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ADVICE/SUGGESTIONS for upgrading system PLZ HELP?

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September 8, 2011 12:29:12 AM

Hey guys! I built this, budget gaming system like 2 years ago with help from this website. But now i think its time for an upgrade so I can play BF3 without a problem. I just have no clue how to upgrade and what to look for compatibility wise.

I think i need a new graphics card(s). that might mean a new MoBo, this ones MicroATX. I think i want to add more RAM too. And possible a new processor. I really don't know. I just need some great ideas and suggestions lol :pt1cable: 

Case
Cooler Master storm Scout. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MotherBoard
GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH

GPU
XFX GeFORCE GTX260 576M 896MB DDR3. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU
Intel i5 quad-core i5-750 LGA1156 2.66GHz. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

with a ^--COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7--^

PSU
OCZ 550W Fatal1ty. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5

I was thinking at around $500 to spend but i have a feeling i might have to spend more lol :na: 

ANY advice/suggestions/ideas are much appreciated. :) 
Thanks!
a b B Homebuilt system
September 8, 2011 3:27:51 AM

I think a minor overclock on your CPU and a better GPU such as a GTX 560Ti or GTX 570 would max BF3 no problem. 8GB RAM might speed you up for normal desktop stuff too.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 8, 2011 6:38:00 PM

I don't think it would be worth it. If you really want to spend the whole amount trying to get the best PC possible i would just get a GTX 570 and 4GB more RAM or something. i5-750/GTX 570 will be great but BF3, especially overclocked.
September 9, 2011 6:26:32 PM

So just upgrading the video card and that's it would be the best idea?
a b B Homebuilt system
September 9, 2011 11:16:00 PM

Yes I think so.
September 10, 2011 11:00:46 PM

Any other suggestions?
a b B Homebuilt system
September 10, 2011 11:27:19 PM

8GB of RAM would be nice too.
September 12, 2011 8:50:27 AM

Anyone have any recommendations for a good video card? xD
September 13, 2011 2:44:01 AM

Now im not sure if I should even buy a new gpu because of the 600 series. Aren't they going to be released around December or early 2012? I really don't want to wait LOL.. Would it be smarter to just buy a gtx560 or something cheap, then wait to buy a gtx600 series card?
September 15, 2011 4:54:40 AM

Revive? :o 
a b B Homebuilt system
September 16, 2011 9:54:01 PM

Sorry i have had a busy week and was not able to get on, yes the GTX 560 is an excellent card for the money and shouldnt have any problems maxing anything at 1080P
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