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Upgrading Dell Studio 540

Evening. Back in 2010 I bought a Studio 540 to be used as my home computer. I use it for word processing and gaming. Gaming worked fairly well and out of the 200 games I've attempted to play the only two I've been unable to run at all were BF3 Beta and The Witcher 2. I can run Skyrim on medium with an acceptable framerate. I've recently saved up about $600 that I intend to spend on upgrading this computer to better run games. Specs are as follows.

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad CPU @ 2.50 ghz
RAM: 4 gb DDR2
Motherboard: M017G
GPU: 512 MB ATI Radeon 4350 HD
PSU: 350W

I'd like to upgrade my GPU. Ideally, I'd like to buy Nvidia. I've been looking at the GTX 580 and 560. I'll probably need a more powerful PSU as well to run aforementioned GPU. This is my first time upgrading a prebuilt machine. I originally bought this particular machine with the understanding that it is easily upgradeable. Suggestions?

Much obliged,
Terentius
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  1. How about a new PC? I can recommend the specs you need.
  2. acerace said:
    How about a new PC? I can recommend the specs you need.


    I suppose this is also an option.
  3. Best answer
    How about this.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($229.98 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $604.42
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-19 20:48 EST-0500)

    This PC is strictly for gaming. i3 is not very good with multithreading and multitasking workload.
  4. Best answer selected by Terentius.
  5. acerace said:
    How about this.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($229.98 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $604.42
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-19 20:48 EST-0500)

    This PC is strictly for gaming. i3 is not very good with multithreading and multitasking workload.


    Thank you sir! I might spend a 'lil more money for some extra RAM, but this will suit my needs.
  6. Feel free to change anything that didn't suit your personal taste. Like a case or HDD maybe.
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