Okay, this is the third time I've written this and it's messed up. (curse you iPhone)
I have a newish store bought inspiron that i slapped a GT 440 in and i want to upgrade
Here's what I have:
Hyper 212 evo
550w CM eXtreme PSU
What I can scrap from the old machine:
4.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 533MHz (I will upgrade to 2x4gb ddr3 1600)
Crappy Mobo (Dell Inc. 04GJJT (CPU 1))
Anthalon x2 ii 250 @3.0ghz
I'm looking to upgrade for about ~300$ shipped.
I need a CPU Mobo and GPU.
I've been looking at a GTX 550, but I just some input.
Depending upon the price of 8GB of DDR3 (at a higher clock speed) you may be better off trying to make the jump to a GeForce GTX 560 Ti, if keeping the "4.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 533MHz" lets you.
RAM prices are likely to lower over time, whereas decent video cards are always in hot demand.
Not to mention the modern processors have so much cache and significantly better prefetching of information that having DDR3-533 isn't as much of a deal as it once was. (Especially since lower MHz RAM usually has much tigher timings than DDR3-1600).
- How much extra $$$ would that give you towards a better video card?
- Which country are you in?
OK, maybe scratch this idea. The GTX 560 Ti is still twice the price of a GTX 550 Ti...
PS: I'm assuming you meant GTX 550 Ti, as we don't seem to be able to get the GTX 550 in Australia (so as far as I can tell it either (a) doesn't exist, or (b) is an OEM or China only part, etc.).