I built my first computer 3 years ago and it no longer handles newer games. I dont know much about building computers and winged it the first time. Any advice on what components I should upgrade would be appreciated. I dont need the latest and greatest but something that gives me good bang for the buck.
I was thinking of an i7 but im not sure if thats a good choice or what else needs upgrading and wanted to keep it under $1,000.
I upgraded the power supply in the case but I cant remember with what
1 x Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
2 x Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
You could overclock your processor quite easily. There are plenty of guides that will help you do it and you already have an aftermarket cooler. I have that same processor and have it running at 3.4GHz. I have had it up as high as 3.55GHz.
The thing to upgrade is the GPU. What resolution is your monitor. I have at gts 250 and I have no problems gaming at 1680x1050.
Wow thanks guys I thought I needed a whole computer overhaul. This will save me alot of money.
As far as the graphics card goes which one should I get?
Im looking on newegg.com and each card come from multiple manufactures (gigabyte, EVGA, MSI, ASUS and more). Their is a big price difference between manufacturers and I dont know which one to choose.
Also depending on the card it can go from: ($90 for a GTX 450) to ($229 for GTX 470) is it better to buy 2 of the lower end or 1 of the higher?
I thought about overclocking before but was to scared to try it ill take a look at the guides and see if i can figure it out.