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October 5, 2011 1:59:01 AM

I have a system that's a few years old and I'm looking for a slight improvement in performance for games. I wont be playing BF3 or anything. I'm only looking to spend $100-$150. Just wondering if anyone thinks one part of my system is holding the rest back.

Here's what I've got:

Intel Core2 Duo E8400
2x2GB of DDR PC2-6400
Nvidia Geforce 8800 GT
BloodIron P35-T2RL
Windows 7 64 bit

Thanks in advance, as I said I know it's old and not close to most of you have. I'm ok with not upgrading as well but if anyone sees any glaring bottlenecks please let me know.

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October 5, 2011 2:29:01 AM

Well, nothing is really holding anything back in your rig, however, if you had to choose an upgrade path, I would say upgrade the graphics card, but only if you are planning on upgrading the cpu in the future. Or, you could upgrade both, slightly, and remain un-bottlenecked. Really, it all depends on preference/future endevours.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 5, 2011 2:37:52 AM

GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-768I GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card --- $119.99 and free shipping at Newegg. It will knock your socks off after that electric Etch-a-Sketch you have now. Your CPU is weak, but the card is strong, and it will take you several levels up anyway all by itself. DX 11, too. I envy you the happiness you will experience.
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October 5, 2011 3:16:04 AM

Thanks for the replies I appreciate it. I guess I should add that I live in Canada so some of the prices may vary. I'll have to compare some prices for that card.

Any other suggestions out there?
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October 5, 2011 5:14:41 AM

Hey, I hope you guys don't mind me adding a question of my own to this thread, I do a good bit of gaming but my current rig just cant handle the newest games, My specs are as follows :

AMD phenom 9600 quad core processor 2.3 ghz (TLB bug fix turned off in bios)
8gb of ADATA 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 PC2 6400 RAM
XFX Radeon HD 4890 Graphics card
Maxtor 6Y250M0 SATA 250gb Hard Drive (Primary HD)
Western Digital WD2500BEVT 250gb hard drive (Storage)
MSI K9A2 Platinum Motherboard.
Rosewill RG530-2 530W PSU
iMicro CA-859BK3 X-Blade Gaming computer Case
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit


With total war shogun 2 I get about 20 FPS while viewing the world map and about 10-15 when In battle scenes, I get 10-20 FPS while playing the Battlefield 3 beta. With red faction armegeddon I get up to 40 FPS in smaller areas but average about 20-25. I plan on upgrading rather around Christmas or in early March, I was originally thinking upgrade the Graphics Card but I have had a few people tell me that I actually would get a better performance increase by upgrading. Now if I upgraded the graphics card I was looking at the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and a new PSU because my current one wont be enough to power this card, final price came out to $665.97 but if I my processor is the bottleneck then I would like to get the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (I want the 6 core over the quad because I do alot of audio recording with my band and I use a lot of VST's so I would greatly benefit from the extra 2 cores) But my MOBO doesn't support AM3 but I had read somewhere that with the bios update that It actually can support this processor, but if not what would be a good MOBO that would last me a little while and also ram if the MOBO is DDR3, What would be the recommended upgrade path. I also got to thinking that if I was planning on spending about $700 in the first place why not just get this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and get a nice Video card later on, I could really use the 1TB HD that it comes with :D 

P.S. I am not against an Intel system, I would actually love a system with the new Core i7 2600K but I just cant afford Intel lol, and also I am not biased towards Nvidia or ATI graphics cards either, the better deal is what I'm after at the moment.


P.P.S Sorry for such a long post, also I am new to the forums so give me some slack if im doing anything wrong. lol
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 5, 2011 12:27:25 PM

@Djentleman_007

Your better off starting your own thread.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 5, 2011 12:32:44 PM

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Do not anger me sonshine :fou: 


Now now 384.....keep your cool :sol: 
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October 5, 2011 3:56:17 PM

Like I said Im new here lol, so I should definitely start a new thread then ?
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October 5, 2011 4:38:39 PM

Ok thanks, I will do that this after noon lol, thanks for letting me know !!!
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October 5, 2011 7:26:21 PM

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YES!

Is there anything I should add to it or just copy and paste in a new thread?
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October 9, 2011 11:38:34 PM

riptide said:
I have a system that's a few years old and I'm looking for a slight improvement in performance for games. I wont be playing BF3 or anything. I'm only looking to spend $100-$150. Just wondering if anyone thinks one part of my system is holding the rest back.

Here's what I've got:

Intel Core2 Duo E8400
2x2GB of DDR PC2-6400
Nvidia Geforce 8800 GT
BloodIron P35-T2RL
Windows 7 64 bit

Thanks in advance, as I said I know it's old and not close to most of you have. I'm ok with not upgrading as well but if anyone sees any glaring bottlenecks please let me know.
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I pretty much have the same setup but I have a Q6600 in there instead. I added a GTX 560 card and I'm hoping that plus OC'ing the processor to 3.0 is good enough.

Question for you - did you have a hard time getting Win7 64 to run? I had been running XP 32 without a problem and decided to get Win7 64. I'm doing a completely fresh install on a different hard drive so it's not an upgrade. I got through the installation fine but have been hanging just about every time at "Starting Windows". Disconnecting all USB and using a PS2 keyboard only has not helped.

Did you have to update BIOS or the mobo drivers after the Win7 installation to get things running? Any help is appreciated.
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October 10, 2011 12:09:03 AM

Thanks for the input. As for your question...I seem to remember having some sort of issue....but for the life of me I can't recall. I figured out the issue with minimal issues with google searches on my laptop. Now that I'm thinking about it I think the problem was before or at the start of the install. I think I updated mobo drivers but probably not bios. I hope you figure it out....sorry I couldn't be of any help.
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October 12, 2011 12:38:29 AM

Best answer selected by riptide.
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