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September 30, 2010 9:23:32 PM

I'm clueless as to what I should buy for a new upgrade. Since I have no idea what information I should put up, I'll just copy the template in the stickied thread.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Long long time away. I'm thinking maybe summer of 2011.

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming I guess, I sorta want to play Final Fantasy 14. I also have a bunch of games on Steam that I never downloaded because the frame rate would fail.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Right now I have a nVidia 8500 GT. I don't know how to find the power supply so if anyone could tell me where I can find that, it'd be appreciated.

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: I have a P5N-E SLI motherboard, 2gbs of ram, and I don't know where the CPU model is and stuff so help me find that as well.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: The site doesn't really matter, as long as they're in the US.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Don't really have a preference since I don't know what all these are, I don't care if it's Nvidia or ATi though.

OVERCLOCKING: Not gonna overclock. As for SLI maybe depends on my budget

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1400x900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS
: Right now I only really want a list of options. I'll edit the post if I have more information. Ask for certain information if you need to.

I'm on XP 32 bit I believe.
a b U Graphics card
September 30, 2010 9:30:02 PM

Yeah we'll definitely need your Power Supply information. It's on a Sticker on the Power Supply unit itself.

The pertinent information we'll need is:

Make and Model#
Total Wattage
Total Amperage (add up the amperages from all of the "12v" columns on the sticker)
Also list how many of those 12v columns there are.

We'll need your CPU model and information. If you right click on "My Computer" and go to "properties" you should be able to see that information right there.

We can't accurately recommend a video card until we have that information, especially the power supply.
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September 30, 2010 9:48:41 PM

I don't know what this all means so I'll just post a picture of the sticker up.

It's actually Turbolink Switching Power Supply if it makes a difference. As for CPU I have a Intel Core Duo E8400 @ 3.00 ghz
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a c 235 U Graphics card
September 30, 2010 10:28:50 PM

1. if you plan to purchase a card in summer of 2011 then there is no point discussing this. Both ATI and Nvidia will have new cards out by then and the whole market in terms of price, performance, and options will be changed beyond what anyone can predict.

2. you need to upgrade your PSU. I would suggest you start saving your pennies and get a

450w+ unit from seasonic, corsair, or antec.
or
500w+ from xigmatek, ocz, enermax, silverstone.
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October 1, 2010 2:16:19 AM

Alright thanks then, by the way, can I still use the 8500gt with a new graphics card?
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a c 271 U Graphics card
October 1, 2010 4:15:27 AM

dingusxp said:
Alright thanks then, by the way, can I still use the 8500gt with a new graphics card?

Why would you want to?
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