Hey all, I have decided to upgrade my older system recently rather then purchase a whole new rig (waiting for the price to drop a bit on the i7's). Since I am planning on purchasing a new system, most likely for Xmas 2013 - I want to upgrade on the cheap. I have been looking at the GT 630 and the GT 440 but can't quite decide which would be better....does anyone know the real difference between these two?
All I really do on this machine is play some X games (X3, X3TC, X3AP) at the moment and I use it for the mundane work/school as well. Really would like to hook up two monitors as well...System specs below:
I would like to keep it under $175 if at all possible, seems do-able with what I've seen out there. I feel like with a top-of the line card I may bottleneck with the processor..... what's the best card I can get for this system an with an upgraded power supply?
A while ago I installed a GeForce GTS 250 (about $110 back then) in a system that has an Athlon x2 3800+ (which is a little weaker than your current cpu). It let me run any Half-Life 2 engine game on max with no lag (like 60+ fps). The gtx 650 is even better than that and I don't believe you should aim for anything higher than those cards I suggested.
As for your question about the RAM you wanted to replace, yes you can do that and you might actually see a difference when gaming, too.