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Looking to upgrade video card, maybe more

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November 4, 2010 2:56:36 AM

Hello,

Basically I've had this custom PC for maybe 3 years now (monitor even older) and the video card is going to crap..so I'm looking to figure out what I should upgrade my video card with. And while I'm at it, the monitor/power supply/RAM or more for when I get the money for that as well.

Before I give the specs, keep in mind I'm not a complete noob but my computer knowledge is sporadic so bear with me.

Windows XP
Asus P5NE-SLI motherboard
Intel Core 2 Quad 2.40 Ghz
150 GB hard drive
NVIDIA GeForce8500 GT video card
Realtek HD Audio
1 GB RAM
emachine monitor, not sure what size
Black Steel 480 watt power supply
average mouse
USB Saitek keyboard

Also the price for the upgrades aren't TOO much of an issue. Definitely looking for long lasting great quality over cheap price but at the same time I don't want to spend a FORTUNE. Just give a few different priced suggestions if you can. Please and thanks.

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November 4, 2010 3:04:03 AM

You need to add another 2GB of ram to that PC like ASAP, probably DDR2-800.

Your CPU is descent, so leave that alone for now.

Your PSU could be ok too, if you keep the GPU modest.

You can pick up a Radeon 5770 1GB for around 130-140 (450GTS if you prefer Nvidia) and it be a huge upgrade, its easy on power too!

a Radeon 6850 is good too, possibly overkill for your CPU though, and its 180+ (460GTX 768MB for Nvidia).

But get that extra 2gb of ram (I don't recommend more, as more than likely you use 32bit XP)

So for under $200 you can probably near double your frames in most games :) 
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