[System Upgrade] Which to invest in first? Tags: New Build Systems Last response: December 1, 2010 4:24 PM in Systems Share givememetal December 1, 2010 4:14:26 PM Hello all, I'm afraid I'm rather new to these forums, but I was hoping some of you may be able to offer a little advice about upgrading my system. I mostly use my PC for games and don't want to spend more than $250 at this time. Currently I have: Mobo: ASUS P5NSLI CPU: Intel Core2Duo e6600 2.4 GHz RAM: 2gigs, DDR2 667 Vid: Nvidia 8800gt, 1gig My question is, I hope, a simple one to the experienced rigger: Which of these components stands out to you as the one in need of an upgrade the most? I've been considering a few options such as 1) Upgrading my cpu/mobo/RAM. I think this is the most expensive route and I don't think it will fit my current budget. 2) Upgrading my video card. I know there are pretty good cards available for about $170 - $200, but will my aging CPU/mobo hold a new card back? 3) Finding another 8800gt and going SLI. I'm again a little reluctant because these cards are going the way of the dodo. 4) Buying a couple more sticks of RAM. My mobo has a couple of open slots and I think this is by far the cheapest option, but will I really see much performance boost? 5) Upgrading my CPU alone with another 775 with better performance. My mobo is too old for a quad core (I think) but there are better Core2's out there. Thank you for any help you could render and again, I'm sorry if I put this post in the wrong place. More about : system upgrade invest g00fysmiley December 1, 2010 4:24:07 PM how attached are you to intel? you could probably get a decent am3 board, cpu and ram for 250 and it'd be a huge upgrade leaving room to upgrade the cpu evn more in the future Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources : ForumWhere to invest in my current system ForumWhich is beter to invest in, a beter CPU or a beter GPU? ForumFor GAMING: Which to invest , video card or processor/ram ? ForumProfessor Says Buy a Mac? Should I invest if I'm a PC Gamer? ForumIs it really worth it to invest heavily into a good case??????? ForumShould I invest in buying a real RAID card? ForumA64 + PCIe: time to invest now? ForumShould I can my SSD and invest in something else? ForumShould I invest in a 100gb+ SSD on a budget build? ForumGoing to invest in a new laptop. ForumFirst pc build, investing on motherboard, budget of 1400 ForumFirst time building - looking for a cheap system I can upgrade ForumWhich upgrades should I get at first ? ForumOlder Socket 939 Upgrade Worth Investing In? ForumMy first system , looking for recommendation. ForumLGA 1366 , LGA 1155 Invest in one now or wait for LGA 2011 ForumNew to building ($1,000 budget) ForumFirst Build ForumJustify upgrade to x6 ForumSuggestion on gaming system More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !