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August 2, 2012 6:19:04 PM

Looking for advice on upgrading machine I built about 3-4 years ago. Thought about throwing an ssd for the os and maybe a graphics card to tide me over until I can properly afford a new rig. Is it worth investing in 2-300 in it now and planning a new build a year from now, or shouldn't I bother and deal with it until I build a new rig. I'm open to all suggestions, I'm fairly capable of picking out parts for a new build, but I'm not really sure where to go with what I have. Should I track down another 9800gt for SLI? Buy one single graphics card? Upgrade to AM3 chip?

I use the machine for gaming, I don't play a lot, and I'm not a zealot, but its getting harder and harder to keep a descent framerate.

Current Build:
2 23" monitors 1920x1080 (only game on one)
Athlon x2 5400 black edition with mild overclock
4gb Ram (DDR2)
Gigabyte GA-MA78G-DS3HP mobo
  • Supports AM3 chips
  • 1 x PCI Express x16 slot running at x16 (PCIEX16_1)
  • 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4_1) (The PCIEX16_1 and PCIEX4_1 slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
    EVGA 512-P3-N973-TR GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • Core Clock600MHz
  • Shader Clock1500MHz
  • CUDA Cores112
  • Effective Memory Clock 1800MHz
  • Memory Size 512MB
  • Memory Interface 256-bit
  • Memory Type GDDR3
    RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply
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    August 2, 2012 6:45:01 PM

    If you get a SSD now, then you can use it in your next build. The same could be applied to the video card, tough making a SLI for now could be a good idea, if you find a second hand 9800 GT (can your PSU handle 2x SLI?).
    August 2, 2012 6:50:24 PM

    jemm said:
    If you get a SSD now, then you can use it in your next build. The same could be applied to the video card, tough making a SLI for now could be a good idea, if you find a second hand 9800 GT (can your PSU handle 2x SLI?).


    My main concern is the processor/memory going to hold me back? I know an ssd is going to help load times, but how much help will be the graphics card? Is the 9800gt still a good card. I see my processor spiking hard during games a lot, I'm not sure if that video related or not.
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