Advise please

I'm addicted to Americas army 3 gaming ...with that in mind what should i upgrade next??
my system seems to work fine but ...you know.... here's my specs
( i think my next upgrade is a XONAR DX soundcard )

Windows XP Pro SP3 32bit

CDROM LITE-ON DVDRW LH-20A1S
DiskDrive WDC WD800JD-00LSA0
DiskDrive WDC WD6401AALS-00L3B2

? the 80 gb is old and i think dieing and has my os on it so i
either reinstall xp or go with win7 6x on either the 640 or a new ssd?

Gigabyte ga-p35-ds4 rev 2
2x2gb OCZ ddr2 1066 blade 5-5-5-17 2T running at 1032
E6750 oc'd to 3.4 fsb 430
* seems to do everything great ...wait for socked 2011?

Noctura NH-C14 cooler ( last upgrade )

Corsair 650w PS ( 2 yrs ago )

evga GeForce GTX 275 FTW ( 2 yrs ago )
* ok here ?

LG L226WTQ(Digital) 1680 x 1050 22.8 inches

logitec g3 lazer mouse

Medusa NX 5.1 headphones ( last upgrade )

Creative SB Audigy ( about 9 yrs old )
* think this is next upgrade to XONAR DX ??? to enhance headphones?

Reclusa keyboard

Thanks for help...
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  1. I would suggest Windows 7.
    Backup important data, swap out those HDDs with a Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB.
    DVD Drive is fine.
    I would suggest the Gigabyte 870.
    If you upgrade your motherboard buy 2x2GB DDR3 RAM.
    If you upgrade your motherboard go with the AMD Phenom II X2 555.
    I have never seen the cooler, but if you want to upgrade, I would recommend the Cooler Master Hyper 212+.
    The PSU sounds good, what is the model number?
    I would recommend the AMD Radeon HD 6850, or the GeForece GTX 460.
    Screen is fine.
    Mouse is fine.
    Headphones are fine.
    I would suggest a new Soundcard.
    Keyboard is fine.
  2. thanks joe.....
    I would suggest Windows 7.
    was thinking about 64 pro bit but worried about compatibality...
    would 7 be better for gaming?

    Backup important data, swap out those HDDs with a Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB.

    the newer deive is wd 640mb black ...the older is 80md and wd tools indicates a problem -- isn't black 7200 rpm faster rhan blue? was

    thinking of 120mb ssd for os?

    I would suggest the Gigabyte 870.
    would go with giga again ... what do you think about keeping current but
    going with a quad 9560 to last a few more years?

    If you upgrade your motherboard buy 2x2GB DDR3 RAM.
    If you upgrade your motherboard go with the AMD Phenom II X2 555.

    was thinking if i do this would go with socket 1155 and intel 2500k - dont you think better than amd?

    I have never seen the cooler, but if you want to upgrade, I would recommend the Cooler Master Hyper 212+.

    cooler is new and highly rated -- set me back 90 bucks

    The PSU sounds good, what is the model number?
    corsair hx620w modular - 2yrs old


    I would recommend the AMD Radeon HD 6850, or the GeForece GTX 460.
    do you think a big performance bump over the gtx275?


    I would suggest a new Soundcard.

    was thinking asus xonar dx

    heres my confusion....would really tick me off if i go with new mb and cpu and
    dont see gaming improvement...i upgraded to a gtx 275 from a 8800gt and didnt
    see much diff but fps did go up.....if i go to 9650 quad and oc will sys last
    a few more years and be fast enough?....( i think i'm chasing my own tail ...)
  3. Windows 7 is just all around good.
    My mistake, the 640GB is great, I would put the OS on that.
    I was thinking you had a small budget. I would recommend the P67 1155 with the i5-2500K Sandy Bridge.
    Cooler is good.
    PSU is good.
    Yes those GPUs will give you a noticeable boost.
    That sound card you picked is fine.
  4. thanks ...

    ok so win7 64bit
    xonar sound
    new graphics
    do you think a quad 9650 would be that much less performance than the 1155/2500 upgrade with ddr3?
    .....
    im thinking win7 , sound and graphics for now .... with the new graph on my 6750 bottleneck???...i do have a budget
    so i want to upgrade in increments
  5. That sounds great. The only Core 2 Quad 9650 I can find is pretty expensive. I would go with the i5-2500K. The 6850, 6870, 6950, or 6970 are all good GPUs.
  6. 9650 about $320 but new mb memory and cpu about $500 ish ..... would new be that much faster? - thanks for helping me noodle this through -- what about if new graphics now with ny 6750 - any bottle necks there?
  7. I honestly think your better off with the Sandy Bridge. If you don't upgrade your GPU, then you are definitely bottlenecking your rig. I would recommend the 6850, 6870, 6950, or 6970.
  8. dont understand 'If you don't upgrade your GPU, then you are definitely bottlenecking your rig' you mean as-is i have bottleneck - dont think you mean that ... do you mean if new gfx card with current processor then will bott??? --
  9. joe --- please answer
  10. If you upgrade your processor, and leave your GPU at what it is, then your are bottlenecking your build.
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