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Upgrading my PC, please help!!!

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
November 6, 2010 12:47:00 PM

hey guys im currently looking to upgrading my pc,i know this is the second post but this is more structured, my current build is

System Information

Operating System: Windows Vista? Ultimate (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.100608-0458)
System Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
System Model: M56S-S3
BIOS: Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG
Processor: AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 6000+ (2 CPUs), ~3.0GHz
Memory: 6142MB RAM
Page File: 2323MB used, 10171MB available
DirectX Version: DirectX 11

Display Devices

Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce 8600 GT
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Display Memory: 3050 MB
Dedicated Memory: 235 MB
Shared Memory: 2815 MB
Current Mode: 1680 x 1050 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: AOC 2230F

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

Cooler Master 460
Product No. RS-460-PCAR-A3

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 : )

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a c 1415 U Graphics card
November 6, 2010 1:39:23 PM

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
I would consider Athlon II X3 440 or 445.
November 7, 2010 1:52:23 AM

okay according to
which should be the best??? the price are listed in $AU

1GB 5870 Powercolor / HIS / Gigabyte / Asus------------------372 / 372 / 372 / 394

1280M GTX470 ECS/Zotac /Inno3D /Gigabyte /Asus-----------296/296/297/338/345
1GB 6870 HIS / Powercolor--------------------------------------273 / 273
1GB 5850 Powercolor / HIS / Gigabyte / Asus-------------------244 / 262 / 279 / 279

1GB GTX 465 Inno3D / Gigabyte / Asus--------------------------233 / 243 / 243
1GB GTX460 Gigabyte / EVGA / Asus----------------------------222 / 222 / 222
1GB 6850 HIS / Powercolor--------------------------------------219 / 219

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?????

a c 1415 U Graphics card
November 7, 2010 10:49:24 AM

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 You will see that the price goes up higher than performance increase in % after you reached the level of GTX460 and HD6850.