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What upgrade should i do to improve my gaming performance?

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July 31, 2011 8:24:43 AM

Hi guys. I am giving my system specs and also telling how old are my components. I want your advice on what upgrade should i do to enhance my gaming performance. Although I am very happy with the performance of my PC and i receive more than 30 fps in every game but i would still like to do an upgrade this December.
Note: It should not be a very costly upgrade as i have a low budget.
My system specs are-
Monitor - Samsung TFT monitor with resolution 1360x768.(2 years old)
Processor - Intel Core 2 Duo e7500 @ 2.93 Ghz. (2 years old)
Motherboard - Asus p5kpl am/ps (2 years old)
Graphics Card - Sapphire Radeon 6770. (2 months old)
Power supply - Corsair cx500 builder series. (2 months old)
Memory - 2 GB DDR2 400 mhz (2 years old)
CPU Fan - Stock intel fan

So, the graphics card and PSU are 2 months old and i am not changing them. From the rest of the components, the memory or the CPU fan could be likely upgrades. What do you think guys?
July 31, 2011 8:53:49 AM

get a nice new gtx 560, they play 1080p no problem and you should get a core 2 quad(hard to find these days) and get it at least 2.8 ghz to avoid bottleneck. I have a core 2 quad and im getting gtx 560 soon.
a b U Graphics card
July 31, 2011 9:07:34 AM

Cheap gaming upgade would be getting a i3 2100 along with a H61/H67 motherboard. Get 4gb ddr3 ram preferably 1600mhz as sandy bridge processors benefit from them. Should be around $40 for the RAM. $70 or less for the mobo. Around $125 for the CPU. You also need a better monitor so aim for 1920x1080 and if you don't want to spend too much you can crossfire the 6770 if you buy a mobo with x8,x8. Otherwise get the GTX 460 [there's one around $120 right now on rebate] if that's over I'll go for the 6850.. If you can spend up to $200 get the 560ti for sure.

Should be able to buy a decent size 1920x1080 for around $130. Try sites like newegg and amazon. If you live near Microcenter or Fry's.. you can get the i5 2400 for $150 I believe... or the i5-2500k for $180. Get a P67 or Z68 mobo with the 2500k because of its overclocking awesomeness :D 
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a b U Graphics card
July 31, 2011 9:07:55 AM

upgrade your cpu to i5 2500 and your ram to 4GB DDR3.If you can also accomodate a monitor with the remaining cash buy a monitor which has a resolution of 1680X1050 OR LOWER.1920x1080 will be a little stressful for your gpu
a c 271 U Graphics card
July 31, 2011 1:40:47 PM

celpas said:
upgrade your cpu to i5 2500 and your ram to 4GB DDR3.If you can also accomodate a monitor with the remaining cash buy a monitor which has a resolution of 1680X1050 OR LOWER.1920x1080 will be a little stressful for your gpu

You do realise that a 19 x 10 resolution monitor can be run at 16 x 10 as well simply by turning the resolution down via the control panel or the ingame settings.
a b U Graphics card
July 31, 2011 3:10:39 PM

Mousemonkey said:
You do realise that a 19 x 10 resolution monitor can be run at 16 x 10 as well simply by turning the resolution down via the control panel or the ingame settings.

yeah.but a monitor always looks best when at native resolution.When I run my 1680X1050 monitor at 1600x900,games look horrible.Best to buy a monitor where 1680X1050 is the native rez
a c 271 U Graphics card
July 31, 2011 3:26:21 PM

16 x 10 on a 19 x10 monitor doesn't give you the black bars that you would get running 16 x 9 on a 16 x 10 screen if that's what you're talking about.
a b U Graphics card
July 31, 2011 3:39:59 PM

Mousemonkey said:
16 x 10 on a 19 x10 monitor doesn't give you the black bars that you would get running 16 x 9 on a 16 x 10 screen if that's what you're talking about.

Those black bars can be eliminated anyway by using nvidia scaling in control panelLower than native resolutions look like crap.The clarity is affected and as the 6770 is only powerful at 1680X1050 I suggested him to buy a monitor which has a native rez of 1680X1050
a b U Graphics card
July 31, 2011 7:42:31 PM

Ok, THe Most Cost Effective Upgrade?

Definite Upgrade:- Upgrade Ram To 4 GB DDR2 800Mhz/1066Mhz!
1)
a.Overclock e7500
b.Change Processor Fan Nd Heatsink To A Cooler Master!(If You Are Overclocking!

Or

2)
a.Get A C2Q Under $150 Which Goes With Your Mobo!

But If You Want A Better And Future Proof Upgrade For The Least Possible!
1. Get The i3-2100
2. Get A p67 LGA 1155 Mobo-(Gud For Overclocking,In Case U Buy An i5/i7 In Future)
3. 4 GB DDR3_1600/1333 (Cheapear Than DDR2)

And Yeah,Sell Off Your Current Setup Excluding The GPU Nd PSU,Keyboard,Mouse,Dvd Writer And Case!
(You Can Sell Individual Parts On e-bay!.. But If You Want A Faster Sale, Sell The PC As Whole(With/Without The Monitor))

And I Think The Monitor Is Just Fine... Beacause The 6770 Would Do Gr8 At Those Res! :) 
August 1, 2011 4:08:21 PM

Actually i am not looking to upgrade whole my cpu. Just one or two upgrades as i am currently very happy with my e7500. I have only $100 in budget. Is a fan and ram upgrade good?

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a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2011 4:51:26 PM
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Well Then, You Shoud Upgrade The RAM For Sure!
Get A Higher Speed RAM, Like 1066 Mhz DDR2!
And It Says Your Board Supports Upto1066 Mhz RAM, So No Probs!

With Faster Ram, And A Better CPU Fan And Heatsink(Coolermaster Fans Are Gr8 If You Can Get Them, If Not Do Buy Branded Fans Only, Like Antec Etc)
I Think That The 2.93 Ghz Would Surely Go Upto 3.2Ghz Quite Easily And More!
August 2, 2011 11:04:49 AM

Yeah i agree with you. Just on more question. Can you suggest a budget gaming system around $500?
a b U Graphics card
August 2, 2011 11:55:46 AM

A Full Build Or You Have Things That Can Be Re-Used? Like HDD, PSU,Fans,Case?

And is it a tight budget 500$, i mean can u spare 20-30$ More?
August 3, 2011 1:27:33 PM

Well, thanks for your reply. Actually that question was just for fun as i am not looking to upgrade my full pc. I am definitely gonna do a ram upgrade now .
I am very happy with my e7500 and radeon 6770.
August 3, 2011 1:28:00 PM

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a c 271 U Graphics card
August 3, 2011 1:30:21 PM

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