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Could anyone please help me choose some parts for an upgrade?

Hi everyone, this is my first post here and I'm really looking forward to your suggestions! Thanks in advance for your help...

System Specs - Purchased September 2009

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
CPU: 2.20GHz AMD Phenom 9550 Quad-Core
MB: PEGATRON CORPORATION VIOLET 3.02
RAM: 8GB PC2-6400 DDR2
HDD: 1TB SATA 7200RPM
GFX: NVIDIA GeForce 9300GE (256MB Dedicated)
Dual monitors, card must support at least (1) HDMI and (1) VGA or DVI
BluRay/DVD, Built-in Wifi Adapter

I need an upgraded video card without a doubt, and I need a new hard drive, as I've got a gut feeling the one I have now is about to fail. :( Needs to be minimum 500GB.

Now, the budget... I want to spend no more than $300. Everything in -- shipping, etc.

It would be awesome if you could give me options for just a HDD/GFX Card upgrade to start, and then even other upgrade options I could go for. All will be ordered online through NCIX/Newegg/TigerDirect -- It would be AWESOME if you could post links and/or prices.

Thank-you so much! This is my first attempt at upgrading a computer, and I'm looking forward to the end result :)

EDIT >> Forgot to mention, I'm in Canada BUT I can get parts shipped to the US and I'll go get them across the line if the product+shipping is cheaper. Just add $5 per part if it's from the US. Thanks!
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  1. mosox said:


    Well, I have 2 monitors. One is 23.5" and the other is just a Dell 15"ish. It's not a big deal if I can't game on both, it just needs to have an HDMI output and either a VGA or DVI output.

    I know this is a dumb question, but "GDDR5" on the GFX card... Does that mean it's not supported with my DDR2 ram?

    Thanks!
  2. No, GDDR5 is something else, has nothing to do with your RAM.
  3. What about a PSU? If you upgrade your video card, chances are you'll need to get a better, more powerful PSU.
  4. mosox said:
    No, GDDR5 is something else, has nothing to do with your RAM.


    Ok, that's what I thought. Thanks :D

    clarkjd said:
    What about a PSU? If you upgrade your video card, chances are you'll need to get a better, more powerful PSU.


    Is there any easy way to determine if my current one is sufficient or if I need one that's more powerful? I'd be keeping the old HD in the computer, so it'd definitely require more power.

    Do you have any suggestions for vid cards/hdds? If I need a more powerful PSU... Any suggestions on that?
  5. Soo, I've got to order these parts next week... I'd love to get some more suggestions as to what GFX card to get and also a PSU suggestion if I need to upgrade that aswell.

    Anyone know how to check and see if the PSU is powerful enough to support a second HDD and GFX Card?
  6. What are the specs on your current PSU?
  7. clarkjd said:
    What are the specs on your current PSU?


    I opened it up last night, it said 300W recommended and 330W max load or something like that. What specs should I post from it?

    Here's what I'm thinking currently...

    OKGEAR 18" SATA 6 Gbps Cable, Straight to Straight W/ Metal Latch, Black, Backward Compatible 3 Gbps and 1.5 Gbps
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812123160

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD7500AALX 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136768

    APEX AL-D500EXP 500W ATX12V Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817154026

    and for GPU... Either

    EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1463-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130664

    or

    EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130568

    TOTAL PRICE w/SHIPPING (before rebates)... $377.95
    (take away $20ish dollars if it's the GTX 460 card... price above is for the GTX 560)

    Any way I could reduce that? :P
  8. brennk said:
    I opened it up last night, it said 300W recommended and 330W max load or something like that. What specs should I post from it?

    Brand and model would be nice, if possible. Also list the power output (in amps) for each of the different voltages.
  9. clarkjd said:
    Brand and model would be nice, if possible. Also list the power output (in amps) for each of the different voltages.


    http://www.itwinkle.com/hp35posu51.html

    Thats it... I just checked.


    Did you see my above post? What do you think of that list?

    Thanks!

    --

    Hmm, so I've been thinking... In your opinion, what's more worth it?

    A new GPU ($210), a second HD ($60) and a new PSU ($70, changed to a Corsair possibly) for almost $400 w/taxes+shipping.

    or

    A new intel MB ($65), a new intel core i5-2400 quad core sandy bridge CPU ($189) and 8gb DDR3 ram ($56) for about $390 w/taxes+shipping.

    For the second option, would I need a PSU aswell? :/

    Which option would you choose? Haha, thanks in advance.
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    brennk said:
    http://www.itwinkle.com/hp35posu51.html

    Thats it... I just checked.


    Did you see my above post? What do you think of that list?

    Thanks!

    --

    Hmm, so I've been thinking... In your opinion, what's more worth it?

    A new GPU ($210), a second HD ($60) and a new PSU ($70, changed to a Corsair possibly) for almost $400 w/taxes+shipping.

    or

    A new intel MB ($65), a new intel core i5-2400 quad core sandy bridge CPU ($189) and 8gb DDR3 ram ($56) for about $390 w/taxes+shipping.

    For the second option, would I need a PSU aswell? :/

    Which option would you choose? Haha, thanks in advance.

    I'm thinking that if you are unhappy with your current graphics card, then the Intel parts, while a good upgrade in itself, will not improve your gaming performance. Most games are GPU bound, therefore a new PSU would be recommended for either option( because you need a new GPU). You have to determine what's more important to you. Also you said you needed a new HDD, so you would have to add that to the Intel build as well. Since you're on a limited budget, I would get parts that I NEEDED, with an eye to being able to use them in a new build down the road.
    Good Luck!
  11. Best answer selected by brennk.
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