Would like to upgrade from the GT 220 I have now.
This computer is mostly used for gaming now. COD, FSX etc.
They run ok, Would like to get more graphics quality.
I did some searching on the site and found these two Cards,
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
EVGA 01G-P3-1366-TR GeForce GTX 460 SE (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
either of those cards will need a new power supply. The best card you could use without changing the power supply would be ATI 5770. Its not quite as fast as the gtx460 but faster than the gts250 and uses much less power.
omg e7300 buddy (I currently own 1 as well)! An e7300 is a great CPU but pairing with a gtx 460 MIGHT bottleneck that beastly GPU. I recommend you overclock your e7300 a bit just to make sure that won't be the case. I upgraded to a 5850 and noticed that after I OC'd the CPU, I received quite abit more performance from the card. Either way, you will still notice an immense improvement over your gt 220! Good luck and have fun with your new card!
Phase 2 if intending to play more games - the mobo (about $70) the CPU to AMD (Either $140 for a 955 which is excellent for gaming or a tri core Rana 450 for $80 which is a good CPU at a great price) and the RAM to 4gb DDR3 ($40)
As you can see, once you get the GPU and PSU replaced it is actually pretty cheap to upgrade the system into a very current machine
You would have to replace the motherboard to use an AMD CPU and DDR3 RAM as the socket is different and also your current motherboard cannot take DDR3.
In order to replace just the CPU you would need to get another Intel chip on the same socket, but aside from being older tech, the price for such an upgrade is outrageous (in the UK an e8400 is about £135, whereas the items I listed above were a bigger upgrade and allowed for future upgrading for only £165)
It's actually exactly what I am doing to my brothers PC - only his CPU is only an e4400, when I saw the cost of upgrading the CPU I decided it was far better to replace the core system to more modern tech for the same kind of price
The good thing is there is no rush s there will be no compatibility issues between the new GPU and PSU when you do the upgrading, so get your new GPU and PSU and overclock your CPU if you need to and that will do nicely until you can afford to upgrade the other parts
I'd like to get a new motherboard to support a better chip (?)
As the cost for getting a better chip for my socket It looks like i could get a new motherboard at that price or a bit more. And choose a good gaming chip.
I'm going to research some more and make sure if the upper C2Q's will work since we already know that the top duals will work.
give me a minute or two, I'm anal with verification.
malmental does not like errors....