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What should i upgrade?

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August 25, 2010 12:40:32 PM

Hey, i was wondering if I could get some advice on what I could upgrade on my system so that i can run the latest games on a decent setting, I'm thinking i probably need a new graphics card.

OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
Version 6.1.7600 Build 7600
System Manufacturer Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
System Model EP41-UD3L
System Type X86-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz, 2400 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Award Software International, Inc. F4, 03/04/2009
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 3.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 3.00 GB
Available Physical Memory 1.95 GB
Total Virtual Memory 6.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 4.82 GB
Page File Space 3.00 GB

Name NVIDIA GeForce 9400 GT
PNP Device ID PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0641&SUBSYS_82BE1043&REV_A1\4&36A62D7E&0&0008
Adapter Type GeForce 9400 GT, NVIDIA compatible
Adapter Description NVIDIA GeForce 9400 GT
Adapter RAM 1.00 GB (1,073,741,824 bytes)

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August 25, 2010 12:50:40 PM

^ You definetly need a graphics card upgrade if you want to play the latest games @ decent settings...
What is your monitor's resolution and what PSU do you have ?
August 25, 2010 12:58:20 PM

^agreed. maybe look at more RAM.

whats your budget?
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August 25, 2010 12:59:50 PM

hehe sorry im not so good with computer specs and such ;p

my PSU is a fsp250-60hen

and i generally use x2 19" HP w1907v monitors on 1440x900
August 25, 2010 1:00:55 PM

rainvie1 said:
^agreed. maybe look at more RAM.

whats your budget?

no more than ~£300 at the moment, atleast.
August 25, 2010 5:40:12 PM

thanks for the quick responses!
August 25, 2010 9:02:48 PM

wouldn't i need a new PSU to run this card?
August 26, 2010 10:27:41 AM

its a very cheap X Blade case, was hoping to upgrade in the future ;p
August 30, 2010 4:06:13 AM

^ I would suggest you measure yourself...Check how much space is there between the backpanel and the HDD cage...If it is more than 9.5", then it would fit the HD 5850...
Another very good card - GTX 460 1GB...It is shorter than the HD 5850, and has very good performance too...
HD 5850 -> 9.5" and above available space
GTX 460 -> 8.5" and above available space
August 30, 2010 4:12:12 AM

ah yeah, i belive that case is possibly slightly smaller than mine (maybe its just my eyes) but i have at least ~12" space available, might possibly have to move my HDDs, but i think it will fit np then :D 

once again, thanks for such quick responses.
August 30, 2010 4:34:52 AM

OK, I don't doubt you, but I would like to learn more of why these are more suited for me?
August 30, 2010 4:55:07 AM

^ There are important things that you should consider when selecting a PSU -
1. PFC - Power Factor Correction - You get 2 types of PFC in the PSUs, Active PFCs and Passive PFCs, and the better is the Active PFC. What this does is that when the load on the PSU(assuming a 500W PSU) is about say 150W, then the PSU would pull only the power required to o/p this 150W, but if PFC is not present, then it would be continuously be pulling 500W from the wall socket even though the system would need only 150W...
So you would save lot of power there...

2. 80+ -> It is describes how efficient the PSUs are in converting the I/P to the O/P. So higher the better... Not Certified << 80+< 80+ Bronze< 80+ Silver< 80+ Gold in order of efficiency...
August 30, 2010 5:00:19 AM

ah ok, thanks a lot for explaining this! :) 
September 4, 2010 3:36:35 PM

ok, i brought this graphics card, but i was wondering, could you suggest a PSU with abit more power please? i was hoping to upgrade other components each time i have some money, so having to buy another PSU wouldn't be great, could you suggest a PSU with atleast 600 Watts power please? thank you