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July 22, 2010 6:33:58 PM

I am thinking of upgrading a budget gaming pc i built 2 years ago and need some advice. Here are the specs:


Ram: 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Video Card: 8800 GT 512MB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CPU: e8400

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


PSU: CORSAIR 650W

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The reason i'm considering an upgrade is that i just upgraded my monitor from 1650x1050 to a 1920x1200. I'm thinking the video card would be the best place to start for upgrades, i bought a cheap 8800gt with the intention of upgrading a couple months down the line for xmas but that never happened.

So what would be a good card for the new resolution i'm going to be gaming at? Is it even worth it? Should I upgrade something else instead? Should i not upgrade at all?

I don't really have any definite price range, i always like to aim for the sweet bang for the buck range but i don't know what is considered the best value card right now.

Also, heres my new monitor, can't wait for it to come:

ASUS VW266H

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

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July 22, 2010 6:38:18 PM

Grab a GTX 460 1GB for about $230, its a pretty good deal and will handle 1920x1200 pretty good and overclocks quite well.
Anonymous
July 22, 2010 6:41:57 PM

Oooh. Nice monitor, it's the size of my TV :lol: 

The E8400 is still a pretty good CPU and 4 gigs of RAM is enough for still quite a while. All you really need to upgrade is your graphics card. I'd say get something like a GTX 460 which starts at about $200. You've got a nice PSU which will definitely be able to handle it. Also, have you thought about overclocking your CPU? You could buy a new cooler for anything upwards of about $30 which would allow you to do some decent overclocking. As far as I know those chips OC pretty well.

EDIT: Didn't see your post there until I submitted mine. Great minds think alike, eh?
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July 22, 2010 6:54:23 PM

I used to have an abit ip35 pro which had a kind of built in overclocker. I tried messing with it once but even when i set it to just a small overclock my computer crashed. I'm using just a stock cpu can so that probably didn't help. Maybe i'll look for a guide once i get a new gpu.

Also, i remember seeing a chart somewhere on tom's hardware that had had all the graphics cards organized into tiers and it recommended only upgrading if it was at least 2 tiers higher than your current card. Can anyone link me to that or something similar, i can't seem to find it.

And yeah, i'm excited about the monitor but i'm worried it might be too much. When i get in a pc parts buying mood i tend to go overboard.

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July 22, 2010 6:57:31 PM
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Personally, I have a 20" monitor and I don't think I'd want to go above 24" but it's up to you and how you feel looking at monitors and screens quite close up. I'm also quite happy watching TV on a 26" from like 10' away. I guess if you really decide that it's too much you can return it. I'm not sure about that hardware chart but I'll see what I can find.

EDIT: Found it. I haven't looked at it yet but I thought I'd post it here so that you can have a look through it as well.

EDIT 2: I posted a link to the 2008 one by mistake but I've fixed it now.

EDIT 3: The GTX 460 isn't on there yet as it was only released on (I think) the 16th. If you read the review of it on this site it consistently performs better than the GTX 465, so for all intents and purposes you can use that guide to compare your card to the GTX 465, meaning it is 3 tiers above.
July 22, 2010 7:06:10 PM

Yeah, its on the truck to my house right now so i'm pretty anxious. Its kinda bigger than i was originally going to go but i got a good deal on it ($195 after tax and shipping) and i don't have a tv so i use this when i want to watch movies or play xbox. But as you said, i'll see how i feel when it gets here.

I can get this one for $170 but its 768gb:

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

Or the 1gb version for $195:

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

Is the 1gb version the smarter choice?
July 22, 2010 7:07:43 PM

You the man dangerman, thanks.
July 22, 2010 7:08:01 PM

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Anonymous
July 22, 2010 7:11:02 PM

Extra memory allows you to game at higher resolutions with AA (anti-aliasing) better than if you had less memory. I'd pay the extra $25 if I were you as you're going to be running at 1920 x 1200 so you'll feel the benefit much more, for example, than I would, with my 1680 x 1050 monitor. Take a look at this, which shows you the difference between the 1GB and 768MB models. There's not a huge difference, but I'd say there's enough for it to be worth the extra money.

EDIT: You're welcome, and thank you for the best answer. It's my first :D 
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