I need upgrading advice plz

hi guys i am a gamer, what is the best upgrade for my system !!?? i think about ram and gpu but the mb is limiting my choices for ram(DDR 2 1200 max), open for any suggestions


MB: Gigabyte GA-EP43-DS3L
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300, 2500 MHz
Ram: Kingston 8 GB DDR2-800
Video card: XFX ATI Radeon HD 5830 (1024 MB DDR5)
HDD: Seagate ST31000528AS ATA Device (1000 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA-II) <=========="OS installed here"
Seagate ST3750640AS ATA Device (750 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA-II)
Western Digital WD5000AAKS-00A7B2 ATA Device (465 GB, IDE)
PSU: Gigabyte Odin Pro 550 w
Monitor: LG W2261 (Digital) [22" LCD] 1920*1080
OS : Windows 7 Ultimate 64 SP1
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More about upgrading advice
  1. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice

    If you fill that out it will help a lot in giving you the best possible advice.
  2. 4 GB RAM is enough for any gaming PC. You have 8GB. The best upgrade is your GPU.
  3. It's also a good idea to change the psu before you upgrade any other components. Go with corsair, seasonic or antec. 550W should be enough but if you want more headroom for more upgrade, go for 650W
  4. zolton33 >>>> thanx but thread u mentioned is not very helpful
    sosofm >>>>> its ok that i have 8 GB but it has low freq only 400 mhz
    EzioAs >>>> i will consider that
  5. any other suggestions
    what do u think about ATI Radeon HD 6850 ??? good deal right ?!!
  6. mrmnx100 said:
    zolton33 >>>> thanx but thread u mentioned is not very helpful
    sosofm >>>>> its ok that i have 8 GB but it has low freq only 400 mhz
    EzioAs >>>> i will consider that


    If you would copy and paste it like:

    Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))

    Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) Before / After Rebates

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)

    Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.: newegg.com, ncix.com -- to show us selection & pricing)

    Country: (e.g.: India) we need to know where these parts are being assembled

    Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)

    Overclocking: Yes / No / Maybe

    SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe

    Monitor Resolution:


    Then fill in your own answers people will know what you need what you can spend where you want to order from ect ect ect. /facepalm how can you miss that? :o
  7. Your memory run at 800Mhz not 400Mhz. You see 400 because its run in dual channel mode. And if it work in dual channel do the math 400X2=800Mhz.
  8. thanx a lot sosofm didn't notice that , so what do u think about 6850 ?? its about 275 $
  9. I think you want to say 6950 not 6850.
    GIGABYTE GV-R695OC-1GD Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125385 250$
    But here a cheaper option with the same performance :
    MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565 225$ and 195$ after rebates.
    6950 and 560Ti are almost equals in performance.
  10. no i wanted to say 6850 , i don't live in the US, we have too much customs and taxes
  11. 6850 is a good option.
  12. thanx a lot appreciate it
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