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Old November 8, 2009, 08:51 AM
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Default Need some advice before upgrading my old ass computer

Ok guys, here is waht i have right now:

Antec Sonata III ATX tower with a 500W power supply.
Asus P5KC ATX LGA775 P35 1333FSB motherboard
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 2,66ghz 1333FSB Conroe
eVGA Geforce 8800GTS 320mb 1,6ghz PCI-E
4 RAM gig OCZ Platinum XTC PC2-6400 DDR2-800 RAM
I still run it under XP ;-)

I am looking to ugrade my dated comp. I was looking for an efficient yet cheap videocard.

Any suggestions?

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Old November 8, 2009, 08:53 AM
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Don't really have time to answer this, but don't remove the last word of your title...

Besides this computer doesn't seem really old ass. I am sure it is quite potent.

What games are you playing ? At what resolution ?
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Old November 8, 2009, 09:02 AM
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OMG! You are right! Removing my last word would cause some comprehension issues ;-)

I play under 1680x1050 on a 22'' inch monitor.

I was looking to play Dragon Age, BioShock 2 and CoD MW2...

Thanks!

P.S. I am open to any upgrade suggestion other than the videocard. I was just under the assumption that upgrading my videocard would generate the most impact on my overall performances.
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Old November 8, 2009, 09:05 AM
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I think you are correct. Getting a GTX260 / 275 / 280 would be a decent upgrade...

... or 4870 / 4890 on the ATI side.

I think it's too soon to upgrade anything else right now, it would cost a lot more and have diminishing returns for actual gameplay per dollar spent.
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Old November 8, 2009, 09:06 AM
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4870 or GTX260 would be my recommendations for something under $200.
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Old November 8, 2009, 09:11 AM
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Which company would you recommend the most? I still like eVGA a lot for some strange reason but they are usually more costy.
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Old November 8, 2009, 09:17 AM
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BFG / EVGA / XFX because of the warranty!
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Old November 8, 2009, 10:24 AM
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Just a quick question...

Why not go with a 9800gtx + instead for cheaper price?
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Old November 8, 2009, 10:36 AM
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I think you are correct. Getting a GTX260 / 275 / 280 would be a decent upgrade...

... or 4870 / 4890 on the ATI side.

I think it's too soon to upgrade anything else right now, it would cost a lot more and have diminishing returns for actual gameplay per dollar spent.

Agreed. Video card is the only upgrade necessary to play those games and see a decent improvement. Upgrading the rest of your system will get you improvements, but probably not as much bang per buck. If you need more processing power (not gaming) then that is a different story.
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You could get a decent HSF (212+) and oc the crap out of the processor.

Also, i agree w/ what Perineum said. All the newer tech is too costly right now and the older tech is being phrased out.
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