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Looking for upgrade NEED YOUR EXPERTISE!!!!!

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September 1, 2012 6:53:48 PM

Hi Guys,

Im looking to upgrade my computer and would like to know your expertise on what i should do to be update for all games. Im a gamer and it still plays all the games but i know its getting old and want to upgrade for something affordable. Im probably gonna change my OS to Windows 7 Ultimate SINCE IM ITS ONLY USING 3GB ON XP

Here is what i got :

- Processor : Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

- Motherboard : GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel

- RAM : OCZ SLI-Ready Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

- Video : EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit
GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

- Cpu Cooler : ZALMAN CNPS9900 NT 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise CPU Cooler

- Power Supply : CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified

- OS : Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3 32-bit for System

- Tower : Cooler Master Mid ATX tower

- Lecteur CD/DVD : LG with lightscribe

Your advice will be very much appreciated thanks again!

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September 1, 2012 8:28:37 PM

yikes. you definitely need an upgrade. go to go to intel 3rd generation. then choose gamer series 1000. start there. upgrade the cpu to intel core i3-2120. then upgrade gpu to amd radeon hd 7770. you need to upgrade psu to 500w. that will cost around 700 for no monitor or 850 with a monitor. do not get monitor from cyberpower. there are cheaper ones that are better on newegg
September 1, 2012 9:04:08 PM

PSU i have a 750watts your telling a 500 watt is better?
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September 1, 2012 9:31:39 PM

No, I don't think Moosy8 knows what s/he is talking about. What is your budget for an upgrade, because it looks like you need an almost an entire system. If your current system is an off the shelf system, you can probably salvage the hard drive(s) and the power supply. The graphic card should be upgraded, but only if it's within your budget. All else, motherboard, CPU, RAM, and OS needs to be upgraded now.

FYI, you don't need Windows 7 Ultimate in order to run more than 4GB of RAM. You only need a 64-bit OS, such as XP-64, Vista-64, or 64 bit Windows 7. Unless there is a specific function of 7 Ultimate that you need, I'd recommend saving some cash and going with 7 Home Premium.

So... what's the budget?

-Wolf sends
September 1, 2012 9:48:37 PM

ImInWithTheNew said:
PSU i have a 750watts your telling a 500 watt is better?

in some cases yes. an 80 plus bronze 500w is better than a standard no name 750w
September 1, 2012 10:29:33 PM

Hi Wolfshadw

my budget is 500$, Can you list me a motherboard name and cpu i could go for?
September 1, 2012 10:41:33 PM

i bought this whole system for 120$ so for what i got i think it is worth it since i play all games including skyrim, diablo 3 and GW2 with no problems
September 1, 2012 10:51:06 PM

Motherboard - ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 - $115
CPU - Intel Core I5-3570K Ivy Bridge - $230
RAM - G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600 - $45
OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

That all comes to $490. That along with the components you salvage from your current system (even the CPU cooler, it appears) should give you a hefty boost in performance. Later, when you can afford it, go for a top of the line graphics card and maybe an SSD.

-Wolf sends