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I've had my current processor and card for about 3 years and they're starting to feel a little outdated, so I'm thinking about heading to Fry's this weekend (or newegg) and getting some new stuff. My current computer specs are in my sig.

CPU - A friend recommended a Q6600 but I know they're pretty old so I'm not sure if those would be outdated too. I currently have a 3ghz Core 2 Duo and I definitely want a quad.

Graphics - Not sure what I need, but I currently have a 256mb and am thinking it would be nice to get at least a 512 so I can start playing games on better settings (I usually have to set all the graphics down as low as possible in most games, I can't even play Minecraft higher than "normal" and I can't run Fraps+Minecraft at anything higher than "tiny" lol).

If you guys can recommend some stuff, that would be great. I'd like to keep the total purchase at a few hundred dollars or less, if possible. My motherboard is a nvidia 680i LT SLI so please don't recommend parts that won't work with it because I'd rather not have to upgrade to a new motherboard as well, and I'm pretty sure if I did there's no way I could keep the total purchase under a few hundred.

I also have dual monitors, a 2560x1600 and a 1920x1200 so I'm guessing that's causing a lot of unnecessary strain on the graphics card. I don't mind disabling the 2560x1600 and only playing games on the 1920x1200 though.
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post #2 of 49
get a 2500k and a 570 or 580
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post #3 of 49
Few Hundred $ = $300-$900....need to be more specific. Give us a number you'd like to spend at most.

Quote:
Originally Posted by The Pro View Post
get a 2500k and a 570 or 580
Clearly went past you that his motherboard doesn't support that CPU.
Edited by Tig Ol Bitties - 6/17/11 at 2:41pm
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post #4 of 49
I'd sell your rig on craigslist for like a fair price and start piecing together a new computer. I had a rig that was pretty identical to yours. I was going to sell it on craigslist myself, but my friend insisted he'd buy it. You could always ask some friends or whatever if they're interested. Wouldn't be a bad idea to future proof yourself with a nice new build either way. Just keep it as simple as you can when selling it though. Just say something like INTEL DUO CORE 3ghz CPU lalalala, comes with cd-burner and 1tb hdd and wireless! Guaranteed sale.
Edited by hollowtek - 6/17/11 at 2:40pm
post #5 of 49
If you are looking at just updating your processor and graphics the a q9550 and a GTS450 would give you one hell of a boost.
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post #6 of 49
Good luck finding q9550 for reasonable price

Buy 2500k,

Get a decent motherboard and 4 gb ddr3

Your up to 400 right there, but set in terms of cpu for next 3-4 years.

Now go to ebay, and buy 4800 series or gtx 200 series card.

You can find used graphics cards for cheap, but not cpus, and usually not motherboards.

Hell, im sitting on a pile of outdated gpus.

Spend the big bucks on cpu. Get the latest intel technology.
post #7 of 49
GTS450

Q6600 I know you said that you were worried about the Q6600 being older, but these chips are phenominal overclockers for the price and you won't be disappointed.
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post #8 of 49
This is what I would do

if you are willing to go used then get an Intel quad and the 5770
Edited by Redwoodz - 6/17/11 at 2:56pm
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post #9 of 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by Redwoodz View Post
This is what I would do

if you are willing to go used then get an Intel quad and the 5770
Sounds like a horrible idea...
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post #10 of 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by a!!!!1 View Post

If you guys can recommend some stuff, that would be great. I'd like to keep the total purchase at a few hundred dollars or less, if possible. My motherboard is a nvidia 680i LT SLI so please don't recommend parts that won't work with it because I'd rather not have to upgrade to a new motherboard as well, and I'm pretty sure if I did there's no way I could keep the total purchase under a few hundred.
Pay attention people. He does not want to have to replace the motherboard. While yes it would be great to be able to upgrade to SB, not everyone can afford or wants to do so yet. So please. Pay attention and make sure that you are recommending things within his/her wants/requests.
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