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Advice: Upgrade or Build New?

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October 28, 2011 1:31:12 AM

Hi guys,
I want to upgrade my graphics card to atleast a 560 (willing to go to 570 if recommended). I also want a new case.
My first question is will my current system handle the new graphics card or should I build a new system (I would be building it myself and it would be my first)
If it is generally recommended that I start new, I'll have a think about it and post another thread.

Current system:

OS: Win7 Home Premium 32bit
CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo E8600 @ 3.33GHz
Motherboard: ASUS Intel P5Q PRO LGA775 P45 chipset
RAM: Transcend DDR2 800 Kit 4GB (2x2GB)
PSU: supplied with generic case (Shaw BACH-720) 750W (not sure if it actually is 750 though)
GPU: ASUS nVidia EN 9600GT PCI-E 512MB DDR3

This system was built cheap by a family friend. I'm happy with my current harddrives, disk drives etc.

Parts I am looking at:

Antec Three Hundred case

Asus nVidia GTX560 Ti 1GB

Location: Australia

Preferred websites: most likely to buy lacally in store (not online), for pricing/availability:

Approx purchase date: within one month

Hopefully this is enough info for you to help out.
Thanks in advance

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a b U Graphics card
a b B Homebuilt system
October 28, 2011 1:37:28 AM

I would not recommend getting anything higher than a GTX 560 or HD 6870. You have a dual core CPU (one that is decent, however). Cards that are in the higher end segment will cause a bottleneck. What is the purpose? Is it gaming? If so, it's important to know your resolution as well.
October 28, 2011 2:10:54 AM

Sorry, primary use will be gaming (BF3 atm), also use AutoCAD, and structural analysis software but these dont require anything more than what I already have. Gaming is the main reason for the upgrade. I do have dual monitors, one is 1920x1080, the other is 1680x1050. I only use the 1080p monitor when gaming or watching movies.
Do you think the graphics card upgrade is worthwhile, or should i start new?
a b U Graphics card
a b B Homebuilt system
October 28, 2011 2:30:35 AM

At 1080p, games rely on the GPU greatly. However, CPU is also important. I would just get a new GPU and save up for a new CPU. BF3 is able to use cores effectively. A new CPU will really help you.