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Upgrading a Gaming Rig 101

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June 21, 2011 12:53:42 PM

Hello guys.

I am wondering if someone can lend a hand. Here is the basics of what I have, and then a blurb about where I want to be. I used to be up on all of this but time and life have rendered me a n00b again. Neverwinter and a couple other games are comming up and I want to be ready for it. With a smoking rig that will last for years.


What I have:
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Asus P5W DH Deluxe (really like it for the audio, built-in wifi, and onboard raid)

RAM -
4GB PC6700 (I think?)

HDD
80 GB WD Raptor 10k - OS drive
250GBx2 Seagates for data and none gaming storage

PSU
1000 watt (high end cant recall name)

CPU
Core Duo2 E6700 w/Zalman fan (thing is a huge copper beast)

GPU
Asus Extreme Radeon HD 4850

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So if I upgrade... the following are what I am looking at.
1. I want to get a large size LCD. What is the best size to resolution and value? I am a fan of Samsung displays.
2. I am thinking I want to try SLI or Crossfire with my larger display
3. Can I use my giant Zalman copper heatsink on the new option?
4. Do I really need to upgrade my disks at all?

So in light of those questions...

What would be a nice upgrade? (if I am at a point where the community thinks its warrented)

I use NewEgg mainly as my vendor.

Thank you for your time!
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June 21, 2011 1:03:23 PM

your E6700, should still give a few years of performance, depending on your budget, you could just buy a newer 5830/5770 or if you want to go Nvidia theres the gts450. if you have a higher budget then the 6950 or 560Ti would be a nice choice. it all depends on your budget mainly.

[EDIT]:
seems the E6700 can easily get to 3.66Ghz without stability issues, giving a 1Ghz overclock!:
http://www.techspot.com/article/13-intel-core2duo-e6300...

before/after overclocking results:
http://www.techspot.com/article/13-intel-core2duo-e6300...
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June 21, 2011 3:43:32 PM

What about the GPU and the 4GB of memory I currently have in my system. Are those ok for a bit yet?
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 21, 2011 4:28:53 PM

Ghost of War said:
What about the GPU and the 4GB of memory I currently have in my system. Are those ok for a bit yet?


your ram is still great (800Mhz), and the GPU depends on whether its the 512mb model of the 1gb model, if you want better gaming performance i would go with a Graphics card upgrade. (if its the 1gb version it should still perform well though.)
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June 21, 2011 4:38:39 PM

Any recommendation on a really nice large LCD panel? I want great resolution for gaming.

I have the 1gb GPU so thanks for the input.
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June 21, 2011 4:49:26 PM

I have a 22inch ACER that has a nice crisp beautiful resolution at 1900x1080. Also, the GTX 460 1GB NVidia cards are excellent and don't cost an arm and a leg. Just my 2 cents.
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June 21, 2011 5:18:05 PM

Ghost of War said:
Any recommendation on a really nice large LCD panel? I want great resolution for gaming.

I have the 1gb GPU so thanks for the input.


what size/resolution? and whats your budget?
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June 21, 2011 8:24:17 PM

Philips E-line 273E3SB

Cheap, no-nonsense display. DVI input, 1920x1080 resolution. Good backlight, good horizontal viewing angles. I don't know how well it deals with different shades of black (probably not well; you usually pay alot for that).
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