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January 11, 2013 4:41:21 PM

I recently put in a Radeon 7870 graphics card into my computer but I haven't really seen a drastic increase in gaming performance up from the 5750. Could the problem be that my processor and motherboard are holding it back? I have a store bought Dell Inspiron 580.

My current motherboard is the Dell Inc. 0C2KJT A00
My current Processor is the Intel Core i3 CPU 550 3.20GHz
PSU: 600W
Ram: 4gb

If the motherboard and processor are holding it back I am willing to buy some new ones. If you guys could recommend me some nice MOBOs and CPUs that would be great. Thanks

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January 11, 2013 4:47:29 PM

How much are you willing to spend?
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January 11, 2013 4:57:12 PM

Anything under like 150$ for each of them
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January 11, 2013 5:01:36 PM

Since that's a Dell computer you will not be able to upgrade motherboard without buying a new windows 7.

A cpu upgrade is a possible, I do think some games still like a true 4 core CPU

I don't know how you will go about a CPU upgrade, You may need a bios update which is sometimes more tricky on Pre-made systems. what is your motherboard?

CPUZ http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

will tell you.
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January 11, 2013 5:08:48 PM

Dell Inc. 0C2KJT A00

Chipset Intel
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January 11, 2013 5:25:35 PM

H57 1156 socket I'm guessing. judging by what i can find on the internet

You may want to rethink you may struggle getting a I5 660 or something there abouts.

& the upgrade may not be worth it

If you can afford a NEW OS i'd buy a new motherboard BUT make sure it fits into the Dell Case.
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January 11, 2013 5:30:27 PM

I guess I can wait some other time until I have enough money for all three. Thanks for evenrything
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