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How could I Best Upgrade for $200ish?

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August 22, 2012 4:47:22 AM

hey guys! this is my first post, so sorry if I am long or leave stuff out.

Basically, I am looking for a single upgrade that will give me the most bang for my buck.
I have about $200 to drop into my compy and want to get the most out of it.
I also understand if 200 is not enough, I can continue to save up.
Thanks in advance:

Here we go!

My current specs:

` Windows 7 Professional 32-bit SP1
(side question, is it worth while to upgrade to 64 bit for RAM boost?)

`Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 3064MB RAM
Patriot brand.

`Graphics card name:Ati Radeon X1900 Series
(I looked around a bit and found on that looked good?
ATI Radeon™ X1900 CrossFire? )

`Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 530 @ 2.93GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.9GHz

`MotherBoard: MSI MS7636 (H55M-E33)

`HardDrive:WDC WD7500AAKS-00RBA0 ATA Device (about 75% full)

--What I am looking for and other questions answered:--

Approximate Purchase Date: in about 2 weeks

Budget Range: $200-220, but less is always better

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming, internet, homework, movies

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: GPU card, processor, OS, ?

Do you need to buy OS: might need to upgrade to 64 bit

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:I like amazon and newegg

Location: concord California

Parts Preferences: Intel is good, but open to sugesstions

Overclocking: nope, too risky for now during summer heat.

SLI or Crossfire: no,

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I like to play Fallout NV, and TF2

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Want to run games on ULTRA, finally have time.

More about : upgrade 200ish

August 22, 2012 4:59:14 AM

Defiantly up the OS for the ram

Then chose between a gtx 660ti or an i5-3570k

Gtx will run games on high but already blows your budget

What is your mobo chipset?

Also just upgrade over time a gfx card here… a CPU there. You don't have to go all at once

Also my computor is where you live right now
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 22, 2012 5:36:39 AM

The video card is the biggest thing you should swap. The X1900 is quite an old card. It also needed a special crossfire edition unlike today's cards.

64 bit Windows to be is very worth it, but not at this time because you are on a budget.

For cards check this.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

Before adding a card ensure you have the required power(then again the X1900 took as much power as a mid end card today anyway).

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a b B Homebuilt system
August 22, 2012 5:47:01 AM
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Definitely spend it all on the video card; that's what's outdated and holding you back.

Next time you have money to spend, look into a 64-bit OS and all the rest. But the video card is where the real bang for the buck is, as you say.

What's also good for you is that since you live in Concord, the Fry's there offers an internet price match, so you can basically walk in there and get what you want for the same price as Newegg, without waiting or paying for shipping. I take advantage of that all the time at that store. Not sure if they will match what you get with mail-in rebates though, so maybe find that out.
August 22, 2012 5:51:13 AM

Get a 7850. It lowers to $209 this weekend.

TDP is at 130w so even low end psus can handle it (<400w)

also buy on amazon or other online retailers with no tax in CA.
a b B Homebuilt system
August 22, 2012 5:54:15 AM

if it involves dumping it all on gpu, the new price point for the 7850 is coming your way(as its 190$ for sapphire 2gb) though the cpu/OS can use a bit of work.
August 22, 2012 6:14:56 AM

Thanks for getting back to me guys!

not sure the chipset on my Mobo

Board: H55M-E33(MS-7636) 1.0
Bus Clock: 133 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. V1.5 01/26/2010

. and I thought I would have to replace the video card. I will probably get the
Radeon HD 7850.

any suggestions on how to get win7 64 Bit for cheap?
August 22, 2012 6:54:46 AM

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