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Thinking about upgrading my computer. Need Opinions!

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June 1, 2012 1:59:03 PM


P55-GD80 Motherboard
i7-860 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
Nvidia GTX 550 TI 2 GB
1TB Seagate Harddrive
4GB of RAM
Antec 900 Case
750W Power Supply
Dual monitor setup:
- 22'' 120HZ Viewsonic
- 22'' 60hz Samsung

Now I mostly game with this computer and recently its been mostly diablo3/battlefield 3 multiplayer. I get about 50-60 FPS in diablo 3 and I'm feeling like it's not fully using my 120hz. I have never overclocked before and when I checked my temps, I'm hesitant (idle is around 40C) because I don't want it to go too far.

If I were to upgrade, my budget would be around $450-600.

Please help :)  any opinion is appreciated.

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June 1, 2012 3:17:42 PM

so if i were to get the 670, do you think i should also get 8GB of RAM instead of 4? How much does RAM affect gaming?
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June 1, 2012 3:27:01 PM

falco37 said:
so if i were to get the 670, do you think i should also get 8GB of RAM instead of 4? How much does RAM affect gaming?

IMO if your getting 50 - 60 FPS and you upgrade the GPU and get 120 FPS your not going to see the game play any differnt!!!

4 GB of ram for gaming is fine. you wont see more FPS going to 8 GB

My i5 750 and GTX 560 plays any game out there

If you really want to blow 600 bucks sure a GPU and 8 GB of ram ( like the OP said whould be whare to put it )

June 1, 2012 3:38:05 PM

The reason I would want to raise my FPS is to take advantage of the fact that I have a 120HZ monitor. The 120HZ monitor makes a difference when it comes to gaming and I think higher FPS would help.
June 1, 2012 4:05:21 PM

So because your monitor is 120Hz you want your games to play at 120fps+. That is a very expensive goal for a very very small (if any at all) visual improvement.
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June 1, 2012 4:13:16 PM

120 Hz is more for 3D

and also that means you can have vsync on and not be capped at 60 FPS

I dont know alot about it but, my friend 60 fps is good !!!

The new GPU wont hurt :)  just means you wont need to buy one for another 4 years
June 1, 2012 4:20:57 PM

yeah thats what i was thinking.. upgrade now and i'll be good for a while. also, i didn't believe the 120hz made a difference till i tried it.. i have a 60hz and a 120hz monitor side by side and there's a clear difference..

is it worth going all the way to GTX 670 or should i just get a 580/590?
June 1, 2012 4:24:47 PM

Go for the 670. Better power, lower temps than the 500 series. Plus, multiple monitor support if you end up doing that someday with a 3rd one.
June 1, 2012 11:14:40 PM

with a budget like that, id say change your main monitor to a smaller 1080p tv, or buy a better graphics card, or buy an OCZ Revo Drive - a SSD that fits in PCI-Express x16 ports (pci-e x 4 port to be exact)