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August 17, 2011 3:24:02 PM

Hi,

I'm looking for advice for upgrading my system for about $300. I'd like to run upcoming games like Skyrim and Guild Wars 2 at decent framerates in 1920x1080.

Currently running with 680i LT mobo, Q6600, 8800 GT, 4GB DDR2, 560W PSU, Vista 64.

Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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August 17, 2011 6:01:56 PM

junkmail said:
Hi,

I'm looking for advice for upgrading my system for about $300. I'd like to run upcoming games like Skyrim and Guild Wars 2 at decent framerates in 1920x1080.

Currently running with 680i LT mobo, Q6600, 8800 GT, 4GB DDR2, 560W PSU, Vista 64.

Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks!


What's your PSU brand? Is your old case a good one?
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August 17, 2011 7:28:21 PM

michxymi said:
What's your PSU brand? Is your old case a good one?


Silverstone Strider 560W PSU.

I think the case is good, it was made by Digital Storm. It has a grill on the side with a small fan (can't remember the dimensions), and a large fan in the back. There is also a small grill in the front. The only time I ever had overheating issues was when I briefly attempted SLI with 2 8800 GTs. I should also mention it's pretty large, there's a good deal of air flow inside.
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August 17, 2011 8:01:52 PM

And from which stores you can buy parts? Monitor Res? Got HDD? If yes which one?



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August 17, 2011 8:33:31 PM

michxymi said:
And from which stores you can buy parts? Monitor Res? Got HDD? If yes which one?


I was just planning to get the parts off Newegg. But if there is a better alternative I would certainly look into it.

This is an already-built system, I'm just trying to upgrade it since it has been left untouched for almost 4 years old now. My current monitor is 1680x1020 but I am planning an upgrade to 1920x1080 in the next 6 months or so. My HDD is 7200 RPM 500BG Western Digital. I also have an Asus Sound Card if that makes a difference.
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August 17, 2011 8:52:46 PM

I have a great plan for you. First try to sell your CPU, Motherboard and RAM. With 215$ after MIR, you can get this from Newegg


MSI 970A-G45 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

bundled with:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9AD3B1K2/4G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

plus your PSU, GPU, HDD and Case

Then with the money you will get +95$ +what you'll earn from selling your GPU, you can get a 6870 which will help you max out everything at 1680x1020 and run any game with playable fps and with filters on at your new FULL HD Monitor
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August 17, 2011 9:26:13 PM

michxymi said:
I have a great plan for you. First try to sell your CPU, Motherboard and RAM. With 215$ after MIR, you can get this from Newegg


MSI 970A-G45 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

bundled with:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9AD3B1K2/4G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

plus your PSU, GPU, HDD and Case

Then with the money you will get +95$ +what you'll earn from selling your GPU, you can get a 6870 which will help you max out everything at 1680x1020 and run any game with playable fps and with filters on at your new FULL HD Monitor



I appreciate you taking the time to look this stuff up for me but that is a little out of my price range. :( 

I was hoping to get a new mobo (around $100), a GTS 450 or slightly better (around $150), 4-8 GB DDR3 RAM (around $50) and keep the current processor. Does this seem like a viable option? Or is my CPU obsolete?
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August 17, 2011 9:45:41 PM

What's exactly out of your budget? You said 300$ right? With 215$ you have a new system, fully upgradable to AMD Bulldozers, with high quality parts. Plus, If you don't want to sell your system to get a better GPU, you can go with

XFX HD-677X-ZNLC Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

which results to 314 With MIR and way way better perfomance!
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August 17, 2011 11:10:16 PM

michxymi said:
What's exactly out of your budget? You said 300$ right? With 215$ you have a new system, fully upgradable to AMD Bulldozers, with high quality parts. Plus, If you don't want to sell your system to get a better GPU, you can go with

XFX HD-677X-ZNLC Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

which results to 314 With MIR and way way better perfomance!


Oh I see, you recommend I keep my GPU until I can afford the new one. Would it be worthwhile to wait a few months until the holiday season when I can buy all the parts at once and possibly get more bang for my buck?

Also, pardon my ignorance but what are AMD Bulldozers?
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August 17, 2011 11:16:26 PM

AMD Bulldozers are the new CPUs from AMD. They will be released at 19 September. If you don't have the money now, buy nothing. Wait and when you have them we will see what's best. If you have them, that's still a great choice!
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August 17, 2011 11:19:14 PM

michxymi said:
AMD Bulldozers are the new CPUs from AMD. They will be released at 19 September. If you don't have the money now, buy nothing. Wait and when you have them we will see what's best. If you have them, that's still a great choice!


Thanks very much for your input. If I understand correctly the best upgrade for my system would be the CPU, not the GPU?
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August 17, 2011 11:22:20 PM

Both are reasonable upgrades but yes!
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August 18, 2011 12:09:33 AM

michxymi said:
Both are reasonable upgrades but yes!


Thanks again :) 
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August 18, 2011 12:52:01 AM

I totally disagree 100% the most important upgrade you will notice will be the gpu (for gaming at least) that q6600 can still run any game out there.
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August 18, 2011 12:52:27 AM

Last question :p 

560W is enough to run a new system of this caliber? Should I invest in a PCI fan or anything?
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August 18, 2011 4:28:58 AM

Yes. It's more than enough. If your case has a front and back 120mm fan you are ok!
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