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To upgrade or not? That is the question.

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December 8, 2010 7:39:45 PM

Hi guys,
Thanks for taking time to read and respond to this post in advance.
I built my computer two, maybe three, years ago. I'm trying to decide if upgrading it would be beneficial or if I should just hold off and build a completely new one. I currently have around $300 to spend so I'd like to get the most bang for my buck.
This is the current build:

*PC Power and Cooling S61EPS 610W

*EVGA 512-P3-N841-AR GeForce 8800GTS

*OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800

*MSI P35 Neo2-FR Intel P35 Core 2 Quad Socket 775 1333MHz PC2-8500 (DDR2-1066)

*Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz 1066mhz 8MB S775

*Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3500630AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive


I've had no troubles to date with this setup but I'm getting antsy to try something newer.
What would you upgrade first and why? Thanks again!

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a b B Homebuilt system
December 8, 2010 9:45:56 PM

You can get an aftermarket cooler like CM Hyper 212+ and OC that CPU to 3GHz.
You can get a new video card, say a HD 6870 or GTX 470. What monitor do you have?
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December 8, 2010 11:07:43 PM

I currently use a Dell 19" LCD w/ DVI
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 8, 2010 11:17:26 PM

Upgrading the video card goes hand in hand with upgrading the monitor. I would raise some more money and get a new monitor and a HD 6850/GTX460.
ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you don't get a new monitor, upgrading the video card doesn't make much sense.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 8, 2010 11:33:39 PM

I'd agree with mosox's recommendation of the monitor/GPU upgrade now (or soon). I'd also recommend, knowing that particular upgrade itch, waiting until the new Sandy Bridge CPUs become available early next year for a complete system overhaul.

-Wolf sends
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December 8, 2010 11:43:00 PM

Thanks for the info guys. It definitely helps to shape priorities. I will check out some pricing on a new monitor and GPU. And I've been debating on OC my Q6600 but will that really help performance for gaming?
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 9, 2010 1:56:52 AM

If the game(s) you're playing is(are) currently CPU bound, then yes. Overclocking will give you better performance. If you're not sure, turn down your graphic settings a bit in game (easiest would be resolution). If you don't see an increase in frame rate, then your game is most likely CPU bound.

-Wolf sends
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