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October 18, 2011 7:47:35 AM

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

This is what I came up with. Updating my three and a half year old build:

| Q6600 @ 2.8 GHz | XFX ATI 5750 1GB | 4GB OCZ DDR2 | DFI INFINITY P965-S | 500 GB HDD | Vista 64-bit | Acer X193w 19" | NZXT Apollo |

Up until today I hadn't read up on any of the new technology since I made my previous rig. Let me know how I did, if I screwed anything up, need anything else, or am overpaying for anything? Questionable on the CPU cooler? Do I even need it or will the stock one work fine? It should be noted that the i5 and motherboard are a combo, but the wish list doesn't show that. Any other suggestions greatly appreciated. . .

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October 18, 2011 8:38:22 AM

What's you budget like?

looks like a decent deal, I would get different RAM, something like g.skill ddr3 1600, it is almost the same price.

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October 18, 2011 8:43:27 AM

why don't you just upgrade the graphics card and see how it goes ?
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October 18, 2011 9:16:57 AM

admir00 said:
What's you budget like?

looks like a decent deal, I would get different RAM, something like g.skill ddr3 1600, it is almost the same price.


Right now its about $600. I'm okay with that, it's doable. But if I could get cheaper without sacrificing much performance I would definitely be interested :) 
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October 18, 2011 9:35:15 AM

Ok, here it goes, for about 611 (591 after mail in rebate)bucks @ newegg:

Gigabyte 560Ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
8 GB G.skill Ripjaws
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gigabyte Z68 mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel 2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is probably your best bang for the buck, just keep stock cpu cooler for the time being.

2500k better than 2400
560 ti better than 560
Z68 better than H67

all for $2 more than your original build :) 
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October 18, 2011 9:35:33 AM

you must really just want to spend money. why don't you JUST replace the video card and see how it goes ? it's the weakest point in your current build. It's not like you need a big jump in processing power......... and for gaming you might not see a big difference for all that extra money.
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October 18, 2011 5:19:44 PM

swifty_morgan said:
you must really just want to spend money. why don't you JUST replace the video card and see how it goes ? it's the weakest point in your current build. It's not like you need a big jump in processing power......... and for gaming you might not see a big difference for all that extra money.


In all actuality my system is just running like crap. Takes 10 minutes to start up, slow booting programs, freezes, etc. I figured a little hardware overhaul would easily fix the problem. At the very least, I want to go up from 4 gigs of RAM to 8. Is that possible with my 3 year old mobo? This is what I got:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So could I say for example buy this as an upgrade and have it be compatible:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

?? Thanks. . .
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October 18, 2011 5:42:11 PM

your computer is probably loaded with bloatware, maggot-ware and virus' if it takes that long to boot up.
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October 18, 2011 6:04:46 PM

+1 to swiftly_morgan

If your PC is over 3 years old and you have not formatted and re-installed windows I would say it is time. I usually do this at least once a year if not more often. Although now I have an SSD so I haven't done it as often lately.

Anyways, I agree if you want to upgrade go for your GPU and maybe an SSD. It is pointless to put more ram in it as I only run 4gb which is plenty enough. Although, I do run windows 7. Which is not as much of a resource hog as vista from what i hear (never ran vista myself). The other reason a ram upgrade is pointless is because you are running DDR2 new machines run DDR3. Your machine is more than capable handling most tasks with ease if its not filled full of junk on the OS.
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