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January 20, 2013 6:56:00 AM

Hello All, I'm thinking about upgrading my current computer (Specs below) I'm considering buying max ram (16gb) and a new graphics card (PCIe x16) I'm also aware that in order to do that I'll need to upgrade my current PSU, and I'm also considering buying a new case?

Any suggestions?



P.S I am a bit of a newb at this, sorry if this is in the wrong place

Current specs: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Docume...

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January 20, 2013 7:31:42 AM

8GB of RAM is more than enough for the vast majority of software.

Your CPU is going to be holding you back once you update the video card.

I'd have a look at GeForce GTX660 Ti and Radeon HD 7870 as a maximum for that set-up, anything more won't really deliver results... no point over purchasing as by the time you want to migrate the video card to a better system it will be outdated by newer tech.

If you have a certain budget in mind, then post some extra details and I'm sure that more responses will appear. :) 
January 20, 2013 7:54:57 AM

I am considering 8gb, since I can just add on another 8gb easily.

Both of those cards are a bit too much, since I'm in around a 300$ budget
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January 20, 2013 7:57:51 AM

- They're both $250 cards.
- 8GB of RAM is about $50, isn't it?

Where the heck are you buying from?
January 20, 2013 8:02:33 AM

Newegg, I'll also need to buy PSU
January 20, 2013 12:23:23 PM

Ahh, sorry, my mistake.

The lowest I recommend anyone consider is the GeForce GTX650 Ti if they're going to be gaming on it.

Or maybe the Radeon HD 7770 if you're on more of a budget.

I don't memorize prices as they change daily, if not hourly

This site is pretty good for quick look-ups, but I'd also suggest checking the Toms Hardware Charts for real-world performance.
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