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Looking to upgrade from DDR2 to DDR3 - $400-600 price range

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October 11, 2012 12:21:10 AM

Hello, I am currently using DDR2 for my current rig. I'm not a hardcore gamer but I like pretty pretty lights and am accustomed to running things on medium to ultra settings until recently. My video card has recently bit the dust and I was looking to upgrade everything to DDR3.
My current rig is:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1688...

I purchased it in december of 2009. I also upgraded to 2x4gb of RAM

The current upgrades I'm looking at are as follows:

Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Processor:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Video card:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Memory:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

I am thinking of either getting a 1tb second hardrive or will it be better for performance if i get a 2tb hardrive?

I am a complete and utter noob at building rigs. Will the above components be compatible and will they be in my price range of $400-500?

I currently use the following for my monitor:
Samsung SyncMaster S23A350H
http://www.samsung.com/us/computer [...] EFPKFKD/ZA

Would it be easier if I just get a new rig entirely? Are there better options for me to get?

I currently reside in central east Alberta, about 2.5 hours east of Edmonton.
October 12, 2012 4:11:56 PM

Sorry about that. All should be working now.
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October 12, 2012 4:42:07 PM

I don't think your planned components are enough of an upgrade to warrant the cost and I don't think you'd notice much (if any) difference between DDR2 and DDR3. Other than being dated, there is nothing wrong with your current system a new graphics card won't fix; something along the lines of a GTX 660TI

-Wolf sends
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October 12, 2012 5:03:35 PM

What would you recommend and is in my price range? I've been finding my system slowing down alot and the response time is getting pretty slow. BIOS Startup doesn't take long but after I log in it takes at least 5 minutes for me to be able to click something.
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October 12, 2012 5:14:29 PM

Well, your system should not be responding that badly. A couple things to check:

1) How much available hard drive space do you have. Even with a 500 GB hard drive, you really don't want to drop below 100GB (20%) of available space.

2) Make sure you still have all 4GB of RAM. One of your RAM sticks may have died.

Either of these scenarios could result in what you're experiencing. If your system hasn't been cleaned in awhile, you may want to consider doing that as well.

-Wolf sends
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October 12, 2012 5:43:34 PM

I've always hovered around 40gb left. I replaced both sticks with 2 kingstons last year and it made no difference.
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