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February 13, 2011 6:11:48 PM

So this is my first homebuilt pc built a few years ago (for playing everquest2) thru newegg for a couple grand (sure wish i had 2000 now, we wouldnt be having this discussion!!)

antec 900
seasonic S12-500watt
seagate barracuda 7200rpm 250 GB
gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 LGA775 intel 965 express
2 X1gb sticks G Skill DDR2 800mhz
creative sb audigy se
intel core 2 duo E6400 conroe 2.13ghz
evga geforce 8800gts 320mb GDDR3
windows xp (32bit)
artic cooling freezer7 pro (on the processor)

ive always had to raid in extreme performance, play on high performance in groups, balanced (somewhat) when solo. i have not tried overclocking as my little gnome fuzzies are way too small for trying that!

recently the graphics card blew up. so i ported to the local bestbuy and picked up another graphics card and some ram to boot.

galaxy geforce 9500gt DDR2 1024mb
memory master 2 X2gb DDR2 1066mhz pc2

i now show 3.5 gb of ram (assuming not showing all 6 because of a windows xp 32 bit limitation?).
my graphics actually seem a bit better in solo or groups BUT in raids its worse! even on extreme preformance im in lag city. please help!

so i have about 400 bucks i can blow at the end of the month on this thing. can anyone advise where i can get the most bang for the buck? im not an expert but i assume a pc is only as strong (fast) as its weakest link. is mine the processor? did i pick a shitty ass graphics card? would win7 make a difference? am i gonna have to delete my sexy assassin and roll a lazy caster so lag doesnt matter and i can just lob grenades from a distance?

thanks for any advice in advance!!!!!

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February 13, 2011 7:49:28 PM

32 bit windows only supports up to 4 gigs of ram, and may show even less

as of graphics cards, your 8800 was a MUCH better card than the 9500. you can get a gtx 260 used for like 100 bucks on amazon

heres a comparison of the 2 cards
February 13, 2011 7:52:07 PM

sorry for double post. But i just wanted to add that windows xp is most likely going to run smoother for you than windows 7, and if you have 400 bucks to spend, you can get one of the geforce 500 series, if you plan on it, get at least a gtx 560. Although your cpu could be a minor limitation, even while games depend mostly on the gpu
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February 14, 2011 7:11:18 AM

ok. im prolly just gonna build a brand new pc comes Christmas with the new sandy bridge stuff once they get the wrinkles out. so in the meantime i wanna get this rig to blaze as much as possible and then i'll mail it to my son so he too can become a crazed eq2 addict. so if the following are givens:
1. sticking with windows xp
2. sticking with current mobo gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 LGA775 intel 965 express

what would be the best graphics card, memory, and cpu for this mobo that 400 bucks or so will get me. or am i just wasting my time trying to get more performance out of this mobo and operating system.

thanks again in advance. and thatnks for your patience with this noob. ))))
February 14, 2011 2:52:24 PM

How about an E8400 + GTX 460? They would work fine with your current 500W PSU.
February 14, 2011 4:57:31 PM

You xp license is valid for both 32 and 64 bit installations. Since you built the computer yourself I'm assuming you purchased the retail xp release, in which case you should have a 64 bit disk in there as well. Go ahead and save all your documents and installation keys, then do a nice fresh install. The fresh win xp install with the 6gb of ram will make your system feel much faster.

As for the cpu, there's not too much of a need to upgrade that on your old 775 platform, it would most likely be money wasted.

I'd just go ahead and sink $200 or so into a shiny new graphics card and call it a day. The 6000 series of xfx cards have recently been going on sale often, a xfx 6870 would probably work out quite nicely for you,
February 27, 2011 4:15:09 PM

ok, any flaws in upgrading to the following?

its more than i intended to spend, just want to make sure everything looks compatable? also i used a power calculator to insure my seasonic would be enuff (it said would need 312 but recommended 388 both of witch are within my 500 that i currently have. any danger in this?)

thanks in advance