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February 9, 2011 8:26:16 AM

Hi im wanting to upgrade my computer i was wandering if you guys can help me with some advice on parts i should get. I need a new cpu, motherboard, graphics card and about 2 more gigs of ram and i want to to keep it under $750

i use my computer for gaming and general use.

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February 9, 2011 12:26:39 PM

I exclusively use Gigabyte mobos now. I used to buy Asus but their products were too unreliable and problem prone for me.

I suggest a Gigabyte mobo with an AMD quad core CPU based on your budget. The mobo should be in the range of $100 - $150. The chip should be about the same.

If you look on Slickdeals there are deals a few times a week and you should be able to get 6+ gigs of DDR3 RAM for around $60ish.

That leaves about half your budget for a new video card. The opinions and new models change on this every week. It really depends on how serious you are about gaming.
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February 9, 2011 12:45:16 PM

What apps & games do you run? Where do you shop?
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February 10, 2011 4:58:19 AM

sandybridge said:
What apps & games do you run? Where do you shop?



i play like gmod, css, gta, just cause 2 and a bit of cod and i use photoshop cs5 a bit and i shop at http://www.gamedude.com.au/ cause there the cheapest i have found in brisbane
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February 10, 2011 5:01:48 AM

mage182 said:
I exclusively use Gigabyte mobos now. I used to buy Asus but their products were too unreliable and problem prone for me.

I suggest a Gigabyte mobo with an AMD quad core CPU based on your budget. The mobo should be in the range of $100 - $150. The chip should be about the same.

If you look on Slickdeals there are deals a few times a week and you should be able to get 6+ gigs of DDR3 RAM for around $60ish.

That leaves about half your budget for a new video card. The opinions and new models change on this every week. It really depends on how serious you are about gaming.



thanks mage but i was looking for more advice on the actual hardware i should buy outa the 4 things i said cause i dont know what goes together like cpu and motherboard and so on but thanks anyway
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February 10, 2011 1:08:25 PM

I'll assume it's $750 AU. You said 2 more gigs, but I don't know what your current pc is. So let's do a new build that semi-future-proof. I suggest you sell your current pc. You can use the money to buy a new one. Forget LGA775, 1156 & 1366 and even AM3 cuz AMD will roll out Llano & Bulldozer this year. The last gen effectively becomes obsolete. Intel resumes LGA1155 shipments cuz nobody else could reproduce the bug:

http://www.rumorpedia.net/amd-llano-in-q2-2011-bulldoze...

http://www.gamedude.com.au/
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Shopping Cart
QTY Item Code Item Price $ Sub Total .
cpI5_2500 INTEL CORE i5 2500 3.30Ghz 6MB CACHE 95W LGA1155 249 249.00 UpdateRemove
viGAgtx_560_1gb GALAXY GTX560Ti 1024MB GDDR5 256Bit 835/4000MHz 2x Dual-Link DVI 1x mini HDMI 289 289.00 UpdateRemove
mbMSp67a_c43 MSI P67A-C43 Intel P67 Dual DDR3 2133Mhz (OC) 32GB Max USB 3.0 SATA3 Military Class II Components 149 149.00 UpdateRemove
memGS_d3_4g12800cl9_rj G.SKILL Single Pack RIPJAWS 4gig DDR3 1600MhzCL9 (PC3-12800) F3-12800CL9S-4GBRL 65 65.00 UpdateRemove
Total 752.00
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I still play GTA4 & EFLC on the 2500k + same mobo + same gpu. No, still can't max out GTA4's image quality cuz it eats video ram like breakfast. 2 gigs gpu would show better textures, shadows & detail view distance. Such a high-end card easily costs $300 US. JC2 will run better on this cuz it's not as bad code as GTA4. CoD BO will run very well as well. CSS is pretty old. Not sure about gmod.

You don't need more than 4 gigs of memory unless you have a 64-bit OS. You don't need a K cpu unless you overclock.
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February 10, 2011 7:50:19 PM

sweet, thanks heaps man i shall buy this sometime next week, and another thing i have 4 gigs of ram already should i get a new 4gig of it or stick with the original?
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February 11, 2011 12:30:31 PM

If you have ddr3 1333mhz, then stick with 'em. drop 'em in the lga1155 build. By default, SB runs memory at 1333mhz. To be exact, it's 666mhz * 2 = ~1333mhz. If you have ddr3 that's faster than 1333, it'll default to 1333mhz.

If you have 32-bit windows, use 4 gigs of ram. If you don't know if your windows is 32bit, it most likely is. If the C drive has a folder for x86 apps, it's 64bit windows.

You're welcome.
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February 11, 2011 10:20:08 PM

sandybridge said:
If you have ddr3 1333mhz, then stick with 'em. drop 'em in the lga1155 build. By default, SB runs memory at 1333mhz. To be exact, it's 666mhz * 2 = ~1333mhz. If you have ddr3 that's faster than 1333, it'll default to 1333mhz.

If you have 32-bit windows, use 4 gigs of ram. If you don't know if your windows is 32bit, it most likely is. If the C drive has a folder for x86 apps, it's 64bit windows.

You're welcome.





i have 64bit win 7 should i keep the original 4 gig of ram and get another 4 gigs?
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February 12, 2011 10:03:19 AM

Def. get 8 gigs. The best bang for the buck right now.
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February 12, 2011 8:37:31 PM

sandybridge said:
Def. get 8 gigs. The best bang for the buck right now.



alright, thanks heaps mate
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February 25, 2011 7:19:15 AM

Best answer selected by rickstar.
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