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Where to start with my pc surgery?

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September 20, 2010 12:43:02 PM


OK, so the typical question I know, but I built a setup a few years ago, and its starting to struggle meeting specs with the new games coming out. Ideally I'd like a super rig for gaming and video editing, but for now I have a budget of only 400, possibly 500 to play with, so I know I am just going to to be tweaking and prodding (I would be happy to give extra spec-space for Civ 5 for a start)
I currently have 32bit Windows 7, but could get extra budget to get 64bit version.
So my question is, based on my current setup, what would I be better putting my money towards upgrading? RAM seems to be a priority, but I'm trying to get a feel for what would give me the best bang for the buck, what I can upgrade, and what I should maybe replace.

Current setup is:

Gigabyte EP-35-DS3l
Intel Dual Core E7200 2.53GHz
EVGA GeForce 8800GT Superclocked Edition
2GB Corsair XMS2 800Mhz (2X1gb)
Thermaltake Purepower 500W PSU
250gb Seagate Barracuda 7200 HD (this is plenty for me as I have docs, media etc. stored on a NAS)
NZXT Alpha CS-NT-ALP-WOW Tower

Any input into where my weak links are, and upgrade advice, greatly appreciated
Thanks guys
Matt

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a b B Homebuilt system
September 20, 2010 1:42:53 PM

The best upgrades for you are :
1. Upgrade the RAM to 4GB
2. Win 7 x64

GPU, Proc, DDR3 RAM, and mobo can wait, reasons :
-ATI/AMD HD6xxx is coming soon.
-AMD Buldozer and Intel Sandybridge will also join the fight.
It might worth to wait another year or at least untill summer next year. You might wanna either get the new ones...or if you decided to get the products of today...their prices will drop because of the new ones have arrived.

Less important but worth to consider :
adding an SSD to your system.
September 20, 2010 2:32:43 PM

Hey thanks for the quick reply guanyu - your suggestion makes sense to wait for the other parts until the big AMD releases to push prices down.
I'm thinking I will just upgrade RAM, looking at the g skill and upgrade to 64bit to make use of it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Thanks
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 20, 2010 7:26:02 PM

Can you find the similar RAM like the one you use now?
If you can find the exact twins (CL, freq, voltage) you can use your old and your new RAM altogether making it 6GB RAM (2x2+2x1).
It doesn't have to be the same brand.
If not, you can just scrap your old 2x1GB.
a b B Homebuilt system
September 20, 2010 7:46:47 PM

If you're willing to wait for Bulldozer and Sandy Bridge then get 4GB and a good tower cooler to overclock your CPU. I'd say

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for the RAM, that GSkill you picked would do but if you're overclocking it's best to use some faster RAM so you may as well pay a little more and go with the good stuff

CORSAIR XMS2 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
September 20, 2010 8:30:12 PM

guanyu210379 said:
Can you find the similar RAM like the one you use now?
If you can find the exact twins (CL, freq, voltage) you can use your old and your new RAM altogether making it 6GB RAM (2x2+2x1).
It doesn't have to be the same brand.
If not, you can just scrap your old 2x1GB.


OK so my 2 1gb sticks are these:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FU4ZM4/

So basically if I get the following 4gb, I can stack them in my third and fourth channels with the existing Ram to make it 6gb? That would be preferable to just losing the 2gb I have now
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

September 20, 2010 8:35:39 PM

megamanx00 said:
If you're willing to wait for Bulldozer and Sandy Bridge then get 4GB and a good tower cooler to overclock your CPU. I'd say

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for the RAM, that GSkill you picked would do but if you're overclocking it's best to use some faster RAM so you may as well pay a little more and go with the good stuff

CORSAIR XMS2 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Hmmm there's a thought - maybe I'll have a look into overclocking - will have to do some research as I've not overclocked before.
Thanks for the suggestion!
a b B Homebuilt system
September 21, 2010 5:23:25 AM

Hmmmm...
Your old one 4-4-4-12 and 2.1V while the new one 5-5-5-18 and 1.8V

Hmmm...you can try putting them together.
But remember to use the settings for the slower and the lower voltage one.
Try setting them to 5-5-5-18 and 1.8V
If this doesn't work just dump your old one.
!