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 Post subject: Help me upgrade vid card/psu
PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 5:21 pm 
8086
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Currently I have

Vista 64
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz LGA 775
ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel
CORSAIR XMS2 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
MSI N460GTX Twin Frozr II SOC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDD
23" Samsung Flat Screen

I am replacing the psu and the video card. I play Guild Wars 2 and my wife likes to play the Sims.

I am looking for the best bang for the buck.

I was thinking of buying this for $170
MSI N660 Gaming 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... -_-Product

and this for my psu EVGA 100-W1-500-KR 500W for 35 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... -_-Product

or for $50, Corsair 500w psu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... -_-Product


Thoughts ? Opinion?


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 Post subject: Re: Help me upgrade vid card/psu
PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:09 pm 
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The video card upgrade might be cutting it close before you hit the CPU bottleneck but I think that should work fine. As for the PSU, I feel more comfortable with Corsair one. Just something about spending less than $50 on a PSU worries me.


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 Post subject: Re: Help me upgrade vid card/psu
PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:26 pm 
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I need to replace the video card as I think it's finally dying. Might as well replace it with something nice.

Just out of curiosity, what's the max amount of ram I can put on this mobo/os?


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 Post subject: Re: Help me upgrade vid card/psu
PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 8:14 pm 
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16GB (it's in the manual). But don't go over 8GB unless you're really using that much and require more.


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 Post subject: Re: Help me upgrade vid card/psu
PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 8:33 pm 
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Thanks for the help.

I had considered getting more ram but after doing some research, it looks like it wouldn't improve my gaming performance.


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 Post subject: Re: Help me upgrade vid card/psu
PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 7:30 am 
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I would be surprised if going from 4Gb to 8Gb would not noticeably improve gaming performance on Vista 64. Well, maybe not so much on SIMS or GW2. 16Gb definitely not.

Perhaps gamers would correct me?

If you do upgrade be sure to update the BIOS if not current and match voltage and timing.


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 Post subject: Re: Help me upgrade vid card/psu
PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 7:37 am 
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I wouldn't update BIOS unless absolutely necessary. I learned the hard way about updating BIOS just because it was there on my last build (namely, it actually hated PCIe 3.0 cards until I rolled back).

I'm also inclined to believe 4GB is still enough for most people even those who are gaming. Though some games like Call of Duty Ghosts eat up RAM for no apparent reason (the game doesn't need it). 8GB is the most I'd recommend for those outliers. But 8GB seems to be cheap enough for people these days.


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 Post subject: Re: Help me upgrade vid card/psu
PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 12:45 pm 
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That GPU is a good buy for 140 after MIR - and that TwinFrozr cooler will definitely help to cool that card well ;) Good Luck!!


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