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Should I just upgrade my Card or get a whole new system?

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February 1, 2012 8:12:11 PM

With my tax return in, I was looking at my computer. Its only 3 years old, but I didnt buy a top of the end Computer to start with. I would like to just upgrade the video card to something like a GeForce GTX 570 which I have heard is one of the best bang for your buck cards out there. I just want to make sure the rest of my computer will keep up with the new card. My computer currently has 4mb of Ram, which I could upgrade to 8mb without any issue. Would be about 150 bucks for 2 4 gig sticks and then video card cost. Thanks for any feedback on my system and what I should do to it!

Processor-Intel Core 2 Quad CPU 8400 @2.67
RAM- 4 gig PC6400
MB-GIGABYTE GA-G41M-ES2H
Video Card-GeForce GTX 275
OS-Windows 7 64 bit
PS-650W Corsair

I am looking at the release of D3 in a couple months and want to be ready for all of the massive graphic animations that will build up with full groups each time I play. The one thing I have noticed is that it looks like my MB is PCIe-16 4x so even the card I have now isnt getting the full benefit of the PCIe-2.0 that it works with. It's my understanding (please correct me if I am wrong) is that a 2.0 Video card will still work with previous versions of PCI-e, just not at full bandwith or something like that. Would I get enough bang for my buck from spending 400-450 bucks for new ram and a Video Card, or should I look at getting a new system. Just looking to be able to run the game on near max settings and have no issues even when my screen is full of flashing colors and what not :p  Thanks for any feedback!!

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a c 291 U Graphics card
February 1, 2012 8:32:27 PM

150 bucks for 8 gigs of RAM is much. It's not worth upgrading DDR2 ram. You could get new motherboard for $100-$120 and 8gigs of DDR3 RAM for $60-$70.

For graphics card, GTX 570 is a solid choice. Wouldn't choose anything else at this moment for it's price.

Though, the system is outdated. Considering you could reuse your case, HDD, PSU and Windows, it wouldn't be all that expensive to upgrade whole system.

Processor: Intel Core i5 2500k: $230
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3: $118
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 8GB (4 x 2GB): $57
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 : $330
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $735.

Your choice!
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a c 92 U Graphics card
February 1, 2012 8:39:36 PM

Don't buy a 570 or a new system for now. Seems like your system should play d3 easily. and the 570 is not good bang for your buck. None of the high end cards are.

the 6870 is only like 30% slower and costs like half the price.
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a c 291 U Graphics card
February 1, 2012 8:41:38 PM

esrever said:
Don't buy a 570 or a new system for now. Seems like your system should play d3 easily. and the 570 is not good bang for your buck. None of the high end cards are.

the 6870 is only like 30% slower and costs like half the price.


Which means HD6870 costs 28% less per perfomance for $. However, GTX 570 still gives future proof-ness.

OP, if you want to get even more price - performance efficient, you could look at GTX 560 Ti Hawk, which performs just little bit behind GTX 570, but is considerably cheaper and I personally (adding this so people wouldn't argue with me) consider it to be the best performance/price ratio without sacrificing the performance. It costs $265.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 2, 2012 8:49:50 AM

Thanks for the info guys! I am starting to look at this from a slightly different angle now. I think I might hold off now and see where things stand in a couple months when D3 actually comes out. If it runs it well, then I guess I am good to go for a little while longer and get more time out of my current system. Kind of a bummer the memory for this one is so expensive, since I would like to bump that up to 8, but I guess I can just pay attention to what I have running in the background. Always open to other opinions tho!
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a c 84 U Graphics card
February 2, 2012 10:51:22 AM

if u think to buy an gpu go instead of gtx 570 and save some money and look at the gtx 560ti 448 core it gives little bit low performance then hd 570.:) 
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