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Thinking about upgrading - some advice (old build inside)

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September 2, 2010 5:00:16 PM

GPU : VGA EVGA 512-P3-N872-AR 9800GTX

Mobo : MB MSI P45 NEO3-FR 775 RT (nothing special just DDR2, quad core capable - NO SLI capability)

HD : SATA 500Gig drive

CPU : CPU INTEL|C2Q Q6600 2.4G (Standard Q6600)

PSU : CORSAIR|CMPSU-650TX 650W

Ram : 4gig DDR2

--what i'm tryin to figure out is how much/what can i upgrade on the PC to be cost efficient. Do i upgrade the video card, mobo, or cpu. Should i upgrade the Mobo for something that can support SLI but can still use my CPU and perhaps DDR3? Should i just replace the video card and forget about SLI?

All tips would be appreciated, i'm willing to spend probably around 300-500 range.

I built this comp myself originally two years ago and am trying to figure out if i can get away with my cpu for another year or two, which if i can, i can just simply upgrade the video card. But then again i think DDR3 ram would be nice.

Thanks!
a c 104 B Homebuilt system
a c 1411 U Graphics card
a c 900 à CPUs
September 2, 2010 5:02:29 PM

Overclock the CPU to 3+ GHz and upgrade GPU to HD5850 or GTX470 and you would still have a nice gaming rig.
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September 2, 2010 8:18:40 PM

Overclocking to 3+GHz will be your big winner. The 9800 is still a mid range gaming card and should play most games at fairly high settings on a 1680x1050 monitor.

If you find you want better performance after overclocking then a 5770 is a minor upgrade, a 460 (1GB) is a moderate upgrade, a 5850 is a big upgrade and a 470 is a really big upgrade.
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