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Gaming rig upgrade advice

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January 16, 2011 3:02:19 PM

I am looking for advice on what/where I need to upgrade my gaming rig. I feel it's underperforming, but as it is, I do not have a very big budget for this and am looking for advice on where I get the most bang for the buck.

Current specs:

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System Summary
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Windows 7 (32-bit)
AMD Phenom 9600 Quad-Core
3311 MB RAM
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
468GB HDD
CD/DVDRW

System Information
Operating System: Windows 7 (32-bit)
Motherboard Manufacturer: ASUSTeK Computer INC.
Motherboard Model: M3A78-EH
Motherboard Version: Rev 1.xx
BIOS Manufacturer: American Megatrends Inc.
BIOS Version: 0804
BIOS Release Date: 12/23/2008

CPU Information
Manufacturer: AuthenticAMD
Type: AMD Phenom 9600 Quad-Core
Number of CPU's: 1
Cores per CPU: 4
Hyperthreading: Not capable
Measured Speed: 2301.0 MHz
Multiplier: 12X
L1 Instruction Cache: 4 x 64 KB
L1 Data Cache: 4 x 64 KB
L2 Cache Size: 4 x 512 KB
L3 Cache: 2 MB

Memory Information
Total Physical Memory: 3311 MB RAM
Available Physical Memory: 1698 MB RAM
Slot 1: 2048 MB Corsair 7 @ 400 MHz
Slot 2: 2048 MB Corsair 7 @ 400 MHz
Slot 3: Not populated
Slot 4: Not populated
Virtual Memory: 3311 MB

Disk Information
Drive Letter (Number): C (Physical drive 0)
Model Number: Unknown
Disk Size (Free space): 467.5 GBytes (150.1 GBytes)
Disk Cluster Size: 4 KBytes
File System: NTFS

Video Adapters
Description: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
Chip Type: GeForce GTS 450
DAC Type: Integrated RAMDAC
Memory: 1024MB
Video BIOS: Version 70.6.13.0.0
Driver Provider: NVIDIA
Driver Version: 8.17.12.6099
Driver Date: 10-16-2010
Monitor 1: 1600x1200x32 60Hz (Primary monitor)
Monitor 2: 1280x1024x32 60Hz

PSU: Corsair TX 650W


I ran a HD tune to check the HD's and they have an average transfer rate of 76,4 MB/s. I don't know if this is good or bad. The HD's are two 7500 RPM MAXTOR 250 GB drives setup in RAID 0.

I'm thinking I need to replace the RAM and the processor. To do that I need to get a new MOBO (I think) as the current cocket is pretty old.

Any advice on what I need to replace? And what to do with a budget around 500-700 USD.

Thanks in advance :) 



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January 16, 2011 4:05:38 PM

Unfortunately, AM2 socket /DDR2 path is pretty much dead....

However, you could find an AM3 board and quad core X4 for about $150-$200, get 4 gb of DDR 3 (2 x 2gb), and a GTX460-1 gb ($160) as a pretty nice upgrade for gaming needs....; if you still have a couple weeks before buying, look for the GTX560 soon.
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