Advice needed for PC upgrade - thanks

I have a gaming PC around 3 years old now and its got to that time to think about upgrading my current system or buying a new system in order to play the upcoming new games this winter

Unfortunately my knowledge of PC hardware is limited and I don’t know where to start with upgrades and would therefore appreciate any help or advice on what to do.

My aim is for a mid-range system able to handle the latest games such as Deus-Ex, Shogun 2 and Battlefield 3

My current system has the following specs:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 1066FSB SKT775
XFX GeForce 8800 GT 512MB DDR3 Extreme (Limited Edition)
ANTEC Full Case Nine Hundred
500 GB SATA HDD UDMA 300 7200 16MB
MS Windows Vista Home Premium 32-Bit
GEIL 2GB DDR2 800 CL4.0 Dual Channel Black Dragon Ret (Recently Upgraded to 4GB)
Thermaltake Blue Orb Ii (CL-P0257)
Hiper Power 580W Low Noise/Sli Ready

I’ve just upgraded the memory to 4GB and was thinking of getting Windows 7 OS and upgrading to this new graphics card:-
(EVGA GeForce GTX 460 Superclocked 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card)

Thing is that I don’t know if this would even be combatiable with my current system and power supply/motherboard? and if it would be worth upgrading to? if there was only going to be a ‘bottleneck’ elsewhere with the processor etc.

If any other upgrades are required I have a budget of up to 350 pounds

Any help and advise on this would be greatly appreciated :)
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  1. for a start, you really need to OC that CPU to 3ghz to be able to play the games you want at decent FPS. If your not comfortable with OC'ing i suggest a cpu/motherboard upgrade before going any further. Your psu is not really a good make, but it will probably do for a gtx460/amd 6850, wouldnt go any more powerful than that though.
  2. Thanks for the advice iam2crowe.

    Is it relatively straight forward to Overclock the CPU? - haven't tried it before but I'd be willing to learn about it and give it a go.

    Is there any useful links for learing about OCing a Q6600 processor?

    Didn't realise my PSU was that bad - are they easy to replace?
  3. I searched you tube for instructions on overclocking my q6600. I have mine running at 3ghz.
  4. if you want to overclock there is plenty of information if you do a google search. You can normally get to 3ghz by increasing the FSB and increase the voltage a little bit. The trick to overclocking is to do small amounts at a time. Try bump it up 100mhz at a time first to 2.5, then 2.6, 2.7 ghz until you get to a point where it becomes unstable and go back to a stable setting. Do LOTS of reading before you overclock. And always check the cpu temperature, overclocking increases heat and you will probably need a better CPU cooler. Overclocking is well worth the effort IMO, you get more performance for none, or little cost.
  5. Thanks for the advise on overclocking - I think I'll need to do some light reading on it this weekend!!
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