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January 28, 2012 11:33:24 AM

I want to upgrade/rebuild my current 2009 gaming build (current parts at bottom) and reuse what I can. I have quite a bit of lag on new games. I figured I would maybe start with new video card and new ram but I don't know, what do you guys think? I am flexible on the number of components I replace.

Please ask me any questions you have.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: $100-$200 per component

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, swtor

Parts Not Required: see below

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: USA

Parts Preferences:by brand or type name brand

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

parts from current 2009 build:

video card (WILL REPLACE)

512-P3-N860-TR GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

motherboard(DO I NEED TO REPLACE?)

GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

hard drive (PROBABLY CAN REUSE?)

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

power supply(PROBABLY CAN REUSE?)

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

dvd/burner (PROBABLY CAN REUSE?)

ASUS Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 14X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe LightScribe Support


Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit for System Builders


Antec Three Hundred

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January 28, 2012 12:11:10 PM

Usually, it's best to determine the software you are going to run (which games, in your case), and then find the hardware required to best run the software application(s).

You many not want a "build" that runs some games wonderfully, but will not run others.

Most high-level games will have information on their web sites, such as:

* Minimum hardware requirements,
* Suggested hardware,
* Recommended hardware,
... etc.

Maybe you've done this already. It's just my way of doing things, so I thought I'd toss it in.

--- Edited by Kreelor:
I forgot to mention that if you do replace your MB & CPU, you will more than likely have to purchase another OS. So, add that to your cost, as well.
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January 28, 2012 12:19:56 PM

If I were in your shoes, I would replace the CPU, MB, RAM, and GPU, and reuse everything else.