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Looking for advice on upgrade options.

Last response: in Systems
October 22, 2011 9:39:53 PM

In case you hate looking at pictures I have:

Q6600 Quad Core OC'd to 3GHZ
4 GB DDR2 Ram
512 MB 9800 GTX+
Windows 7 64 bit
1920x1080 max resolution monitor

I'm most interested in playing BF3 on 1920x1080 resolution with above average settings. Not wanting to spend a ton of money so I know that really pigeon holes my options. I was hoping for some advice? This is essentially a 4 yr old rig the video card is 3 years old.

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October 22, 2011 10:02:05 PM

What is your power supply ? That will go a long way to determine what you can upgrade. What is your budget ?
October 22, 2011 10:05:25 PM

I have a 600 W OCZ and I've included some info from the product page. I'm really not wanting to spend more than $400 and I prefer to be down in the $200 range.


Maximum Power

120mm fan x 1


Main Connector

+12V Rails

PCI-Express Connector
1 x 6-Pin, 1 x 6+2-Pin

SATA Power Connector

80% @ 115V (Typical load)
83% @ 230V (Typical load)

Input Voltage
100 - 240 V

Input Frequency Range
50/60 Hz

Input Current
10A @ 115V, 5A @ 230V

October 23, 2011 12:30:12 AM

Right now I'm looking at something like this.

AMD Phenom II X4 Black at 3.2 GHz Quad-Core $104.99 w/ promo
EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1 GB $117.99 w/ rebate
ASROCK M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard $59.99
(2) G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $32.99 each

For a total of about $350 bucks. Which is more than I want to spend...again I really would like to stay as close to $200 as I can without losing too much performance. What do you guys think?