Upgrade PSU RAM GPU 400$

Approximate Purchase Date: in two weeks

Budget Range: 400 after rebates and shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing, watching movies

Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) I have Dell XPS 8300 with I7 processor, RAM 8 GB (4X2GB) 1333MhZ, PSU 460Watts, GPU ATI 6670

Do you need to buy OS: Yes / No
Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard.

Location: NJ

Parts Preferences: No Preferance

Overclocking: No

Your Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080)

Additional Comments:
I need a Quite PC. I tried running the Medal of Honor at Medium Settings. The PC seems to make the loud hum. It can handle the games i play. I tried Need for Speed- Hot pursuit.

I just installed SSD. It seems to help with the boot times.

My Preferences are,
1. Does 16 GB RAM would help me without upgrading the GPU and PSU.
2. Do i need a beefier GPU with 2GB Video RAM without upgrading the RAM and PSU.
3. Do i need to upgrade the PSU, GPU for sure.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:

I game occasionally and prefer a nice gaming PC.
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  1. with your current specs i think u only need to upgrade your GPU to see improvement in gaming performance.
    8 gb of ram is enough for gaming nowadays.

    this GPU would require you to upgrade your PSU

    the total comes around $395.

    P.S. this card would play medal of honour war fighter at around 50 fps average at your resolution with all the eye candy.
  2. Agreed. A lot of people are building new systems slower than yours. The only thing you should upgrade is the GPU, but if you do, you will might have to upgrade the PSU too. It really depends on the card you upgrade to. Radeon 7870 and lower, you'll be fine. 7950 and up, is risky. 16gb of ram will not improve performance at all. Stick to 8gb
  3. 1) 16GB of RAM is unneccesary for gaming. 8GB is perfectly fine. However, I'd like to clarify, you said 8GB (2X2GB). 2x2GB is 4GB, so just wanted to make sure you had 8GB currently.
    2)You need a more powerful GPU and in return a PSU to handle it. the vRAM is irrelevant at your resolution. Any card you get will be able to handle 1080P resolutions.
    3)YES, the rest of your system should be fine.

    The suggestion above is fine, the free games with the video card are really hard to beat. My suggestion with just hardware in mind is below. The GTX670 and 7950 trade punches with different games, but I think the 670 bests the 7950 more times than not. Both the GPU and PSU below have REALLY good MIRs and instant savings with free shipping.

    GPU: MSI GTX670 $350-$30MIR = $320

    PSU: Antec Earthwatt 650W $65-$25MIR=$40

    TOTAL = $360 after MIR's and discounts. Both free shipping.
  4. Updated my post.
    It has 8GB with (4 X 2 GB) RAM and 460 Watts PSU.

    Do i need to change my PSU if i choose Radeon HD 7870.

    Thanks for all your responses. I will put a hold on my RAM upgrade then.
  5. If you pop off the side of your case, can you get the specs on the PSU. Specifically the 12V rails. Also, does it have any 6 pin PCI-E connectors? Sometimes they may have one.
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