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Hey guys, I'm a old man just looking to make my computer better without having to spend much more. I've recently (about a year + ago) upgraded my graphics card, RAM, Sound Card, PSU, Peripherals, etc. But still maintained the old board, CPU and Casing.

So...anyway, I'm here to see what this old dog can learn from you younglings out there! Hope it's not a bother and thank you to all of you for your contributions to aid old farts like me.

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Are you willing to overclock? to be honest your probably best off with looking for a used 775 motherboard known to be good with overclocking. Then pick up something like a e8400/q9650/q9550 or any of the good e0 stepping chips. The biggest drawback with your system is your CPU.
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I'd snag a Sandy Bridge i7 2500k/2600k, mobo to match it (anything that supports Sandy Bridge is pretty decent honestly, the selection isn't that big compared to other sockets), and 4-8 gigs of Corsair/G.Skill/Kingston/etc RAM. For a GPU I'd get either GTX 460's/470's used, or Radeon 6870/6950 new/used.

The Sandy Bridge processor will support anything gaming wise, and the 2600k has hyperthreading giving you 8 "theoretical" cores. (4 physical cores)

Example (2600k) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115070
Cheaper one (2500k) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-072-_-Product

As for a motherboard, you can really just choose whatever is being offered for socket 1155. I'd personally go with Asus because their RMA process is painless. Just look at Newegg and see what you can find for the Sandy Bridge socket that you're willing to pay for.

Example - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131701 (this is just an example, there are 100 or so motherboards to choose from)

RAM is really just... based on preference. There are so many, you just need 4-8 gigs of something from a name brand. I'd go with Corsair or G.Skill since they have a pretty nice RMA process and I've never had any fail me.

Example - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231314 (not the best RAM, not the worst RAM. You really just have to read up on latencies and other variables, before you make your choice)

Your GPU could really use a nice upgrade. I'd try to SLI/Crossfire something if I were you, since you can get last gen cards for pretty cheap. You can pick up two of my cards (Super Overclock GTX470's from Gigabyte) for around 400, two GTX460's for 300 or so, or go with two Radeon 6870's/6950's for 500+. It's really up to you and how much horsepower you want backing up your processor.

460's - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125333 (great cooler, lots of overclock headroom, as powerful as a GTX480 + 1/3rd if SLI'd)

470's - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-341-_-Product (I wouldn't buy this exact one I'm linking, this is just to show you the information about the card, as powerful as two 480's if you overclock/SLI them, less heat)

6870's - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-357-_-Product (amazing card by Gigabyte, the cooler is FANTASTIC, and you'll have tons of overclock headroom. You can prolly get close to 1ghz on the core with these things, about as powerful as gtx470's if SLI'd)

If you're willing to spend a good chunk of change, 6950's - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-527-_-Product (don't know much about this brand, but this will show you the power of the card and what to expect price wise, these can usually be unlocked to 6970's which is Radeon's flagship card at the moment)


In the end it just depends on how much money you're willing to spend. If it were me, I'd go 2600k, 8 gigs of ram, and two 6950's.
Edited by Vaalyne - 5/7/11 at 2:36pm
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