I am an avid gamer looking for the most cost effective upgrade to my 3 year old XPS 730(Im going to build my own computer from now on, but this one has worked very well though and I don't have the budget to build an entirely new one). I am willing to spend about ~500$ max, though ~400$ would be much better.
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My current specs are (and ask for anything else if I forget it/formatting fixes):
CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9550 @ 2.83GHz, 2833 MHz
CPU Type: 2x Intel Pentium III Xeon, 2833 MHz
Power Supply: Don't know off the top of my head, but I will check that when I know what I am putting in.
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280
RAM: 4GB (1GBx4) I will probably change my setup to 8GB (2GBx4).
Memory Type: DDR3 PC3-8500, DDR3 PC3-10600, DDR3 (non-ECC)
Maximum Memory: 8GB
Currently Installed Memory: 4GB
Total Memory Slots: 4
Available Memory Slots: 0
OS: Windows Vista x86. I will probably upgrade to Windows 7 x64 and change my setup to 8GB (2GBx4)
Chassis: Stock XPS-730 Case (Serial Number G96PRH1)
Vendor Dell Inc.
Release Date 09/18/2008
Size 512 KB
Boot Devices Floppy Disk, Hard Disk, CD-ROM
Capabilities Flash BIOS, Shadow BIOS, Selectable Boot, EDD, BBS
Supported Standards DMI, APM, ACPI, PnP
Expansion Capabilities ISA, PCI, USB
Screen Resolution: 1920-1080
Hard Drive: 274 GB free of 688GB (Though a lot of that will not come back onto my computer after I have to clean install in order to get to Windows 7 x64.)
Seagate: ST375063 0AS SCSI Disk Device
Stock fans. Never tried to overclock my current system. I have never had any real system instability.
Now I assume the best upgrades for me are upgrading the graphics card(and probably the power supply), the RAM, and the OS. I don't know if I will need to upgrade my motherboard to support the graphics card, and thus changing my memory compatibly, but I do believe it can support a x64 OS.
I also assume that my CPU is good enough/ too high over my budget to upgrade, though tell me if my CPU is what is really bottle-necking my system.
And if i do get a new graphics card, will I need a better case?
I have recently started looking around because odd things are happening to my performance. Like right clicking something on the desktop sometimes takes a while, and after a game's "load bar" finishes, I will sit waiting looking at that screen, while everyone else is launched into the game. I am in this "load limbo" for about 5-10 seconds.
I am thinking right now of getting a 120GB SSD (are the cheaper ones OK?) and a GTX 560Ti Kr . Though my main concern is being able to move them into a laptop in a few months, for I will be moving to college and will be unable to keep my desktop. Will these components be able to move with me into the laptop, or will I need to find smaller/different parts?
Yes I know, i currently own a XPS 730, but I will soon be moving out and can't take it with me. Therefore I am buying a laptop in a few months. I actually played around with my comp. and got some good overclocks on my stuff, so I should be fine for a while. Though I guess I could get a SSD for my desktop and then put in a laptop that has 2 HDD bays.