My computer is three years old and when I bought it was really good, but is outdated now. My graphics card (Nvidia 9800GX2) burned out some time ago and I started thinking about buying a new system. However, I only have about 1000$ (at the most) to spent on a new PC (or new PC components) so yeah... Here's my system now:
Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce 210 (what a downgrade, huh...)
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 @ 2.50GHz
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC. P5E (LGA775)
RAM: 8.0GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 400MHz
running on windows 7 x64.
Anyways, could you tell me what I can do for this PC with a 1000 bucks, cause I'm not sure whether just to buy a new video card or a whole new system. What components should I change? What models would you recommend?
P.S I'm not a BIG gamer, but it'd like to run games like Crysis II, GTA IV, etc. at MEDIUM requirements...
I would probably go out and find a good deal on a GTX470 which is way faster than the 9800GX2....
You could also clock the 9300 up a bit to give you a performance boost...just make sure your cooling is good enough for the oc....could purchase an after market cooler if needed...
All this for under 500.00
Hope this helps....JQ
If you're happy with the performance, I'd say keep it, wait for CPU tech and get a new high-end video card that can be used now and moved into a new system later. CPU tech is rapidly changing. Graphics is pretty stable right now with the last major product launches from AMD and nVidia in November 2010 and none expected for a few months at least. Even then Q9300 is plenty fast for most games still. AnandTech Q9300 vs i5-2500K