as you can see my current build is pretty old with a **** graphics card, i want to upgrade the pc solely for intense gaming, so getting rid of the graphic card is a must, but i don't know if i should upgrade my cpu or ram etc.
I don't really have a budget but would prefer buying with lower price if possible (im poor), however the parts can be more expensive but must be really good in terms of price/performance in the long run, so i don't need to upgrade again in a few years. eg. i bought the 8600gt for $50 less than the 8800gt which i had been regretting for the past 3 years, so yeah what im saying is im looking for some good parts which are gonna last me a long time, so its less expensive compared to upgrading again in a few years.
i also have questions about my PSU and motherboard, this is my PSU info
AC INPUT l 15/230V~10/6A 60/50HZ
DC OUTPUT l +3.3V l +5V l +12V1 l +12V2 l -12V l +5VSB
l 22A l 25A l 18A l 18A l 0.5A l 2.5A
MAX POWER l 165W l 312W l 6W l 12.5W
think its 460 watts but not sure, if im gonna get a good gaming card, is my power supply enough?? do i need to get another one???
also about my motherboard, i was wondering whether it supports SLI/Crossfire or not, cos running 2 gfx cards or using the 8600gt for physx sounds nice.
and also if im gonna upgrade the cpu, what are the good ones my motherboard support, does it support quad core???
and i live in sydney Australia, so what would be the best place to get the hardwares, going to shops or online shipping?? also what would be a good time to buy them, like before christmas or after???
so yeah, please leave advice and suggestions about the upgrade and shopping and sorry for the wall of text : )
The cheapest gaming upgrade would be just dropping in a HD5770 (massive upgrade) it will run with the rest of it. The 6000+ is getting old but it can still hold its own, for a upgrade though you could drop in Athlon II or PhenomII chip from this CPU support list http://ee.giga-byte.com/products/mb/cpulist/ga-m56s-s3_...
I would consider Athlon II X3 440 or 445.
and like i said before, my motherboard only supports 1 graphics card and my PSU is 460 watts, so i might have to buy a new PSU if i decided to get the NV cards, but i think im gonna get a new quad core cpu anyway, so do i still need a new PSU if i decided to buy the ATI cards????
also i don't really plan on overclocking those cards so which deal is the best?????
Your PSU will handle a HD6850 or a GTX460 just fine. Anything higher I would recommend a new PSU. If you look at the performance summary here http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/Radeon_HD_6850/2... You will see that the price goes up higher than performance increase in % after you reached the level of GTX460 and HD6850.