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What could i upgrade on my rig?

Hello, i'm really really really, for lack of a better word, stupid when it comes to building a rig. I'm looking for cheep upgrades on my PC for gaming. ( Specifically Guild Wars 2 no system requirements yet) Which upgrades have the most priority? ( i only have around 400 dollars to spend)

GPU: Radeon HD 5670
CPU: Intel Duo Core E6550 2.33GHz
RAM: 3gb ( using 32 bit vista)
Motherboard: I'm not sure but it's the stock one that came with the Dell Inspiron 530.

So yeah, what should i upgrade first/the most on a 400 dollar-ish budget for gaming?
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  1. the biggest upgrade you can do for gaming is the graphics card.

    go to something like a 560TI or 6870 or 6950.

    anything more than that will require some major work.

    i would do the graphics card & PSU then save up to replace the rest at a later stage
    6950 ($209 after MIR)

    650w OCZ PSU $55 (after MIR)

    yes you will be a little bottleknecked by ur CPU, but save ur $$$ and make ur next upgrade a CPU, MOBO, RAM & 64bit Windows 7 Upgrade
  2. You really need to check out that motherboard to determine what's available on it. Without knowing that, I'd recommend replacing it if you want to replace the CPU.

    Otherwise, your CPU would go first in my book. Try this, it's the current sweet spot for gaming CPUs:

    You can upgrade your RAM for cheap:

    Your GPU isn't that bad, actually. But of course, all of these upgrades depend on what's going on with that motherboard.
  3. If you can go for a Windows 7, Vista will keep swallowing all the resources in the future.You will notice the difference.
  4. You said that you are using 32 bit vista, so a ram upgrade above what you already have is pointless.

    Unless you are going to purchase new windows software, changing the motherboard or cpu is also out since the oem windows software is only for the hardware installed at time of manufacture.

    The only upgrade really available to you is a better graphics card. I can recommend the 560ti since I am currently using it myself. The AMD cards are good also but I have not used any of them lately.
  5. Thanks everyone, i've been looking athe 6870 might get that, and i'm not sure about my motherboard but i was told it could only support up to the Q9950 i believe that was it. I'm thinking about upgrading motherboard and buying the i5 2500k i hear it's amazing, any recomendations on the motherboard?
  6. For a motherboard, try this:

    Again, your video card is already pretty nice, even if it's older generation. I really don't think you'd notice that much of a difference with a 6870. Maybe a little bit more with a 560 GTX Ti.

    Also, be aware that these GPUs can get very LONG. Twice as long as your current card! You need to make sure that your case is big enough.
  7. Best answer
    The first and most needed would be the video card , but the trouble with that is the cpu and motherboard and operating system. You could basicly use a whole new computer , but I do understand your budget amount prevents that. To be honest if you were able to wait and save some more money then you could do the whole thing over and most likely spend less money doing it that way then trying to do a piece at a time and you may end up with components that don't go together or not being able to get something because what you bought doesn't go with what you want to get.
    If you want to go ahead with an upgrade now then get a video card;

    SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
    $144.99 and a rebate of $15 makes it $129.99

    This chart will help out with letting you know where cards fall in the list of best to the bottom;,3085.html

    The thing with going with this card and your components right now is you should have a better cpu and to get that you have to get a motherboard to match and then ram to match the motherboard. So if you could get a cpu , MB , ram and video card for around $400 , that would be great and then you would have to find someone to help you build it since you know nothing about building a computer.
  8. Well, i'll be blantantly honest here, i'm 14. Which means i can get a job in Ontario, least i think. Let's say i can. What computer would you recommend for gaming? Something that will let me play comfortably ( 40fpsi sh) at high - max settings on a newer 2012 game at 1080 res? In the neighborhood of 700?
  9. Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    $124.99 and a $10 rebate makes it $114.99

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

    EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    $239.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $219.99

    COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Here is a full upgrade on everything and this total is $701.95 and after rebates it is $671.95 and if you add a Windows 7 64bit upgrade to that you will be at about $800 which is double your original budget. Now Newegg is a great place to shop and buy components for computer building and they are very competitive in thier pricing. The good thing about doing buisness there is that you can set up what is called a prefferred account where you can basicly charge all this stuff and pay for it over time and if you spend and charge over $500 then they give you a year to pay for it with no interest on it as long as it's paid for before the year is over and they do 6 months for $250 and no interest. Something to think about.
  10. That actually seems great. I did not know newegg offered that kind of service. That really changes my mind about things. A whole year with not interest to pay off 800 dollars, if i could get a job that would be alot easier than i originally thought.
  11. Yes it is a great service that they provide and the only thing is I don't know if that you being 14 is going to be a problem, maybe your parents can help out there. I didn't know that you were in Canada and these prices that I posted are from Newegg USA , so you will have to look at Newegg Canada to see the prices that you are going to be paying. They will be a little different.
  12. that's no problem shouldn't be a drastic difference, and if being underage causes any problems, i always have parents like you said. Thank you so much again i can't being to describe how helpful you have been.
  13. Best answer selected by toth16.
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