[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 m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedShould I invest the money to upgrade? Forum Solvedwhich upgrade first Forum SolvedWhat should I invest in first for better performance, CPU or GPU? Forum SolvedWhich RAM should I Invest in? Forum SolvedWhich upgrade path for 1080p 30 gaming? CPU or GPU first? Forum SolvedFirst Time Builder - Invest in CPU or GPU? Forum SolvedAMD Phenom x4 925 upgrade to FX-8320 or keep it and invest money in GPU? Forum SolvedShould I invest in a 1440p display for 3 year old system? Forum SolvedWhich upgrade should I get first? Forum SolvedPC Upgrade: Which parts first? Forum Solvedwhich one should i upgrade first? Forum SolvedWhich should I upgrade first? AMD FX-4100 (3.6 ghz) or XFX 6770 HD 1gb? Forum Solvedwhich should i have to upgrade first ram,processor or graphics card for best gaming????? Forum SolvedWhich graphic card to upgrade to with this current system ? Forum SolvedWhat upgrades should I invest in? Forum SolvedVideo card upgrade old system i7 first generation ok or shell out tons of $ build new system. Forum SolvedSystem Comparison - which one should I keep / upgrade? Forum Which 1 of 3 Laptops would be best to invest in Fang EVO/Alienware/DigitalStorm Forum Solvedwhich to upgrade first, cpu or mobo Help! Forum SolvedWhich would you upgrade first? Forum More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !