I have $500 to blow and want to make sure my desktop is ready for Battlefield 3. What should I upgrade? I can increase the budget to $700 if justified but would be happy to spend under $500
My current system:
5 yr old LIAN LI PC-60APLUSII W Silver Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
2 yr old ASUS P5Q Deluxe LGA 775 Intel P45 Intel Motherboard
5 yr old Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
5 yr old Western Digital Raptor WD740GD 74GB 10000 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive
2 yr old XFX ATI Radeon HD 4850 1 GB DDR3 Video Card
5 yr old CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4
2 month old Patriot Extreme Performance Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model PGS24G6400ELK
2 yr old OCZ power supply (900 watts I think)
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
I really appreciate the help, thank you so much. I checked reviews and read up on the items you listed, everything sounds like good parts at good prices when I compared them. I will probably order exactly what you suggested. I also checked my current parts on ebay and they are selling used for more than I expected so I may up the budget a little.
If anyone else has any other suggestions feel free to chime in.
$230 (250 - 20 rebate) MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$75 (Newegg) G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
$535 + tax (California) and shipping (I will compare prices more after I am set on what to get), and I still need a motherboard
I know absolutely nothing about overclocking so the MSI motherboards with the OC Genie have my attention.
I have 2 x 1TB western digital passport hard drives USB 3.0 so I store all videos/pics etc on them. My PC is programs only. I want to get an SSD but think I can hold out with the raptor until SSD prices drop a little more.
OK, I am over budget but I expected that. Thats why I started at $500 knowing I was leaving some cushion. After the upgrade is done I can sell my used parts on ebay and use the $ for a new monitor (currently using a viewsonic 19")
if you are in California are you near a Microcenter? there is on in Tustin, Ca. they have real good deals on the i5 2500K, it only $179. the also carry MB's similar to the MSI one I recommended. just a thought.
Wow, so I went way overboard, I should start a new thread cuz $500 is no longer
my budget. I ordered the
ASUS P8P67 Deluxe
2 x 4 gb ddr3
Now I am deciding on what to cool the CPU with (possibly the cooler master V8 or the corsair H50) and then which SSD to get, although i havent ordered it yet, I have pretty much decided to get the ASUS 6950 2gb video card. Any thoughts?