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November 1, 2012 12:25:48 PM

First off, sorry if this thread is in the wrong place.
Hey guys, I've had my current build for just under 2 years and I'm looking to upgrade certain components for increased performance. It was built by our local computer guy who charged around $600 AUD. My primary function of this PC is gaming, mainly FPS', RPG's and MMO's such as Call of Duty/Battlefield/ArmA 2 (DayZ), Diablo 3 and World of Warcraft. I'm mainly looking at upgrading my single 2GB RAM, to a x2 4GB Dual RAM kit (8GB), but any other recommendations to increase overall performance and have a better gaming experience ingame is greatly appreciated. I am willing to spend I'd say a maximum of $100-200 on upgrading parts if that helps (inc. RAM).

My current specs are as follows;
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1
  • Motherboard: GA-H55M-S2V http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...
  • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 540 @ 3.07GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.1GHz
  • RAM: 2048MB RAM (Not sure on specific details)
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 430 http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gt...

    Below is a more detailed 'dxdiag' report minus information I saw as irrelevant.
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    System Information
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    Time of this report: 11/1/2012, 22:00:51
    Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.120830-0333)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
    System Model: H55M-S2V
    BIOS: Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 540 @ 3.07GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.1GHz
    Memory: 2048MB RAM
    Available OS Memory: 1976MB RAM
    Page File: 2885MB used, 1275MB available
    Windows Dir: C:\Windows
    DirectX Version: DirectX 11
    DX Setup Parameters: Not found
    User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
    System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
    DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
    DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 64bit Unicode

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    DirectX Debug Levels
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    Direct3D: 0/4 (retail)
    DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
    DirectInput: 0/5 (retail)
    DirectMusic: 0/5 (retail)
    DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
    DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
    DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

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    Display Devices
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    Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GT 430
    Manufacturer: NVIDIA
    Chip type: GeForce GT 430
    DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
    Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0DE1&SUBSYS_35051458&REV_A1
    Display Memory: 1710 MB
    Dedicated Memory: 978 MB
    Shared Memory: 731 MB
    Current Mode: 1440 x 900 (32 bit) (60Hz)
    Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
    Monitor Model: 193FW
    Monitor Id: AOC1980
    Native Mode: 1440 x 900(p) (59.887Hz)
    Output Type: DVI
    Driver Name: nvd3dumx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvd3dum,nvwgf2um,nvwgf2um
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    Driver Version: 8.17.13.142
    DDI Version: 11
    Driver Model: WDDM 1.1
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    Driver Date/Size: 5/15/2012 21:48:00, 18044224 bytes
    WHQL Logo'd: Yes
    WHQL Date Stamp:
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    Device ID: 0x0DE1
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    Revision ID: 0x00A1
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    File System: NTFS
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    Drive: D:
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    Model: TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S223C ATA Device
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    My mobo only allows the following types of RAM
    Quote:
    Each memory slot can hold DDR3 PC3-12800, DDR3 PC3-10600, DDR3 PC3-8500, DDR3 PC3-14900 with a maximum of 8GB per slot.*
    *Not to exceed manufacturer supported memory.
    From http://www.crucial.com Crucial System Scanner.


    I am currently looking at this RAM:
    (main preference)
    Mushkin 997005 8GB 2x4GB DDR3 1600MHZ PC3-12800 1.5V
    http://www.mushkin.com/Memory/Radioactive/997005.aspx
    Purchase link:
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Mushkin-997005-8GB-2x4GB-DDR...

    Here is a list of sites that I have been browsing for parts:
    http://www.megabuy.com.au/
    http://pccasegear.com/
    http://www.mwave.com.au/
    http://www.auspcmarket.com.au/
    http://www.pcmarket.com.au/
    http://www.ddcomputer.com.au/index.php

    Please let me know what you think of my current rig and what upgrades I should consider.

    Thanks a lot guys,
    Snack.
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    November 1, 2012 12:44:20 PM

    What sites are good for you? You also are listing only 2x2GB not 2x4GB ram. If you want 8 GB you should get 2x4. an upgrade in the graphics card would give you the most bang but it would put you at the $200 end of your budget in the US with the ram.
    November 1, 2012 12:53:16 PM

    My mistake, I've done that for you.
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    November 1, 2012 12:57:24 PM

    4GB DDR3 RAM, and a GTX550 Ti should be good. You'll play those games at least low-med settings.
    November 1, 2012 1:22:04 PM

    I'd advise you spring for an SSD and a new graphics card. The SSD will speed up your entire system far more than any other upgrade, but a new GPU is the only fix for gaming.
    November 1, 2012 1:47:13 PM

    thrasher32 said:
    I'd advise you spring for an SSD and a new graphics card. The SSD will speed up your entire system far more than any other upgrade, but a new GPU is the only fix for gaming.

    I know nothing about SSD's, what kind of SSD would you recommend?
    November 1, 2012 2:01:02 PM

    If all you want to do is game on it. I would just add another 2gb stick of ram, not replace it with 2x4gb. You really only need 4gb total. That will be a huge improvement because 2gb is bottlenecking the hell out of your system. If it's not enough of a performance boost, your next best option is to get a better graphics card. An ssd will make your applications load faster and the system will feel snappier, but it will not improve performance once the applications are loaded into ram.
    November 1, 2012 4:43:09 PM

    SnackHD said:
    I know nothing about SSD's, what kind of SSD would you recommend?


    I'd recommend SSD's by Intel, Samsung, or OCZ, in that order. Get at least 128Gb, should only cost you about $70-100, Maybe less if you do some shopping around.

    Flexxar is correct, the SSD will make your system faster overall but will only give you marginal increases in gaming. Your new GPU should take care of gaming FPS.
    November 3, 2012 3:35:38 AM

    I'm considering the SSD and new GPU, but how much RAM should I get? Just a single 2GB, 4GB, or two 4GB's?
    November 3, 2012 7:49:59 PM

    SnackHD said:
    I'm considering the SSD and new GPU, but how much RAM should I get? Just a single 2GB, 4GB, or two 4GB's?


    As cheap as RAM is I'd say go for 2 4GB DIMM's. You could also get 16GB super cheap but that's really overkill and a waste of money imho.
    November 4, 2012 12:39:16 AM

    thrasher32 said:
    As cheap as RAM is I'd say go for 2 4GB DIMM's. You could also get 16GB super cheap but that's really overkill and a waste of money imho.


    Okay thanks.
    !