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What Should I Upgrade?

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December 27, 2011 2:18:18 PM

I have a Homebuilt PC that is several years old.

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
8600GTS, 256MB, 128-bit
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 @ ~3.0GHz
4GB DDR2 800
Western Digital Caviar Blue 7200RPM, 640GB
Windows 7 Home Premium

I'm looking to bump up performance, specifically in gaming. I'm wondering If I just upgrade the video card if it will get me what I'm looking for. I mostly play SWTOR.

I was thinking about upgrading to a Radeon HD 6770. I'm sure my performance would be bottlenecked by the rest of my system, but would it even be worth getting that card?

Is there something else I could get that would be relatively inexpensive that would help boost performance in game?

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December 27, 2011 2:21:16 PM

For gaming at least a quad core CPU is recommended. If I were you I would build a new system ground up since your hardware is all dated. Also look at the benchmarks for video cards at different resolutions.
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December 27, 2011 6:03:52 PM

I will probably end up building a complete system in the future. If, however, I wanted to upgrade the video card now and try to hold out a little longer, would I see a decent performance increase?

Also, in case it matters, I'm running 64-bit Windows 7 and I'm actually overclocked to 3.2GHz on my processor.

Thanks for the reply!
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December 30, 2011 9:55:56 PM

If you upgrade your video card, your CPU would be the bottleneck but your FPS should still increase a bit. Do NOT get the 6770 as it is essentially the same as 5770 with minor bios tweaks. Get HD 6790 or an Nvidia card.
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December 30, 2011 10:03:37 PM

It's a Rosewill 550W power supply.
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January 6, 2012 11:14:39 PM

Best answer selected by pmd5700.
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