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April 20, 2011 1:06:57 AM

So my birthday was just the other day so right now I have money I don't really need to spend on bills or anything. So I figured maybe I should upgrade my Graphics card but then I started thinking maybe something else on my computer is holding it back. So I figured I would ask you guys and see what you think.

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK

LITE-ON Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA 22X DVD Burner - OEM

ZOTAC ZT-X28E3LA-FSP GeForce GTX 280 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

EVGA 123-YW-E175-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI FTW ATX Intel Motherboard

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor BX80562Q6600

PC Power and Cooling S75CF 750W EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

That's everything so I hope someone can help me or even tell me its not worth it right now to upgrade I am just wondering =)

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April 20, 2011 3:47:00 AM

Wow thats actually a really nice rig. Sure it's a couple years old but it's got quality components throughout.

Well what's your budget? And what games do you play? Monitor resolution?
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April 20, 2011 1:22:41 PM

Gtx 280 is still a good gpu. If your upgrading I would recommend a 580 from nvidia or a 6990 from amd
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April 20, 2011 7:21:14 PM

I actualy have about 800$ and I use 1280x800. Right now I only play CSS but I plan to get a few new game that are comming out including Battlefield 3
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a b B Homebuilt system
April 20, 2011 7:45:57 PM

I think your CPU is your limiting factor here. It would be a different story if you had it overclocked though. I say add another GTX 280 in SLI (gonna be a bit hard to find one now though), and a good CPU cooler to overclock it. You could also choose to get a new Sandy Bridge 2500K which would also mean a new P55 motherboard and RAM. You might also need to call good ol MS if you bought an OEM copy of Win 7 and wanted to do a clean install
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April 20, 2011 9:48:35 PM

You could still go for a while on that CPU, I would OC it though. Also I think your 280 is fine for a while, but you will not be able to use Dx11 so keep that in mind unless that doesn't bother you
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April 20, 2011 10:21:32 PM

so a mobo, cpu, ram upgrade- some suggestions:

i5 2500K- $225
Asrock Extreme 4 Motherboard- $160
GSkill Ripjaws 8GB DDR3- $105
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April 20, 2011 10:49:55 PM

I have 32 bit OS right now
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April 21, 2011 1:28:20 PM

upgrading to a 64 bit would let you use all your ram. I really think you could just overclock your quad and be fine, and at that resolution you dont need another 280 at all. I say buy windows 7 64 bit and save the rest of your money for when you really do need to upgrade.
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April 21, 2011 11:58:50 PM

I say save your money as well. You were smart a few years ago and bought a PC that has lasted well. Once you get 2000, build a current gen with the same stamina as your old one.

Also at your resolution, even your CPU isn't slowing you down. I imagine you get GREAT framerates.
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April 24, 2011 2:37:31 AM

I am upgrading to 64 bit right now. Do you think more ram would help me in CSS cause my FPS just around alot or do you think OCing my CPU would help?
Also what Ram would you suggest getting if you think its ram
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April 24, 2011 2:48:08 AM

cmcghee358 said:
I say save your money as well. You were smart a few years ago and bought a PC that has lasted well. Once you get 2000, build a current gen with the same stamina as your old one.

Also at your resolution, even your CPU isn't slowing you down. I imagine you get GREAT framerates.

My idea was to slowly upgrade my computer a few pieces at a time
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July 7, 2011 4:55:45 AM

Best answer selected by tmcl.
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