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Upgrading my current gaming machine or build new?

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May 24, 2011 5:32:53 AM

Hello all,

I was looking for some advice on upgrading hardware components to my gaming machine in order to increase my framerate on World of Tanks video game (fun game if you like to blow things up btw). I am debating on building a new machine or wondering if I can use what I have with some tweaks to achieve results. Let me know if I am missing anything important. I appreciate the help.


Approximate Purchase Date: flexible

Budget Range: if building a completely new system then probably $1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard/mouse/monitor/OS/speakers

Parts that can be reused.....

PSU:
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
MB ASUS P5N7A-VM 775 GF9300 RTL
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_775/P5N7A...

Case:
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 Socket 775LGA
http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=27251&wapkw=(E6700)

Memory:
2x 2GB PC2-6400 (400 MHz) Corsair
2x 1GB PC2-6400 (400MHz) Corsair
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(Desktop+Memory)-_-Corsair-_-20145201

Video Card:
1GB ATI Radeon HD 4870
http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/ati-rad...


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com/microcenter.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: generally have gone with Asus/Intel in the past

Overclocking: Current system is overclocked using 15% "profile", flexible on this

SLI or Crossfire: Single monitor currently, may be adding a second one - run on hdtv at 1080p Sharp 32 inch

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Thanks all for any input.

Greg

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May 24, 2011 7:40:49 AM

Hello and welcome to the forum. With $1000, you may not be forced to reuse many of the components. Still, the PSU is certainly reusable, as is the case. The 4870 is also, but keep in mind it will likely cap your framerates on a new mid-high end build. I would say look into a 2500K with a P67 board such as the ASRock Extreme4, a new 2x4GB set of RAM at 1333MHz, and a new GPU. For perspective, a 6950 would probably come close to doubling your framerates in some games. Depending on how your budget is looking a 6870/6950 might work.
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May 24, 2011 3:22:44 PM

Thanks for the input I'll take a look.
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May 26, 2011 7:48:48 PM

Best answer selected by ggramann.
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