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October 23, 2012 11:27:45 AM

Don't know alot about hardware but i've had this pc for a few years, I think its time to upgrade something(s). Any advice would be helpful & more info available upon request (not really sure what to offer.
cpu: 3.40 gigahertz AMD Phenom II X4 965
gfx: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480
ram: 8gb

I play alot of games, multiple clients/games at once, while streaming music/movies/videos. Just looking for the best over all upgrade(s) available without breaking the bank. Thanks

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October 23, 2012 11:38:01 AM

To be honest it already looks pretty good. What monitor do you have? Maybe you should upgrade that. Buy a cooler and OC your cpu a little too.
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October 23, 2012 11:40:42 AM

If you don't have one you could plant an SSD in there for your operating system.
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October 23, 2012 11:58:00 AM

not sure how to use the overclock feature lol D;
also yesterday i got a windows message saying i needed to close something due to lack of memory, thats what sparked my interest in upgrading. Not really sure why i got the message.
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October 23, 2012 12:14:17 PM

Lack of memory with 8GB? You don't have 32 bit windows do you?
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October 23, 2012 12:15:08 PM

no I use 64 bit OS
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October 23, 2012 12:16:39 PM

ya it didnt sound right to me either lol, ill not exactly what the error was next time if i get it, was just curious if there was anything i should update at this time. thanks for all the posts ^^ could just be a hardware failure with something i have
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October 23, 2012 12:18:56 PM

The only part of your system that's lacking is the graphics. If you drop about 150 into a new card, you could see some nice improvement when you do graphically intense stuff. Otherwise, your system is fine as is.

I'd recommend for example,
EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1461-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 23, 2012 12:21:10 PM

abekl said:
The only part of your system that's lacking is the graphics. If you drop about 150 into a new card, you could see some nice improvement when you do graphically intense stuff. Otherwise, your system is fine as is.

I'd recommend for example,
EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1461-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I believe the 480 is more powerful than the 560 it just draws a lot of power.
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October 23, 2012 12:25:41 PM

Really. Well dunce to me. I don't really know the Nvidia lineup as well as the AMD lineup, so it's perfectly possible.
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October 23, 2012 12:39:25 PM

I just checked anandtech bench and it is similar to the 570 in most games.
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October 23, 2012 12:41:36 PM

Then he really doesn't have to upgrade a thing. An SSD might be nice if money is burning a hole in his pocket.
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October 24, 2012 1:45:18 PM

FYI, if you have an antivirus, or program that is supposed to "optimize" your PC they have a tendency to tell you things like "You may be in danger of having a slow computer/getting a virus if you don't upgrade to super-ultra-plus". Usually they are full of crap. I suggest finding a guide to optimize your OS, and buying a Solid state drive(almost insta-load games/clients).
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October 24, 2012 1:46:49 PM

my 2 cents

- overclock your cpu to 4.0 GHz

- add SSD
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