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I cant believe it ether... I had no idea it was so under powered until a month ago when I started to really get into this stuff. Another question is upgrading the os worth it for dx11?

Mr Krogoth, sadly since I am going to college soon and other complicated stuff I can only have one desktop. But if I did biuld new I would keep hhd and optical drive obviously.

btw it is a BFG tech gts 250 if that matters at all
Actually, the real benefit would be upgrading to 64-bit due to the fact that it will utilize both the memory and the processor cores far more efficiently than XP. The 64-bit OS is 'mostly' immune to rootkits. DX10&DX11 are also nice, but the real issue is that the 64-bit OS is simply better all around.

You are risking damaging your computer every time you power it on if that is a standard GTS 250. In fact, were I you I would download EVGA precision and underclock the GPU to 650 MHz and the memory by an increment of 50 MHz as well. That should keep your system working until you can get a better PSU.
Edited by Majestic_Lizard - 6/8/11 at 9:28pm
    
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post #12 of 17
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Wow, I've Actually* overclocked it to 810 core using msi afterburner... Turning to 650 now. Thank you for safety advise
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It is worth getting the 64-bit operating system. I have Windows Thin PC (yes I know it is a beta) which is 32-bit on my laptop. I can't even run games without getting force closings due to a "lack of ram"... swap to Vista 64-bit and I run everything perfectly.

Also, if you upgrade your CPU, you will be upgrading your motherboard and RAM all at the same time, consider that.

Depending on what you upgrade to, a 750W PSU will work for almost any sub $3000 rig. (Don't forget to go modular )

As for that safety issue, I am sure the fact that it is only a GTS 250 makes a strong argument for how you have ran it so long. Never realized how much of a different the whole Geforce < GT/GTS < GTX was until my room mate bought a new laptop. So power friendly his Geforce 330M is.
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post #14 of 17
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See that's what I was thinking. If I'm going to upgrade cpu and psu I might aswell do mobo and ram. Now the 2 biggest questions of all: intel or amd and nvidia or amd angain lol. But those are different threads
post #15 of 17
That must be an awfully good 300W PSU to not just kill over on those components. I had to replace a 500W supply that was choking on my setup.

Get a good 750W or better power supply, and build yourself a new system. While you're at it, get Windows 7 x64. There's no reason to run XP now unless it's an older machine. Even if you don't use any 64-bit programs, you're going to want to run 4 gigs of RAM or more at some point.

Do the PSU before anything, though. The best 300W supply in the world would be hard-pressed to run what you have now.
     
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post #16 of 17
a PSU is a good place to start, but ofcourse you have to have a grasp on what all it will be powering, too.

Antec 620w $64.99 $44.99 after MIR

Always look for deals from trusted manufacturer's, Don't be afraid to buy component's over a course of a month. Check daily deals everyday.

Naturally the longer you can wait, the better. I think that's always true though, Computer year's are short.
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post #17 of 17
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... spent entire day trying to fix the thing (bsods on bfbc2, I thought drivers but its my cpu crashing) the thing cant pass prime 95 for 10 mins on STOCK speeds. tf2 and age of mythology must not have taxed the system enough. Im just going to build a new pc.
Edited by hammertime850 - 6/10/11 at 8:13am
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