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Old 01-04-2012, 08:43 AM   #1
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What should I upgrade on my computer? It's about 3 yrs old and don't want to go out and buy a new one. I like to play graphic intensive games like Skyrim and will soon be playing Diablo III, what should I upgrade? Video card or memory and if so what kind should I get?

Here is what i have. Thank you in advance.


POWER SUPPLY: Ultra X2 ULT31851 550-Watt Power Supply - ATX

CPU: Intel Core2Duo Extreme X6800 2.93GHz / 4MB Cache / 1066MHz FSB / Dual-Core / Socket 775 Processor
MOTHERBOARD: nVIDIA EVGA nForce 680i SLI Motherboard up to 8GB DDR2 RAM
RAM: 2GB (2x1024MB) OCZ Dual Channel PC8500 DDR2 1066MHz NVIDIA SLI-Ready EPP Memory
VIDEO: Asus nVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX 768MB / 384 bit
HARD DRIVE: Western Digital (WD5000AAKS) Caviar Blue 500GB (7200RPM)
DVD/CD DRIVE: Plextor® PX-755SA DVD±R/RW CD-R/RW internal Serial ATA Drive
WIRELESS: D-Link DWA-556 Xtreme N PCIe Wireless Network Adapter

EXTERNAL MONITOR: Dell 3007WFP 30-inch Widescreen Digital Flat-Panel Monitor 3007WFP
SOUND: Bose Companion 5 Multimedia Speaker System
BACK-UP DRIVE: Vantec NexStar 300GB External Hard Drive
CAMERA: Logitech QuickCam S5500
KEYBOARD: Logitech diNovo Edge Blue Tooth Keyboard
MOUSE: Logitech MX Revolution Blue Tooth Mouse

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition
DATA PROCESSING: Microsoft Office Professional 2007

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I have two quick questions.

First, do you know if your operating system is 32-bit or 64-bit?

Also, what is your total budget for the upgrades?

It appears that you need more RAM, a better GPU, and then most likely an upgraded power supply to run all the new components.

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I have two quick questions.

First, do you know if your operating system is 32-bit or 64-bit?

Also, what is your total budget for the upgrades?

It appears that you need more RAM, a better GPU, and then most likely an upgraded power supply to run all the new components.
32 bit.

I really don't wanna spend anymore than about $300.00 if possible. I paid $700.00 for all that you saw about a yr a go.
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$300 is defiantly enough. So what you need is a little bit of RAM, a sweet GPU and then a power supply to run it all.

So for RAM, I would just add on to what you already have.
This is compatible as far as speeds and voltages go.
RAM

Then for a beastly Corsair power supply for all your needs.
This will power everything you have, and then some, with an 80+ rating.
PSU

Lastly, comes the graphics card. I see that you have an nVIDIA GPU, so lets stick with that. To maintain your budget, I would go with something like this...
GTX 460 1GB

If you want to go past your budget just a little bit, then get the same card I have.. the GTX 560 (And it does kick butt!)
Cheaper GTX 560...
Little more expensive GTX 560, great deal though.
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$300 is defiantly enough. So what you need is a little bit of RAM, a sweet GPU and then a power supply to run it all.

So for RAM, I would just add on to what you already have.
This is compatible as far as speeds and voltages go.
RAM

Then for a beastly Corsair power supply for all your needs.
This will power everything you have, and then some, with an 80+ rating.
PSU

Lastly, comes the graphics card. I see that you have an nVIDIA GPU, so lets stick with that. To maintain your budget, I would go with something like this...
GTX 460 1GB

If you want to go past your budget just a little bit, then get the same card I have.. the GTX 560 (And it does kick butt!)
Cheaper GTX 560...
Little more expensive GTX 560, great deal though.

Thank you!!! The link to the RAM is broken however..can u post it again? Thank you!!!
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RAM... for realz this time

Sorry! I copy and pasted a Google search. Silly me.
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RAM... for realz this time

Sorry! I copy and pasted a Google search. Silly me.
Thank you very much, order has been placed!! I went with the ECS NGTX560-1GPI-F GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card.
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Excellent! I am glad to be of some help!

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