x1050 (20.6 inches)
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
June 24, 2010 8:34:39 PM

Try pricing out a X3 440, Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4, G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 and HD 5770. That's about $450 US, so it's likely to be about $500 CAD. That'll give you a build with some decent power and a great upgrade path.
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June 26, 2010 6:23:52 PM

What manufacturer do you recommend for the video card, and if I were to change the PSU, what would you recommend?
And with asus HD 5770, I came at 580 with taxes.
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
June 26, 2010 8:25:21 PM

Any would be fine. Lots of people like XFX because of their double lifetime warranty.

If you were to change you PSU, I'd get a 650W from Antec, Corsair, Silverstone or SeaSonic.

Make sure to check different sources for the parts. I don't know that many retailers in Canada, but I do know the prices vary a lot more than they do in the US.
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June 27, 2010 3:21:03 AM

I came across this, I saw the big rebate on it I was wondering if it was quality, also is it compatible with everyhing, I don't know much about power supplies.

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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
June 27, 2010 4:45:10 AM

That's a good one.

I should point out is that an easy way to save some money is if you don't think you'll ever add a second card in Crossfire. Crossfire is generally a good way to create a cheap upgrade path down the road, but it may not be necessary.

If you don't want to be able to add a second card, you can switch the motherboard to a Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 and get a 450-550W PSU. You should save around $50 with those changes, possibly more.
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June 27, 2010 4:07:53 PM

For crossfire do you require absolutely 2 of the same video cards?
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
June 27, 2010 7:00:10 PM

Not really. You could use any two Crossfire enabled cards, but it would default to the weaker one, so you'd essentially lose some power. It's better if you use the same card. It definitely doesn't have to be the same brand though.

If you're asking because you want to use that older card with a 5770, that won't work. They're entirely different chipsets and wouldn't be compatible in the slightest.
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